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2018 Ram 1500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall for the Ram 1500 over concerns a loose cable could cause the parking brake to become "difficult to operate". The conversion firm reports the outer cable sheath for the park brake may have slipped through the end fitting...

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2016-18 Ram 2500, 3500 recalled
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2016-18 Ram 2500, 3500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has recalled Ram 2500 and 3500 models sold between January 1, 2016 and October 1, 2018 over concerns about the heater hose pipe. The company reports a heater hose pipe mightn't be properly attached securely, creating a friction point with the brake pipe assembly...


2015-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled again - UPDATE
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2015-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled again - UPDATE

UPDATE, 5 November, 2018: American Special Vehicles has issued a correction, now also accepted by the ACCC and live on the recalls.gov.au website. Where previously the concern was announced as a software issue, it has now been confirmed as mechanical. The updated notice reads: "Some RAM 2500 and 3500 Trucks may have a defective tie rod bracket and mounting hardware...


2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 recalled
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2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall for the 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500, over concerns about a defective tailgate latch. According to the company, the latch might disconnect while the vehicle is driving. If there's anything unrestrained in the tray, there's a risk it'll slide onto the road and create a hazard for other road users...


2018 Ram 1500 Laramie review
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2018 Ram 1500 Laramie review

The RAM 1500 is the latest addition to the ASV stable in Australia, and priced to start from under 80k drive-away, it promises to appeal to cashed-up ute buyers.


2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs
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2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs

As the North American market begins rollout of the new-generation 2019 Ram 1500, Australian details for the older 2018 Ram 1500 have been announced this week. UPDATE, 23/8/18: The original version of this article listed a rear-view camera as standard equipment across the range, however this isn't the case. A rear-view camera is included with the Laramie specification only...


2018 Ram 2500 recalled
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2018 Ram 2500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall notice for the 2018 Ram 2500, over concerns about the Trailer Brake Module on cars with a 12-pin trailer plug. According to the import company, some MY18 trucks with the 12-pin plug may have the incorrect software installed, rendering the tail-lights on attached trailers inoperative...


Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled over fire risk
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Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled over fire risk

American Special Vehicles has recalled 2014-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks with the 6.7-litre diesel engine, over concerns a faulty water pump could cause an engine fire. According to the importer and right-hand drive converter, the water pump could fail which, in turn, might cause an engine compartment fire. There are 529 vehicles included in this recall...


Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 recalled for safety fix
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Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 recalled for safety fix

Local importer and conversion company American Special Vehicles (ASV) has issued a recall for six vehicles across its Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 model lines over concerns a faulty occupant sensor could cause the airbags to not deploy in an accident. Affected vehicles were built in 2014, 2015 and 2016...


Ram 2500 Code Black special arrives from $149,500
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Ram 2500 Code Black special arrives from $149,500

Ram Trucks has released its first limited-edition variant of the Ram 2500 truck, named Code Black, bringing an array of dark-themed enhancements. Starting at $149,500 before on-road costs, the Ram 2500 Code Black gets a black finish on the front grille, front and rear bumpers, badging, and side mirrors. There are also new heavy-duty wheel arch flares...


2015 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled for indicator fix
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2015 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled for indicator fix

The Ram Trucks range has been recalled by local distributor American Special Vehicles (ASV), over concerns the turn signals may stop working without notification - 450 vehicles are affected. According to the manufacturer, the turn signal speed doesn't change when a globe isn't working...


Ram Trucks Australian conversion facility, behind-the-scenes tour
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Ram Trucks Australian conversion facility, behind-the-scenes tour

Since it launched in Australia at the end of 2015, startup American Special Vehicles (ASV) has boldly claimed that its right-hand drive Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks were a cut above existing converted US pickups already on sale. For one thing, ASV — a joint-venture between Ateco Automotive as distributor and Walkinshaw as converter — is unique in having direct collaboration with Fiat Chrysler in the US, and acts as a de facto RHD supplier with export potential...


Another US pick-up converter launching in Australia, via the Philippines
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Another US pick-up converter launching in Australia, via the Philippines

Australia’s increasingly crowded market for oversized American pick-ups is about to get a little busier, with a new player receiving the coveted full volume government certification to import, convert and distribute. Shogun Conversions, which has a base in NSW but converts trucks in the Philippines, now has full volume certification for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2016 Ram 3500, 2500 recalled by American Special Vehicles
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2016 Ram 3500, 2500 recalled by American Special Vehicles

Newly launched importer and conversion company, American Special Vehicles, is recalling 152 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks over concerns a worn brake booster hose could cause the braking and steering systems to fail. The distributor reports that the high-pressure brake booster may wear over time, if it comes into contact with the sub-frame near the left engine mount...


2016 Ram 2500 Laramie Review
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2016 Ram 2500 Laramie Review

The Ram 2500 Laramie fills a market niche occupied by few.


Ram Trucks still here by end of 2015: American Special Vehicles joint-venture detailed here
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Ram Trucks still here by end of 2015: American Special Vehicles joint-venture detailed here

Full-size American Ram Trucks pickups will go on sale in Australia by the end of the year, as part of a just-confirmed co-operation between the Walkinshaw Automotive Group and Neville Crichton, owner of automotive distributor Ateco Automotive. A media release today announced that a deal between the two groups had been finalised ahead of the launch of the big Yank Tanks by year’s end, and unveiling to the media on November 18...