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Dodge 1500 Cummins? Possible

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Capemay Eagle, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,750

  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    GM was preparing to introduce a 4.5L duramax into their 1500 series Chevy and GMC a couple years ago, about the time that gas prices started to sky-rocket. They had them out in test trucks on the road but never actually offered that option to the public. I don't remember the exact numbers, but as I recall the fuel economy of those truck/engine combos was pretty impressive for a fullsize truck.

    I guess I'm a little skeptical about whether Chrysler does actually have a Cummins diesel put into their dodge 1500's.
  3. rungreen

    rungreen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    I dont think it will be worth on it on a 1/2 ton. Theirs so much emissons crap on the new ones it hard enough to jusitfy it on 2500/3500 over a gas
  4. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I've heard of a guy here that put a cummins in a 1/2 ton chevy! Fuel economy I heard was like 30 mpg. (but don't quote me on that).

    I don't understand why almost every other country uses diesels in smaller trucks and cars as a norm and in the US you can only get one in a large truck (other than the few VW models out there most recently). Even some vehicles that are manufactured in the US are available with a diesel engine when shipped out of the country when they aren't available here, same goes the other way around of course.

    I've not driven a diesel truck much at all personally, and Iv'e only heard what all has to be done every X miles on these new ones. Just watched a show on Speed yesterday where they were servicing a 2010 Dodge cummins with like 27K on it. When they pulled out the jug of "muffler fluid" I thought their was some inside joke going on there! Do you have to add the muffler fluid at the same time as the blinker fluid? lol! Well it's a real thing... Not that big of a deal really. Every 5k to 7k miles just pop off the cap and top off the jug.
  5. Thinmint

    Thinmint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    topping off that jug with every oil change is about 150 bucks
  6. Deori

    Deori LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    Ford was talking about doing the same thing and seemed really serious in the last year or two, but now it looks like a no go. They were going to use a smaller diesel engine that they use in their Land Rovers in Europe that was supposed to get around 30 mpg. The big 3 all talk about it and even do some testing with it, but it never seems to get off the ground. Ford is launching 3 new engines in their F150 series for 2011, diesel didn't make the cut.
  7. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    They need to slap a 4bt cummins in it and be done.
  8. meador56

    meador56 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    Gee Thinmint you need to tell my Ford dealer they think it's only $40. Less at the truck stop its only urea yes as in fertilizer. And there may be a secret substitute.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,223

    chevy used to put the diesels in their old 88-98 style 1500 trucks back in the day.
  10. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    In the late 70's, Dodge put a 4.0 L Mitsubishi 6-cylinder naturally-asperated diesel in the half-ton trucks, but it put out only about 100 hp. It was strictly for fuel economy.

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