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Hi, ijust joined this rebel forum, i am going to buy a 2016 rebel IF it checks out to be ok at the dodge dealer. I test drove it twice and it was delivered on a dealer trade and shows 188 miles. While driving it i noticed what seemed like a wheel out of balance and on the freeway at the time. I also noticed that it had a slight sensation of wanting to drift to the left and had to hold the wheel very lightly to the right . If i let go of the steering wheel it would start to drift to the left. I took it for a second drive the next day and on a strait road at 35 mph floored it and she veered to the left and i held the wheel to to the right and it straigtend. Salesman says that it is the torque from anti spin diff. & i said NO, my challengers always went straight. They are checking the balance & alignment and i will test drive it again. I have been resding reviews about water leaks, whistle wind noise and v i am having second thoughts about the purchase.
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Definitely one hold off on, better safe than sorry, especially if you feel that you could one day run into the same problems already experienced. Always ran by a rule of thumb that 6-8 months of a vehicle being in the hands of consumers is good timing to formulate a decision.
 

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It was a new truck, it was part of a dealer trade. The california dealer wanted a car that my dealer had so my d3aler said give us the 2016 rebel you have and we will give you the car you need. The truck was driven to my dealer and that put the odometer on 188 miles. I have read here that some owners have experience water leaks at the sunroof, 1 guy had to have a new truck which dodge agreed to. There is a recall on the driveline on some of the rebels.i never buy a vehicle during the first year of a major redesign,i wait until thesecond or third year. The 2016 is the second year i think. I am going to re test drive it and see what difference there is now that they re balanced 2 wheels that were out of balance. Wheni accelerated from a roll of 25 - 35 mph and it pulled to the left i didnt care for that. 3 times i did it. They say something about anti spin diffs causing that but my challenger doesnt do that. So im up in the air about this.
Anyone here have a rebel with issues ?
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The Rebel came out mid-2015 so it's pretty much its first year. That said, the Rebel is not a redesign of components, it's just some trim options on an otherwise pre-existing Ram vehicle. It's always possible that something.

The recall you mentioned is a recall on all Ram 1500s made during a certain timeframe, in which some of the supplied left rear axles somehow missed being heat treated prior to installation in the truck. The recall is not Rebel-specific.

Tire rebalancing is nothing. I've on a couple of occasions had to have new tires rebalanced right away. In one case, the electronic balancing machine was acting up. In the other, the tech just did put the weight in the wrong spot by a few inches. I never worry about something like that, it's definitely not a "truck" problem.
 

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It was a new truck, it was part of a dealer trade. The california dealer wanted a car that my dealer had so my d3aler said give us the 2016 rebel you have and we will give you the car you need. The truck was driven to my dealer and that put the odometer on 188 miles. I have read here that some owners have experience water leaks at the sunroof, 1 guy had to have a new truck which dodge agreed to. There is a recall on the driveline on some of the rebels.i never buy a vehicle during the first year of a major redesign,i wait until thesecond or third year. The 2016 is the second year i think. I am going to re test drive it and see what difference there is now that they re balanced 2 wheels that were out of balance. Wheni accelerated from a roll of 25 - 35 mph and it pulled to the left i didnt care for that. 3 times i did it. They say something about anti spin diffs causing that but my challenger doesnt do that. So im up in the air about this.
Anyone here have a rebel with issues ?
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I think its good to have all the info from this and other forums but all trucks have issues and this is where you will find them. Its a small percentage of vehicles that have major issues and yes some guys on here have had multiple probs. Most of us are really happy with RAM and have had several of them.

Sometimes you have to take anecdotal evidence for what it is and rely on overall performance.

One question I have is are you sure its an AS differential? Mine sadly is not and I can feel it pull slightly during WOT acceleration. Not as bad as you are saying but I can feel it.

That leaking sunroof is scary and I had my fingers crossed during the first car wash. Maybe take another test drive and take it through the car wash, at the salesman expense of course.

Good luck on whatever you decide.
 

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It's possible that one front tire could be low, too, which can cause that kind of "pull" on the steering. If it's not fixed with the alignment, check the tires. Use a real tire gauge, don't rely on the on-board computer, just in case there's a sensor error in the system.

As far as problems like wind noise and water, many of us are not having them. My Rebel has been perfect, and it's a great truck. And it's not my first Dodge/Ram.

I don't see a misalignment, tire balancing, or low tire pressure as reason not to buy a truck, and if your dealership had the truck delivered as an inter-dealer trade, I don't know that I would even put problem blame on your dealer, they may not actually have driven it except to move it around the lot at near-idle speeds.

As Chowda said, good luck with whatever you decide.
 

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The rebel isn't a "new" truck. It's a 1500 with pretty much an appearance package. The salesman doesn't know what he's talking about. He's thinking Of torque steer which is a front wheel drive thing. As far as the leak goes, I believe it's only an issue with models with a sunroom and a drainage problem.
 

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The rebel isn't a "new" truck. It's a 1500 with pretty much an appearance package. The salesman doesn't know what he's talking about. He's thinking Of torque steer which is a front wheel drive thing. As far as the leak goes, I believe it's only an issue with models with a sunroom and a drainage problem.
Probably a salesperson with little knowledge about the actual product and no passion for it. That's typically how it works, always a small percent of sales people that are passionate and know how to sell.

Most are just their to give you paper to sign :D
 

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Interesting as I've got this same veering issue, and I DON'T have the anti-spin diff.... and I just came back out here today to post about it again. Mine would veer in both directions, and it felt like it was more difficult than necessary to keep it straight.

They said my alignment was off, and for about 2 weeks after the re-alignment it was fine. But now, it's doing it again. They also mentioned my tires being "very aggressive", and I reminded him they were the stock tires.

Keep us posted.
 

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I've read a number of posts on this forum, too, concerning issues with some new Rebels. I bought mine last July and I can report that I have had none of the issues I've read about. My truck has been absolutely flawless. Good luck to you whatever you decide.
 

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I've read a number of posts on this forum, too, concerning issues with some new Rebels. I bought mine last July and I can report that I have had none of the issues I've read about. My truck has been absolutely flawless. Good luck to you whatever you decide.

Knock on wood, but it seems the early run trucks(JULY) don't have many reported issues. I know they had a strike in the fall...maybe the quality of work was affected during that time.
 

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You need to find out what height mode you were in, Off-Road & Entry/Exit mode changes the alignment dramatically. This is what it sounds like to me. Disable Areo mode in the uconnect suspension menu, use normal mode & see how that works.
 

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I want to add to this older thread, that I picked up a 2016 rebel three weeks ago, and it has been 100% perfect. It tracks good, but the steering is tight, so it will drift around a little if you are messing around with the radio, etc. But my Challenger it the same way. I believe this is because both of them have electric power steering pumps on them, with performance steering. And the rebel has tall sidewall tires on it.
 
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