Dodge Ram diesel drivers have called 1-800-LEMON-LAW by the truck-ful complaining of problems with engine hesitation, check engine lights, and exhaust lights. Many of these consumers have been back to the Dodge dealer repeatedly as the service department replaced computers, cleaned turbos and installed new exhaust filters. We have successfully handled hundreds of these cases so far, and new claims come in every week.
Thus, it comes as no surprise to us that Chrysler is cancelling its contract with Cummins to create a light-duty diesel engine for its Dodge Ram 1500 model. The contract was originally signed in 2006.
According to an article in Autoweek, the engine was slated for delivery in the 2010 model year. The manufacturer has said it is now delaying the roll out of the light-duty Dodge until at least 2011, citing stricter federal emission standards and the high cost of diesel fuel as reasons for the change.
Cummins said they are not surprised with the change in light of Chrysler’s recent financial ups and downs and the company recently emerging from Chapter 11. They said that while the contract was dead, the program itself is not.
Of course, we remind all Dodge Ram drivers, diesel and not, that your lemon law and breach of warranty protection is alive and well, regardless of whether you purchased before or after Chrysler’s sale to Fiat. If your Ram is causing you constant problems under warranty, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your rights.