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Old 10-13-2016, 10:46 PM   #1
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I'm looking at a 2014 Ram 3500 diesel. Anyone running one have some feedback on them for me??
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Single axle. Most of what I have been told of these vehicles has been positive. I am wanting to know if there are any chronic issues with them.


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Have you asked on any of the Dodge specific forums about this truck? Might get a better response than here.
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Had a Ram 2500 and decided to upgrade truck so we could get a larger 5th wheel. WE both liked the ride and drive of the Ram 2500. I purchased a Ram 3500 SRW new off the lot. Lots of power and i enjoyed driving it. It is a high step off the ground so some type of steps are helpful. Also the ride was very rough! Wife didn't like the ride so we traded for a Chevy. Nice truck but height and very rough ride were what made us trade it off. Wife is happy with Chevy and so am I.
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I like my 3500. Ride can be harsh with tires inflated to 80psi when empty. Back them down to 45 in the rear, 65 front and it takes a lot of the jolt out.
I have had 3 cel, but they were due to a bad batch of DEF.
Pulls well, but not a race car.
Don't expect 20+ unless you drive under 70.
It's comfortable for me. I think they are the best looking. Cummins brand has a solid history. With any brand, competent service will depend on the dealership.
Oil change intervals are 6mos or 15k. Every 15k there are 2 fuel filters to change. They cost $100 online or $150-180 at your local parts house or dealer.
CP3 HPFP is rock solid and proven to last with ULSD, unlike the CP4 in all 6.7l Powerstroke and '11-'16 Duramax. (~$10K repair)
Cold weather climates provide additional challenges for diesel ownership.
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Thanks for the tip with tires. This will be the first diesel I will have so I'm not sure of some of your terms, but I'm sure I'll be learning them.


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Thanks for the tip with tires. This will be the first diesel I will have so I'm not sure of some of your terms, but I'm sure I'll be learning them.


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Cel = check engine light. I have a $50 OBDII reader. It can read codes and clear them. Places like Oriellys will scan for you for free.

DEF = Diesel Exhaust Fluid or Urea.

Our trucks have sensors to test the strength of the DEF. I topped of my DEF at an RV island at a truck stop and within 70miles I had a CEL for DEF not being strong enough. I cleared it but it came back 2 more times before I could add enough fresh DEF.

DPF = Diesel Particulate Filter. This catches the soot. Our truck's will do a regeneration every so often where it will run extra rich to bring exhaust temps high enough to burn off trapped soot in the filter. It is always a good idea to take your truck out for an extended drive on the highway now and then if you have been doing a lot of city driving. Don't let your truck idle for extended periods or you will plug your filter faster.

ULSD = Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel

HPFP = High Pressure Fuel Pump. CP3 and CP4 are Bosch made. They use the fuel as rhe lubricant. The CP3 is lower pressure than the CP4. The CP4 was not originally designed for the ULSD in the USA that often has much less lubricity than European or Canadian fuel. This causes the pump to wear and fail. When it fails it sends metal through the fuel system and will require the entire fuel system to be replaced for ~$10k. Bosch has since changed the CP4 to run on reliably on American fuel, but as with any moving part, it will eventually fail in the same way, just not as soon as before.
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Thanks for the info. We are picking up the truck tomorrow morning.


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"HPFP = High Pressure Fuel Pump. CP3 and CP4 are Bosch made. They use the fuel as rhe lubricant. The CP3 is lower pressure than the CP4. The CP4 was not originally designed for the ULSD in the USA that often has much less lubricity than European or Canadian fuel. This causes the pump to wear and fail. When it fails it sends metal through the fuel system and will require the entire fuel system to be replaced for ~$10k. Bosch has since changed the CP4 to run on reliably on American fuel, but as with any moving part, it will eventually fail in the same way, just not as soon as before."

The main reason I use a fuel additive. (Stanadyne) Some do, some don't. Personal preference.
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Single axle. Most of what I have been told of these vehicles has been positive. I am wanting to know if there are any chronic issues with them.

The only chronic issue I know of is, if you're towing a fifth wheel, is the constant noise that sounds like, "you're overload, you need a dually, you're overloaded, you need a dually".
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That's funny. I only heard " your wallets empty, your wallets empty. 😀


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Fvstring-now that right there was funny!


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