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Old 10-29-2018, 07:13 PM   #1
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Ram 1500 EcoDiesel - Yes or No?

Local dealer is giving away 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie 4x4 EcoDiesels at 20K back of retail. I know the motor is not offered on 2019 1500s. Somehow, there are 100 or so available at the 20K discount, approximately 34K out the door. This motor was originally offered as a 4500 dollar option and now Ram appears to be giving them away. Why?

Does anybody have an opinion on this motor in the Ram? I know it's tow rating is a little lighter than the 5.7 Hemi gasser. Is the fuel economy that much better while towing? Any information on reliability? It's an Italian engine. Just trying to understand if the motor is all that, or something else. Thanks.
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Old 10-30-2018, 04:04 AM   #2
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I'd suggest going over to the RAM owners forum ramforum.com and asking them. I'm on there frequently and I've seen plenty of ecodiesel threads regarding performance and towing questions. You'll get more answers I bet. Fuelly.com is a good resource to gauge how a vehicle lives up to the manufacturer's assigned MPGs.

BTW, 20K off sticker on that sticker price is extraordinarily great pricing. If I was in the market, I would highly consider it.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:09 AM   #3
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Found a forum/blog on ramforumz.com
The ramowners.com kept putting me on "rimowners". Whatever that is?
As for the eco-diesel,if they are "giving" these trucks away there must be reason. Many factors of which I have no knowledge involved here. A friend of mine has one and I have used it a few times for his business deliveries. Seems like a nice truck
Anyway,thanks.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:00 AM   #4
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Local dealer is giving away 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie 4x4 EcoDiesels at 20K back of retail. I know the motor is not offered on 2019 1500s. Somehow, there are 100 or so available at the 20K discount, approximately 34K out the door. This motor was originally offered as a 4500 dollar option and now Ram appears to be giving them away. Why?

Does anybody have an opinion on this motor in the Ram? I know it's tow rating is a little lighter than the 5.7 Hemi gasser. Is the fuel economy that much better while towing? Any information on reliability? It's an Italian engine. Just trying to understand if the motor is all that, or something else. Thanks.
I had one. Fuel economy was amazing. On the freeway i averaged about 28mpg. Towing my 7500 lbs trailer i averaged 15mpg. Mine had an issue with the air ride that fca couldn't fix so it went back. Bought a 2500. There is an ecodiesel forum you can check out. There have been since engine issues from 2015, but mine was solid. I haven't kept up with then since.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:31 AM   #5
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We have one member who had the same engine in a Jeep SUV. If I remember correctly, his engine either cracked a piston or blew a cylinder wall and was replaced under warranty. It messed up their plans to tow to Alaska, but they did make the trip the following year with that same Jeep as their tow vehicle. There's some comments from him on the forum about how "good the Jeep towed and how strong the diesel performed".

No comments from me about the performance of the truck/engine, but depending on the size of the trailer you're planning to tow, remember that the diesel weighs significantly more than a similar size gasoline engine, so payload comparisons will put the diesel powered truck lower in capability than the gas truck in weight carrying ability.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:57 AM   #6
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I have been in the employ of a large Chrysler store for 35 years. Back in '15 when they anounced the introduction of the eco diesel I was all over the idea of ordering one myself. In hindsight I am thankful I did not. Pretty much every 15 we sold caused us grief. 3 major changes were made by the factory. 1. they changed the oil change interval to I believe 12,000 km. 2. the oil viscosity was changed to a lighter oil and 3. they changed the torque specifications on the crank bolts. At one point we were stocking the replacement engines. Can't remember the last time we sold an engine. After a period of not ordering in the eco diesels for the lot we have started stocking model year 18's again. The problems appear to have been corrected. Talking to a customer who tows with one the fuel economy and pulling power is fantastic compared to the hemi or the 3.5 ford for that matter. Given the need I would not hesitate to purchase one now. Stay away from 15 and 16 model years. Incidentally, we have never replaced one in a Jeep.
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:14 AM   #7
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The member who posted about his Jeep diesel engine failure (FCA replaced the motor) was last on the forum in July, 2018. He may or may not return, but his account of the Jeep, Eco-Diesel failure begins in this thread: http://www.keystoneforums.com/forums...ad.php?t=25540 He has since successfully completed his Alaska trip with the replacement diesel engine in his Jeep, so his "failure" turned into his "success".... YMMV
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:58 AM   #8
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My good friend, who works on my older rigs, worked at the local Ram dealership previously.

We talked about this engine as he bought a new Jeep last year. He let me know that he wouldn’t own an eco Diesel as they kept spare engines on the shelf and replaced them regularly.

Same issues the Ford 6.4 had, fuel getting by engine rings during regen and causing oil dilution.

Anyway, it maybe fixed now, so this is just my observations from my conversations.
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:16 AM   #9
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My cousin has the ecodiesel in his jeep. No problems at all.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:26 AM   #10
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My question is why is the eco diesel not being offered for 2019. Chrysler would not stop selling this engine if it was a good engine. I would not buy a truck which the engine is not being offered any more.
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