• 2015 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 – This Just In!

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    2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

    Here it is, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4. It’s got a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 under the hood. This turbocharged engine produces 240 horsepower @ 3,600 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm. It uses an 8-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 system. This truck rides on a 140.5 inch wheelbase, has a 13,750 lbs GCWR, and a 3.92 rear axle ratio.

    The characteristic low-end torque of the diesel and the low axle ratio make for spritely around-town driving.

    “This Just In!” segment is about getting your input on what you want to know about the new truck, and what you want to see TFLtruck do with it.

    Please let us know in the comments below and will do our best to accommodate.

    Andre Smirnov
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    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    21 thoughts on “2015 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 – This Just In!

      1. Honestly, this means nothing to me. It is probably a good test of whether a buyer can get by with a 1500 or should move up to a 2500 with a larger diesel. If the result of this test is guiding your decision, you should probably just get a heavy duty truck.

        I’m a likely mid-size truck buyer who may be convinced to buy the 1500 ecodiesel, despite not really wanting a full-size truck. I’d like to see how this truck, and a comparable Ford 2.7EB, performs under loads that would be approaching the limits for a mid-size truck; towing a 5000-pound travel trailer, hauling a 1,000-pound load of gravel, comfort for 5 big guys on a road trip, etc. I’m not going to buy a truck based on how it performs under worst-case conditions, so I’d like to see what sort of mileage I can get under average conditions that will have a more significant impact on overall fuel consumption.

        1. You guys really should try to do a comparison between this and the 2.7L both loaded/unloaded, but with frequent speed changes. Hard accelerations, stops, slow accelerations, etc. These are usually the conditions that end up killing gasoline fuel economy while diesels keep shining.

    1. Ike gauntlet, some fuel economy number after mixed driving (just read your freeway mpg report), and a 0-60 run. Basically a full report. If you can only do one, make the the Ike. That test is unlike anything that any other outfit is doing and, if one is looking for a tow vehicle, one of the hardest things to really get a sense of in a test drive. I mean, I live in Oregon and I doubt my dealer is going to let me take a truck to Colorado towing a trailer just to test it out!

      Thank and keep up the good work.

    2. True mpg numbers based on pen and paper results. How can we know the onboard computer is accurate. Fill up, drive 50 highway miles one way, 50 back to the filling station then top up again. How many gallons did you use? Same thing with the Ford 2.7. Thanks.

      1. And please do a one on one offroad comparison with the RAM Rebel! I want to see the difference of the engines diesel vs. gas and the different suspensions steel vs.air.

    3. Also, Ive heard of a problem with the ecodiesel. It involves oil fumes/residue being pumped back into the intake system. Can you please see or find out if this has been fixed?

    4. How about a weekend trip to the mountains 4 sleds , 4 guys or gals, 20′ enclosed trailer ,6 cans of fuel and gear.
      Lets see how it does, hand calculated fuel economy, power, comfort ,ease of use.
      Give Burandt a call and ride with him, and see what performance is all about.
      Oh – drive home in the dark , see how the lights work with the hitch weight, watch out with the load levelling bars and black ice, it can be fun, going up hill with the pedal down, will the traction control be quick enough?

    5. Good job on finally getting one of these. I’d like to know if you think the rotary shift knob is goofy or not. Also if there is any cost savings to this vehicle vs the Ford 2.7L when you take into account purchase price of diesel, and cost difference of diesel fuel.

    6. I live the premise of the small diesel engine. Let’s see it up the Ike pulling a decent load. Plus, how about a nice offroad test up one of your trails. And some around town test drives would be great. I live in Colorado so any test against altitude helps. In summary, Ike, City testing maybe during rush hour, and offroad use. Perfect. I’m hoping this will be my next truck based on overall mileage figures. Thanks and keep up the great work.

    7. Sweet Bronco. Please do not wreck it by lifting it. I do agree on a modernization though. Maybe a mild cam as well. I see it has a 289 in it so that’s a great platform to start with
      Keep us posted

    8. Of course, MPG and towing tests. I would like to see it towing a wide range of trailers – maybe 4000#, 6500# and then maybe the full rated load. Personally, if I bought s truck with heavy trailer towing in mind, I think I would have to consider a 2500 / Cummins and leave the Ecodiesel for the lighter loads.

    9. Ike’s is a good test, but it’s over in 11 min. We need to see a test where the trucks are used over a weekend or week, towing a trailer, hauling gear. How functional is the truck, it takes time to find the nigglies, and the good points. Are the back seats comfy over a 6 hour trip, what’s the economy over the long haul, what’s passing like on a 2 lane highway,can you do it or just think about it when towing and hauling a load.

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