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2018 vs. 2019

This is a discussion on 2018 vs. 2019 within the Ram 2500 General Discussion forums, part of the Ram 2500 & 3500 category; Originally Posted by Captainmal Stopped by a dealer on I4 in Lakeland, Fl. yesterday. Wife and I were at a local gun show so we ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainmal View Post
    Stopped by a dealer on I4 in Lakeland, Fl. yesterday. Wife and I were at a local gun show so we were close. Stupid busy and I decided that traffic and dealer congestion made any kind of test drive difficult. Passed.

    Now they had five 2500 2018's each with 9 - 15,000 miles on them. They were SLT's and fit my style. Asking around $39K for each, I never made an offer. Entered two and was able to key on the EVIC. One read 13.8 mpg. The other 14.6 mpg. Each was so high off the ground I had to crawl up to get in. The wife tried one and did not struggle to get in the other. We also looked into a couple 19's, one of which had an MSRP of $83,000. Wife told the salesman what she thought of that.

    We left. On the way home I looked and looked at my mpg on the EVIC. Right at 30 mpg.
    I'd chalk the low fuel economy up to sitting on a dealer lot and short trip test drives etc. Dad's '18 does way better than that, last trip with the boat 5,000 lbs and just over 31 feet long boat motor and trailer was over 16 mpg hand calc.

    But yes even I at 33 feel like I need a step ladder to get into it and I can tell I have been very spoiled by the soft ride of my ecodiesel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    I'd chalk the low fuel economy up to sitting on a dealer lot and short trip test drives etc. Dad's '18 does way better than that, last trip with the boat 5,000 lbs and just over 31 feet long boat motor and trailer was over 16 mpg hand calc.

    But yes even I at 33 feel like I need a step ladder to get into it and I can tell I have been very spoiled by the soft ride of my ecodiesel.
    That's great puling the boat. Now how does it do running along at 70 mph?

    The Ecodiesel has spoiled me also. Not from the ride. I'm spoiled at the pump when I open my wallet.
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    Not too many empty hwy runs on it, but out of the two ive been along on looks like about 22 empty at 70. Im very impressed with what it does.
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    It didn’t take long for the issues to start to appear with the 2019’s .. Apparently the 2019 likes to drink def fluid, folks are reporting around 500 mpg of def fluid supposedly there’s a flash to help this situation? my 2016 gets around 3000 miles per gallon of def fluid, not pulling.

    There’s also complaining about the AC isn’t as cool as previous 4th generation years....

    IMOP wait several years, let the bugs get worked out ? The only problem with waiting several years is they will continually keep updating this generation with new components and additional bugs until it’s nearly perfect then they’ll stop making this model for the next generation , it’s a vicious cycle that’s never ending...
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    Piggy-backing on the above there is already out a new programming for the EVIC regarding the DEF usage issue. Who knows what else is in the programming.? Discussion going on about how to do a full delete on a new one. Should not be a major problem. Just not quite there yet, that I am aware of.

    Have heard about the AC issue but have not heard if there is an FCA solution that addresses that, if so.

    Do know there's some discussion about the fuel injector pump and the new fuel filter design. Guessing that will not be an issue into the future as long as the CP4.2 pump remains reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    Not too many empty hwy runs on it, but out of the two ive been along on looks like about 22 empty at 70. Im very impressed with what it does.
    Is that mileage in a 2018?

    How is it configured?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Dog View Post
    Is that mileage in a 2018?

    How is it configured?
    He talked about his dad’s 2018. That probably has the 3.43 rear end ratio. That was dropped totally from the 2019’s. Those that do tow think that’s good, though they could have ordered the 3.73 or the 4.10. Now, if you tow below 14k lbs., you cannot even order the 3.43 and get the better fuel mileage on a 2019.
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    I know the 2019 1500 new body has an a/c issue. FCA apparently updated the refrigerant and removed an electric hot water valve feeding the heater core. The end result is the a/c vent temps output about mid 50's F which is about 10 to 12 degrees warmer than other vehicles. That with a larger cab and possibly a pano roof and you have a problem. TFL Truck did a youtube video comparison with the new ram 1500 and an F150 and it wasn't pretty. So far FCA hasn't acknowledged the problem. Fortunately there's is an effective $15 hack - add a mechanical hot water valve between the water pump and the heater core. Some even added a hose clamp/pinch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Dog View Post
    Is that mileage in a 2018?

    How is it configured?
    It is my dad's truck, he uses it for a commuter and to tow TT and feed, equipment etc. back and forth from our ranch. Its a 2018 3500 SRW crew cab 4x4 with 3.42 gears.

    Truck is an absolute BEAST compared to our ecodiesels. We went fishing this weekend and its got 2x the power pulling up steep ramps in 2 wheel drive high as my ecodiesel does in 4 low. The only ting that we have to move that actually warrants this level of truck is our dozer coming in at about 17000 +/- lbs and the tractor with implements at about 13000 lbs. But we do not move them often. I do all their maintenance on the vehicles and drive them quite a bit, its fun to see the other side and I love the truck to death, but my ecodiesel fits my needs way better.
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    Well we sold our 2015 ED and 26' camper about 2 months ago. Replaced them with 2018 3500 SRW 6.7 4x4 crew cab 6'4" bed with 3.42 gears and also a 37' Durango 5th wheel. Love the power and really pulls the 5th wheel with ease. First trip from Wisconsin to South Carolina and back for almost 3000 miles of towing, we averaged 10.7 doing 65-70 MPH. Empty we just did a round trip to a birthday party with the cruise set at 70 and by the time we got home the evic said 23 MPG after 230 miles. I've been averaging 18-19 hand calc average per tank when driving a mixed city and highway. I does not ride like the 1500, but with the camper attached with about 2700 pounds of pin weight, it rides pretty nice
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