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    Posted: 21 Sep 2018 at 7:23pm
Anyone running a Ram 1500 Eco diesel? How is the actual mileage compared to the claims?
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My father has one.  He gets nearly 29 empty and this summer he got 20 pulling a 3000 lbs chalet (much smaller wind profile than my rpod).

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My brother is a dodge mechanic, I inquired about them a while back. He advised that they were having trouble with cam shafts breaking within the first 15,000 miles.
If Dodge has addressed that, it would be very tempting with those numbers.
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Heck, with a 10yr/100k power train warranty, even that isn't a deal killer for 29mpg!
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We bought a 2017 Ram Diesel to tow our new Keystone Passport (4700 lbs).  We get 26-28 mpg.  Pulling the trailer we get 13-14 MPG.  The power is amazing.  With our Jeep Cherokee pulling the RPOD we could feel the strain if we went above 65 and kept it at 58-60.  With the RAM we pass trucks on hills and often look down and see we are doing 75 mph and hit the brakes.  The gas mileage would be even better if we slowed down.  But with the equalizer WDH we forget we are pulling a railer.  They say the break even point for a diesel engine is five years.  Oil changes take one hour (they add oil drain and repeat three times) and costs 3-4 times a regular car.  But we love ours.  Has 11,000 miles and no problems with it.
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Originally posted by Richand Cindy

We bought a 2017 Ram Diesel to tow our new Keystone Passport (4700 lbs).  We get 26-28 mpg.  Pulling the trailer we get 13-14 MPG.  The power is amazing.  With our Jeep Cherokee pulling the RPOD we could feel the strain if we went above 65 and kept it at 58-60.  With the RAM we pass trucks on hills and often look down and see we are doing 75 mph and hit the brakes.  The gas mileage would be even better if we slowed down.  But with the equalizer WDH we forget we are pulling a railer.  They say the break even point for a diesel engine is five years.  Oil changes take one hour (they add oil drain and repeat three times) and costs 3-4 times a regular car.  But we love ours.  Has 11,000 miles and no problems with it.
I question whether the payback is in 5 years. I'm sure it's possible, but what is the premium for the Eco-diesel? $3000? (that's a guess, I did not look it up). Add to that that diesel (around here anyway) is a 20% premium over straight gasoline, and that oil changes are a lot more expensive, and I have a hard time justifying that the mileage is maybe 50% better unloaded. We spend maybe $3000-$4000 for gasoline over a 3 year period.

I have no doubt that you're happy with your Eco-diesel, and I don't want to sound like I'm dissing it (because I'm not). However, I do have my doubts. I expect that it certainly would pay for itself if your annual mileage was high enough. At our 12,000-15,000 miles per year, I don't think we would qualify for the Eco-diesel discount.
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Premium is about $5k. As for the fuel cost, I run the recommended 89 octane in my Hemi as it is to keep it from knocking, so it's around the same price as diesel, but I'd be getting 2-3 times the fuel mileage. (I average 10.2mpg in town).
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+1 to Glueguy. I'm keeping my old gasser.
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I agree, we are getting 20-21 on the highway and 14 towing the pod, so I am content with that.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Richand Cindy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Oct 2018 at 4:11pm
I agree with everyone.  You need to really keep the diesel for a long time and at least a hundred thousand miles on it to really get the value from it.  We only got it because it was a left over and was $2000 more than the 5.7 hemi engine.  If we had to pay $4270 premium for it (sticker price) I think we probably would not have done it.  But for towing it is great with all that torque. And the gas mileage is that good because it is not 4x4.  We will never be in snow with it.  Another reason why it was so cheap.  Nobody wants a 4x2 diesel.
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