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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Two Glove Boxes

July 21, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has two glove boxes.

Because one glove box absolutely, positively won't do.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Will the iPad Fit?

July 18, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Because our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a Wi-Fi hotspot and we've activated it for service, I plan to take a Wi-Fi-only iPad on my next road trip. But where should I put it?

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Makeshift Bike Rack

July 17, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

It's possible you remember the makeshift bike rack I built for our 2014 Chevy Silverado a few months back.

Because I'm driving the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to Wyoming next week and taking bikes I needed something similar. Problem is, the Ram's 5.5-foot bed isn't long enough to accommodate bikes using the one slot it offers for holding a 2x6 board vertically. That slot is between the wheel wells and the tailgate so the bikes would need to face backwards, and they're too long for that.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Needs a Bumper Step

July 16, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

What's missing in this shot of our Ram's bumper?

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: A Well-Lit Entry

July 15, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

This is a shot of the courtesy lights on our 2014 Ram 1500. They come on when you unlock the doors and as you can see they do a pretty nice job of lighting up the area around the truck.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Adjustable Pedals

July 14, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has adjustable pedals. They can be moved fore and aft using this switch on the side of the steering column.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Tire Rub

July 11, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's tires rub the wheel wells. It only happens in certain situations, at full steering lock when passing over a bump. In other words, it happens every time I pull out of my driveway, which doesn't have an aggressive transition.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Adding Diesel Exhaust Fluid

July 09, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

As Kurt pointed out the other day, our 2014 Ram 1500 is in need of diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF. It's the stuff that's sprayed into the exhaust to help clean up the emissions.

With the DEF gauge firmly in the red zone, I figured I would fill it up a little since I was driving it all weekend. I opened the manual to see how much DEF I'd need to add. I've never done it before so I don't have a reference point to start from. Are DEF tanks big? Small? I have no idea.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: DEFinitely Low

July 07, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

That's the DEF gauge, and as you can see, we're running low on the stuff. DEF is an acronym for Diesel Exhaust Fluid, which broadly, is used to help reduce emissions for the diesel power plant in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 03, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

In the month of June, our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel spun an additional near-1,200 miles onto its odometer and consumed 56 gallons of diesel fuel. That equates to 20.8 miles per gallon for the month.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Small but Useful Storage Space

July 02, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

This compartment in the center console of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is not large. As you can see, it's barely deep enough to accommodate a box of delicious orange Tic Tacs.

Some might see this as a major oversight, since everything in a full-size truck must be full-sized right? Not so.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Not Sure About the Shifter

June 30, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

I've always liked the idea of alternative shifters for cars. Rather than have a giant lever taking up all that space on the console, why not make it a switch like everything else so you can put it anywhere that's convenient? Sure it takes some getting used to, but eventually you're glad to have the extra space.

I'm not so sure it works as well for trucks.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: You Write the Caption

June 27, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Now that we have our new commenting system is place, let's test it out with a caption contest.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Should We Lose the Step Bars?

June 26, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The soundtrack to this 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel update is the song "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" by The Clash. That's what it comes down to really. Should those massive chrome side step bars stay or should they go?

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Broken Interior Light

June 17, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

This hole once housed an LED interior light in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. It's located in the rear driver's side seat bottom cushion. When the seat bottom is flipped vertically to carry cargo instead of people, the light illuminates the cargo area, or at least it would if it were still located in this hole.

Instead, it's been pushed from its mount and is floating around in the seat bottom, visible when it's turned on through the carpeting on the bottom of the cushion.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Underfloor Storage

June 16, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Previous-generation Dodge Ram pickups had this feature so it's not a huge surprise to find these bins built into the rear floor of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Motorcycle Transport

June 11, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

I used the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to haul my motorcycle to a track day at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada recently. I've said before how much I enjoy driving this truck, with its almost ridiculously smooth ride, sweet diesel engine and comfy cabin.

But, as with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, I wish our Ram's bed was longer.

This time I actually have a legitimate reason for it. It even involves some Harley-Davidson-riding dirtbags, just to make the story more interesting.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 10, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

In May we clocked about 2,000 miles on our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. At the 4,000-mile mark the Ram's lifetime mpg was sitting dead-on the EPA combined estimate of 23 mpg despite many highway miles. We're currently at about 4,411 miles but haven't filled the truck in June.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Behind-the-Scenes Conversation

June 9, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The following is an actual reenactment of a conversation between me and EIC Scott Oldham in the hallway of Edmunds world headquarters. As both of these guys are somewhat gruff, former east-coasters, it works better if you read it with a slight Jersey accent.  

Me: "Hey Scott, how you doin'?"

Scott: "Don't wreck my truck."

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: A Ventilated Seat With a Brain

June 2, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Our new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has heated and ventilated front seats. I've never been one to automatically stab at the seat heater or seat ventilator buttons when I sit down, so I was a bit surprised when cool air spontaneously blew up through my seat as soon as I fired the Ram's engine.

Was this some sort of driver preference set up by a previous Edmunds staffer?

It was a particularly hot day, so I didn't mind so much. But was it supposed to do that? And could I keep it from doing that if I wasn't a fan?

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Pedal Placement

May 30, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

I'm having a difficult time finding a comfortable seating position in our new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. First of all, there is no telescoping steering wheel, which is common in pickups, but our Silverado has one. As it is, the tilt-only wheel is too far away, requiring an uncomfortable arms-straight-out position.

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Ram 1500 in VA is:

$111 per month*
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