welcome up, glad to have you along. Long term reports are keeping me on the fence as well right now. Seems to be in great shape, glad the others don't mind being the guinea pigs >New to the forum but not to the diesel market. I will be interested in the 6-12 month report on the Ram Eco as miles accumulate.
Ok, here's a quick guinea pig report. A bit of a preamble; this longhorn cc 4x4 lb was new vehicle purchase #26 so I have a pretty good basis for comparison. I'm a definite diesel head & have been driving a variety of diesel powered German vehicles since the early 80's. Of all the vehicles I've owned, this is the first chrysler product. Whether factual or simple presumption, I've always viewed them as an inferior product. While I still suffer a bit from "dodge-a-phobia", i chose the ram on hopes that the recent European ownerships of chrysler have injected enhanced technology & reliability in the brand. I took delivery of my truck in April & now have >8000 miles. It has been in the shop for a cel & will return for low battery voltage problems in the morning. Was my assumption of improved reliability in error? Time will tell but I am disappointed as of now. I can emphatically say this truck is on par with any luxury car I've ever owned with regards to interior appointments & comfort. It has been an exceptional travel vehicle. The fuel mileage has been nothing short of phenominal. To date, the best hand calculated tank was 31.1 & worst 23.3. I haven't reset one trip odometer since new & it's sitting at about 26 mpg. The truck has been like a lightning rod for criticism when it comes to rated tow & haul capacities. Mine has an anemic capacity of <900#. I've actually had 800# loaded behind the rear axle with no indication I had a load of any kind while driving. My heaviest weight to date is 1600# & the air suspension leveled the load without a problem. Bare in mind, I have a 200# are cover & had a couple of big dudes in the cab. Along with this load, I was towing an additional 3000# trailer over some mountainous east tn back roads with some pretty gnarly, steep switchbacks without drama. It's a truck, use it like one!! The fit & finish isn't perfect but comparable to most other vehicles I've owned. Overall, with the exception of possibly questionable reliability issues, I have found little to fault this truck for. I'm hoping the battery drain problem will be resolved painlessly & if I encounter no further issues, I'll proclaim this vehicle the nearest to perfection for my use of any vehicle I've yet owned. Keeping my fingers crossed!
I'm not surprised that happen. Batteries are like that, although you know it's a new battery, it can still fail on you.Please pardon me for jacking your thread but wanted to do a quick update. Service dept said batt tested defective & replaced it. Hopefully this will take care of the problem. Gleaned some interesting info & I'll share the details in an appropriate thread.