Problem as I see it: I am pulling out into faster moving traffic and my foot slips off pedal, now I am already engaged in pulling out but my accelerator no longer works, this creates a safety hazard for me and whatever vehicle I am in front of. I am driving a 2500 series pickup that weighs over 7000 lbs. The dealer diagnosed that the temperature sensor failed and made the necessary repairs. I would immediately have to go into evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. This particular two-tone Longhorn showed up with a gold-painted bumper under its chrome grille and big silver door badges right above the gold sills.
The approximate failure mileage was 8,000. Dealer said this was a complaint they have heard before but so far there was no solution. I have read it is just something you get used to and I have tried. Several times during my visit I would press the accelerator and during the full second delay, a car would come into my line of sight. So I can be a serious threat to someone that runs up on me due to the fact that I can not accelerate.
. When I stepped on accelerator again there was a substantial lag 3 or more seconds until the accelerator began to work again. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the diesel exhaust fluid warning light and a warning message advising the contact to see the dealer illuminated. But then I realized I was in the way of the on coming traffic so I pushed the accelerator down hard complete my left turn and get out of the way of on coming traffic. The contact owns a 2014 Dodge Ram 2500.
Our test subject here should not be mistaken for that truck. Ram offers one trim level beyond the Longhorn, the Laramie Limited, for which we might gladly pay the extra freight to shed the cattle-skull logos and filigree splashed all over this truck. Something that wears both Ram and Longhorn badges sounds like a range war in the making, but that's not the end of the clashing themes. The street leaving their community exits on to a 45 mph road where the intersection is on a blind curb and overgrown. The diesel now features Ram Active Air, which is a valve in the intake airbox that pulls presumably cooler, denser intake air through a port at the top of the grille rather than from the wheel well, but only under extreme circumstances of load and heat. Ram made headlines this year by adding an range. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure.
While overgrown blind intersections aren't the norm, they do exit and the delay in acceleration endangers occupants in my vehicle as well as other drivers. In Laramie Longhorn trim, make that overdressed to the elevens. Solution is to decrease substantially or totally eliminate this lag. It seemed to have a delayed lag to the acceleration. I have read that this is a common problem with these trucks and now I know first hand how bad it is. When I reported same to local dealer I was told that this was how is was designed to work.
The Cummins workhorse is too costly and too strong for those buyers who'd just like to take advantage of a modern clean diesel's efficiency advantages. Although it was all-new for 2013, the heavy-duty Ram 2500 made its own kind of news this year by with an auto-leveling air-spring option and by sharing the full-ton 3500 model's stiffer frame. I made my turn without having an accident, but the car traveling the other direction did have to slow way down and honk their horn. When I did this the truck didn't go anywhere for a couple seconds, then it went. In an odd way, though, this truck makes a good case for its EcoDiesel V-6 kid brother in the Ram's range. I realized how dangerous it really is while visiting my in-laws last month.
Additionally, the contact stated that the temperature gauge on the driver's side mirror failed to operate in colder temperatures. The Cummins can be mated with a manual transmission in lower trim levels, in which case it has to be down-rated to 350 horses and a mere 660 lb-ft. . . . . .
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