By on December 2, 2016

2016 Ram 1500 R/T exterior badging, Image: © 2016 Mark Stevenson/The Truth About Cars

Don’t you hate it when you’ve bragged to your friends for months about the brawny V8 engine in your Ram 1500, only to check the oil one day and discover it’s a V6?

That’s the joke Fiat Chrysler Automobiles accidentally played after a badging mix-up at the assembly plant. Also in the news this week is a Canadian town that tortures drunk drivers with godawful Nickelback tunes, as well as an Australian suspect who stopped for gas a number of times during a high-speed police pursuit.

2017 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 EcoDiesel

The thriftiest Hemi around

According to Automotive News, a technical service bulletin issued to dealers points to an embarrassing FCA screwup. Apparently, some Pentastar-powered 2017 Ram 1500s left the factory advertising a displacement that the engine couldn’t match.

Yes, Hemi badges found their way onto 3.6-liter pickups. Sorry about that, owners who thought they were just being light on the throttle.

FCA proposed an easy solution to dealers:

If the vehicle has Hemi emblems installed and the vehicle does not have a Hemi engine, the emblem will need to be removed.”

We don’t know how many vehicles FCA produced with a double identity, or if any of them found their way into a customer’s hands. Nor is it clear what the window sticker stated on these two-faced trucks. If anyone you know owns a new Hemi 1500, ask them, “Does that thing have a Pentastar?”

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Move over Noriega

This is how your remind me…of Panama.

A small town in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island — a province so small that it once prompted a TTAC Slack discussion about whether it contains rivers — has added torture to its tool kit for the handling of impaired drivers.

According to the National Post, the Kensington, PEI police department recently adopted a tactic straight out of the late 80s. Back in ’89, the United States Delta Force cranked it up to 11 outside the hiding place of Panamanian president Manuel Noriega as a psychological warfare tactic. Operation Nifty Package was ultimately successful.

Well, if you’re caught boozing and driving in Kensington, expect an earful on the way to the slammer. The department has promised to serenade scofflaws with Nickelback songs. Remember, those rear doors don’t open from the inside.

“When we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office’s copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail,” the police department wrote in a recent Facebook post.

Nickelback, of course, is an atrociously awful Canadian post-grunge band that’s responsible for many broken stereo knobs and failed relationships. Loving homes can accommodate both Republicans and Democrats, but they can’t house a Nickelback fan and hater.

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Once, twice, three times a fill-up

A high-speed police chase last week near Melbourne, Australia led to tense moments and several gas stations stiffed out of money.

As reported by Carscoops, the 15-year-old driver of a late model BMW 3 Series filled with teens hit speeds of 93 miles per hour during a joyride that turned into a police chase. Dodging vehicles like a kangaroo on acid, the driver’s aggressiveness forced police to hang back. That was good news for the teen, as the BMW was low on gas.

While a police helicopter recorded the chase from overhead, the driver stopped at three gas stations during the course of the chase, each time filling up with only a liter or two of fuel. Like the golden age of Australian cinema, all things eventually come to an end, but this chase didn’t result in the arrest of the driver.

After his female passengers bailed, the driver reportedly got away.

[Images: © 2016 Mark Stevenson/The Truth About Cars; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)]

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66 Comments on “Freaky Friday: When Your Truck Sings the Song of Six, but the Badge Reads ‘Hemi’...”


  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Good think the Nickelback trolling is going on in Canada – it’d be unconstitutional in the U.S. Cruel and unusual, dontcha know.

    And if they want to go next-level, may I suggest that insanely bad “Easy Street” song Negan used to troll Daryl on “Walking Dead”?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “Don’t you hate it when you’ve bragged to your friends for months about the brawny V8 engine in your Ram 1500, only to check the oil one day and discover it’s a V6?”

    Better that, than to discover your “V6” is actually a weak V8.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      SCE to AUX
      I wonder how many people paid for a V8?

      I think some will want the Hemi rather than a Pentastar badge.

      Maybe TTAC should keep an eye on this story as I’d bet my balls it will develop further.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

        Oh yes, with instructions like “remove the badge” I just bet this is a huge conspiracy to defraud people who are too stupid to pop the hood (they must be, because how many “I got a v-6 but paid for a V-8!” stories have you heard?).

        This was a badge mix up at the factory.

        But, wait, 86.3% of Americans are in on a vast conspiracy to defraud everyone by denying them the ability to buy a made in Thiland smaller truck that’s less capable for the same money. So, with that in mind, I’m sure its a big scheme to charge people for V-8s but not put one in the truck, and it worked SO PERFECTLY because 79.643% of truck buyers don’t actually drive and didn’t actually buy a truck.

      • 0 avatar
        heavy handle

        re: “I wonder how many people paid for a V8?”

        The most likely number is zero.

        By the way, I see you’ve switched from “I bet my balls” to “I’d bet my balls.” Did somebody collect on one of your many previous bets?

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Yeah, driving my friend’s 4.7L 1st gen Durango is like “this is a V-8? Nahh….oh wait. Yep, gas needle drops like the Titanic.”

      I swear when I opened the hood, all I expected to find was a giant box fan. The noise from that engine fan is SO loud, I mean its all you hear when you accelerate: “whoooooooosh”.

      It begs to be driven slowly. Where my car says “60 mph? Is that all? We can do wayyy better, floor it!” the Durango says “hey! Easy on that throttle! 45 is fast enough for this 55 mph road.”

      I mean, other than perhaps a cargo van, I’ve never driven something that was as reluctant to pile on speed as this Dodge. Oh, yes I have, a Jeep Commander with the same engine.

      The Durango is a low mileage cream puff she bought off the original owners who are locals. I always wondered why they drove the Durango so slowly. Now, I know, it was the truck’s idea all along! A period 5.0L Explorer feels like a Fox body 5.0L upside the Durango.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        “I swear when I opened the hood, all I expected to find was a giant box fan. The noise from that engine fan is SO loud, I mean its all you hear when you accelerate: “whoooooooosh”.

        It begs to be driven slowly. Where my car says “60 mph? Is that all? We can do wayyy better, floor it!” the Durango says “hey! Easy on that throttle! 45 is fast enough for this 55 mph road.”

        That’s the way I felt about a first generation Equinox AWD V6. I couldn’t believe the damn thing was a V6 of any stripe.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          Yes, same here. I drove an Aztec and a Torrent (same 3400 POS V-6), both were slower than $#¡Г on a Sunday.

        • 0 avatar
          Funky

          I also had a first generation Equinox. The first generation is a very nice looking wagon/SUV. I also was disappointed with the V6. It did not get good gas mileage in town (I think I recall something like 13MPG). And, it did not have much power when driving above about 70MPH (no oomph to pass or to keep up in the fast lane). I also remember there was a ton of space in the back seat. And that all of the seats were very uncomfortable and made of cheap looking materials. It looked much nicer on the outside than it was on the inside and underneath the hood.

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        I have an ’02 Dakota Quad Cab with 4.7l V8 and your are correct on ALL counts! The fan is stupid loud especially at start up and mileage is terrible. However it is completely reliable, I’ve put 106K on mine with 90% of that being towing in hot Florida and almost nothing has gone wrong with it.

      • 0 avatar
        Flipper35

        Ours loves to be driven hard on the back roads. It needed better front brakes though as the OEM would fade. It has the 5.2l (318 LA) and the 3.92 rear end where that 4.7l may have had the crappy tall gears.

        0-60 with a 3.92 rear gear and LA motor is listed around 8 seconds. Not bad for a BoF 7 seater.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    In retrospect, based upon his written persona/attitude and appearance doesn’t TTAC’s own JB seem to personify the Nickelback fan demographic? And I can say in retrospect because I posted that Nickelback link and information earlier this week.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Yeah ya did, I was sorta expecting you to be given at least partial credit in the article.

      Well, here’s an internet cookie for ya. Sorry, that’s all I got. :)

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

    How about “I fought the law, and the law won.”?

  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    NICKELBACK ROCKS!!!
    So tired of the World of Haters who just jump on the bandwagon. When you consider how Nickelback got started and what they went through to achieve success, you may appreciate their albums more. Just as Motley Crue’s Dr. Feel Good (1989) can rock your day, Nickelback’s records will do the same.
    Two exports from Canada: Nickelback and Justin Bieber – you decide.
    “The Long Road” CD sounds great in my Aurora!

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      Based just on those 2 exports, you may have given President Trump a good reason to build a wall on his northern border.

      And thanks @JohnTaurus.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      What’s the deal with all the hate for Nickleback? Never got that one. Is there something I missed?

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

        It tends to be “love it or hate it” kinda music. A lot of us find ourselves in the latter. If you like it, go for it, that’s your business and you’re entitled to it.

        The sound of the lead singer’s voice is like a thousand needles piercing my ear drums. I have similar reactions to Guns-n-Roses, Def Leopard, Poisin, and several others.

    • 0 avatar
      kmoney

      It gets lot of domestic hate because of CanCon. 35-40% of radio programming in Canada has to be Canadian Content (of which there is no shortage of quality programming, I would add), but whenever you have a Canadian single that climbs the charts it will get played to death on every local rock station. I remember when ‘photograph’ came out and usually once a couple days you could cycle the radio presets and hit the same song in different points on 3 different stations at once. Repeat for basically all their hit singles.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Many people of single-digit educational histories hold Ram to be más macho. I now agree with them.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Take their grade school entrance exam.

      http://www.bullittcountyhistory.com/bchistory/schoolexam1912.html

      • 0 avatar
        OldManPants

        That’s only pertinent if I were talking about their great-grandfathers.

        Imagine a comparison of physical prowess between today’s 8th-graders and 1912’s.

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          I took a group of 4th and 5th graders on a hike (with the counselor and a couple of classroom aides) up the Chuska Mountain Range (visible from my office window.)

          Those kids were huffing and puffing like two pack a day smokers. I’m dang near 40 years old, smoke a cigar at the end of each week to relax, and finish every day with a nightcap. I was twice as healthy as they were.

          • 0 avatar
            OldManPants

            Makes you admire the predictive genius of Wall-E’s population.

            Only goof was the assumption that we’ll have the same wealthy, high-tech society as the film. The actual fatballs we’ve engineered are simply going to rot in place.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            HFCS is poison and its artificially added to everything.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          If a cohort of circa 1912 eight graders came by in a stretch version of Doc Brown’s Delorean, they’d be running the joint in under six months.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    The Police chopper must of needed fuel.

    The police here have strict rules of engagement during car chases. Many innocent have been killed in the past during chases.

    So, the kid got away, he’s most likely to screw up again.

    They know who he is. So chasing him is futile and dangerous.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    “If the vehicle has Hemi emblems installed and the vehicle does not have a Hemi engine, the emblem will need to be removed.”

    Well DUH!

  • avatar
    TMA1

    This reminds me of my shopping experience at a Dodge dealer last year. They had a bright red SRT Charger sitting on the show room floor… wearing a Scat Pack bumblebee badge on the grille. It was actually the dealer who pointed out the mistake to me, like it was supposed to be funny or something.

    • 0 avatar
      Middle-Aged Miata Man

      “See that little quality lapse? Hilarious! But, um… we’ll make sure yours is one of the good ones.”

    • 0 avatar
      bullnuke

      In ’87 or ’88 I was in a Southern California Chevy dealer who had a new mid-grade Astro van that I interested in looking over. The salesman opened the door and, with a grin, showed me how special it was. The interior was a GMC Safari with all the GMC labeling.

  • avatar
    nels0300

    “Don’t you hate it when you’ve bragged to your friends for months about the brawny V8 engine in your Ram 1500, only to check the oil one day and discover it’s a V6?”

    That shouldn’t be how you find out.

    A nice V8 soundtrack is one of the best sounds in the world, if you can’t recognize it and appreciate it, you almost deserve a V6.

  • avatar
    Sorted Corty

    Maybe these few trucks will go for millions of dollars like coins that had mistakes on them – double strikes, airplanes upside down etc… Nah.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    Wow, a whole day after Jalopnik reported this same story.

  • avatar
    White Shadow

    Car makers should just quit putting engine size badges on their cars entirely and save a few bucks in the process. I mean seriously, who cares about a Hemi badge, other than the self-absorbed hick driving the truck? Same goes for the 5.0 badge on Mustangs. And to be fair, same for all those 2.0T badges on various cars these days. Some day when are all driving around in Teslas and other electrics, we will have to be educated enough to know the difference between P85D and P90D, etc… But I doubt most of us will care.

    This did make me wonder when engine badging actually started. Was it a simple V8 badge on a car like a ’32 Ford?

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Totally disagree. Lack of badging is cheaping out on the part of the automakers. At least give a call out for the largest engine option on a given vehicle. I’m only 39 but I miss when you could walk up to a car and see a little badge that would say “289” and you’d know that Ford at least had a small block V8.

      My Highlander has the V6 (from a model year that you could get a 4 cyl version) and given that my trim level didn’t included a badge I found one to stick on the rear hatch. Sure no one gives a crap but me, to me it was important. I’ve come close to buying “3.5V6” stickers online a few times to slap on the front fenders.

      • 0 avatar
        White Shadow

        So now when I pull up behind you, I can think to myself, “Oooh, this guy has a V6 in that Highlander!” and be so very impressed by your Japanese crossover vehicle. LOL GTFO with that silliness. I guess if that’s what it takes to make you feel good about your vehicle, then so be it. But that smacks of insecurity of maybe even being ostentatious. I suppose we should be thankful that you’re not putting M3 badges on your Highlander. Yes, that’s a real thing–people putting M3 badges on all kinds of vehicles that aren’t even BMWs.

    • 0 avatar
      pragmatist

      Customers want badges that show off what they bought, otherwise they have to go to Pep Boys just so the world knows….

      “V tech be kickin in, Bro”

      I remember back in the muscle era there were a few guys who thoroughly built up econo family cars with no badging or any performance clues whatsoever. They found great pleasure in embarrassing the ostentatious muscle car crowd.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al From 'Murica

        I distinctly remember an original Taurus SHO in metro Atlanta that the owner had swapped all of the exterior over to that of a poverty spec GL. That and a plethora of notchback Mustang LX 5.0 notchbacks sans 5.0 badges and one of the tailpipes.

        • 0 avatar
          John

          Indeed – former LX notch owner – mine lost the 5.0 badges, had the dual exhaust hidden and a (non-functioning) 4 cylinder tailpipe added – and – the crowning touch – a Mercedes “DIESEL” emblem on the trunk that looked stock.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al From 'Murica

      Im gonna say no. I remember seeing a V16 badge on a Caddy that would have predated the 32 Ford. However, if I had a v16 I may want a badge.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      “I mean seriously, who cares about a Hemi badge, other than the self-absorbed hick driving the truck?”

      So who cares other than the person that is spending money on it?

      It might be self-absorbed, but it’s my $30K+ and I want an engine badge.

      • 0 avatar
        VoGo

        If the last election taught me anything, it’s that the lives – and votes – of self-absorbed, pick-up truck driving (white) hicks matter.

        • 0 avatar
          Firestorm 500

          There’s more of them than you realize.

          The liberals and Democrats failed to address their concerns.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al From 'Murica

          it is a rather large voting block that has real concerns which by in large, your party ignored.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            So all those programs that Democrats have championed to reduce student loan debt, to make college affordable, to feed pregnant women and babies and to protect social security completely ignore the middle class and poor?

            But attacking Muslims, appointing billionaires with no experience governing to the cabinet and eliminating health insurance for tens of millions helps?

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            Does your voice sound funny inside your bubble?

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    I love it that Fiat is no better than Chrysler was in its first death throws in the ’70s at badging their products accurately. My grandparents’ neighbors had a car that was a Plymouth Volare on one side and a Dodge Aspen on the other, straight from the factory.

    • 0 avatar
      Firestorm 500

      When I was selling Chevrolets in the early to mid 80s, We would get Chevy trucks, both full size and S-10s, with a mix of Chevrolet and GMC emblems, tailgates, trim, and grills in from time to time.

      And people still say that GMCs are “built better”. Ha.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    If you really want to torture criminals, put some Limp Bizkit on.

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