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Old 11-19-2013, 06:48 AM   #1
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Ram 1500 3.0L Diesel Thread

Hey gang,

I figure that I would start a thread on the new Ram 1500 diesel with the 3.0L VM A630 engine. The purpose of this read is to share information and not to flame this vehicle. I already seen enough flaming about this motor and everyone who flames it has no experience with it.

This vehicle, in my honost opinion, has potential to be a game changer. This motor has more power than my old 6.9L and 7.3L before the aftermarket turbos were installed, and could possibly still have more power.

Being a current VM owner in my Jeep, I know of the few problems. Most of the problems, from research by Green Diesel Technologies, has to do with the aggressive EGR that is required by our EPA and Daimler Chrysler's suggested use of 0W40 as the oil of choice. I am hoping that they have worked on that, although reading the Owner's Manual, I see they recommend a 5W30.

I am hoping to purchase the Outdoorsman package. My reasoning is factory 17 inch LT tires. I will be towing my Roo with it, and when financially right, upgrade tto something below 7500 GVW.

I would like to hear about others who have an interest in this vehicle. I have been following this vehicle closely and done my research on it, even making a gearing chart for towing purposes (comparing it to my Jeep).

I hope we can keep this civil. I know how truck guys can be loyal to their brand, or even their engine.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:39 AM   #2
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looks interesting -- 2011+ VM Motori V6 Diesel Engines
Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500
Max Power in kW (hp) 184 (241) @ 4,000
Torque in Nm (lb-ft) 550 (406)@2,000
Gas mileage 28 comb / 8.3l/100
Model Years 2011-?
hopefully Ram does not bundle it like they have the Grand Cherokee - priced right at the top end
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:07 AM   #3
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looks interesting -- 2011+ VM Motori V6 Diesel Engines
Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500
Max Power in kW (hp) 184 (241) @ 4,000
Torque in Nm (lb-ft) 550 (406)@2,000
Gas mileage 28 comb / 8.3l/100
Model Years 2011-?
hopefully Ram does not bundle it like they have the Grand Cherokee - priced right at the top end
Ram, you can get in most models. The exceptions are the sport, express, and regular cab with short bed. I would have to check their web site first to confirm.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #4
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This motor gets better MPG than the V6 that is offered and will tow 9200lbs. Game changer for sure the 1st to offer a small diesel in the 1 /2 ton class. This will rival the ecoboost F150. It generates the same power as the early 2000 5.9 Cummins motor with 1/2 the displacement my has technology changed things.
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I agree that it will definitely be a game changer. Only concern is the suspension on the 1500- still coils? And with the extra weight of a diesel, are they going to up the GVWR? If not, it will negate much of the towing capability because payload will likely be VERY low.
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The 3/4 and 1 ton pickups also use coils. In fact for 2014 the rear suspension in the heavy duty is no longer leafs and has coils all the way around like the 1/2 ton. The 1/2 ton also has air ride as a factory option for load leveling. The new 3500 Ram has a tow rating of 30K pounds!
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Just looked it up payload is 1630 lbs with the eco motor
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I hear it only starts on the 3rd try and the exhaust smells like strawberries.



Now, when can I get this motor in a 7 or 8 passenger full-size SUV, I ask? My 1999.5 diesel Golf still holds a very fond place in my heart. But what's with the prices of diesel??? Sheesh.
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Is this the same motor that's currently Mercedes / Dodge Sprinter, and will it also require you not use B20?
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I agree that it will definitely be a game changer. Only concern is the suspension on the 1500- still coils? And with the extra weight of a diesel, are they going to up the GVWR? If not, it will negate much of the towing capability because payload will likely be VERY low.
If I remember (but may be wrong) an air suspension with load leveling is available as option. Sound promising.
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