2011 Ram 1500 Consumer Review: ECO Mode is terrible but great

2011 Ram 1500 - Consumer Review

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Laramie Crew Cab Pickup (5.7L V8 4x4 5-speed Automatic 5.6 ft. Bed)

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ECO Mode is terrible but great ride.
By dvp16 on


2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 5A)


Great ride, smooth, quick.
Nice interior, better than Ford's.
The bad- the ECO mode or MDS that cuts the engine to four cylinders to save fuel is terrible.
Runs rough, sputters despite program flash from dealer. I had a 2011 Jeep with the same engine and the MDS switch was flawless.
So this must be a "Ram" problem. Check out some Ram forums and see the complaints about the ECO and MDS before purchasing. Drivers are placing the transmission in 5th gear to keep the MDS from engaging. I guess we know why Ram sales continue to fall.
Chrysler will not listen to the owners.

Best Features

Fantasitic smooth ride, great interior, good navigation system.

Worst Features

Raise the front end back up. The 2010 and up models have a 3 inch drop from the previous models. Get rid of MDS. The 3 MPG is saves? Buyers paying that much for a vhecle would be happier without the MDS. At minimum allow the driver to deactivate it with a switch and leave it off all the time. Fix the clutch plate failure issues.
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