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Old 01-03-2015, 10:23 AM   #1
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Feedback from 2013-14 Ram owners

I have had Fords and Chevys in the past, but I want to try something else. I am now looking at a 2014 Ram 2500 CTD and since they were redesigned in 2013, I was wondering what my fellow RVers have experienced with these new models. Has the new rear coil suspension been solid on the 2500? How about reliability and maintenance costs. Has DEF use and fuel economy been as expected? JD Power rates the Ram worst but Consumer Reports recommends Ram as best and is Motor Trend truck of the year. Very confusing! So, rather than relying on pencil pushing propagandists, I am looking for real responses from actually owners who's hard-earned cash was laid on the line. Thank you for your input!
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:42 AM   #2
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I don't have the 2500, but I have a 14 3500 dually. Love it. Good mpg, about 17 avg. unloaded w/3.73. Around 11-12 towing 5er. Good power, comfort and styling. This is my 2nd Cummins and I would buy again. I've owned 7 diesel trucks(both GM and Fords) and this so far is my favorite. DEF consumption is depending on a bunch of factors, but overall not a big expense. I last topped off DEF for $9 at Pilot. A tank will generally go several thousands of miles.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I have also looked the 3500 with the Aisen trans but it is a little more truck than I need for my 10K trailer and there seems to be no issues with the 6 speed auto in the 2500. I hope to hear more feedback as the day goes on.
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:01 PM   #4
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Look at turbo diesel registry. It is dedicated to ram diesel. It is a pay site, but you can nose around there is a ton of Dodge stuff there.


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Old 01-03-2015, 12:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip, I hadn't heard of that site before. From what I could see without a subscription, it looks like lots of good and in-depth technical data. There is even a 911 truck emergency thread to get you up and running ASAP.
Good and bad, I still would like to see what RV owners on this forum think of their new Rams.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:43 PM   #6
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I wish i could give you my experience since I would love to have a new Ram. I have an 06, but I am a member of cummins forum. Be careful what you read on cummins forum and TDR as alot of those guys add horsepower and torque and create their own problems. Most issues I have read about the new ones are more annoying than any issue that would leave you stranded. Mostly check engine lights that have to do with emission equipment and radio issues. Usually check engine lights turn out to just need a reflash. As for cost of maintaining it they do get pretty expensive unless you do your own work. The trucks have 2 fuel filters now and I believe they want you to use synthetic oil also. Hard to tell about the reliability since not to many people have a lot of miles on them yet but it is kind of scary with the emissions stuff, however with as good as my truck has been I would buy another in a heartbeat if I had the money. Good luck in your decision.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:06 PM   #7
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I have heard about the need to reflash the computer on newer trucks although I am not sure the reason why. Maybe somebody here knows the answer. I agree they don't come cheap, but having a 5year/100,000 warranty does help.
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I'm on my second Ram/Cummins. The first time, I bought the engine and the truck ('98.5) came with it. The '13 is an entirely different and very civilized machine. Gobs of power and a transmission that knows what gear to use. I had problems with the nav unit, which the dealer replaced on warranty, but I don't like it anyway -- I prefer my old Garmin. One check engine light resulted in a re-flash, but otherwise the truck has been without problems. DEF consumption is a bit higher than I anticipated, but not excessive and certainly not a problem. I thought the dealer I bought from was a diesel pro, but they missed changing the second fuel filter (near the tank) when I had it serviced and I don't completely trust them. That being said, I would buy the truck again in a heartbeat!
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We have a 2014 Ram 2500 HD with the 5.7 Hemi. I get 17- 18 mpg empty and 11-12mpg towing our 267RLS Chaparral which is 7900 pounds empty. It tows our Chaparral with ease and we love the truck. I get the same millage as my friends 2014 diesel so I couldn't see paying the extra money for the diesel plus the extra cost of fuel.
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I currently have a 2013 Laramie Longhorn, Limited Edition, Triple Black with the RAM Box and I love my truck. This is my second Cummins and the power is fantastic, almost as much fun to drive as my 69 Dodge Super Bee. I have the Aisen (sp) 6 speed transmission, the exhaust brake and Leaf Springs. I love the heated/cooled seats, the sound system is a surround system with a sub, well I love my music when I travel. I am having a little issue with the USB port, as I can have hundreds of songs on a USB Drive, the system seems to duplicate the tracks. I currently have 35,000 miles and have experienced the normal little warrantee issues, but I would still buy this one again. Mileage: Highway- Empty, 18-21 MPG, Pulling my 10,000# trailer 9.5-10 MPG, I live in the mountains, running empty 17 MPG is normal and I do check my mileage with a calculator as the built in system is usually 1 MPG off. I know it sounds like a country song, but I love my truck. JH
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