This is the one my neighbor goes on about, in his Ram 1500!
He says it started life as Fiat/GM research with a small Italian diesel manufacturer. Then Dodge became the partner.
It is economical on fuel and sips the urea liquid compared to most diesels. And I know it is amazingly quiet, even on a cold start.
And hopefully it has no 'defeat' SW for emissions testing....(Did you hear the trickery Porsche uses?)
Last edited by Norton; 12-11-2016 at 09:41 AM.
'14 Spark EV w/DCFC
In the middle of the country,
far from any of its sibs,
feeding off free electrons, mostly.
So what did you think of your RAM? My wife had a Dodge Daytona in the early 90s before we got married and all I remember was that the car looked cool, but every interior plastic part was cheaply made and didn't feel solid - it always had a squeak from somewhere then you hit bumps. My horse farrier had a mid 90's Dodge Ram where she loved the reliability of the engine itself, but was having all sorts of problems with everything else (brakes, transmission, body parts), so much so that she went stuck letters on the back of her truck saying "This truck sucks" just to spite the dealership with how much it was sitting in the shop to cause them to lose future sales. Hopefully they've improved in this day and age when vehicle quality approaches or exceeds Japanese levels.
From what I read, GM started working with this engine, then the bankruptcy caused it to fall into Fiat/Crysler's hands. BTW have you noticed that Dodga trucks are now RAM Trucks? I'm now pouring myself into the RAM 1500 models.
Why in the world can't they make it simpler? tradesman, express, big horn, rebel, sport, laramie, Laramie longhorn, and limited. Talk about brand confusion. I love how the rebel looks, but it cannot be purchased with a diesel or a bigger bed. Neither can the sport, nor many of the 2wd models. I want a 4WD anyway, but the choices are daunting. Plus my search of inventory for a crew cab with 4WD and diesel turned up nothing within 200 miles. Either they are selling like hotcakes or they are a made to order item. Sadly, no trucks are available in Plum Crazy. Just like GM won't make me a Voltec Subyukonade, RAM won't make me a 1500 crew cab Rebel with a long bed in Plum Crazy. Add a giant Daytona wing on the back, and I'm all in.
Last edited by llninja; 12-11-2016 at 12:17 PM.