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Old 12-31-2014, 02:55 PM   #21
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That's a beauty, Mark. We looked at the Rams too but couldn't find a local EcoDiesel to drive- they were all sold out. We may consider one again in a couple years when there are some used ones out there.
Do you expect your mileage to improve as the engine gets broken in?
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:07 PM   #22
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That is better than mine, 21 on highway, 18 around town and 15 towing. I estimate maybe 16 if I had the 19. You have the 3:55 rear if I'm not mistaken. Here is a picture...I love the led lights at night.
Beautiful truck! One option I wanted but wasn't on this truck is the projector head lights. It's so hard to find an EcoDiesel, unless you order exactly want and pay full price, you have some compromises. I'm happy with mine. More updates as I travel.
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:22 PM   #23
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That's a beauty, Mark. We looked at the Rams too but couldn't find a local EcoDiesel to drive- they were all sold out. We may consider one again in a couple years when there are some used ones out there.
Do you expect your mileage to improve as the engine gets broken in?
The Ecodiesel Ram trucks are very hard to find. Many want and only a few available. I looked at the Silverado, Sierra, F150 and Ram and the Ram diesel 1500 is what I wanted, but had a very hard time finding one. Only could find the base rubber floor work truck, or the loaded Big Horn Limited at over $60K.

Was a couple of days from buying a nice 2014 Sierra. Stopped at Clovis Dodge on the way back from the GMC dealer and they just got mine in the day before. Glad I checked one more time. Still had the plastic on the seats and dash. Had most of the options I wanted and all but one of the options I needed. Bought it the next day.

The Ecodiesel era has begun.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:16 PM   #24
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I will be ordering a Ram 1500 within the next few weeks to pull our 5.0 TA that's on order. At first I had my mind made up to get the Ecodiesel put now that gas prices have plunged I'm having second thoughts. My question is, are current fuel prices just a fabrication of the Saudi's or might this be the new reality. In my 63 years I've seen enough gas wars and I'm guessing that this is what's happening now. Or not. So for me it's a toss up and back to the drawing board with more homework to do. Hemi or Ecodiesel or maybe even the 6 cylinder? But either way they all look great!
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:20 PM   #25
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I wouldn't bet the farm that fuel prices are going to stay low. That crystal ball is a bit fuzzy.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:38 PM   #26
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You're probably right. It's that fuzziness that's got me wondering.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:56 PM   #27
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Personally, I went for V8 rumble over V6 economy. Depending on who's numbers you believe, the diesel pay back of its higher costs can be several to a multi year timeline.

Not sure what my truck will be, but I can almost guarentee it will have a turbo.

Jim nice truck. :-)
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:22 PM   #28
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We did an an analysis of the ROI point with a Ram EcoDiesel vs an F150 EcoBoost.

Assuming that:

- the Ram will give us around 18 MPG when towing
- the F150 will give us around 16 MPG when towing
- the Ram is considerably more expensive than the F150
- Diesel fuel in the States is much higher than Gasoline

It would take us over 10 years to reach the 'break even' point in terms of total fuel costs. Of course, the Diesels are reliable, so perhaps the Ram would have a slight advantage over the F150 in terms of maintenance, but to us that's negligible.

It proved to us what we already knew: your choice of vehicle is based on YOUR priorities. Ours were mainly MPG and fuel costs. So, we opted for the F150.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:34 PM   #29
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I believe diesel maintenance costs are higher than gas. And diesel and gas both come from oil so they will go up or down more or less the same.
"Experts" I heard discussing gas prices said they expect prices to begin to rise in about a year.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:39 PM   #30
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I had a diesel Jeep and the oil changes were quite expensive, of course now everyone is using synthetic so the price is now higher for conventional. The nice thing about diesel is you can get a repair at any truck stop.
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