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Old 06-13-2012, 03:43 AM   #1
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Now A RAM1500 Diesel?

Well well..... It seems the game is afoot! I am not a great Dodge fan (our last Dodge work truck Tortured us with repairs as it got older!) but I will say that the newest trucks are very nice to drive.... Add a diesel and I'd be pretty tempted. Thankfully it should be years before I need to even think about the replacement for my beloved F-150.....

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:25 AM   #2
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I would seriously consider a 1/2 ton Diesel powered truck of any manufacturer.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:36 AM   #3
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I would love to see 1/2T oil burners. Especially a Toyota.

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:00 AM   #4
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The car companies would have sold a lot of vehicles if something like this would have been offered years ago.

It would be interesting to see how the manufacturers would actually build and market the truck. The diesel engine weight would seem to rob a half ton truck of payload capacity but towing capacity would probably remain the same. It seems like the truck would need to be a light 3/4 ton to handle the engine weight issues or the manufacturer would need to use better suspension components.

So now the next big question: Will the power plant be a Cummins or VM Motori engine?

Maybe that's why Chrysler went to an 8 speed transmission on the half ton trucks. 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 engine, transmission, and axles (powertrain)
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:04 AM   #5
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Of course I don't know, but I suspect the main problem with a Diesel powered 1/2 ton truck is not the technology, but the regulations from our own beloved EPA. After all, there are small Diesel powered trucks everywhere else in the world.

And to make it worse, I read in the paper this morning the World Health Organization had changed Diesel exhaust from "probable carcinogen" to "carcinogen".
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