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Old 08-27-2014, 11:11 PM   #15
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A little off subject but son has a 14 Ram 1500 w/3.92 diff, hemi, 8 speed, CC. The thing is a rocket 0-60 in 6 sec, stock. 22mpg highway. MHO,, good to tow in the 5K TT range though people do tow more.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:07 AM   #16
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A little off subject but son has a 14 Ram 1500 w/3.92 diff, hemi, 8 speed, CC. The thing is a rocket 0-60 in 6 sec, stock. 22mpg highway. MHO,, good to tow in the 5K TT range though people do tow more.
5.7 or 6.4 Hemi ????
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Life is short, I don't have a lot of fancy stuff but I wanted a diesel. My dog wanted me to have it.
My dog loves me, like that, too.... I wonder if they're related...
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I had 3 Ram Diesels that were used for commuting to work, somewhere from 2 1/2 to 5 miles each way. With the exception of less than 1/2 mile all speed was 25-30 MPH and never had any problems with any of them, including the '08 with the newer DPF emissions system. I always used the button on the shifter to pick a gear that maintained 2000 RPMs, used the exhaust brake unless ice or snow and always plugged the block heater in at night if it would be below 40 during the night. In the winter maybe once or twice a month I would get out on the highway and travel further, and in the summer I was always on the road most weekends. I also made sure to change the oil often, no more than 6 months or 3000 miles.
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So whats wrong with taking short trips with a diesel engine? I have done that for 20 years and never had a problem. Lets hear from diesel engine engineers not the expert wannabes.
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Diesels take a longer time to warm up because less fuel is lost to heat.
This is not a problem, but a good thing. They are more efficient.

The problem is all the emissions stuff needs heat to work, so newer diesels can have more actual problems than old ones with those systems, especially DPFs.

Short drives are bad for gassers too.

Long idle time to "warm-up" are bad for all engines.
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My wife and daughter drive the new cars, but I still prefer my 08' 4x4 3500 Dodge dually. I still only have 70k miles on it and with the warranty expired I finally chip'd it and get 22-23 on the highway and 17 in the city. Towing 5th wheel, depending on where I'm going you get 12-14 miles per gallon. Short distances...long distances don't matter.
I'm still reluctant to get a newer model and have to start using DEF. It's paid off, so I just installed new interior and paint with new aluminum wheels instead of hub caps. Recently also changed out a few suspension parts. I'm about to put another $1k or so in it for engine improvements to improve performance. I'll have a "new" truck that performs much better than any of the new 14's.

You can find a few very nice 08's and 09's that have low mileage and very clean if you don't want a newer model that you can't do to it to improve since you may void any warranty.
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Keep the 08. You're way ahead of the game now. But, I do NOT regret going from the 03 to the 14. Just a world of difference in every way. DEF is no big deal. My stock truck has 800 FP torque and 375 HP. I get the same MPG as the best ones out there. Rides great empty. My 2500 is a 3500 with softer coil springs.
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Keep the 08. You're way ahead of the game now. But, I do NOT regret going from the 03 to the 14. Just a world of difference in every way. DEF is no big deal. My stock truck has 800 FP torque and 375 HP. I get the same MPG as the best ones out there. Rides great empty. My 2500 is a 3500 with softer coil springs.
So the axles, hubs, brakes etc are the same on a 2500 as a 3500 ??
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Keep the 08. You're way ahead of the game now. But, I do NOT regret going from the 03 to the 14. Just a world of difference in every way. DEF is no big deal. My stock truck has 800 FP torque and 375 HP. I get the same MPG as the best ones out there. Rides great empty. My 2500 is a 3500 with softer coil springs.
That's why I specifically looked for a 2012 Ram. They have the HO diesel with 800FP and are the last generation that can easily be deleted and tuned by anyone that can spin a wrench. Best of the old diesels in a new, powerful package!
Except i do have rear leaf springs, but with the rear tires in "light load" mode at 45psi, it's totally fine empty.
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Yep, those years were easy to delete all the smog and you'll be great till you have to get it checked to get your registration tag.
It's my understanding that the 14 2500 is the same as the 3500 except for the springs. I know the Asian trans can be in the 3500 and 4.10's so yes there can be a few things different. But the 2500 is one tough truck and the rear coils handle the 1000pound TW of my TT just fine.
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Yep, those years were easy to delete all the smog and you'll be great till you have to get it checked to get your registration tag.
It's my understanding that the 14 2500 is the same as the 3500 except for the springs. I know the Asian trans can be in the 3500 and 4.10's so yes there can be a few things different. But the 2500 is one tough truck and the rear coils handle the 1000pound TW of my TT just fine.
The coil springs make a HUGE difference in the ride. I just traded for a 2014 2500 mega cab from my 2012 2500 mega cab and wow. Ram really stepped up the game. I got the Laramie and the technology in it is amazing. Ram really is top dog now the others are following.

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...you'll be great till you have to get it checked to get your registration tag.
Diesels are not subject to emaissions testing in my state and many others. Not even the wife's VW TDI... or my tractor. LOL
If they do ever bring diesel emissions testing, heavy duty trucks will not be subejct to it, just like gas heavy duty trucks are not currently. But the cars and new diesel half-tons probably will.
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i remember when diesels were not tested/inspected here in So Cal. then it was every other year and now I hear it's every year on the 14. Some states still don't have it and that's OK. But, the smog devices are a Federal item and the removal of them is also. The Feds aren't going to bust you for it and I really don't care. The trucks do run better without all that smog stuff, but, after several thousand miles the inside of my exhaust pipe is still clean and I have more power and better MPG than my 03 did .
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