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Old 10-12-2013, 02:32 PM
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This is strange... my trans is smooth as silk.... noticed the downshifts for the first couple hundred miles... that is gone now. I almost have to watch the gear selector to know it shifts.
What rear end do you have?
Did you take it out and run the pi$$ out of it once or twice? Mine shuts down at 105
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It's not just Ram trucks or the 8 speed. When my truck was in the shop a couple of times I had loaners, a Jeep Nitro and a Compass. Both of them did the same thing with the engine braking/downshift as my Ram does but it was even more noticeable. Maybe its a Chrysler thing?
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I noticed some rough down-shifting and harder shifts the first 500-600 miles but it seems much smoother to me now. Most of the time now I don't even notice the shifts. Thought that the computer was learning how I drive and gettin' with the program?
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This afternoon, I had some time to drive at different speeds and carefully note how the transmission acts. In brief, at almost any speed, as soon as you take your foot off the gas, the damn transmission downshifts. You can feel it downshift and you can see the tach needle bump upwards as it downshifts.

I have tried driving in 7th gear and it reacts the same way. I tried driving in 6th gear and it downshifts the same way.

In short, for some CRAZY reason, Ram (Chrysler) has chosen to make these transmissions downshift the moment you take your foot off the gas. You must drive with your foot on the gas ALWAYS to prevent the OBNOXIOUS and ANNOYING downshifting.
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This afternoon, I had some time to drive at different speeds and carefully note how the transmission acts. In brief, at almost any speed, as soon as you take your foot off the gas, the damn transmission downshifts. You can feel it downshift and you can see the tach needle bump upwards as it downshifts.

I have tried driving in 7th gear and it reacts the same way. I tried driving in 6th gear and it downshifts the same way.

In short, for some CRAZY reason, Ram (Chrysler) has chosen to make these transmissions downshift the moment you take your foot off the gas. You must drive with your foot on the gas ALWAYS to prevent the OBNOXIOUS and ANNOYING downshifting.


You know what? I think you have a tranny problem. I drove all over town tonight and also some freeway time and I tried to duplicate your problem. Not once did I get a downshift. I was coasting no problem and shifts as smooth as butter. The only time I get any downshifts like you describe is when I am descending a hill - there are some steep ones where I live - and that's exactly what I would expect to happen then. I think you should take it back to your dealer.
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My last truck was a 98 sport !! Now i have a '14 sport 8 speed ! The more i drive it the more i fall in love with the 8 speed ! It is night and day over what i'm used to.It is a performance tranny and i love the way it performs ! Don't be so hard on it and give yourself a chance to get used to it ! It really is the best thing out there. Don't forget they use the same one in Masserati and is so different than what we are used to in North America!! If i had a 6 speed after what i know now i would be PISSED !! Give it a chance guys it is awsome !!!
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Today I drove about in my 14 dodge ram 1500 and have not noticed the downshift issue. I did notice on decline when I left off the gas it does feel like there is engine breaking (downshift), but looking at the gear it did not change. If I didn't have the transmission selected to -8 and watched it closely, I would think the tranny downshifted as I felt a pull, but doesn't appear to be the case.
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I tried to pay close attention to this over the weekend as well. Put it in manual mode so I could see the gear. I was able to coast all the way down to 40 mph before the trans shifted out of 8th gear. It only dropped to 7th.

Like was stated above... I also live where there are some pretty steep hills. When coasting downhill, it definitely downshifts... usually more than one gear. Seems like it watches the speed. If your coasting speed increases it downshifts.

I almost didn't buy a Ram because of the rotary shifter... but (like stated above) the 8-speed is one of the very best things about the truck. This transmission is so smooth I just can't describe it. I was also worried about downshifting manually on the hills I mentioned - pulled my old truck down in 2nd all the time. With the 8sp, you don't even think about it... it almost reads your mind and downshifts on its own.
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keep in mind for the guys that have the real new trucks, it takes a while to learn your driving habbits.

mine got better and better as time went along
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Seems like the the Ram's with 8spd do have DFSO - 2nd bullet to the bottom.

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