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Old 09-21-2013, 08:46 PM
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Off-road review: http://www.tfltruck.com/2013/09/road...b-tastes-dirt/

Not much meat except they said it's getting 700 mile per 26 gallon tank as a daily driver, that's almost 27mpg.
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I tried to find that video earlier today, but couldn't. Thanks for posting the link.
You're right, not much in that 6 minutes. The 27 mpg sounds pretty good, although- they didn't tell us if it was with a 4x4 or not. Probably not.
I can't imagine the Ram even meeting the mileage of the JGC, which is 21/28 for 4x4. I think it's about a 2mpg hit for 4x4.

It's to the point now that I just want to drive one.
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I agree a stock 3/4 ton dmax is not going to beat those cars or a 1/2 ton hemi but it will beat a 3/4 gas truck. And for $500 give or take of modification it will neat those light sports cars.
Nope, unless you are going to knock 3 seconds of the 1/4 mile time of the Duramax for $500.00, ain't happening.
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It's a very small engine still. Can't expect the truck to be fast. It will out tow the hemi, which is what it's supposed to do as a truck.
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It's a very small engine still. Can't expect the truck to be fast. It will out tow the hemi, which is what it's supposed to do as a truck.
Agreed, if a person is that worried about 0-60 they shouldn't be getting a truck.
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I would think mileage in the high 20's would be one of the the most appealing selling points.
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Skytop, I'm not sure if you have driven any modern diesel trucks? I have a 05' duramax and it is anything but slow. A quick look found 2012 duramax 0-60 was 7.2 and the 6.0 was 7.7. I'm sure the numbers are similar for rams. Pluses a diesel will respond tremendously to a programmer where they are a joke for gas motors. Search YouTube for Cummings vs Corvette or mustang videos and see who wins.
My smack gets 16mpg mixed driving and 15mpg towing a 6000lb boat at 75mph. I expect this truck to get 25-26 towing my boat.
My last diesel was a 2008 F350 dually. Is that new enough for you? It is 7000# of diesel which returned its best mpg on highway driving of 16-17 mpg. Additionally, if you reread my post, you will notice that what I said was the result of my first diesel in 1982 which resulted in the need for copious amounts of patience while driving.

As for chipping, there are always those who think there is a free lunch. Pistons are made of heat sensitive AL alloy that does not stand up well to extreme high temperatures (combustion zones) which chips rely on for their claimed power advantage. No thank you.

My post was concerning some diesels that are indeed sluggish to drive. The newest full size diesels are putting out prodigious amounts of previously unthinkable power. But remember that diesels by design, work best as constant RPM engines.

With the impending release of the '14 RAM VM diesel that has tested at 0-60 in almost 10 seconds, the statement I made about diesels 30 years ago still rings true today.

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When I owned my first diesel back in 1982, I used to humor people asking me what it was like to drive a diesel. I responded by saying "Driving a deisel causes one to develop a strong sense of patience."
Coming from a BMW 335 that does 0-60 in under 5, I feel the same way about the Hemi. It's made my commute much more sedate.
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I think the SRT Challenger might have a HEMI that'll come close to your BMW's performance.
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I think the SRT Challenger might have a HEMI that'll come close to your BMW's performance.
I've been thinking for a couple of years I needed to slow myself down a bit, so I'm good with my HEMI just like it is.
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