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    Ram 1500 Diesel truck

    anyone have one? opinions? what the deal with the engine additive you need to keep it clean? expensive? on all new diesels?

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    A friend just bought one. I was amazed at how quiet it was for a diesel. He says he gets 20mpg highway. I does use DEF (diesel exhaust fluid).
    The dealer told him a tank (not sure how big) will last about 10,000 miles. Filler for it is right by the fuel filler, behind the same door.

    His listed for approximately $48K, he paid $37K plus tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fdmars View Post
    anyone have one? opinions? what the deal with the engine additive you need to keep it clean? expensive? on all new diesels?

    Thanks in advance
    I can't help on the Dodge but we just bought the wife a new Audi Q7 and it has the diesel and requires the additive. It has the fill spout under the fuel fill as well. I think this is on all new diesel engines
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    The DEF costs about $10/ 2 1/2 gallons and most trucks I think hold about 2-3 gallons. The DEF usage varies with load, when the easier you are on it the less it will use.

    I would hope those 1/2 ton diesels get mid 30mpg, because most newer 1/2 ton gassers get 20-22 mpg on the highway.
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    There is also a cetane additive which is also required for low sulfur diesels, one bottle is about $9 and is good for 125 gallons. I'm not sure I'd own another diesel truck at this point. Also keep in mind oil changes require much more oil than a gas motor, also make sure you look into the cost of fuel filters. An oil change with oil filter, plus fuel filters will run me about $250 or so... and that's me doing it. DEF in my F350 will last around 8000 miles, the truck will warn me when it gets low.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    A friend just bought one. I was amazed at how quiet it was for a diesel. He says he gets 20mpg highway. I does use DEF (diesel exhaust fluid).
    The dealer told him a tank (not sure how big) will last about 10,000 miles. Filler for it is right by the fuel filler, behind the same door.

    His listed for approximately $48K, he paid $37K plus tax.
    Son got a '14 CTD RAM 2500 4-door 4wd 12-31-14. He got 21-22 mpg on a road trip last January with winterized fuel, cold temps, etc. 20 from the half ton is nothing to brag about. I've heard 25-26 mpg is typical with them.
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    My boss has the same diesel the Ram does in his Grand Cherokee and he gets 34mpg.


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    FWIW......A couple of guys here at work recently picked up 2015 4wd Ext cab F-150's with the new 2.7L Ecoboost. They are AVERAGING 21 mpg so far over a couple months of driving daily.......just as good mileage as the diesel (although probably less tow rating), no need for the added diesel maintenance and lower actual fuel costs.
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    I've been paying close attention to them, as I think it's about damn time North America got on the same wagon that Europe has been on for decades.

    I'm told by the 2 guys I know with them that they love them. Once guy reports 40+MPG (imperial gallon) when he behaves himself, and 20-ish pulling his big pontoon boat.

    I'll likely always need a 3/4 or 1 ton, but if I didn't I'd sure be looking at one of these.

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