That seems to be backward of the norm. Always thought 2wd versions have higher tow capacities because they are lighter in weight. Interesting...Today the local Chevy dealer I've been chatting with finally managed to sort of figure out the oil pump belt replacement cost. Sort of because they could find the labor cost but don't see any part pricing yet. Labor would be a touch over $1800. Book calls for R&R of tranny and pulling timing cover off back of motor. So that now pushes maintenance costs to more like $3k above the Ram ED for my 200k mile swag. A safe bet would be a couple cents per mile more on the main front. And i'd have to go with 4WD on the Chevy for adequate towing capacity with the 2WD Duramax 1500 only rated at 7800 lbs.
That is usually the case, however IIRC the truck they tested has a 3.23 (or similar) rear end which significantly affects the tow capacity. to get the 9300 max rating for the chevy you would need the lowest (numerically highest) rear end ratio that chevy offers, similar to the 3.92 offered by ram. Probably in an extended cab, long bed 2wd configurationThat seems to be backward of the norm. Always thought 2wd versions have higher tow capacities because they are lighter in weight. Interesting...
Perhaps same as the Gen II RAM? It might just be that GM hasn't figured out the cooling as of yet.GM Fleet order info shows the 2WD 3.0 diesels to be among the lowest towing capacity of the various 1500 combinations. The V-8 with same axle ratio in 2WD is rated for 2000 lbs higher towing!???
Guys, I can clear this up pretty quickly. I have a gen 2 and gen 3 ecodiesel. They aren’t comparable. My gen 3 is smoother, quieter, more powerful, gets better mpg, and not that I have some miles on it, it has almost zero turbo lag.Kind of a subjective report but still good to learn things.
Being subjective means there is really no right or wrong. I like the smaller screen in the Ram. It is not as much of a distraction from the task of driving. That is the #1 thing drivers should be doing, not playing with large video screens.
That hula girl was to give an idea of ride quality, though a major distraction. My opinions to others that my personal Ecodiesel was a bouncy ride sure showed up in all the bouncing the Ram in the video did with that hula girl showing it.
As for the lag ... time and reporting from owners will clear that up as production models get out there for owners to report. These pre-production test models may not be the final word. At least, I hope not.