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Old 09-30-2018, 02:05 PM
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RAM 1500 ECO Diesel?

My 2016 Tacoma is coming up on its 3rd Birthday next month and will be right at 90,000 Miles
No issues at all, but I am currently in a situation with no real Tow Vehicle and would like a better use of "truck Space" for my daily work duties.
Tacoma avg of 17.5mpg has not been the Best and even 22-24 mpg would make a difference with my double the avg yearly miles.

My #1 Thing that I like about the RAM is a unique option that really suite my Work Use.
The RAMBOX CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. (photos)
This is exactly what I wish I had vs milk crates and random tools in my Bed.

I work in Events and Concerts, so I always have all of the Spares/Tools/Cables and Bandaids in my Truck.
Problem is when ever I need to throw a Couple Speakers or road cases in the back, its a mess. Its aso a Pain to quickly get to my stuff when we are setting up.

I have studied this RAM BOX and My own needs for a few Years, and Think this this quiet the deal for someone like me.

The ECO Diesel, seams to pull decent real world MPGs, 22-32 across the reviews I had read..

I dont really want a 1/2 Ton, but the TACO is less than impressive on MPGs and Performance under a load. This despite its incredibly reliable drive train so far. Nothing but the Battery has ever failed me.

*I have ruled out FORD , GM, NISSAN, TUNDRA as they dont over any cool Storage options of just keeping my TACO, though the Ford 150 Eco 2.7 looks appealing for MPG

Anybody got any inside personal info on this RAM 1500 ECO ?
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:47 PM
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I am a ford guy all the way
.. but do like some bells and whistles ram gives you. Thats a nice bump in gas mileage... good luck..


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.. but do like some bells and whistles ram gives you. Thats a nice bump in gas mileage... good luck..


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hoping to find a newer used low mile or maybe a screeming deal on Leftover 2018.

2019 has no EPA clearance for new Eco D yet. so that and probably price rule it out
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IMHO any factory provided storage is never as big or as useful as you hoped it would be. I would recommend either going with a chassis cab then picking up an aluminum utility body that has all of the compartment you need or just getting tool boxes for the bed.
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Old 09-30-2018, 07:38 PM
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hoping to find a newer used low mile or maybe a screeming deal on Leftover 2018.

2019 has no EPA clearance for new Eco D yet. so that and probably price rule it out
Since you are on that side of the US. Best prices have been had from Dave Smith Motors, in Kellogg, Idaho. If you do go that route, sneak in a GDE tune.

My Eco is stock, 76kmi 2014. If I keep it under 70 (67-68) I get 15 towing my X-14. 70-75 I get 12 which is better than 9 from the Q5. You must remember, it's only 180 cubic inches. No mfg is without its problems.
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Would recommend a camper shell rather than those that make the bed much smaller
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I saw these the other day. Sort of cool. I also don’t care for the Ram built in boxes because of the loss of space in the bed. That’s just me. Not bad I guess if you can manage the space. I love the new interior they are offering.

https://www.realtruck.com/swing-case...YaAuhEEALw_wcB
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I saw these the other day. Sort of cool. I also don’t care for the Ram built in boxes because of the loss of space in the bed. That’s just me. Not bad I guess if you can manage the space. I love the new interior they are offering.

https://www.realtruck.com/swing-case...YaAuhEEALw_wcB


Had those in the 80’s. Limited space for sure. Only look for 6’4” bed in ram box. The 5’7” is pathetically small. They produce too many of those.


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covi, i like those.

my uncle has the ram box on his truck. they are pretty slick, but i definitely wouldn't buy a truck because of them. after market storage options like covi recommended are much nicer.

i know you don't want a ford, but the 3.0 power stroke in the 150s is getting really nice real world mileage.
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I had a '15 Ram 1500 Eco-diesel. It was a nice truck, but I would suggest a used Ram 2500/3500 Diesel for about the same money as a new Eco-Diesel. The 6 cylinder diesel is pretty low on torque for a tow vehicle in my opinion. I towed my X2 many times with it and it got OK mileage ~14 mpg towing. Power was pretty lacking while towing though. I sold it after about a year an a half and replaced it with a Chevy 3500 Diesel. I'm way happier with the 3500.

On the freeway not towing at about 70mph, I never got above 24 mpg and usually closer to 22. The 30 mpg highway estimate on the window sticker is complete BS. Well, maybe if you drove a flat highway at 50 mph you could get closer to 30 mpg.

So, 1500 EcoDiesel positives:
Nice interior, quiet, good electronics

Negatives:
Power, bed capacity, depreciation
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