Threw a rod on a new ED.. Trade for 5.7 or keep it?

Threw a rod on a new ED.. Trade for 5.7 or keep it?

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    Threw a rod on a new ED.. Trade for 5.7 or keep it?

    Been enjoying my new 2018 Laramie ED quite a bit in the 10 months since purchasing. It's comfortable, looks great, get's amazing mileage and towed a 7300-7400lb toyhauler to the race track with ease. Took her for a 150+ mile drive on the highway this weekend with the Mrs and about a mile from home, it started clattering and making an awful racket just as I was about to cross a busy intersection. I backed out of the intersection while I had a chance and the clattering seemed to ease up in reverse. Wife is 9mo. pregnant and was scared as hell. The engine smoothed out a bit, so I limped us home asap. I've heard rod knock before, so caught the sound on video and bounced it off my motorcycle mechanic, who advised don't drive it and it's on it's way out.

    I had it towed to the dealer where I bought it, who also did the first oil change about a month ago. They confirmed it threw a rod at 8500mi, new engine will be here within a week, and installed the following week.

    The wife and I are questioning whether we can trust this little motor for the long haul, replacement and all, and considering trading it for a 2019 Laramie w/ 5.7 Hemi. We would lose a chunk of value on the current truck, which would be rolled into our new auto-loan and the MPG hit between the ED and Hemi is negligible. I personally feel that a diesel just feels proper in a truck with it's driving characteristics, but a $65K+ Cummins is a bit beyond our budget.

    As a side note, my dad has been doing business with our current dealer for 30-40yrs and currently has a 5.7 Hemi in his '05 2500 that runs like an absolute top with 140K miles on her. He's tootin' his horn about how I bought the wrong motor .. Ultimately seeking a motor that's going to last me the next 15-20yrs.
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    you are the only one that can determine what fits your life, these engines have more problems than most, but they are still fairly infrequent. Haven't heard of too many people on their 3rd engine.

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    Personally know someone that blew 3 engines within 36k miles on a 2015 ecod. Truck was a short drive grocery getter type use with occasional long trips. He now drives a Ford F150 ecoboost. Everytime I see him... One of my questions is " what the F did you do to your ecod to blow 3 engines"?

    And answer "nothing... They are junk"

    Meanwhile mine has 81k miles with 0 engine issues. Hard to wrap your head around it....

    We like the ecodiesels around here in Vancouver due to highest fuel prices in North America. So I come across ED owners all the time. And have count less blown engine stories. But that doesnt stop people from buying these trucks.

    3 more friends with ecodiesels.
    1st had intake swirl valve code and had his intake manifold replaced at 65k miles

    2nd had blown egr cooler at 60k miles. Not replaced by warranty.

    3rd with another leaking egr cooler at very low miles and replaced by warranty.

    Mine is tuned and have had no issues. Not saying the tune is the magic. But atleast for me it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcat67 View Post
    you are the only one that can determine what fits your life, these engines have more problems than most, but they are still fairly infrequent. Haven't heard of too many people on their 3rd engine.
    Your comment is funny if looking at your avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaCap View Post
    Your comment is funny if looking at your avatar
    Well Ram made my mind up for me, if it blew up it’d be a different story


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    You might also consider hanging on to it until the 2020's come out. Appears to be a more robust EcoD.

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    our 2015 had knock at 23000 and they put in new engine and now have 114,000 with 5,000 towing 7,500lb TT. not tuned yet but it's coming

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyMac View Post
    You might also consider hanging on to it until the 2020's come out. Appears to be a more robust EcoD.
    different manufacturer or just a better design? Haven't seen any new EcoD Rams around the dealerships here in Central Texas.

    After driving a rental 5.7 for a month I can say that I honestly can't tell a difference other than at the pump.
    The rental QC 1500 with 9000 miles and the Hemi was averaging 16-19 for me vs the 23-25 we get with the diesel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chizzle1 View Post
    different manufacturer or just a better design? Haven't seen any new EcoD Rams around the dealerships here in Central Texas.

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    FCA claims it will be better , but , only when they come out , and regular preople use them ,
    will we know if they bulletproofed it , the post DPF feed for the EGR is nice , but it is used in combination with same
    pre DPF feed we have now , only time will tell. Still a VM Motori engine ( owned by FCA ).

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    If your are truly looking for a truck to last 20 years I think your better off with the hemi unless your going to delete all the emissions stuff.

    That said I bought mine in 2015 with the intent of keeping it as long as it was reliable and fit my needs. My son is almost 5 and he might get it for a wore out first ride in 11 years.
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