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Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by V10SCOTTY, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. V10SCOTTY

    V10SCOTTY Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 58

    I had heard that Dodge will be putting a Mercedes Diesel in their Rams in the up and coming years.It would only make sence since dodge owns detroit diesel/allison which owns Mercedes.Has anybody else heard this?????

    1998 2500 ram ext. cab 4X4 v10
    2004 western Star tri-axle dump Mercede's 450hp
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,914

    I heard that too. there already putting a Mercedes tranny in there sprinter vans.
  3. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Um, Dodge does not, and never has owned Detroit Diesel/Allison. DD/Alison are, and always have been General Motors Companies.

    There have been rumors about a Mercedes Diesel in the Rams since Daimler bought Chrysler (thay claim it's a merger but it's not). You will probabily see a Mercedes in the near future because of economics on the parent companies but I expect the Cummins will still be an option.
    Ford, in the 1980's, owned a 49% share of Cummins and was going to replace the IH engines in their trucks with Cummins- They became an option but not the standard. Infact they are still an option on medium duty (550+up I believe). Cummins bought themselves out from Ford by 1990.

    Anyway, Dodge had a share in Caterpillar around 1998-2001 but I don;t believe that is still.

    and if they offer the Mercedes Diesel try it- it's a great engine. I love my Cummins, but I have fair experiance with Mercedes diesels too.
  4. V10SCOTTY

    V10SCOTTY Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 58

    I have also heard that chev is in charge of Detroit Diesel.But I was checking out my 12.7 litre Mercedes diesel and on the engine tag it says that Mercedes diesel is a Daimler Chrysler Company so it kinda got me thinkin.Also did you know that the cummins engine in the ford F-700 and F-800 is a 5.9L cummins.I had pulled a skidsteer around with one for awhile and it had great power compared to the 6.5L diesel I used to pull it with.I wish I had the $$$ for a dodge with a cummins cause those guys must get spoiled with all the power in their 3/4 tons.Case also puts a 5.9L in their 621B loader.Either way Cummins or Mercedes my new Dodge will have one or the other.

    1998 Dodge Ram Ext. cab 2500 4X4 V10
    2004 Western Star Tri-axle dump Mercedes450Hp
  5. VictoryRedK1500

    VictoryRedK1500 Member
    Messages: 47

    That's because the Sprinter vans are built by Mercedes Benz. All the Sprinter is is a rebadged Mercedes Van. I believe Freightliner also has a version of this van, but I don't remember what they call it.
  6. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Allison is still a subsidiary of GM but Detroit Diesel was sold but to whom i forgot.
  7. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

  8. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Thanks Tuna- I stand (well, sit) corrected.
  9. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,300

    The Freightliner is also called a Sprinter.