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2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval #3921652
11/18/15 01:28 PM
11/18/15 01:28 PM
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Wisconsin
TSR6 Offline OP
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I have a 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel, this is my report at 39,000mi on the truck.

I've been aiming for the 10,000mi mark plus or minus 500-1,000mi depending on when I have time. Well, I ran out of time to change the oil before a road trip vacation to Florida, so I ended up with a 12,000mi change interval. I wasn't concerned, my last report stated I "should" be good to go until 11,000 based on the numbers, so I just topped off the oil before the road trip and went on my way, and did the round trip from WI to FL and back.

I know not many are extending the oil change intervals on the EcoDiesel... but I am making sure I am getting the full 10,000mi from mine at bare minimum!

Here is the full report:



If you're curious about the Ram EcoDiesel 1500 platform, I did also do a walk-around video of my truck so you can hear it run and all that fun stuff.


Last edited by TSR6; 11/18/15 01:29 PM.
Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #3921664
11/18/15 01:41 PM
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Thanks for the info on this new engine for Dodge.

How is the power say compared to the 5.7L gas engine if you have driven both.

Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #3921669
11/18/15 01:46 PM
11/18/15 01:46 PM
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Georgia
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I wonder if it was beginning to thicken up on you a bit? Fuel dilution is certainly not a problem. Every time I look at their add packs (that we can see) I think to myself the GTL base oil must be doing the heavy lifting and doing it well.

Last edited by DeepFriar; 11/18/15 01:47 PM.
Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #3921674
11/18/15 01:54 PM
11/18/15 01:54 PM
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Those numbers look great, the iron is probably from the motor still breaking in and flushing out. Its only had 3-4 oil changes.

Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #3921677
11/18/15 01:56 PM
11/18/15 01:56 PM
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Eleanor, West Virginia
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I loved that diesel Ram when I test drove it. Was just a little too $$ and didn't really *need* it. Sometimes I see one on the road and wonder "what if?", but I'm happy with the Tacoma.


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Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: thunderfog] #3921735
11/18/15 02:40 PM
11/18/15 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted By: GaleHawkins
Thanks for the info on this new engine for Dodge.

How is the power say compared to the 5.7L gas engine if you have driven both.


It's been a few years since I drove a Hemi, but I'd say the turbo lag and raw balls off the line aren't there in the Diesel, but as soon as you hit the torque band on the little 3.0L, it's surprisingly stout for a small motor.


Originally Posted By: DeepFriar
I wonder if it was beginning to thicken up on you a bit? Fuel dilution is certainly not a problem. Every time I look at their add packs (that we can see) I think to myself the GTL base oil must be doing the heavy lifting and doing it well.


Based on the viscosity? A little bit I suppose. This was my summer change, I ran this from the end of June until the end of October.

Originally Posted By: thunderfog
I loved that diesel Ram when I test drove it. Was just a little too $$ and didn't really *need* it. Sometimes I see one on the road and wonder "what if?", but I'm happy with the Tacoma.


I drive a lot. I upgraded from an F150 to this for roughly the same monthly cost (truck payment & fuel). It's working out for me so far... 41,000mi on it now.

Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #3921752
11/18/15 02:59 PM
11/18/15 02:59 PM
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Georgia
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Originally Posted By: TSR6
Originally Posted By: DeepFriar
I wonder if it was beginning to thicken up on you a bit? Fuel dilution is certainly not a problem. Every time I look at their add packs (that we can see) I think to myself the GTL base oil must be doing the heavy lifting and doing it well.

Based on the viscosity? A little bit I suppose. This was my summer change, I ran this from the end of June until the end of October.


Yes, it was the vis I noticed. You had driven it further than the other times and added oil as well and the vis was still higher than the other changes IIRC. Nothing bad, just an observation.

Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #3921789
11/18/15 03:27 PM
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12,000 miles seems about right for this oil.


1985 Z51 Corvette track car
2002 Camaro Z28 LS1/6-speed
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel
1972 GMC 1500 shortbed project truck
Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: A_Harman] #3921862
11/18/15 04:41 PM
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Wisconsin
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Originally Posted By: DeepFriar

Yes, it was the vis I noticed. You had driven it further than the other times and added oil as well and the vis was still higher than the other changes IIRC. Nothing bad, just an observation.


Quite literally... the 1/4 quart is an over estimation. I just added a little to top off before the trip to make sure it was where I wanted it on the dipstick.

Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #3923078
11/19/15 06:22 PM
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Stewartstown PA
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That is an amazing engine. The starting tbn for that oil is about 6.


Insecurity with overcompensation are the root of evil deeds.
Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: spiderbypass] #3923256
11/19/15 08:25 PM
11/19/15 08:25 PM
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Wisconsin
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Originally Posted By: spiderbypass
That is an amazing engine. The starting tbn for that oil is about 6.


It really is... There's a couple improvements that could be made if it wasn't for the EPA, but it is what it is.

Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: DeepFriar] #3934788
12/02/15 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted By: DeepFriar
I wonder if it was beginning to thicken up on you a bit? Fuel dilution is certainly not a problem. Every time I look at their add packs (that we can see) I think to myself the GTL base oil must be doing the heavy lifting and doing it well.


I do not think the Pennzoil Ultra Euro L 5W-30 is GTL based but rather Group III/IV (or a blend maybe). The new Pennzoil Euro LX 0W-30 is GTL based.

Correct me if I am wrong please.

Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: SR1919] #3943229
12/10/15 09:25 PM
12/10/15 09:25 PM
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Wisconsin
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Originally Posted By: SR1919
Originally Posted By: DeepFriar
I wonder if it was beginning to thicken up on you a bit? Fuel dilution is certainly not a problem. Every time I look at their add packs (that we can see) I think to myself the GTL base oil must be doing the heavy lifting and doing it well.


I do not think the Pennzoil Ultra Euro L 5W-30 is GTL based but rather Group III/IV (or a blend maybe). The new Pennzoil Euro LX 0W-30 is GTL based.

Correct me if I am wrong please.


I don't have that answer.

Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #4608796
12/19/17 10:05 PM
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Colorado
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Just rolled my EcoDiesel over 65,000 and she is running like a top!!!

I did make the change to Rotella T6, 5w40.......


........


'14 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 4x4, Delo 5w40
'15 Mercedes ML250, PenEuro 5w30
'05 BMW R1200GS, M1 15w50
'02 Yamaha WR426, RT4 15w40
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Re: 2014 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel at 12,000mi interval [Re: TSR6] #4624975
01/05/18 02:47 PM
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I had a Jeep Liberty with a VM Motori diesel and I would suggest using an HDEO if you want to run 10k intervals. The Euro oils will do OK for 5k+ but I would not trust them for 10k. In Europe I don't think they have the emission requirements that we do for diesels so a Euro spec oil seems to do fine on these motors over there. With the emissions that we have here, I think you would benefit from a true diesel oil that can handle the soot if you want longevity on the turbo.

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