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Old 02-13-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Dodge Releasing the 1500 Diesel Half Ton

Saw this on USA Today. Ram 1500 half-ton to get diesel http://usat.ly/UgdyXx
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Interesting. I hope the date of its availability doesn't turn out to be the same moving target that Fiat's re-introduction of Alfa Romeo to the US market has been, but I guess they can't afford to screw with their money-making truck like they can with what will always be a niche sporty car line.

This is great, I've been thinking that a new truck is in the cards around 2015, that should be enough time to find out if this new V6 diesel is going to do well in the truck. It's nice that they're using the same 3-liter from the Grand Cherokee, so a) it's imperative that they make it reliable and b) it's not going to be some stupid "mine's bigger'n yers" numbers game, they've realized that 420 lb-ft is enough! (especially in front of an 8-speed transmission.)

As much as I love Cummins' engines, I'm not going to buy a Panamerica and fill it with lead so I just won't need that much engine, so I'm excited about this 3-liter option. I've said and written (on this forum in fact) that we really need a right-sized diesel in a full-size truck.
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It's hard for me to imagine a better match for my Airstream than this Ram 1500 diesel or the recently introduced Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel. Excellent towing potential and fuel economy, as well as decent daily drivers.

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It's hard for me to imagine a better match for my Airstream than this Ram 1500 diesel or the recently introduced Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel. Excellent towing potential and fuel economy, as well as decent daily drivers.

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Imagine this....

Ford f150 with ecoboost.



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Old 02-13-2013, 11:58 PM   #5
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At one point in time, there was even hope for modest sized diesel for the Ford Ranger class pickups. Ford selected one of their smallest engines to try and it was tooooo small so the truck could barely move itself let alone 500 pounds in the back. It was, to put it kindly, a flop.

Because the diesel engine is built heavier because of the pressures in the combustion chamber, the diesel version always weigh more than the equivalent displacement gasoline engine. The big gotcha will be the net honest payload weight after the weights for the Dodge accessories to makeup the specific model with towing capability, the weights for real people for driver and passenger, full fuel, and some miscellaneous items in the back are added up. One would hope to see perhaps 1,500 pounds remaining in payload after the afore mentioned items were calculated.

My 25FB, like many AS units in wide body (8.5' wide) format has a nominal 1,200 pound tongue weight despite the Airstream sales literature mentioning 833 pounds for that weight. Thus, the theoretical payload probably needs to be close to 2,200 pounds.

In my previous posts about the F150 Eco-Boost in a fully dressed King Ranch model, the literature in one location said there could be 1,900 payload, but that was clarified in another document with the fact that number was for a bare truck and we had to deduct about 420 pounds for the trim level, options, tow package specific stuff etc which left the net payload around 1,480 pounds. My tongue weight plus just the wife and me blow past that number so the truck would be over GVW.

I can envision this Ram 1500 diesel as being an ideal tow vehicle for the 23' and shorter models of Airstream trailers where the weights of the trailer and specifically tongue weights are more modest. The new steel technology released in the 2013 Dodge models has helped shave vehicle weight that translates into more payload capability.

This will make for interesting fall model introductions! Perhaps even Ford and especially GM, as a co-partner in the company that will make the v6 diesel, will have diesel news in the 1/2 ton arena as well.

YMMV
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That's what I've considered my default choice up to now, and unless Ram comes out with some different configurations for the 2014s, the F150 will still be the clear payload winner (in the 157" wheelbase HD Payload config) but that VM Motori 3-liter diesel V6 makes it a competition, and the EB F150 previously didn't really have any in the half-ton space.
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That truck would be able to handle any A/S. The numbers game is only a start on understanding how to set up a tow vehicle (the usual spread-sheet with manufacturer bits & pieces). There is more to it to get the best overall performance.

TW is generally seen as the limiting factor . . but there is more than one way to skin that cat in re-distribution.

The diesel is about ten years overdue in the 1/2-T. This is unfortunate as the emissions devices now necessary make for a very expensive package.

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That's good news for us consumers that there is another choice in tow vehicles. If they can back it up with some decent tow/payload specifications like the f150 I think they will sell. Ford seemed to have found a nice niche for the f150 ecoboost and now there might be some competition.
Now if the cost of diesel would only fall more in line to where it should be. I get tired of paying 50 cents to a dollar premium for diesel fuel.
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I am a believer in small V6 diesels for 1/2 ton truck and SUV applications. It's about time someone other than the Europeans had something on the market (even if it is sourced from Europe). I strongly considered buying a GL320, but the combined Mercedes and diesel premiums were more than I wanted to spend. They need to get that diesel in the new Durango as well.
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Two things.....short runs on any diesel is not good. If your an occasional traveler, and do a 9-5'er during the week..then the diesel won't last. Egr's will kill you.

Plus the price of diesel is not good or gonna get better.

Plus why loose the payload when/if needed. I don't see the advantage? Cheaper maybe...but not less than 3 grand...to me doesn't make sense.


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Two things.....short runs on any diesel is not good. If your an occasional traveler, and do a 9-5'er during the week..then the diesel won't last. Egr's will kill you.

Plus the price of diesel is not good or gonna get better.

Plus why loose the payload when/if needed. I don't see the advantage? Cheaper maybe...but not less than 3 grand...to me doesn't make sense.


Don't forget about DEF fluid either. 100 dollar oil changes.
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You're missing a digit.

Dodge 1500 crewcab Laramie (5.7L hemi) bases around $38,000.
Dodge 2500 crewcab Laramie (6.7L Cummins) bases at $51,000.

That's a 13 grand delta. I'm guessing the VM Motori V6 is probably going to be a $3k-$4k premium if they actually want to sell any. It'll deliver better-than-Hemi torque and but less horsepower, so it'll be a better tow rig but a worse dragster. I agree that the truck is a better economic choice for people who are doing a lot of towing than for people who drive it to their white-collar job, but I live in the DFW area where LOTS of morons put WAY more miles on their HD diesel pickups commuting to their white-collar jobs than they do towing their boat or 5th wheel.

What Dodge needs to make this truck competitive is a package that gives it decent payload in a useful configuration, like Ford's combo of F150 Supercrew+6.5' box+3.73 LSD at around 2300 lb payload.

EDIT: Well duh. You live in Arlington. You see them, the F250s and Duramaxes in office parking lots. When I bought my F150, the salesman was talking about his diesel SuperDuty. I asked him what he tows with it and he looked at my like I was crazy and said "Oh, I don't have a boat or anything, I just like the truck."
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My second car purchased used, when I was 20, was a 1958 Mercedes 180 D (diesel). From then until about 2000 I always had diesels. Then gas engines got so good, and diesels became so much more costly (including fuel) that I went back to gas. These days gas engines are so good with computer management, 100k plugs, no points, etc that many of the diesel advantages are moot points. Sure, if the diesel rig is some huge F350 towing a monster 5th wheel, yep, but I am not convinced that there is any real economy in them otherwise.

BTW, at least 500K of diesel driving in all those years I had them.

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Not everyone has a short commute. Mine's 30 miles one way.

I broke my crystal ball last week so, I'm not going to bother with forecasting the future relative costs of diesel vs. gas. At today's gas and diesel prices, the diesel would have to get 18.5 combined to be cost equivalent to a gasser getting 17 combined. I'm betting it will beat that by more than enough to cover DEF.

V6 diesels weigh about the same as small block V8's and have only slightly higher oil capacities so that cost (while legitimate with your F250 Superduty) is not a significant concern.

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Yeah, ThePill and I are talking about different things. Re-reading, I think you were saying gas TVs are better for lots of people, which I somehow read as him saying there is no case for half ton diesels because there are 3/4 ton diesels. I blame the wine.
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