I am overall very pleased, had to find a dealer in Southern NH as the dealer I purchased from was less than... I also had tire sensor issues but was taken care of under warranty/recall...Have had several recalls that all went well. Initially I had hard downshifting issues into 2nd...dealer resolved that thought a recall, not that the recall was for that but after the recall was done the shifting issue was no longer there. I have 24K on mine, I use it to plow my farm and am pleased overall. My last Chevy 1500 lasted 18 years I expect this should do as well.
The truck has been in the shop 5 times already each time taking over five hours even for something as simple as an oil change. Cruise control on button works only half the time. Climate control makes noise. Shifts hard. But can tow 17k and still get 10mpg. impressed me. Exhaust brake works good but doesn't work at lower speeds. Ended up selling it and went back to a 1986 ford diesel that I converted into a cummins. Much happier now.
i bought this new and i was pulling a camper and the drive shaft fell out at 3000 miles. i have 32000 miles now and it shakes and i have bad chattering in the rear. I was told it is the drive shaft again.but it was not.i was told it was part of the operating of the truck and this came from gm.they also said i will need to live with it. be careful if you buy a gm truck.
Actually, this is a Cummins 2500 Bighorn Megacab but there was no option to choose. Good truck overall. I bought it a year ago with 105k miles on it. The engine is STRONG and you'll be speeding down the road in no time if you're not careful. My truck has always pulled to the right even after switching tires around and after an alignment but it brakes straight. Sometimes the throttle is slow to react when gunning it which can be scary at times. Rarely I have to shut it down to restart the infotainment system because it doesn't want to connect to my phone correctly. The tranny, it's a 68RFE I believe, had to be rebuild but fortunately, was under a dealer 3 month warranty. Apparently the previous owner did some heavy towing in the wrong gear and burned the clutches. It's been good ever since the rebuild. The tranny tends to hunt a bit and it wants to be in the highest gear possible all the time. I'll be driving on a flat road at 35 mph at 900 rpm's. This is fine I guess but even if you think of accelerating, even a little, the tranny will shift. Something new to me, as I've never owned such a new vehicle, I guess the transmission "depowers" before it shifts. To me, this sounds like tranny slippage but I was informed by the dealer that this is normal and is to help the tranny last longer. My truck came with airbags on the rear axle and after my first pull of my 10k lb fifth wheel I can now see why. The 5 link rear suspension makes for a very nice ride, even better than my old Duramax, but it sure squats under my trailer. I need about 50lbs of air in my airbags to keep the suspension from bottoming out over "whoops" in the road. (Not sure what else to call them.) When flipping the outside mirrors up to tow, the up button no longer moves the mirror up. Two major things that have happened since owning the truck other than the tranny thing, I've had to replace a NOx sensor which was $450 for the part alone. Very easy to replace however, I found an aftermarket part for $117 but the electrical connectors didn't fit so I had to bite the bullet and buy a Mopar part, and I THINK I have a leaking exhaust manifold gasket because when heavily using the exhaust brake, I'll get a high pitched shrill. After some research I found that others have had this problem too and it's a $400 or less fix at my local diesel shop. I also wish the steering wheel could go a bit higher to fit my 6'3" frame but it's not a big deal. The center head rest on the rear seat is in the way when looking through the rear view mirror. THE GOOD: This is a nice riding truck with very comfortable seats. No leather in my truck so I only have the heated seats. The dash and gauges are well designed and placed and I like how I can add various bar gauges electronically to different parts of the dash video screen. The center console is laid out well other than the 4x4 knob gets hidden a bit behind the steering wheel spoke. I have the 8.4 Uconnect which is great and the cab is insulated well. The stereo works well and sounds good. I added a sub for a better experience. LOTS of room in the front and back seats. The mega cab lacks the under floor storage boxes near the back seats but makes up for it behind the rear seats. My truck was "pre-plumbed" with the manufacturers goose neck package and the Ram goose neck kit is good. The paint seems to be good and show no signs of any problems. Overall, I really like this truck and I feel safe and secure driving it and I look forward to many more years with it.
RamBox Cargo Management System ($1,295 -- includes locking tailgate; rear wheel spats; vendor painted cargo box tracking), Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/Bluetooth/Access/Navigation ($1,005 -- includes Sirius/XM Travel Link with 1 year of included service; Sirius/XM Traffic with 1 year of included service; 8.4-inch touchscreen display; GPS antenna input; GPS navigation; HD radio; integrated voice command with Bluetooth; media hub [remote memory card slot, USB and auxiliary input]; Sirius/XM Satellite Radio; Uconnect access with 1 year of included subscription), Cloth 40/20/40 Premium Bench Seat ($900 -- includes 115V auxiliary power outlet; cloth 40/20/40 premium split bench seats; front armrest with cupholders; front center seat cushion storage; power 8-way driver seat; power lumbar adjust; rear 60/40 split-folding seat; remote USB port - charge only), Luxury Group ($595 -- includes auto-dimming exterior mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps; auto-dimming exterior passenger mirror; electroluminescent instrument cluster; glovebox lamp; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio mounted controls; pverhead console with universal garage door opener; power folding and heated mirrors; rear dome with on/off switch lamp; sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors; under-hood lamp), Spray-In Bedliner ($475), Comfort Group ($395 -- includes heated front seats; heated steering wheel; leather-wrapped steering wheel; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls), Center High Mount Stop Lamp With Cargo View Camera ($325 -- includes center high stop lamp with cargo view camera; rearview auto-dimming mirror with display), ParkSense Rear Park Assist System ($250), ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera ($200), Power Black Trailer Tow Mirrors ($180), Front and Rear Rubber Floor Mats ($80)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected 90-degree V8, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Pushrod, two valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing, cylinder deactivation
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
410 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
429 @ 4,000
Six-speed automatic and column shifter with Tow/Haul mode and manual mode with stalk-mounted shift buttons
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Traction control does an excellent job of regulating wheelspin and after disabling it, I only managed to beat it by a couple tenths. Remarkably consistent performances and speed at the end of the quarter-mile. This is a subdued engine exhaust note considering the overall personality of the truck. Upshifts are smooth and quick at redline.
First stop was the longest by a considerable amount and pulled noticeably to the right. Subsequent stops less so, but they all did to some extent. Medium-firm pedal always, and less dive than I've observed in some other pickups and none of that choppy hopping that off-road tires sometimes cause in this test. The shortest stop was the third of four total stops.
Looking at the data itself doesn't tell the whole story here. The steering is remarkably crisp, reactive on initial turn-in, the truck changes direction obediently, takes a set well and even transitions back to the other side rather well. The tires, however, run out of grip before the truck runs out of chassis talent. Same story on the skid pad, where it maintains poise while absolutely murdering its tires. Steering weight and feedback might be called "light and vague" but I'm not sure I'd really like to know what's happening with those knobby front tires all the time.