1/28/09 Las Vegas, NV
DODGE CUMMINS 6.7l problems persist into 2009!
When I first wrote about the (at that time) release of the 6.7L Cummins Diesel from Dodge, I was covering the issue of Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel, the new engine, exhaust systems being developed by the manufacturers to meet EPA emissions regulations. I can’t recall a time that so much anger and frustration has been levied against an automobile manufacturer and the manufacturer has turned a deaf ear. The NHTSA has not recalled the truck. Millions of dollars have changed hands and thousands of Dodge Ram 2500/3500 owners have been left in the lurch. Not only have they been loyal to Cummins, only to be shafted by Dodge, but knowing the issue exists in the Ford Power-stroke, has left many wondering what to drive? DODGE hasn’t figured out what to do about the litany of complaints and their fixes and flashes have failed to resolve the problem. With the threat of bankruptcy looming overhead, many Dodge owners are seeking legal advice to salvage a buy-back before the factorys’ liability becomes another item on the creditors list. I feel badly about all this. I’ve sold Dodge-Jeep and Chrysler products for years, but seeing and hearing about the way Chrysler is treating their loyal Dodge Cummins owners makes my blood boil. You can’t blame tree huggers or the EPA, they are not at fault. Everyone wants to breathe clean air and leave an unpolluted earth for the next generation. The real culprits are the factory bean-counters that rushed a product to market that wasn’t ready, and has failed the consumer when these problems arose. You won’t see many 2009 Diesels around because the factory knows there are problems in the black hole and no way to fix it without redesigning the entire fuel/exhaust system.
Come on Chrysler, step-up and do the right thing. RECALL these trucks and give the folks their money back . Get out of the game until Cummins tells you the engine/exhaust works to EPA specs. The problems mentioned below are a sampling of issues Dodge has yet to fix.
COLD WEATHER FREEZE: Jason in Canada tells of cold weather imploding his Cummins; “I have this 07 6.7 and well I’ve had CUMMINS in all my dodges for years. This is the worst engine I’ve had for mileage. Well 17000kms the engine is done. Dealer is replacing it at the moment. Seems at -30 the engine kicked all the oil out through the dip stick. So watch out you guy’s with no Warranty. I was told I lost the first in North America. I hope I get an up dated model that has no issues.”
DPF PLUGGING UP, CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS AND LOUSY FUEL ECONOMY. Eric shares his, not unusual Dodge Cummins 6.7l diesel problems; “I purchase a new 2007 3500 dodge with the 6.7 liter, I have had it in the shop 9 times for the check engine light, and all these were because of the new emissions particulate filter system. I have purchased low sulfur fuel, maintained the oil changes, but to no avail. I have had constant problems with this emission system were the particulate filter plugs up constantly causing more fuel to be injected into the particulate and causing very poor fuel mileage, along with carbon suit residue on the bed of the truck from the exhaust. The last 3 visits to the dealership would get the light turned off just to have the light come back on with days after. I spent $41,000 on the truck and have been nothing but a nuisance with having to have dealership visits on a regular basis. I have a 2002 dodge with the 5.9 liter, and have never had a problem like this. I would like to know if there is anything that can be done about this, cause the dealership desk also recognize that this is an issue that is wide spread also, knowing that I’m not the only one with this problem tells me that this issue is wide spread also, knowing that I’m not the only one with this problem tells me that someone with dodge needs to take action if they want to keep loyal customers!”
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From Atty. Mark Anderson; “My opinion is that individual owners will do much better hiring me or some other lemon law attorney on an individual basis. As I indicated in my blog, Chrysler LLC will repurchase the Dodge trucks with the Cummins diesel. So if you have any California owners who want representation, I would much appreciate it if you were to direct them my way. All my fees are contingent. ” — Mark F. Anderson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Firm name is Anderson, Ogilvie & Brewer LLP, 600 California St, 18th FL, San Francisco, CA 94108. DD phone is 415.651.1951. Disclaimer: I don’t know either of these folks personally and get nothing for posting them here. They have sought me out through this blog .
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