Originally Posted by Stovebolt
Can't beat the Cummins diesel but just trying to keep the rest of the truck together is the problem with the Ram. Had enough of them to know. Rust buckets on top of trans problems you name it. They all have decent trucks and they all have problems. Some just don't want to admit it.
How current are your experiences Stove? Ram has been making some damn nice trucks... Granted they had a bad rep for trans in the 90's, but alot of that was the fault of incorrect fluid being used.
I have owned a 96 half ton, 05 2500 diesel, and now the '14 3500 diesel.
The 96 half ton had over 150k miles on it (in northern IL mind you)... stock trans, no rust on the truck at all when I totaled it when another driver pulled out in front of me. That one had the gas 360 and towed a 16' stock trailer regularly.
The '05 2500 diesel was also an auto trans.. Over 120k miles on the stock trans when I traded it off. 0 problems. That truck did have a small rust spot on the bottom of the tail gate from where a PO filled the drains in the bottom of the tailgate with bed liner. I will admit the 4 speed trans was not ideal in this situation... more gears would be better, but it was reliable. The 48RE's in stock form are pretty stout trans until you start putting chips and tuners on the motor...
The '14 3500 diesel, with the 68RFE trans, has been fantastic although I admit I have only driven it a total of 6k miles thus far. The 2 extra gears and the exhaust brake on these trucks are fantastic.
Sorry.. OP... I realize not Ecoboost related... my appologies.
PS... I am leary of turbo charged gas motors.. keep in mind a turbo gas motor is not the same as a turbo diesel. Compare the rods and blocks for example of any diesel to any gas motor... Far cry different.. I admit though I do not know how the Ecoboost is built.. my hope is that Ford built it more like a diesel with a much stouter lower end, but I've never been inside one.