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The diesel-powered Dodge Ram 1500

I bought a new test truck, and there was much rejoicing. Celebration for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the first half-ton diesel truck in more than 25 years, goes far beyond the yard work needs of the Consumer Reports auto test staff.

Evidence of this came from very strong initial orders from dealers, with customers practically lining up to buy. We saw this firsthand as we tried to buy our diesel Ram. Getting our hands on a truck took several weeks, and it was a challenge to find one that wasn’t super-loaded with options.

Even taking that into account, our Ram wasn’t cheap. Not even close. We opted for a midevel Big Horn Crew Cab 4×4 with the shorter of the two bed length choices. Adding the diesel ramps upped the price by a cool $4,000.

After that, our truck is packed with many nice options—$6,000 of them. A $410 integrated trailer brake controller and towing mirrors seem to be a natural match for the diesel’s talents. We’re also big fans of the $505 Uconnect 8.4 touch-screen infotainment system. Once you have experienced heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, it’s hard living without them here in New England. There goes another $395. We regretted not getting a $595 backup camera with park assist on our last Ram, so this one has it.

Added all up, our truck was sticker priced at $49,155. That seems like a lot for a truck with cloth seats. Most trucks seem to be priced to reflect the inevitable thousands of dollars in incentives as manufacturers fight for dominance in truck sales wars. Even though we still got some money off, buying the first one on the block that wasn’t presold didn’t help bargaining.

We’ve called the Ram 1500 “the luxury truck” among its peers, and the diesel makes it even more civilized. Compared to the Hemi’s roar and burble, the diesel goes about its business unobtrusively. The torquey powerplant sounds quieter here than in our tested 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. Power flows out smoothly, thanks to the eight-speed automatic transmission, but the 240-horsepower EcoDiesel lacks the acceleration of the Hemi. It will be curious to see how the diesel does when towing; we were impressed by how the Jeep pulls a load.

The biggest question: how good is the fuel economy? According to the trip computer, I got 25 mpg overall on my commute. I’ve never broken 20 mpg on the same route with a Hemi-powered truck or SUV. Instrumented testing will come after the truck gets break-in miles; it had less than 100 miles on it when I drove it. It also had a bed full of brush—like I said, all of us at the track have a lot of yard work to do—but it’s unlikely those picked up sticks mattered here.

I also found some surprises. Despite all of those options, including various “comfort” and “luxury” packages, our truck lacks automatic climate control. Also, since it’s quite a stretch to jump up into the bed to unload yard debris, I was surprised there’s no step or ladder. Our truck was certainly shiny at delivery, but the dealer didn’t fill up either the diesel tank or the diesel emissions fluid tank. (We do like the analog gauge that shows the fluid level.)

Maybe the biggest surprise: Our truck’s 1,233 pound payload rating is pretty modest. With its 3.55 rear axle ratio, the truck can tow 7,750 pounds. Say you tow a 6,500-pound camper; it will probably have 650 pounds of tongue weight, leaving you with less than 600 pounds of capacity for your kids and stuff in the truck.

Still, this is a rather impressive and quite refined machine. Of course, many of the Ram 1500’s attributes remain intact here, such as best-in-class ride from the rear coil spring suspension, comfortable front seats, and a roomy cab. In the weeks ahead, we’ll see if this diesel-burning Ram can outscore the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra at the top of our truck ratings.

Read more at: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/05/dodge-ram-1500-ecodiesel-first-drive-review/index.htm

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2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 Diesel Review

Twenty-five years ago, the first diesel-equipped Dodge Ram pickup went on sale. Then, twenty years ago, Dodge made the pickup world sit up and take notice with the 1994 Dodge Ram pickup; its big-truck styling, thoughtful cabin, and generally state-of-the-art design transformed an also-ran model with a 7% share into a major player, with an 18.5% share at the end of August 2013. Significantly, from the crash in 2009 to the end of 2012, Ram achieved the highest growth of any American pickup.

For 2014, these trends converged as Ram became the only American full-size pickup line with diesel engines across its entire range.

A group from the Texas Auto Writers Association met the newest Rams on a hazy morning at Ventura Farms in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains about 43 miles northwest of Los Angeles. They were all there: the new Ram 1500 with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine; the new 2500 with the five-link coil suspension; the 3500 with a demonstration version of supplemental load-leveling air suspension, and an assortment of ProMaster commercial vans.

The event kicked off with presentations of the new technologies. The keynote speaker was Ram CEO Reid Bigland, whose speech was liberally sprinkled with the phrase “best-in-class.”

Kevin Mets, head of Ram Heavy Duty Pickup Engineering and Greg Corey, from Ram Power Engineering, gave us a briefing on the new technologies, including watching a pre-production prototype of the big Ram’s suspension. A Ram 3500 was hooked up to a gooseneck trailer loaded with a 19,841-pound Case-IH 140 tractor. A pole with a moving arrow showed the height of the rear wheel opening. As the trailer’s landing gear was retraced, the arrow moved down as the truck took on the load. The new air suspension kicked in and the arrow slowly moved back up to its original position.

While diesels and new suspensions took most of the limelight, Kevin Mets introduced the new truck-specific 6.4-liter HEMI engine. In addition to best-in-class 410 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, the new engine can be equipped with dual alternators to support heavy electrical loads.

After the briefing, it was time to pick a truck and head out. I picked a Ram 2500 4×4 with a manual transmission and fewer bells and whistles. Kimberly Shults, the Chrysler Communications rep for the Southwest Region, came along as the navigator.

I have often wished that manufacturers would offer more “real world” vehicles in their media fleets, especially in trucks that are more likely to be purchased for their work capabilities than the level of bling. The company seemed to agree: the Ram 2500 was set up as a fleet buyer might take it. Even without the extras, the Ram 2500 was very comfortable and the coil suspension worked exactly as advertised, delivering a ride superior to light-duty trucks from Ford and GM, including the new 2014 Silverado.

To test handling and maneuverability, we headed out on Protero Road to Westlake Boulevard, a boulevard in name only. Westlake is a narrow road with no shoulders, but enough twists and turns to give a snake a conniption fit. It heads up a mountainside and then comes back down, where we picked up Mulholland Highway, another twisty two-lane with delusions of grandeur.  Even when the lanes narrowed down to being barely wide enough for the exterior mirrors, the Ram was able to stay in-lane through the turns.

If you’re going to take a big truck up a mountain, it would be hard to beat that silver Ram 2500. The Cummins diesel provided plenty of power and the smooth-shifting six-speed made the nearly constant gear changes easy; it had a fine clutch feel despite the high torque.

Seating was comfortable enough for a solid day’s driving; supportive without being too firm. Truck seats have come a long way since the last pickup I owned.

Mulholland Highway deposited us on the Pacific Coast Highway, a real highway this time, where we paused at one of California’s many beaches to stretch our legs, take some photos and change drivers. The return route to Ventura Farms was less dramatic and we enjoyed a comfortable ride.

As read on: http://www.allpar.com/reviews/14/ram-3500.html

Back in Black: Ram Extends Black Package to HD Pickups

Throw the devil horns skyward, because Ram is letting Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models get in on the factory-prepped blacked-out look for 2014. Available as the Black Express on Ram 1500 trucks since mid-year 2013, the package proved so successful Ram figured it would extend the treatment in even a more imposing form to its heavy-haulers. Officially called the Ram Black appearance group, it’s making its debut at the Atlanta auto show this week.

The descent into darkness starts with a black truck outfitted with body-color front and rear bumpers, adds a set of 20-inch black aluminum wheels, and a black grille surround with black horizontal inserts specific to the two available trims—Big Horn/Lone Star or Laramie—and body-color badges on the grille and tailgate. All traces of body-side badging have been binned in the name of blackness, with the exception of those ordered with a Cummins diesel. On those trucks the diesel designation on the front fender remains, because diesel brings the bad on it’s own.

Lighting gets a similar treatment, halogen projector headlamps with black bezels, amber LEDs handle turn-signal and side-marker duties. The taillamps also include black finishes, and are comprised of LEDs. Included as part of the Black package are the decidedly un-goth-but-quite-handy backup camera and parking sensors. A pair of integral front bumper-mounted fog lamps illuminate the way when the night turns, well, dark. As sage philosopher/spiritualist/rocker Nigel Tufnel once said, “It’s like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.”

Ram tells us the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty Black package is available on Ram 2500 and 3500 single rear-wheel trucks, in Crew Cab and Mega Cab models, with the choice of two- or four-wheel-drive. Pricing for the Black package HD trucks starts at $43,335, and is available for ordering now.

As read on: http://blog.caranddriver.com/back-in-black-ram-extends-black-package-to-hd-pickups/

2014 RAM ProMaster Open House November 20th: 9am -6pm



 
Join us at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on November 20th for our RAM ProMaster Open House Event!

We will have Refreshments, Demo Drives and while you are here make sure to Enter for a chance to win a $250 Gift Card!

The Ram ProMaster one of our BusinessLink vehicles, come in and see all the Great Benefits you receive as one of our BusinessLink Members!

Win 500 Gallons of Fuel!


It seems these days the only thing stable about fuel prices is their instability. Well, that and the fact nobody ever enjoys paying higher prices at the pump.

Let RAM ease that pain by giving you free fuel. In the coming weeks, RAM will be giving away one grand prize of 500 gallons of fuel in addition to smaller-yet still significant-weekly prizes of 32 gallons, which just happens to be the size of the largest fuel tank available on the new 2013 RAM 1500. Coincidence, we think not.

Click here to enter for your chance to win.
And good luck!




*As read on: http://blog.ramtrucks.com/features/win-500-gallons-of-fuel/#more-6866

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Motor Trend Truck of the YEAR!!

The ALL New 2010 Dodge Ram is Here
What makes the ALL-NEW 2010 Ram Heavy Duty Motor Trends Truck of the Year?
EVERYTHING!

5.7L Hemi V8/6.7 Cummins Turbo Diesel
Diesel exhaust brake – All-New Crew Cab – Mastery of towing and hauling – Power Wagon
All new Interior – Longest lasting, most durable ParkView rear back up camera – Uconnect System
Trailer brake controller – All-New Design

Visit our Knowledgeable Sales Staff at
Dick Scott Dodge in Plymouth and Dick Scott Motormall in Fowlerville
and take advantage of our great financing options Today!

It’s like winning the Super Bowl when you drive away in your All-New Dodge Ram Heavy Duty!

Motor Trend Truck of the Year!

The ALL New 2010 Dodge Ram is Here
What makes the ALL-NEW 2010 Ram Heavy Duty Motor Trends Truck of the Year?
EVERYTHING!

5.7L Hemi V8/6.7 Cummins Turbo Diesel
Diesel exhaust brake – All-New Crew Cab – Mastery of towing and hauling – Power Wagon, All new Interior – Longest lasting, most durable ParkView rear back up camera – Uconnect System, Trailer brake controller 
All-New Design

Visit our Knowledgeable Sales Staff at
Dick Scott Dodge in Plymouth and Dick Scott Motormall in Fowlerville
and take advantage of our great financing options Today!

It’s like winning the Super Bowl when you drive away in your All-New Dodge Ram Heavy Duty!