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Bought a 2016 ecodiesel Laramie with the airbag suspension as a demo in 2016. Brought it back to the dealer for 1st oil change and was told the oil cooler had failed this was at about 10k miles. The dealer stated they could not purge the oil from the cooling system and replaced the entire engine along with all cooling components radiator, heater core, hoses ect. That took a month to complete. Next major issue was towing a bass boat and truck decided to do 1st regen which burned a hole in the intake next to the egr produced limp mode had to tow boat and truck. Had the recall done now truck lacks power and drive-ability, higher shift points, typical complaints. Then at 52k towing the bass boat again trying to come home from a lake overheating began occurring, back to limp mode with a failed egr cooler, towing of the truck and boat again, dealer has had truck two weeks all egr coolers on back order. I made a case with FCA who supposedly helped get a EGR cooler shipped to this dealer but it was damaged on arrival and Ive heard nothing further.
I have never had this much trouble with any vehicle nor been stranded with a bass boat by any other vehicle very frustrating. I'm hoping the egr cooler is an improved version but no one at FCA seems to be able to answer that question either.

I'm considering trying software from Green diesel for both the engine and transmission to see of this truck can be reliable with that modification. Selling, filing lemon law ect.are the other options.

I do like the truck other than the extremely poor reliability, any advice on improving reliability, this seems to be something Chrysler/FCA cant accomplish. FIAT fix it again tony comes to mind.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

I, too, have a '16 Laramie with the air suspension. I installed the GDE tune when it was brand new and now, at 85k, haven't had any issues. Maybe you're on to something with installing the GDE Hot Tune.
 

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Welcome to the forum - First post.

So tell us something we don't know. Everything you talk about has been a topic here over and over. If you can get it running correctly by the dealer and want to try - add a GDE engine control module. That will turn off the EGR, keep the intake and swirl valves clean, clean up the oil, quiet the DEF issues and should give you a little more performance with loads and loads of greater reliability. Granted it's a shame you and so many have to put up with this but the reality exists. So is a possible solution.

If you get it running, then make the decision to keep or let it go. Your problems are near universal without GDE.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Great bunch of guys here. I support your idea of both tunes since the government mandated AEM tunes degraded both the engine & transmission tunes. I have both & it’s a much better running trouble free truck than stock let alone AEM detuned.

Since you tow consider adding the turbo brake option. Oh and why not consider an EGR cooler delete kit to permanently fix the EGR cooler since the tune turns off the EGR anyway and with a tune it will turn off the check engine light that would otherwise be associated with EGR cooler delete. After these they may have to pry your cold dead fingers off the steering wheel to take the truck from you. Let us know what you think if you get it done.
 

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Yep GDE is no brainer like others have said. I too have 2016 laramie bought in Nov 2016. Tuned with gde within first few thousand miles and now has 83k miles with no engine issues. We have been all the way down south to san Diego and all the way east with 7k lbs TT. No issues whatsoever.

I have full confidence in this engine that its no less reliable then the big brother cummins once its tuned and the evil egr is turned off.
 

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I have no doubt that GDE will be your answer. I had the EGR cooler fail at 98k kms and deleted it, got GDE Hot tune then and recently Tranny tune. I now have 190k kms with zero issues since the GDE tune. Good luck..
 

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Have 315,431 kms thus far with zero mechanical and NO ghost CEL issues. First 80,000 kms were stock on Pennzoil 5w30...then GDE.

4,740 hours 355 of which are idle.
 

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Bought a 2016 ecodiesel Laramie with the airbag suspension as a demo in 2016. Brought it back to the dealer for 1st oil change and was told the oil cooler had failed this was at about 10k miles. The dealer stated they could not purge the oil from the cooling system and replaced the entire engine along with all cooling components radiator, heater core, hoses ect. That took a month to complete. Next major issue was towing a bass boat and truck decided to do 1st regen which burned a hole in the intake next to the egr produced limp mode had to tow boat and truck. Had the recall done now truck lacks power and drive-ability, higher shift points, typical complaints. Then at 52k towing the bass boat again trying to come home from a lake overheating began occurring, back to limp mode with a failed egr cooler, towing of the truck and boat again, dealer has had truck two weeks all egr coolers on back order. I made a case with FCA who supposedly helped get a EGR cooler shipped to this dealer but it was damaged on arrival and Ive heard nothing further.
I have never had this much trouble with any vehicle nor been stranded with a bass boat by any other vehicle very frustrating. I'm hoping the egr cooler is an improved version but no one at FCA seems to be able to answer that question either.

I'm considering trying software from Green diesel for both the engine and transmission to see of this truck can be reliable with that modification. Selling, filing lemon law ect.are the other options.

I do like the truck other than the extremely poor reliability, any advice on improving reliability, this seems to be something Chrysler/FCA cant accomplish. FIAT fix it again tony comes to mind.
One should never have to go to a tune to fix a manufactures equipment. Never. FCA owes you a new, working truck.
 

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How big is your Bass Boat? I have a 18.5 Aluminum (basically fish/sky style) which I tow regularly. Never had a problem or even come close to overheating. My Truck is also Stock - and have not done the AEM yet.
 

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Why are you listing your mileage in kms if you live in Florida? Just curious. Love the Ecodiesels.
Demonstrating support for our Canadian friends...and the km number just seems more impressive...;)
 

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One should never have to go to a tune to fix a manufactures equipment. Never. FCA owes you a new, working truck.
I've heard this argument a few times, and I don't really get it. It's common knowledge that FCA is hamstrung by EPA requirements and it's these requirements that often kill the modern diesel. Sure the truck will work without it, but for how long? How many erroneous CEL's will you tolerate due to stringent EPA standards?

It's quite simple actually. Your truck is a huge investment, at least it was for me. Why not give it the best possible care possible which includes a clean running ECM tune?
 

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How big is your Bass Boat? I have a 18.5 Aluminum (basically fish/sky style) which I tow regularly. Never had a problem or even come close to overheating. My Truck is also Stock - and have not done the AEM yet.
Nice shark...JK. You can't be towing more than 3500lbs? Our truck would not even know it is back there...pulled 7,500lbs at 70 in 90* Florida w/o issue....she is stout off the line too.
 

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Why are you listing your mileage in kms if you live in Florida? Just curious. Love the Ecodiesels.
Demonstrating support for our Canadian friends...and the km number just seems more impressive...<img src="http://www.ram1500diesel.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
Haha good one.. A local junk yard owner always prices stuff in Usd. Asked him why.. He said price is lower in USD so its always more attractive to the buyer even though they pay in Cad.
Theory validated none the less. 😁
 

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If you bought it from. rAM dealer I’d work em hard for some preventative maintenance services free of charge. Oil changes for life, fuel filter changes for life, transfer case fluid changes for life, etc. make a list and a demand or buy it back at full value then go buy a 2017 or newer to avoid the FCA recall and ass GDE. Best of luck to you.
 

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I've heard this argument a few times, and I don't really get it. It's common knowledge that FCA is hamstrung by EPA requirements and it's these requirements that often kill the modern diesel. Sure the truck will work without it, but for how long? How many erroneous CEL's will you tolerate due to stringent EPA standards?

It's quite simple actually. Your truck is a huge investment, at least it was for me. Why not give it the best possible care possible which includes a clean running ECM tune?
Cummins 6.7L, Duramax 2.8L, Duramax 6.6L, Powerstroke 7.3L and 6.7L all use very similar emission control strategies and some use very high tech friction reduction materials. Not nearly the same problems as the 2nd Gen 3.0L VM Mortori.

FCA rushed it. There is a series of problems they won't publicly talk about with random failures. They are just holding out until all the warranties expire. It's happened before. Ford 3-valve. Chevy blown heads. Others.

With this many problems consistently affect this one owner they owe him a refund of some reasonable level or actually fix the truck. Durability is assumed with something as expensive as a entry level house.
 

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OP - I read your post twice to make sure I didnt miss something. I'm sorry but I just don't think three mechanical events over 52K miles is necessarily considered "incredibly unreliable". If it were me, the only thing I be altogether angry about is the time it takes your dealer to complete the repairs, which is likely a combo of waiting for parts and taking their time. I assume they provided a suitable loaner vehicle during the breakdowns, so that you could still tow your boat, etc, If not, I'd complain about that. But otherwise, it sounds like your dealer is pretty good, especially in comparison to some other stories floating around the forum.

You note you had your first regen, which burned a hole in your intake. First, that was absolutely NOT your first regen so I'm betting thats not the case...but I'd be very curious how long after engine replacement did that failure happen, and also how long after that particular repair did they do the AEM? I'd bet the failed EGR and that intake melting are related, possibly the same problem, but perhaps misdiagnosed the first time. If I'm right, (which is certainly unlikely!) that really means just two failures. Lastly, you can't count the AEM effect on performance as a reliability issue. (Well, at least not yet)

Obviously our perspectives are different, but I just don't classify your truck as "incredibly unreliable".

If you ever get so disgusted with your Laramie, please let me know...I'd be interested!
 

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Cummins 6.7L, Duramax 2.8L, Duramax 6.6L, Powerstroke 7.3L and 6.7L all use very similar emission control strategies and some use very high tech friction reduction materials. Not nearly the same problems as the 2nd Gen 3.0L VM Mortori.

FCA rushed it. There is a series of problems they won't publicly talk about with random failures. They are just holding out until all the warranties expire. It's happened before. Ford 3-valve. Chevy blown heads. Others.

With this many problems consistently affect this one owner they owe him a refund of some reasonable level or actually fix the truck. Durability is assumed with something as expensive as a entry level house.
My bet is if there were not tuning options and ways to delete diesel pickups that there wouldn't be no diesel craze like there is and with the 07-08 advent of DPF etc. the diesel passenger vehicle market would have all but died.

Pretty much if your not open to tuning you should have bought a gas.
 

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How big is your Bass Boat? I have a 18.5 Aluminum (basically fish/sky style) which I tow regularly. Never had a problem or even come close to overheating. My Truck is also Stock - and have not done the AEM yet.
Don't do the AEM until FCA comes up with money and extended warranty such as our southern brothers are getting. My dealer called wanting me to come and get the new tune and I told them to stuff it until FCA Canada treats us like the US.
 
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