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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Slow and Steady

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on January 21, 2016

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Want to hyper-focus on the horrible slowness of your daily commute? The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is here to help.  Thanks to the onboard drive computer, I know exactly how long it took me to slog through the Southern California freeway traffic.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Another Holiday Road Trip With Zero Complaints

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on December 9, 2015

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Last week, for the second year in a row, I was presented with a choice between our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel or a four-door family sedan for an annual road trip to my father's house in Northern California. This time, I'd have a few passengers. For the second year in a row, I chose the Ram.

Great, but what exactly does that mean?

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Perfect Vehicle for Muddy Passengers

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 11, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

A year ago, I took our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel on a 1,200-mile road trip that ended at a Tough Mudder event in Temecula, California. Tough Mudder is a global series of obstacle-course events I participate in and as you'd expect from the name, participants get pretty filthy by the finish. Running a 10-mile obstacle course can also be pretty painful, so along with the dirt, I expected a few sore muscles by the end of the day.

So when I signed up for another Tough Mudder this year, I made sure the Ram was available. It was the perfect vehicle for the job the first time around and I knew it wouldn't let me down.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: The Right Choice for Full Loads

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on October 8, 2015

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I recently faced the decision of choosing which truck in our fleet to use to tow more than 700 miles. It was a big job, too — not just towing, but hauling. I would fill the cab with the most precious cargo on earth (my family), the bed with spare parts, tools and fuel, and hook a rally car and trailer behind. I chose our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

I had reasons.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Road Tripping to a Ghost Town

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 21, 2015

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Once a year, a group of us leaves town for a weekend of guy-time at the Calico Ghost Town. The location was a random choice in the beginning that grew into a tradition. This year our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel got the call to shuttle us there. It was a great fit. The Ram covered all of the basics for a dudes-trip to the desert.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Towing 5,000 Pounds for 5,000 Miles - Part 3

August 16, 2015

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If you want to go from the Edmunds office in Santa Monica to Deals Gap, North Carolina, there are millions of miles of road to choose from. Last week, I hooked up a trailer to our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and chose Interstate 10 for the journey east. I-10 crosses the southern United States and my trip to the Tail of The Dragon meandered a bit.

I stopped to see friends, took long breaks and soaked up the scenery. Once I'd reached my destination in North Carolina, I spent four days exploring local parks, blasting through local highways and eating all the barbecue I could get my hands on. Then I loaded up the trailer, said my goodbyes and headed home. I was weary and ready to sleep in my own bed, so the journey home would be much shorter.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Towing 5,000 Pounds for 5,000 Miles — Part 2

August 12, 2015

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When we last left our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, I was using it to tow my Acura Integra across the United States. I drove 2,600 miles for the annual Team-Integra Dragon Run and unhooked the trailer immediately. I expected to spend the majority of the trip zipping through the mountains with my Integra buddies, but it turned out that the unladen Ram got quite a bit of use too.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Towing 5,000 Pounds for 5,000 Miles - Part 1

August 7, 2015

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I've spent a lot of time with our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel but I hadn't had a chance to tow with it yet. Lucky for me, there's an annual car meet in North Carolina I go to and the boss gave me approval to tow my Acura Integra there. So I rented a U-Haul trailer and started planning the trip.

The U-Haul car trailer weighs about 2,200 pounds and my Integra is around 2,600 pounds. Add some gear and supplies and you've got 2.5 tons (5,000 lbs) behind the Ram. I'm not the first person on staff to hook a rig up to this truck but this is definitely one of the most daunting tasks it's ever had.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Staying a Little Longer - What Do You Want to See?

June 26, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

We've had our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel for quite a while now. It's racked up more than 32,000 miles, has towed carshauled loads and road-tripped across the west. It's been praised for its comfort and criticized for not being very horny.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Retains Accessory Power For Up To 10 Minutes After Engine Shutdown

June 23, 2015

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This week I discovered another of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's many configurable settings, this time for retained accessory power.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: RAMping

June 18, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Considering the light off-roading, the road trips and all the hauling it's done, I had a pretty basic weekend with our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Basically, I drove it to a local trailhead, parked it and left it alone while a friend and I hiked in for some camping. The trailhead is close, about 30 minutes from home at a place called Henninger Flats. While I'm sure a much smaller vehicle could've done the same job, I was happy to have the Ram.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Seats Still Look Good

June 16, 2015

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If you haven't heard, we're keeping our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel around for a bit longer than our standard one-year/20,000 miles test period. In fact, the Ram has a little more than 32,000 miles on its odometer, so it's a good time to see how it's holding up to the wear and tear of long-term life. Let's start with the seats.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: I Almost Want One

June 9, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

I do not lead an exciting enough life to justify the purchase of a truck like our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. I don't own a rally car or have parents living on a beautiful and remote part of the Oregon coast. If I owned our Ram, I'd mostly commute in it and occasionally use it to haul mulch, Christmas trees and Ikea furniture.

But there's no question that I could drive this truck every day and be happy.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Chrome In the Cabin: Why?!

April 15, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

I like a lot about our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. I like its laid-back power delivery. I like its ride. I like that it's quiet on the road.

But I don't like its chrome interior trim. Why do manufacturers insist on doing this?

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: A Calming Influence

March 25, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Far too much time had passed since I last drove our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. I don't know who to blame for the truck's utter lack of availability on the signup sheet, but as in most cases my index finger points straight at Senior Editor Josh Jacquot. And that damn rally car he's always towing around.

It sure didn't take long for me to remember just how much I love the big old lug (the Ram, not Josh). My ample commute home highlighted the Ram's smooth ride and superb interior.

But I'm also quite fond of the EcoDiesel engine. You see, it has a calming influence on me.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seat Fits Well

March 24, 2015

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Since I drove our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel over a weekend, it became our family vehicle and I installed the larger of my two convertible car seats in its backseat.

As still I'm relatively new to parenthood and car seats, I was surprised to find three sets of LATCH anchor points in the backseat. It makes sense, though, given that a loaded crew cab is likely to be a multi-use family vehicle. Then, I glanced at page 18 of our Ram's owner's manual, and for a second or two, thought I might not be able to use LATCH to install my car seat.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Finally Drove It and It Was Worth the Wait

March 16, 2015

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Twenty-six thousand miles had gone by since we added the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to our long-term fleet, and I still hadn't driven our truck. Actually, I hadn't driven any Ram 1500 since the significant round of updates for the 2013 model year. So I signed out our diesel pickup for the weekend and drove it home. As others have written, this truck is easy and enjoyable to drive.

Its relaxed character reminds me a lot of our departed long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, though with a few key differences.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: The Ride, It's Not Just for People

February 27, 2015

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Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is still in the shop. You can read about its misadventures here. The last time we checked it was being pulled apart. We can't believe how long it is taking.

While we wait to get our truck back in one piece, here is one of our adventures that happened before the mishap.

A lot has been said about the ride quality in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and rightly so. It bucked the trend (see what I did there?) of full-sized trucks being rough riding, bouncy affairs and instead showed us that, with a little suspension black magic, a big truck could indeed have a comfortable, relaxed ride.

Well that's all well and good for people, but what does it mean for cargo strapped into the bed? Kinda exactly what you'd think it'd mean.

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2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel: Oregon Road Trip, Colder Weather in Bend

December 16, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel

The second phase of our trip saw us leave the Oregon coast behind in our 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel and head inland to Bend. Along the way we stopped in Eugene to pick up our eldest daughter at the University of Oregon. I also refilled it (had it refilled; pump-your-own-gas in not allowed in Oregon) with more diesel before the four of us headed farther east.

This was only our second fuel stop after 1,140 miles on the road. The first had been in Willits, Calif., some 557 miles behind us. Our friendly Eugene station attendant added 21.451 gallons, which works out to 26.0 mpg. Not bad for a tank that was almost exclusively comprised of meandering two-lane roads that hugged the coastline, wound alongside rivers and climbed over more than a few grades and hills, including a handful of trips up Dad's half-mile long 15-percent driveway.

Bend is on the east side of the Cascade Range, and when we arrived there was snow on the ground. It had snowed a few days earlier, and it was fairly cold, but not yet Polar Vortex cold. Still, this gave us the chance to appreciate a couple of cold-weather Ram features.

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2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel: Oregon Road Trip, The Coast

December 11, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel

Regular readers of the escapades of our long-term test fleet are well aware of my semi-regular forays north to my parents' place on the stunning Oregon coast. This time our 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel got the nod. This choice wasn't much of a choice because I had two additional objectives beyond visiting Mom and Dad and spending Thanksgiving with my wife's family over in Bend, Oregon.

I needed to stop at the University of Oregon in Eugene to load up my eldest daughter's dorm room. The Toyota Highlander could have handled that, but I also volunteered to tow a racecar back to southern California for a co-worker. How could I not? He happened to buy his rally-prepped Subaru Impreza 2.5RS from a guy that lived no more than five miles from where we'd be devouring our turkey.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Laguna Seca Track Day, Part 2

November 24, 2014

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When we left off Laguna Seca Track Day, Part 1, I had arrived in my typical late fashion to the hotel the night before the two-day car/motorcycle track weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel had performed well on the drive to Monterey, hauling my sportbike in the bed while towing my turbo Miata on a trailer.

Early the next morning it was a quick drive to the track, and that's when things got interesting.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Driver Seat Wear

November 18, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The front seat of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is showing some wear after 16,800 miles of service. This seat is a comfortable place to be. I spent over 400 miles in the saddle yesterday and had no complaints. And I'm not sure how this plays into seat wear, but by the looks of things, our staff is right-cheek dominant.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Laguna Seca Track Day, Part 1

November 17, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

You may recall earlier this year when we headed to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for what some guy termed "The Greatest Event in Track Day History."

Well, this past weekend we headed up to the Monterey area for another one of these Friends of Mazda two-day car/motorcycle track weekends. But this time instead of using the Silverado as bike hauler and our long-term Vette as track car, we loaded my Honda CBR600RR into the bed of our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, while towing my turbo Miata on a U-Haul trailer.

Much adventure ensued.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Soggy Moto Track Day

November 11, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

A buddy and I loaded our Honda CBR600RRs into the bed of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel last weekend and headed to Buttonwillow Raceway Park for a moto track day. Fellow Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi joined us, finally unleashing his beast of a Yamaha R1 on the track, too.

And wouldn't you know it, we got some of the rain we've so desperately needed here in southern California. 

Of all the days Mother Nature chooses to drop the watery stuff, of course it's when we're trying to ride motorcycles around a race track.

While the track day wasn't the biggest success ever for us, thanks to constantly changing conditions (it eventually started pouring in the afternoon, and we packed it in for the day), the Ram was another story.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Northern California Road Trip Part 3

November 6, 2014

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By day four of my road trip in our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, I'd gone 1,200 miles and I was in a bit of pain. The truck didn't cause this discomfort, though. On day three, I had run an 8-mile Spartan Race in northern California then driven 500 miles to participate in an obstacle course called Tough Mudder the very next day.

If anything, the truck's excellent ride quality (combined with the ability to plug in a massage pillow) made the Ram a much better friend to me than I was to myself. So far, the truck had performed flawlessly.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Northern California Road Trip Part 2

November 4, 2014

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The first leg of my road trip in our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was easy. I went 450 miles in eight hours without any discomfort. Day two in Nevada City, I ran errands and drove over the rolling hills near Tahoe National Forest. At this point, I was about 600 miles into my trip and things were going very well, but the most painful miles were yet to come.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Northern California Road Trip Part 1

October 31, 2014

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Our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel seems to be a road-trip favorite around here. It's got a big fuel tank, excellent seats and since it's the only pickup currently in our fleet, it's the default vehicle for hauling big items. My cargo was the hood from a 1970 Chevrolet Nova and it was too big for the available crossovers in the Edmunds garage, so I signed out the Ram last weekend for a road trip of my own.

My route went from Los Angeles to Nevada City, Sacramento, Temecula and back home to L.A. Seems like a complicated route just because car part, right? That's because it was just part of the journey.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Effective Seat Coolers

October 9, 2014

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In Sacramento temperatures are hitting the high 90s. But despite that I decided to do the sundress test on our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's seats. Meaning I was going to jump in the hot dark gray leather seat that had been baking in the sun all afternoon, while wearing a mere sundress. Hard-core, I know.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Dog Report

October 3, 2014

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After 35 years, my parents are moving out of their home and needed some help so naturally I asked if I could borrow our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. So for the next week and a half, I'll be blogging about how much of a lifesaver this truck is. First here's how it did with hauling a dog.

Mya liked the truck on the nearly 400-mile trip from L.A. to Sacramento. She never zonked out completely, but she seemed cozy back there with plenty of room to spread out.

The backseat was perfect for dog hauling, what with the seatbelts that protruded from the seat making it easy to buckle her harness in and the rear-seat vents to keep her cool.

I don't think Mya appreciated the Ram's impressive fuel range, however. I only stopped once on the way up; not even to gas up but just to grab some lunch and give her a potty break. Since I was determined to get to Sacramento ASAP and the Ram didn't need a refill, I felt she could wait four hours after. And she did.

The only issue Mya and I encountered with the Ram is its height. Although she proved herself spry with our 2010 Ford Raptor, age seems to have hampered her jumping ability quite a bit.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Power Folding Mirror Feature

October 1, 2014

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Part of my towing trip with our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel entailed parking the truck in the paddock at Thunderhill Raceway. This wasn't your typical parking lot with defined spaces. It was a haphazard clusterpark of street cars, beat-down hoopty race cars, RVs, trailers, giant bro-dozers, minibikes, strollers and lots and lots of pickups.

It was there that I availed myself of the Ram's folding mirror feature.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Towing Trip

September 23, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

I'm pretty sure this is the first time we've towed with our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. I'm usually the guy around here using our long-term trucks for towing, and if I haven't used the Ram for towing yet then its likely nobody has. Dan, maybe.

This time I towed a motorcycle engine-swapped Toyota MR2 on a steel trailer from Los Angeles to Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California, and back. It was, roughly, a 1,000-mile round trip.

How'd it go? Hit the jump.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Driving Impressions From the Road

August 1, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Last week I returned from a 3,000-plus-mile road trip in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The route took us north from southern California through Nevada, through a little corner of Arizona, a large swath of Utah and into Wyoming. We spent a few days in Idaho's Teton Valley on the west side of the Tetons.

It was epic. But the driving conditions weren't ideal. With temps in the 90s — minimum — nearly every day, it wasn't easy going on the Ram's powertrain. We topped out at 8,431 feet on Teton Pass west of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Hundreds of miles were spent pounding across the desert in 100-plus-degree temps. Wyoming was windy and provided 25-mph head and crosswinds.

In other words, I got a good sampling of conditions. Following are a few observations.

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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: 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: I Love This Truck

May 5, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel

What can I say, I absolutely love our 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 Ecodiesel.

Three main reasons:

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