• Ram 1500 Diesel Pickup Trucks Resume Production According to Published Reports

    2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 EcoDiesel

    The Ram 1500 with the 3.0L diesel engine is back in production.  Automotive News, reports today that diesel test mules have been spotted rolling around Michigan with only a Diesel badge on them, no more EcoDiesel.

    According to Automotive News, employees at the FCA Warren Truck Plant have started assembling diesel 1500 Ram trucks again although no resolution has been announced by either FCA or regulators in regards to alleged high emissions.

    On the May 19th, FCA applied for certifications from regulators to reinstate its V6 diesel (which was available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee too). According to reports, FCA/Ram expects to get its Ram 1500 diesel rectified soon.

    This comes shortly after the EPA and California Air Resources Board sighted irregularities with the engine’s software. Shortly after that story broke, the Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division said they had evidence of undeclared diesel emissions software and filed a civil suit. A few years ago, similar allegations (which were eventually proven true) severely hurt Volkswagen.

    The FCA 3-lter V6 diesel has proven popular with both Ram 1500 diesel trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokees too.

    At this time we do not know if or when the newly produced diesel Rams will be arriving at dealers, but be sure to stay tuned for more information!

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    23 thoughts on “Ram 1500 Diesel Pickup Trucks Resume Production According to Published Reports

    1. Strange. Change the name, model to skirt the issue ? Maybe they will mail the eco badge in the future ? Lol

    2. They can rename it macaroni for all I care.Just glad to see they are back in production.

      1. They can keep the turd. Under powered slow pickups are not very exciting. But at least it’s a FCA product, so you know it’ll be cheap.

      1. I hope that comes with a exhaust brake then it would be everything my daughter and I ever wanted.

    3. Exhaust brake would be totally awesome!
      Maybe it even has more power and torque too? Who knows. All we do know is that this was not a VW case of intentionally bypassing everything “German engineering” at its best lol
      This was some software that protected the engine from going into a destructive scenario. But because it wasn’t fully disclosed the EPA immediately thought that FCA was German and that they were a subsidiary of VW lol

    4. Well so much for the eco part? I believe mt did a test on a tdi car a before and after “emissions scandal”. Said DSL dropped 5 mpg after it was reprogram. Also I red the performance wasn’t as good either. Just an FYI on this. I’d imagine flt will test on the more enviromental friendly DSL. Which it doesn’t sound very good, at least to me.

    5. I’m pretty sure EPA knows FCA is Italian American and that they are still treating the device as a defeat device from what I understand. Time will tell. Just because they don’t understand something doesn’t necessarily make it a defeat device. I take it they to,d FCA to explain that “thingy” and exactly why it is not a defeat device. We will see how this ends but I suspect fines are coming.

      1. The company that tested thus truck determined that it was a cheat device. The system tested totally different when it was in lab testing vs out on the streets. Fiat purposely installed 8 cheat devices and hid it from the EPA. One of which was cruising down the expressway.

    6. Moondog, it’s not a defeat device. There are lines of code in the ECU programming that enable the cheating. There’s nothing misunderstood here. I’m sure the EPA is capable of hiring programmers that can read Embedded C with XML.

      1. Hmmm,they can also hire uber greenies that hate diesels and actually not find anything wrong,but fabricate the ‘evidence’. I trust them….NOT.

        1. That is just conspiracy talk. If that was the real case all that VW and Fiat has to do is prove they are compliant. Fiat knew since 2015 that they were not compliant. Both VW and fiat have been caught cheating globally. Not just here in the United States.

          1. I’m betting there are a lot more diesel cheaters out there too. Mercedes has said we have seen our last diesel.

      2. See JJ’s comments, Dist. Honestly, I don’t know what it is but I do know that EPA gave them every opportunity to prove it was not a defeat device. With regards to the regulations, I am more familiar than you would think and all I can say is we will see. I’m not a “clean” diesel expert but I wonder how this will play out. I bet it costs FCA some coin. I do know that they are still not authorized to sell the diesel yet. The EPA does not routinely go out and contract out like many private corporations do. The federal governments contracting provision under FAR takes a lot of time to get contracts through. As far as hires, the federal government is not exactly on a hiring frenzy now and can’t just say we need to hire someone that can do this. It doesn’t work that way. Maybe it should but it doesn’t. Time will tell how this plays out.

    7. In the meantime, I’m going to keep driving my ’14 1500 EcoD w 85k mi cause I love the torque and mpg! Thinking about a tuner now to be even more efficient…

    8. Why is MPG not factored into the EPA’s emissions formula? If the emissions are reduced but MPG suffers also, aren’t we in the same or even worse place from an overall pollution standpoint? The extraction, processing, and distribution of fuels is itself causing pollution.
      What am I missing here?

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