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Everybody's loving it having a grand old time, mileage is fantastic and the engine is quiet. But there are always niggles or concerns, lets hear them.

What are some of the things you don't like about your EcoDiesel?
 

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its quiet.... lol Coming from a 6 speed. I dont like the computer telling me what gear is right. Takes forever to switch into 8th. Drives me crazy. Also wish the tow ratings were a little better. not sure of the reason why they are low
 

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I mean you don't have to shift gears when the computer tells you to, but I can see how that may change your driving experience.

DO these things really bother you, or are they just the few things wrong in a mostly right vehicle?
 

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its quiet.... lol Coming from a 6 speed. I dont like the computer telling me what gear is right. Takes forever to switch into 8th. Drives me crazy. Also wish the tow ratings were a little better. not sure of the reason why they are low
I can see how that can get annoying, it would be great if there was some way to stop it from doing that
 

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I mean you don't have to shift gears when the computer tells you to, but I can see how that may change your driving experience.

DO these things really bother you, or are they just the few things wrong in a mostly right vehicle?
i love the truck, just when i tell it to be in 8th at 53mph, it stays in 7th until its wants too... thats all
 

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DEF consumption had me worried, but it seems to have leveled off. I wish they could have extended the air condition seats to the rear. The hump in the rear floor makes it awkward for taller passengers (knees higher than hips). Also would like a reclining rear seat much like the 2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Crewmaxes had. All small complaints so far.
 

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DEF consumption had me worried, but it seems to have leveled off. I wish they could have extended the air condition seats to the rear. The hump in the rear floor makes it awkward for taller passengers (knees higher than hips). Also would like a reclining rear seat much like the 2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Crewmaxes had. All small complaints so far.
I thought the crew cabs did recline? My friends '12 Hemi 1500 does. I have a quad cab so i know mine doesnt. i agree with the air conditioning extending to back seat. I am only at 500 miles so my DEF says full still. we will see. I know the manual said if you do alot of highway driving and towing, it will use DEF faster.
 

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Takes forever to switch into 8th. Drives me crazy.
I test drove one about a month ago and it wouldn't shift into 8th gear at 70 mph unless I hit the gas and let off quickly. I thought the transmission was acting wierd and Salesman couldn't explain it.

So, it's normal for these not to shift into 8th gear or did I experience a bad truck?
 

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i read somewhere it wont unless you are just crusing and the computer thinks you dont need the tq... Also i think the trans stays in 7th until the truck is at operating temp. higher rpms quicker warm up.
 

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I believe 7 and 8 are OD gears... so if theres no need for it to jump into OD2 it will hang out in OD for as long as possible. At least I know thats how it works on the 9 speeds...
 

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Without it going into 8 gear you will not achieve the rated MPG's. The mpg's on dash readout were at 19mpg at 70 mph. Once it shifted into 8th it jumped up to 26-27mpgs...
 

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I thought the crew cabs did recline? My friends '12 Hemi 1500 does. I have a quad cab so i know mine doesnt. i agree with the air conditioning extending to back seat. I am only at 500 miles so my DEF says full still. we will see. I know the manual said if you do alot of highway driving and towing, it will use DEF faster.
I believe only the MegaCab that is offered in the HD models are the only ones that have reclining rear seats.
 
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Sounds like they purposely made it that way with the shift from 7th to 8th gear. I'm sure it is to protect the engine and limit fuel consumption.

Did you really feel that you need the 8th gear, or is it just annoying not having the truck doing what you want it to?
 

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Sounds like they purposely made it that way with the shift from 7th to 8th gear. I'm sure it is to protect the engine and limit fuel consumption.

Did you really feel that you need the 8th gear, or is it just annoying not having the truck doing what you want it to?
likely, i know how important mpg rating are to car makers so they probably did this so on paper they can look good and keep up with the competition and of course lastly, the regulations
 

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Sounds like they purposely made it that way with the shift from 7th to 8th gear. I'm sure it is to protect the engine and limit fuel consumption.

Did you really feel that you need the 8th gear, or is it just annoying not having the truck doing what you want it to?
Both, i know at 70 mph there is no reason for it to stay in 7th. if it hitthe gas a little then release it will go into 8th and still hold the speed. I think its a tuning issue. they most likely did that for the power on demand.

Another observation, when the truck is cold, it will hold lower gears longer. iv noticed this.
 

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It's a cold-blooded engine like most diesels.

My dislikes are few. There is a big one. It's the transmission shift knob. I have turned the air conditioner knowbby mistake. Turned the shifter knob to reverse while coasting and trying to get to neutral. Forget to **** the darn thing. Didn't use the brake and shifted, which gives you neutral in any gear.

Then there's the issue with the transmission being so mushy in reverse. It's like the darn thing takes full throttle to get going unless you are on paved, level ground.

Don't like automatics. That's the real issue. I need something to do with my clutch leg or I feel worthless as a driver.
 

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It's a cold-blooded engine like most diesels.

My dislikes are few. There is a big one. It's the transmission shift knob. I have turned the air conditioner knowbby mistake. Turned the shifter knob to reverse while coasting and trying to get to neutral. Forget to **** the darn thing. Didn't use the brake and shifted, which gives you neutral in any gear.

Then there's the issue with the transmission being so mushy in reverse. It's like the darn thing takes full throttle to get going unless you are on paved, level ground.

Don't like automatics. That's the real issue. I need something to do with my clutch leg or I feel worthless as a driver.

I was worried about accidently turn the shifter while moving. Are you saying there is a safety that wont let you jack your transmission? just goes to neutal?
 

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Tested that transmission dial by mistake more than once.

If you do not have your foot on the brake while turning the thing into either D, R or P ... You get a neutral. Mostly I tried to back up after allowing the truck to stop by itself. then I would turn it to R and "nothing".

it happened at the marina multiple times and then I went out and tried to duplicate this. Easy to do. It's brake or no go.

Always drove a manual transmission. 55 years of driving manual put me into driving habits like coasting to a stop or turn in neutral. Did that often with this dial and then turned it to reverse as I moved along.

OOPS!

Did it twice by accident. In both cases nothing horrible happened.

Do not recommend you test but it's your truck.
 

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Both, i know at 70 mph there is no reason for it to stay in 7th. if it hitthe gas a little then release it will go into 8th and still hold the speed. I think its a tuning issue. they most likely did that for the power on demand.

Another observation, when the truck is cold, it will hold lower gears longer. iv noticed this.
Does temperature usually affect gears like this? Is it on purpose, or is this not a good thing really?
 
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