It is with great pleasure that I write about diesel trucks being available to the everyman, woman, transgender, 80’s hair band members and eunuchs. Not just the heavily subsidized farmer or the trust funder can now obtain a diesel truck that although it may not be a big-ass dually or a Cummings tank motor in it, it still is a motor that should be able to pull stumps as well as pull past gas stations.
This is a truck for the real world and the entrepreneur who needs to save money in the long term as well as needs reliability and tow-ability. The 2014 EcoDiesel Ram 1500 is a full-size truck that can get around 28 MPG on the highway and can tow with the best of them. Where gas engines lack on low-end and tow stats the diesel prevail. Although many see this engine is untried and potentially full of gremlins, it has been used in the Jeep Cherokee and was even approved for the Cadillac CTS in Europe before GM pulled the plug due to economic hardships. Yes it is a 3.0L V6 built for Italian boats but maybe just maybe Italians don’t like getting stuck out at sea (or running cruise ships aground) so they bust their ass to build a quality product.
The downside to this diesel is the fact that you have a $4,000 up charge for the engine option which means that all the savings you had planned for the mileage just went up in diesel smoke. Plus with the cost of diesel being more than 87 octane means that it doesn’t make sense for some. The good thing is that this is a truck that can be around for years and with a strong cast iron block means that this engine should outlast many other trucks being sold today. And if Obama brings the apocalypse then you can run this truck off of pig fat!
As for the options it will be similar to the petrol 1500 and can be purchased in various configurations. The diesel is clean burning and although the Eco stuff is marketing just like everything with a new engine in it these days this is still a far cleaner alternative than diesels from the past. My main concern is that these trucks still have Chrysler wiring and after having owned them in the past the wiring is often full of issues and have even had a Grand Cherokee burn up. I hope for the best and hopefully just hopefully we can see 1500 EcoDiesel Rams being driven by modest and non-angry drivers without stupid smoke stakes and energy drink stickers all over the truck. Maybe even the driving characteristics will be changed so that you can actually drive near a Ram without having to fight the urge to pull a pit maneuver on them.