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07/27/15, via Cars.com News
2009-2012 Ram 1500 pickup trucks built from Feb. 27, 2008, through June 30, 2009, and Dec. 1, 2009, through Oct. 20, 2011. These were recalled in 2013 for rear suspension problems. 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota pickups built from Feb. 27, 2007, through
Fiat Chrysler Must Buy Back Hundreds of Thousands of Ram Pickups
07/27/15, via NBCNews.com
DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers hundreds of thousands of Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles — the biggest such action in U.S. history — as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about
Colleagues, friends mourn cop, 32, killed in Henry Ave. crash
08/23/15, via Philly.com
He lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck about 11:43 p.m. Saturday on Henry Avenue near Valley, according to Capt. John Wilczynski, head of the Accident Investigation Division. Ali was traveling "well above" the posted 35 mph speed limit when
Dodge Chargers recalled; door slam can make air bags inflate
08/01/15, via WOODTV.com
Last week, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem. The company says the Charger recall came from an internal investigation launched because of the truck recall. Fiat Chrysler says the air bag control modules may
The list: Can you sell back your Dodge, Chrysler or Ram?
07/29/15, via USA TODAY
Fiat Chrysler hammered out an agreement with the National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration to buy back certain SUVs and pickup trucks that are deemed unsafe. The buyback, however, will only be offered to owners of vehicles who have not had recall
Azusa man dies after being struck by pickup along Arrow Highway
08/22/15, via The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
AZUSA >> A 50-year-old Azusa man died after he was struck by a pickup truck while pushing a shopping cart across Arrow Highway late Friday, authorities said. Ricardo Arteaga died shortly after being struck about 8:45 p.m. at Arrow Highway and Homerest
Gov't: Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back 500000 pickups
07/26/15, via Wink News
DETROIT (AP) – Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two
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DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers hundreds of thousands of Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles — the biggest such action in U. S. history — as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in... In addition, owners of more than a million older Jeeps with vulnerable rear-mounted gas tanks will be able to trade them in or be paid by Chrysler to have the vehicles repaired. The Ram pickups, which are the company's top-selling vehicle, have defective steering parts that can cause drivers to lose control. Some previous repairs have been unsuccessful, so Fiat Chrysler agreed to the buy-back, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It was not immediately clear how many pickups will be subject to the buy-back offer. Both the Jeep and Ram measures are part of a larger settlement between the government and the automaker over allegations of misconduct in 23 recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles. Besides the civil penalty, which was reported Saturday by The Associated Press, Fiat Chrysler agreed to an independent recall monitor and strict federal. Source: www.nbcnews.com
“Due to Arteaga failing to yield the right of way to the vehicle in the roadway, the front of (the) Dodge collided into (him),” Banuelos said. Following the initial impact, the shopping cart Arteaga was pushing was propelled into a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck stopped in eastbound traffic lanes, Banuelos said. Source: www.sgvtribune.com
Devon Crocker, 19, was ejected from his Dodge Ram pickup truck shortly after 3 a. m. Sunday after it left the roadway while southbound on Hilltop Road. He was transported with potential life-threatening injuries by Sparta Ambulance Service to Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta and then transferred to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. Assisting the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were the Wisconsin State Patrol, Sparta Area Fire Protection District, Sparta Area Ambulance Service and Monroe County 911 Communications Center. Source: lacrossetribune.com
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Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 - Edmunds.com
For decades, Dodge's offerings in the full-size pickup truck segment soldiered on mostly under the radar. Sales were adequate, but it wasn't until the Dodge Ram 1500 received a major redesign in the mid-1990s that consumers snapped to attention and checked out their neighborhood Dodge dealer.
More recently, Dodge took another big step forward with its full-size pickup truck, jettisoning the traditional, stiff-riding leaf springs in the rear suspension in favor of relatively plush coil springs. The upshot is that the most recent-generation Dodge Ram 1500 has the power, ride and styling to be the most versatile half-ton on the road.
Now, although the Dodge Ram ceased to be for the 2011 model year, it lived on as the founding member of Chrysler Group's new Ram brand. For information on that model, read our Ram 1500 review.
Most Recent Dodge Ram 1500The most recent, fourth-generation Dodge Ram 1500 was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Compared to older Rams, this truck benefits from a coil-spring rear suspension (for a better ride quality), more powerful engines and newer technology features. There weren't any significant changes prior to its rechristening as simply the Ram 1500.
This Dodge Ram 1500 was available in five trim levels, beginning with the ST and moving through SLT, TRX, Sport and finally to the top-line Laramie. Three cab configurations and three bed lengths were also offered. The pickup could be had in either a two-wheel or four-wheel-drive setup. The "Mega Cab" from the previous generation was longer, but the current Crew Cab still provided almost 40 inches of rear legroom. Three engines were available: a 3.7-liter V6 (215 horsepower), a 4.7-liter V8 (310 hp) and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (390 hp). Notable for the Ram was its coil-spring rear suspension, which significantly enhanced the truck's ride quality over broken pavement.
The interior of the Ram 1500 was roomy and well-appointed. A three-across front bench seat and column shifter were in the mix, and all seating options benefited from improved sculpting and attention to detail. Rear-seat video and a 10-speaker surround-sound audio system were optional, along with navigation and a rear back-up camera. A Dodge Ram 1500 could be ordered with lined wells below the rear floor mats (sized for a six-pack and ice), as well as the RamBox, a cargo bed storage compartment that can accommodate a golf bag or lots of tools. The exterior design intensified the Ram's big-rig look via more angular and aggressive lines.
In reviews, we found this Dodge Ram 1500 to be a pickup truck with a very un-trucklike ride. We were also fond of its competitively constructed interior, nifty storage spaces and impressively powerful Hemi V8. The main downside to the truck was its weak and inefficient base V6 engine.
Past Dodge Ram 1500 ModelsThe previous, third-generation Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was produced from 2002 through 2008. Trim levels included the basic ST, the volume-seller SLT and the plush Laramie (which replaced the SLT Plus in 2003). Club and Quad Cabs were offered, with the stretched Mega Cab arriving in 2006. Initially, two of the three engine options were new: a 3.7-liter V6 (215 hp) available only on the 2WD regular cab and a 4.7-liter V8 (235 hp). An older but torquey 5.9-liter V8 (245 hp) preceded the arrival of the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi (345 hp) in 2004, and for the 2007 model year the 4.7 V8 got a power boost to 310 hp. Transmissions were steadily updated: Five-speed manuals gave way to six-speeds, and four-speed automatics were replaced by five-speeds.
Various options were offered from 2002-'08. Depending on the year Ram you look at, you'll encounter wheel and tire packages, upgraded sound systems, an off-road package, keyless remote start, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and Bluetooth connectivity. In reviews, we found this generation of Ram 1500 to have a smooth ride and nimble handling, especially when loaded with cargo and passengers. The 5.7-liter V8 Hemi was a big improvement over the sluggish, thirsty old 5.9 V8, although fuel economy for both engines was subpar. One other downside to this generation of Ram was that it wasn't offered in as many configurations as other competing full-size trucks of the same time period.
The second-generation Dodge Ram 1500 debuted for 1994 and marked the turning point for Dodge's full-size pickup truck. There were a number of important features that debuted, such as a standard driver side airbag, available four-wheel antilock brakes and a center console box big enough to hold a laptop computer. Cab styles included the Club Cab and the Quad Cab. Engine choices consisted of a 3.9-liter V6 (175 hp), a 5.2-liter V8 (220 hp) and a 5.9-liter V8 that started out at 230 hp and topped out at 250 hp. Transmissions included a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic, and one could select either a two- or four-wheel-drive configuration. Trim levels were the Work Special, LT, ST and luxurious Laramie SLT.
For more information on older Dodge Ram pickups, go to our Dodge Ram history page.
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The Ram 1500 leapfrogged Ford with an eight-speed automatic transmission and:Best in class gas mileage (V6 and V8): 20% better with either engine Power increases: 305 hp V6 and 395 hp Hemi V8 [details] with optional diesel Less noise with best-in-class aerodynamics (cD = 0.363) Air suspension for better mileage, ride control, loading, and clearance Stronger, stiffer frame with more high-strength steel New electronics with voice control, texting, software updates, and configurable 7” instrument screen New interiors with upgraded materials and features See the powertrain section for more on engines, transmissions, pulse width modulation, etc.
2015 changes include a new welcome screen for SLT (with Luxury Group) and Laramie, and a new paint, Black Forest Green.
For 2014, the state-of-the-art VM diesel (originally scheduled for 2013 models) appeared as a $2,850 option, and the 4.7 V8 was dropped. A class-exclusive front parking assist system was added as an option, and gasoline-V6 towing capacity was dramatically increased, to 7,450 lb, thanks to a stronger parking pawl. (More on the diesel later on this page.) The refrigerant switched to F1234yf (possibly midyear).
Ram SLT buyers get a standard UConnect 5.0; this system appears to be a Fiat-Microsoft design with all the usual apps, eight “hard buttons,” and two knobs, easier to use than the older Fiat touch-screen stereo.
Laramie Limited, a high luxury version, comes with standard Hemi, eight-speed automatic, air suspension, 20-inch wheels, black leather seats, glossy black accents, keyless entry, and wheel to wheel side steps. One insider told us the Limited was added for those who wanted an upscale pickup without the cowboy theme.
For 2014, the V6/eight speed is standard on Outdoorsman, SLT, and HFE; optional on SXT, Tradesman, and ST. Hemi (390 hp) is standard on SXT, Express, Tradesman, and ST, possibly the first time a V8 is on base trucks while a V6 is on premium models. The Hemi eight-speed (395 hp) is standard on Sport, Laramie, Longhorn, and Big Horn, optional on all others except SXT and ST. Finally, the diesel is optional on Laramie Limited, Longhorn, Laramie, Big Horn, Outdoorsman, SLT, and Tradesman.
The shifter knob was designed to have a mechanical feel, and to be usable by touch; hard limits at Park and Drive prevent overshooting, and there are sizeable gaps between gears, with clear detents. Visual feedback comes both in the gauge cluster and just above the knob itself. Drivers can manually move gears using Gear- and Gear+ buttons; the system reacts quickly and, much of the time, the only indications it worked are small changes on the tachometer and the gear number changing in the gauge cluster.
The 3.6 had more than sufficient grunt to get the 1500 moving, traversed hills with ease, and passed with confidence. It revved a little more than the 5.7, but nothing that a consumer would notice if they aren't starting their day in the Hemi.
My drive in the Hemi 8-speed was thoroughly enjoyable. The shifts were unnoticeable and the acceleration was beyond crisp. I was in a 4X4, and my driving partner was able to squeal all four on a paved rural road. I took a 5.7/8 4X4 out of a mud pit with a 15° grade; the climb was effortless.
The cab is comfortable and quiet; the new Uconnect nav system is cool, rendering topography like mountains in faux 3D and displaying realistic curves in the roadway so that you know you're about to go over a hill. It also gives you lane choice guidance on the highway in graphic format, showing how many exit lanes are coming up for your exit, and where you need to be to follow your intended route.
While CEO of Ram, Fred Diaz said that the 2013 Ram was meant to be a mild refresh: new grille and headlights, interior tweaks, and the like. Sergio suggested they go deeper, and they did — right down to the frame and electronics architecture. The Ram 1500 with V6 engine has 42% more horsepower and 13% more torque than the old V6, while the Hemi V8 boosted gas mileage by 20% (with the late-availability eight-speed automatic) and is on track to take the V8-truck gas-mileage crown. Gas mileage for the Ram 1500 V6 is rated at 18/25, while the best Ford mileage is 17/23; Chevrolet lags at 15/20. (Other configurations’ mileage have not been released. The 4x4 Hemi is apparently 15/21.)
The eight speed transmission is standard with the V-6 gasoline and diesel engines, and optional with the Hemi (depending on trim level). The transmission is controlled by a heavy-duty-truck inspired knob; six-speed transmissions keep the old shifter.
ST, SLT and Sport models get a black rubber over mold with chrome surround, while all Laramie models include a solid, spun-aluminum knob finished in silver.
Diesel engine option
The VM 3-liter V6 powered Ram 1500 set a best-ever full-size-pickup 28 mpg in EPA highway testing (in Canada, 7.1 l/100km, or 40 mpg), beating all current mid-size and full-size pickups. The half-ton pickup also set a new combined city/highway benchmark of 23 mpg, matching the best four-cylinder midsize pickup’s record and beating all full-sized pickups.
The Ram 1500 diesel is rated at 20 city, 28 highway, and 23 combined, where the Toyota Tacoma, with a four-cylinder engine and manual transmission, is rated at 21 city, 25 highway, 23 combined.
Ram chief Reid Bigland said, “To put the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in context, it gets 6 mpg better fuel economy than the best F150 EcoBoost.” Peak torque is unsurpassed among V-6 and base-engine V-8 pickups, at 420 lb-ft; in comparison, the base F-150 and Silverado 1500 were rated at 15 city, 21 highway. The Ram 1500 diesel is rated to tow 9,200 lb.
The diesel engine adds $2,850 to the cost of the 2014 Ram 1500, but includes the eight-speed automatic. Ram 1500 diesels are built in Warren, Michigan (which has assembled more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938) except for regular cabs, which are made in Saltillo, Mexico. VM engines are made in Cento, Italy, while the eight-speed automatics are made in the United States. See our Ram 1500 diesel review.Air suspension
The Ram 1500 has an optional air suspension system (which alters height with air pressure), with built-in load-leveling. It has five height settings that operate automatically or manually:Normal: Stays at 8.7 inches of clearance (from the base of the door sill) Aero: Lowers the Ram by 1.1 inches, increasing gas mileage by up to 1%; activated by highway speeds Off-road 1 and 2: Rises to 9.9 and 10.7 inches of clearance, respectively, to clear obstacles Park: Lowers the truck to a height of 6.7 inches for easy entry/exit and cargo loading
The system uses the tanks shown in blue as reservoirs; it does not use outside air.
The result brings Ram to a best-in-class step-in height of 21 inches, best-in-class ground clearance of 10.7 inches, best-in-class departure angle of 27.8°, and best-in-class breakover angle of 24.2°.
It is supported by four-corner air springs, whose spring rates depend on the ride height. In Off-Road 2, the rate is firmer, while in Aero mode, the rate is softened. A separate button on the key fob gives the operator the ability to manually lower the truck, allowing for ease of passenger entry and bed loading.Aerodynamic improvements
Despite a bolder and more aggressive front end, the Ram 1500 boasts best-in-class aerodynamics and, with active aerodynamics, a 6% aerodynamic improvement on the new truck (cD is now 0.360, vs 0.386 in the 2012, for regular cab / 4x2). The front air dam was extended downward to create a 0.6% improvement in fuel economy, while a new thermo-plastic material is more malleable, preventing breakage.
A new wheel-to-wheel tubular side-step adds 0.5% to fuel efficiency (vs the 2012 one) by allowing air to pass around the truck more smoothly, while easing access to the forward portion of the bed.
Select 2013 Ram 1500s have a standard, segment-exclusive locking tri-fold tonneau cover. It both protects bed storage and increases fuel economy by 0.8%. Owners can use one, two, or all sections of the cover by folding the system on top of itself. (It also appears to be a $1,500 option on the Laramie.)
The Ram 1500 is the first truck to use an active grille shutter system (similar to the one on Dart), closing airflow through the grille when cooling is not needed. It increases gas mileage by 0.5%, cuts drag roughly 4%, and cuts warm-up time/defrost time. The computer closes the shutters when cooling is not needed.
Dave Sowers pointed out that the active shutters was normally either fully open or fully closed. When closed, air pressure quickly builds up in front of the slats, deflecting oncoming air over the truck, which has the lowest drag coefficient of any pickup on the market. At all times, there’s airflow over the radiator from other openings. The idea was to avoid drag from radiator capacity which is seldom needed, while still being able to cool the engine under any reasonable conditions. (He also said that riding with the tailgate down increases drag, while a tonneau cover makes the truck much more aerodynamic.)
[Dave also discussed pulse width modulation — see our powertrain section]2013 Ram 1500 chassis and frame
The 2013 Ram 1500’s frame was redesigned with greater stiffness to increase stability and handling while cutting noise and vibration up to 30%. Front rails have 20% higher yield strength due to high-strength steel. The new frame design has new powertrain, air suspension, and body mounting technology.
Portions of the frame are hydroformed for dimensional accuracy (hydroforming reduces the amount of welding that leads to distortion), and side rails are fully boxed. The front frame section has high-strength steel that maintains strength and durability while saving around 30 pounds. Larger body mounts are on the front frame rails and at the C-pillar. Two frame lengths are available: 120-inch and 140-inch.
In 2009, the Ram 1500 introduced an exclusive multi-link, coil-spring rear suspension, standard on all except Ram 1500 Tradesman HD; it improveds ride and handling with no loss of capability. A coil-spring design centralizes and absorbs bumps and impacts, while reducing the amount of friction in the spring system. This design weighs 40 pounds less than a leaf-spring configuration. For 2013, more robust ball joints on the front suspension yield greater durability and have improved sealing methods.Other engineering features
The 2013 Ram 1500 uses electric power steering (EPS) — the hydraulic pump is replaced by an electric motor, improving fuel efficiency up to 1.8% and adding 5 horsepower. EPS reduces complexity, eliminating the hydraulic pump, hoses, and cooling apparatus. In addition, each Ram 1500 model can be calibrated to optimize steering effort and precision, regardless of body or powertrain; it also senses constant input from the driver, for example a crown in the road, and compensates for improved comfort. EPS will be needed if a hybrid version is produced in the future.
New box floor cross-members in the bed cut 7 pounds, and a new front bumper removes 4 pounds, in addition to up to 30 pounds in weight savings from the new frame. Aluminum upper and lower control arms in the front suspension cut more weight, also improving handling, while an aluminum hood saves 26 pounds. Underneath the hood, the V6 model powertrain is 76 pounds lighter, while the eight-speed used with the Hemi is 30 pounds lighter.
The 2013 Ram 1500 has low-rolling resistance tires to minimize wasted energy; the new brakes have a relocated ABS pump for reduced vibration, and has shorter brake pedal travel. A new hydraulic-boost compensation unit enhances brake pedal feel and performance during emergency stops.
Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all 2013 Ram 1500 trucks. Front rotors measure 13.2 inches (336 mm) in diameter and are clamped with dual-piston calipers, while rear rotors are 13.8 inches (352 mm) and utilize single-piston calipers.
New features include power folding mirrors, a power rear-sliding window with defrost, and a six-foot-four-inch bed option on the Crew Cab. The central locking system now includes the RamBox® cargo management system and tailgate power locks. Auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam® are also available.2013 Ram 1500 models
Models/packages for 2013 are ST, Tradesman, Express, SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Outdoorsman, Sport, R/T, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn. There are again three cabs (regular, Quad, and Crew), and three boxes (5’7”, 6’4”, and 8-foot). Production of the 2013 Ram 1500 is scheduled for third quarter of 2012, with all regular cabs assembled in Saltillo, Mexico; and Quad and Crew Cabs in Warren, Michigan.
The 2013 Ram 1500 is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Mich.), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Regular Cab models of the 2013 Ram 1500 are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.
Dave Sowers noted that the demonstration “cutaway” truck at auto shows was assembled from different models: a Laredo interior, Sport wheels, and SLT body. (The Laredo comes with a Hemi and they wanted to show the V6.) He pointed out the new, greatly improved body mounts and the unique air suspension, toughened up to meet long-term needs of pickup buyers. He also said that the 4.7 was currently available and had a market, though most retail buyers choose the Hemi; he said they were hoping to attract more people to the V6, and would not make any predictions regarding 4.7 availability in the future. [The 4.7 did not return for 2014.]
See what we predicted before the unveiling, at the end of the “Interiors, Styling, Stereos, Lighting, Safety” section
Dodge Ram - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the full-size truck since Ram's separation from Dodge. For vehicles named Dodge Ram, see List of vehicles named Dodge Ram. Dodge Ram
2011 Ram 3500Overview Manufacturer Ram division of FCA US, LLC Production 1981–present Assembly Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico (Saltillo Truck Assembly)Warren, Michigan, United States (Warren Truck Assembly) Body and chassis Class Full-size pickup truck Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive Chronology Predecessor Dodge D Series
The Ram Pickup (formerly the Dodge Ram) is a full-size pickup truck manufactured by FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group LLC). As of 2010, it has been sold under the Ram Trucks brand. Previously, Ram was part of the Dodge lineup of light trucks. The name Ram was first used in 1981 on the redesigned Ram and Power Ram following the retiring and rebadging of the Dodge D Series pickup trucks as well as B-series vans. The truck is named for the Ram hood ornament that first appeared on Dodge vehicles in 1933. The Ram Truck is in its fourth generation as of the 2009 model year.
Ram trucks have been named Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year five times; the second-generation Ram won the award in 1994, the third-generation Ram Heavy Duty won the award in 2003, the fourth-generation Ram Heavy Duty won in 2010 and the current Ram 1500 won in 2013 and 2014. The Ram is currently built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico and at the Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan, United States.
As of 2014, the Ram truck Series are available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru (Ram 2500 only), Brazil (Ram 2500 only), and the Middle East (Ram 1500 only) in LHD only.
Contents1 1981–1994 (D/W) 1.1 Engines & transmissions 1.2 Engines 2 1994–2002 (BR/BE) 2.1 1997/1998 updates 2.2 Drivetrain 2.2.1 Transmissions 2.2.2 Transfer cases 2.2.3 Axles 2.3 Engines 3 2002–2009 (DR/DH/D1/DC/DM) 3.1 2006 Facelift 3.2 Chassis Cab 3.3 Engines 3.4 Axles 4 2009–present (DS/DJ) 4.1 Class exclusive manual transmission 4.2 Cab options 4.3 Handling 4.4 Payload capacities 4.5 Heavy Duty Chassis Cabs 4.6 Safety 4.7 2013 changes 4.7.1 3500 4.7.2 4x4 4.7.3 High Fuel Efficiency 4.8 2014 changes 4.9 Production 4.10 Engines 4.11 Plug-in hybrid 5 Issues 5.1 Fire incident, Hybrid, 2012 5.2 Remote Control, Software, Uconnect Entertainment System, 2015 6 Gallery 7 Special Edition Rams 8 Motorsport 9 Sales 10 References 11 External links 1981–1994 (D/W) First generation Overview Production 1981–1994 Body and chassis Body style 2-door2-door extended cab4-door crew cabDually Platform Chrysler AD platform Related Dodge Ramcharger Powertrain Engine 225 cu in (3.69 L) Slant-6 I6239 cu in (3.92 L) LA V6318 cu in (5.21 L) LA V8360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V85.9 L (360 cu in) Cummins diesel I6 Transmission 3- or 4-speed Torqueflite automatic4- or 5-speed manual Dimensions Wheelbase 2-door short bed:115 in (2,921 mm)2-door long bed:131 in (3,327 mm)2-door extended cab long bed:149 in (3,785 mm)4-door long bed:165 in (4,191 mm) Length 190.8 in (4,846 mm)210.8 in (5,354 mm) Width 79.5 in (2,019 mm) Height 76 in (1,930 mm)73 in (1,854 mm)
The first-generation Ram trucks & vans introduced in 1981 were named for the Ram hood ornament that first appeared on Dodge vehicles in 1933. Dodge kept the previous generation's model designations: "D", "B" or Ram indicated two-wheel drive while the "W" or Power Ram indicated four-wheel drive. Just like Ford, Dodge used 150 to indicate a one-half ton truck, 250 for a three-quarter ton truck, and 350 for one-ton truck. Standard cab, "Club" extended cab, and crew cab versions were offered along with 6.5 ft (2.0 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) bed lengths and "Utiline" and "Sweptline" styled boxes. Externally, the first-generation Rams were facelifted versions of the previous generation Dodge D-Series pickups introduced in 1972. The new model introduced larger wraparound tail lamps, single rectangular headlamps, and squared-off body lines. Variously configured Slant-6 and V8 gasoline engines were available. The interior was updated and included a newer style bench seat, and a completely new dashboard and instrument cluster, with a three pod design - a speedometer in the center, with the two side pods containing an ammeter on the top left, a temperature gauge bottom left, a fuel gauge on the top right and an oil pressure gauge bottom right. Models not having a full gauge package had only indicator lights in the place of the temperature and oil pressure gauges. Among the options offered on the Ram were front bumper guards, a sliding rear cab window, air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering column, power door locks and windows, AM/FM stereo with cassette tape player, and a plowing package for the 4-wheel-drive version (referred to as the Sno Commander).
The Club Cab was dropped from the lineup after 1982, but Dodge kept the tooling and re-introduced the Club Cab a decade later in the 1991 models. The four door crew cab was dropped after the 1985 model year, and was never re-introduced.
Base D100 models were added for 1984, replacing the previous "Miser" trim level available on the D150. A "Ram-Trac" shift-on-the-fly transfer case was added for the 1985's Power Rams, and both the crew cab and Utiline flared bed were dropped for 1986. Also for 1986 was the first year for a new crossbar grille and slight front end styling changes. Engines were updated for the 1988 model year. The Slant-6 was supplanted by a 3.9 L (240 cu in) fuel-injected V6 with 25% more power. The 5.2 L (318 cu in) engine also received electronic fuel injection in 1988. Because of a new computer controlled fuel injection, ignition and ABS system, more vehicle information needed to be displayed through any warning or notification lights; so inside the cab where a small compartment was once located on the dash, a new "message center" with four small rectangular light spots, contained the check engine light and other tell-tales including one for the parking brake and the ABS if the truck was so equipped. The message center later contained "wait to start" and "water in fuel" lights on diesel models. Diagnostic fault codes were stored in the computer's memory, and cycling the ignition key three times would allow the computer to flash the trouble codes through the check-engine light for diagnosis of some problems.
The Ram 100 model designation was dropped and these models folded back into the "150" range for 1990 due to the introduction and sales success of the Dodge Dakota pickup. Additionally, the instrument cluster was slightly revised; the ammeter was replaced by a voltmeter while maintaining the 3-pod arrangement of the speedometer and gauges.
These trucks, though popular with fleets, sold poorly compared to the Ford F-Series and the General Motors C/K Trucks, with just under 100,000 units sold most years of their production. Part of this was due to the dated cab and chassis design which had been in production since 1972. Additionally, the interior had been given few updates since 1981.Engines & transmissions
For 1989, the 5.9 L V8 also received throttle body fuel injection for a 20 hp (15 kW) gain. Rear ABS also became standard equipment. Additionally, Dodge introduced a new overdrive automatic transmission for reduced fuel consumption. This light-duty transmission was designated the A500, and was offered with the 3.9 L V6 and 5.2 L V8. An "O/D Off" pushbutton switch to lock out the overdrive 4th gear was added to the message center. The A727 automatic saw continued use for heavy duty applications.
The grille was redesigned for 1991 but kept the large rectangular headlamps and crossbar appearance. The engines were substantially upgraded for 1992 (3.9L and 5.2L). 1993 and 1994 (5.9) with multi-port fuel injection, new manifolds and higher compression cylinder heads for noticeably higher output. These newly revised engines were marketed under the "Magnum" name. A heavy-duty overdrive Torqueflite automatic transmission called the A518 was offered with the 5.2 L and 5.9 L engines. As part of Chrysler's overhaul of corporate transmission nomenclature, the A500 and A518 were redesignated 42RH and 46RH, respectively, in 1992. The initial "4" signified a 4-speed transmission, the second digit identified the transmission's relative torque capacity, the letter "R" in the third position denoted a rear-wheel drive transmission, and the final letter "H" signified hydraulic shift control. The 3-speed automatic remained available; the A727 was redesignated 36RH, and the A904, A998, and A999 became the 30RH, 31RH, and 32RH. During this time, Dodge reintroduced the Club Cab, which was equipped with fold-out jump seats. Entry was made through the passenger or drivers doors as there were no rear doors for this configuration.5.9 Cummins
A Cummins B Series engine was also added to the engine lineup and for the first time, Dodge saw sales go up. The Cummins could be coupled with a heavier-duty version of the A727 automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission and was available on 250 and 350 pickups and chassis cabs. This diesel engine option was drastically different from Ford and GM diesel engines optioned at the time. The Cummins featured direct injection, where the Ford and GM diesels featured Indirect injection; this also meant the Cummins didn't have to rely on glowplugs. The Cummins was a straight-six engine where the GM and Ford diesel engines were V8 engines. As well, the Cummins was turbocharged, while the 6.2L GM/DDC and 7.3 IDI Ford/IH were naturally aspirated. This was not the first engine to appear in Dodges as a Diesel option. Mid-1970s D models offered the rare, underpowered, Mitsubishi non-turbo diesel.Engines Years Engine Power Torque 1981–1987 225 cu in (3.69 L) Slant-6 I6 95 hp (71 kW) 170 lb·ft (230 N·m) 1988–1991 239 cu in (3.92 L) LA V6 125 hp (93 kW) 1992–1994 239 cu in (3.92 L) Magnum V6 180 hp (130 kW) 1981–1987 318 cu in (5.21 L) LA V8 140 hp (100 kW) 240 lb·ft (330 N·m) 1988–1991 318 cu in (5.21 L) LA V8 170 hp (130 kW) 260 lb·ft (350 N·m) 1992–1994 318 cu in (5.21 L) Magnum V8 230 hp (170 kW) 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) 1981–1988 360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V8 175 hp (130 kW) 260 lb·ft (350 N·m) 1989–1992 360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V8 190 hp (140 kW) 1993-1994 360 cu in (5.9 L) Magnum V8 230 hp (170 kW) 325 lb·ft (441 N·m) 1989–1994 359 cu in (5.88 L) Cummins diesel I6 160 hp (120 kW) 400 lb·ft (540 N·m) Gallery
1983 Dodge Ram D150
1989 Dodge Ram interior
1991–1994 Dodge Ram 150, showing facelifted grille
1991-1993 Dodge Ram 250 Club Cab1994–2002 (BR/BE) Second generation Overview Production July 21, 1993–2001 (Ram 1500)1994–2002 (Ram 2500 and 3500) Assembly Warren, MichiganSt. Louis, MissouriSaltillo, Mexico Designer Phillip E. Payne (1989) Body and chassis Body style 2-door regular cab2-door extended cab4-door extended cabDually Related Dodge Ramcharger Powertrain Engine 3.9 L Magnum V65.2 L Magnum V85.9 L Magnum V85.9 L Cummins Turbo-diesel I68.0 L Magnum V10 Transmission 4-speed 42RH-RE automatic4-speed 46RH-RE automatic4-speed 47RH-RE automatic5-speed NV3500 manual5-speed NV4500 manual6-speed NV5600 manual Dimensions Wheelbase 118.7 in (3,015 mm) (2-door, short bed)134.7 in (3,421 mm) (2-door, long bed)154.7 in (3,929 mm) Length 204.1 in (5,184 mm)224.1 in (5,692 mm)244.1 in (6,200 mm) Width 79.4 in (2,017 mm)93.5 in (2,375 mm) (Towing mirrors) Height 77.1 in (1,958 mm)
The Ram line was redesigned for the 1994 model year. Development on a second generation began in 1986, ending in late 1992. A more conventional design was originally scheduled for a 1991 production; when Bob Lutz showed it to the new designers, chief design engineer Phillip E. Payne told him, "It looks like nothing more than a rehash of everybody else's truck." At that, Lutz told him he had 6 months to come up with something better. The exterior styling of the truck that was eventually released was the result of design concepts by Payne during 1988-1990. A review by the Dodge pick-up truck studio designers felt that modern pick-ups looked "too flat and sedan like", while the early 50's Studebaker pick-up and the 18 wheeler trucks had just the right "macho" look to them. The design featured a big rig-looking front end and a large grille that was nothing like the current Ford or Chevy/GMC pickups in design.
The redesigned 1994 Ram was a sales success, with sales rocketing from 78,000 units in 1993 to 240,000 in 1994, 410,000 in 1995, and nearly 480,000 in 1996. That year, it was prominently featured as the hero vehicle in the film Twister. Sales of this generation peaked at just over 400,000 in 1999 before declining against the redesigned Ford and GM trucks. By 2001, Ram sales figures were below those of Ford and Chevy trucks.
Engine offerings continued over from the first-generation Ram and were the 3.9 L V6, 5.2 L V8, 5.9 L V8, and 5.9 L I6 Cummins Turbo diesel. Added to the line up was a new 488 cubic inch 8.0L V10 engine designed as an alternative for those who wanted superior pulling power but didn't want a diesel. The new V10 and Cummins Turbo diesel could only be had in the 2500 and higher designation models. Models were now the 1500 half-ton, 2500 three-quarter-ton, and 3500 dual-rear-wheel one-ton in both 2- and 4-wheel drive. 1500 Rams offered both 6.5- and 8-foot (2 and 2.4 m, respectively) boxes. 2500 Rams offered 6.5-foot (2.0 m) boxes with Club or Quad Cabs. 3500 Rams were only made with 8-foot (2.4 m) boxes.
Dodge offered the 2500 series in two different gross-vehicle weight ratings for the first few years, but this was later dropped. The purpose of the light duty and heavy duty 2500 trucks was for the heavy duty 2500 to take the place of the discontinued one-ton single-rear-wheel trucks. Rear axles for the light duty 2500 trucks were Semi-floating, while the heavy duty 2500 trucks were Full-floating.
On the inside, special attention was paid to in-cab storage features, with a large glovebox, a center armrest storage area, and extra storage space behind the seat. The dash and gauge cluster were a far cry from the previous model Ram and were far more modern as well. A redesign of the dashboard and instrument cluster was introduced in 1998 along with the introduction of the quad cab, and rounded black plastic side-view mirrors replaced the previous rectangular design.1997/1998 updates
In 1998, Dodge introduced the "Quad Cab", which used smaller suicide doors in the back for a door opening. This was offered as an option on the "Club Cab" for the model year. Other changes for 1998 included rounded mirrors replacing the classic square ones, a revised interior, dual airbags, a chime replacing the buzzer for seat belts/door ajar/headlights/ and a digital odometer. The OBD II System was also standard, with a computer port near the driver's-side footwell and a code-checking system via the new digital odometer readout.
In 1999 Dodge introduced a revised front end for the Sport models with a restyled bumper, quad-beam clear-lens headlamps, and body-color grille. A 6 speed manual transmission was optioned for the diesel trucks in 2001. A small percentage of the diesel engines in 1999 and 2000 were subject to problems within the water jackets and fuel injectors. The most problematic was the "53" stamped engine block which had a defect that would cause fracturing in the structure of the block itself. The 2000 models began optioning heated leather seats. The braking system was upgraded to dual piston calipers in the front. An Offroad Edition was offered as a package with a 2-inch lift accomplished with stiffer front springs and rear lift blocks, unique 17x8 rims, 275/70/17 all terrain tires, 4.10 gears, trussed Dana 44 in the front, limited slip differential, and skid plates. The Offroad Edition models are also distinguishable with an additional decal on the tailgate under the 4x4 decal that says "Offroad."
Although Dodge introduced a new Ram 1500 for 2002, the old second generation style Ram was carried over for the 2002 model year heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 trucks. The new third generation Ram would not appear in the 2500/3500 variants until 2002 as 2003 models. Part of this delay was due to the then new 5.7 L Hemi engine not being ready for production.Drivetrain Transmissions
Transmissions for the RamA500/42RH-RE lower geared light duty applications found behind the 3.9 L V6 A518/46RH-RE for more heavy duty applications found behind the 5.2 L and 5.9 L V8 engines. A618/47RH-RE for heavy duty use behind the V10 gasoline and Cummins diesel engines. The 47RH was used in 1994 and 1995 model years, while the 47RE was used from 1996 through 2002.
NV3500 was offered in 1500 Rams and light duty 2500 Rams. NV4500 was standard in 2500 and 3500 trucks The NV4500HD for V10 and diesel models(except the uncommon, light duty 2500 rams). A NV5600 was offered in 1999 and 2000 Rams and was the only transmission offered behind the High Output diesel in 2001 and 2002.Transfer cases
There were a total of 5 transfer cases for the four-wheel-drive Ram. All were part-time and had a low range of 2.72:1. The 1500 featured a NP231 and NP231HD. The NP241 was standard on V8 2500 Rams. The 2500 and 3500 V10 and Diesel featured a NP241DLD from 1994 to 1997. In 1997 the NP241DHD became an option for 2500 Rams and was standard on 3500 Rams from 1998 to 2002.Axles
The Dodge Ram featured a wide variety of axles. For the front axle of 4x4 Rams, a Dana 44 was used on all 1500 Rams and some, early, light duty 2500 Rams. However, most of the 2500 and all 3500 Rams used Dana 60 front axles. The 1500 Rams and some early light duty 2500 Rams used a 9.25 Chrysler ( Spicer )axle in the rear. A Dana 60 rear axle was used on heavy duty 2500 V8 Rams. A Dana 70 rear axle was used in 2500 Rams with a V10 or a Diesel/Automatic transmission combination. A Dana 80 rear axle was used on 2500 Rams with a manual transmission and V10/diesel engine combination. Every 3500 Ram was made with a Dana 80. The front drive axles in these Rams were unique in the fact they didn't feature Locking hubs, but featured a Center axle disconnect. The 2002 2500 and 3500 Rams saw the eventual phase out of the Center axle disconnect, in favor of front axles that were permanently locked in. Dodge continued to feature front axles like this for their 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks until 2013 models.Engines
A natural gas engine debuted for 1995 but was not popular and was only used in fleet vehicles on a very limited production run. The Cummins B Series engine was switched from the 12-Valve to the 24-Valve (ISB) in the middle of the 1998 model year Dodge Rams due to emissions regulations. The ISB featured a new computer-controlled injection pump, 24-valve head design and an electric fuel transfer pump.Years Engine Power Torque 8th VIN 1994–2001 3.9 L (239 cu in) Magnum V6 175 hp (130 kW) X 1994–2001 5.2 L (318 cu in) Magnum V8 230 hp (170 kW) 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) Y 1995–1997 5.2 L (318 cu in) Natural Gas V8 200 hp (150 kW) 430 lb·ft (580 N·m) 1994–1997 5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8 230 hp (170 kW) 325 lb·ft (441 N·m) Z (5 for the heavy-duty version) 1998–2002 5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8 245 hp (183 kW) 335 lb·ft (454 N·m) Z (5 for the heavy-duty version) 1994–2002 8.0 L (488 cu in)Magnum V10 engine 300 hp (220 kW)  450 lb·ft (610 N·m) W 1994–1995 5,883 cc (5.883 L; 359.0 cu in)Cummins 12-valve Diesel I6 175 hp (130 kW) (manual), 160 hp (120 kW) (auto) 420 lb·ft (570 N·m) (manual), 400 lb·ft (540 N·m) (auto) C 1996–1998 5,883 cc (5.883 L; 359.0 cu in)Cummins 12-valve Diesel I6 215 hp (160 kW) (manual), 180 hp (130 kW) (auto) 440 lb·ft (600 N·m) (manual), 420 lb·ft (570 N·m) (auto)  D 1998–2000 5,883 cc (5.883 L; 359.0 cu in)Cummins ISB 24-valve Diesel I6 235 hp (175 kW) (manual), 215 hp (160 kW) (auto) 460 lb·ft (620 N·m) (manual), 420 lb·ft (570 N·m) (auto) 6 2001–2002 5,883 cc (5.883 L; 359.0 cu in)Cummins ISB 24-valve Diesel I6 235 hp (175 kW) (5-speed manual or automatic) 460 lb·ft (620 N·m) (5-speed manual or automatic), 6 2001–2002 5,883 cc (5.883 L; 359.0 cu in)Cummins ISB 24-valve Diesel I6 245 hp (183 kW) (High Output) 505 lb·ft (685 N·m) (High Output) C or 7
1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup
1994–2001 Dodge Ram Regular Cab2002–2009 (DR/DH/D1/DC/DM) Third generation Overview Production 2001–2008 (1500)2002–2009 (2500 & 3500) Designer Cliff Wilkins (1998) Body and chassis Body style 2-door Regular cab4-door Quad cab4-door Mega CabDually Powertrain Engine 3.7 L Magnum V64.7 L Magnum V85.7 L Hemi V85.9 L Magnum V85.9 L Cummins diesel I66.7 L Cummins diesel I68.0 L Magnum V108.3 L Viper V10 Transmission 4-speed 42RLE automatic4-speed 45RFE automatic5-speed 545RFE automatic6-speed 68RFE automatic6-speed AS68RC6-speed NV5600 manual5-speed NV3500 manual Dimensions Wheelbase 204.3 in (5,189 mm)192.3 in (4,884 mm)188.3 in (4,783 mm)168.3 in (4,275 mm)144.3 in (3,665 mm)164.3 in (4,173 mm)120.5 in (3,061 mm)140.5 in (3,569 mm)160.5 in (4,077 mm) Length 295.1 in (7,496 mm)283.1 in (7,191 mm)279.1 in (7,089 mm)259.1 in (6,581 mm)255.1 in (6,480 mm)235.1 in (5,972 mm)207.7 in (5,276 mm)229.7 in (5,834 mm)249.7 in (6,342 mm) Width 79.5 in (2,019 mm)96 in (2,438 mm) (Towing mirrors) Height 75.7-80.8 in (1923–2052 mm)
The third-generation Ram debuted for 2002 model year on 1500 models and 2003 on 2500 and 3500 models. This was a major update including an all new frame, suspension, powertrains, interiors, and sheet metal. It included a larger grille, and special models kept interest up as most competitors had adopted the Ram's separate-fender look. The crew cab models for this generation were actually Quad Cab trucks that had conventional-opening rear doors. The four-wheel-drive light trucks (1500 series) lost their live axles in favor of an independent front suspension, but the 2500 and 3500 series retained the live axles for maximum longevity and durability. This body style drew heavily from the previous generation.
The redesigned trucks bolstered sales, with 400,000 sold during 2001-2002 and nearly 450,000 sold during 2002-2003, a new high point for the Ram name. At the same time, both Ford and GM trucks were increasing in sales from a 2001 peak over 850,000 to the 900,000 range. But with 400,543 Rams sold that year. the Ram's sales could not keep up with the eleventh-generation F-150 in 2004. The primary reason was that Dodge did not manufacture a true crew cab to compete with Ford and other manufacturers.2006 Facelift 2006–2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab
The Dodge Ram was updated for the 2006 model year. One notable addition was the "Mega Cab", featuring a 6.25-foot (2 m) cargo box and 22 inches (560 mm) of extra cab space, allowing seating for six with rear recliners, a full screen mapping in-dash navigation system became an option, and the headlamps were redesigned for better performance.
For 2006, the steering wheel design was changed to one from the Dodge Dakota and Dodge Durango. Bluetooth U Connect was now available as an option, and a front facelift was given to all Ram models. SIRIUS Satellite Radio was available, as well was a rear seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones. The SRT model, with the 8.3 L V10 engine from the Dodge Viper SRT/10, was discontinued after the 2006 model year.
For 2007, Dodge changed the tail lights.Chassis Cab
In 2007, a 3500 Chassis Cab model was introduced with industry standard rear frame width and wiring to accommodate outfitters. In addition to the 5.7 L (345 cu in), a Cummins 6.7 L (408 cu in) diesel rated at 350 hp (260 kW) and 650 lb·ft (880 N·m) was also available. Automatic Transmissions used were the 545RFE with the 5.7 L (345 cu in) the AS68RC with the 6.7 L (408 cu in). The G56 transmission was the only manual transmission offered.
For 2008, Dodge introduced two more Chassis Cab models, the 4500 and 5500. These were Class 4 and Class 5 trucks with a Gross Weight of 16,500 lb (7,500 kg) and 19,500 lb (8,800 kg), respectively. Both trucks came equipped with the same version of the Cummins 6.7 L (408 cu in) diesel as the 3500 chassis cab model. Sterling, who worked with Dodge in development, had their own version called the Sterling Bullet with a unique grille. Sterling is a division of Freightliner LLC which, like Dodge, was owned by the former DaimlerChrysler. Sterling Trucks was licensed to sell Dodge Ram 4500 series trucks as the Sterling Bullet. When the Sterling brand was phased out by Chrysler Corporation, the Bullet was discontinued.Engines Model Years Engine Power Torque 1500 2001-2008 3.7 L (226 cu in) Magnum V6 215 hp (160 kW) 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) 2001-2002 4.7 L (287 cu in) Magnum V8
240 hp (180 kW)300 lb·ft (410 N·m) 2003-2008 4.7 L (287 cu in) Magnum V8 235 hp (175 kW) 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) 2008-2013 4.7 L (287 cu in) Magnum V8 310 hp (230 kW) 330 lb·ft (450 N·m) 2001–2002 5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8 245 hp (183 kW) 335 lb·ft (454 N·m) 2002–2008 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 345 hp (257 kW) 375 lb·ft (508 N·m) 2500/3500 2002-2008 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 345 hp (257 kW) 375 lb·ft (508 N·m) 2009 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 390 hp (290 kW) 410 lb·ft (560 N·m) 2002-2003 SO 5.9 L (360 cu in) Cummins diesel I6 250 hp (190 kW) 460 lb·ft (620 N·m) 2002–2003 SO California Emissions 5.9 L (360 cu in) Cummins diesel I6 235 hp (175 kW) 460 lb·ft (620 N·m) 2002-2003 HO 5.9 L (360 cu in) Cummins diesel I6 305 hp (227 kW) 555 lb·ft (752 N·m) 2004-2008 5.9 L (360 cu in) Cummins diesel I6 325 hp (242 kW) 610 lb·ft (830 N·m) 2007-2009 6.7 L (408 cu in) Cummins diesel I6 350 hp (260 kW) 650 lb·ft (880 N·m) 2002 8.0 L (488 cu in) Magnum V10 310 hp (230 kW) 450 lb·ft (610 N·m) Chassis Cab 2008–2009 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8(3500 Only) 345 hp (257 kW) 375 lb·ft (508 N·m) 2009 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8(3500 Only) 388 hp (289 kW) 404 lb·ft (548 N·m) 2008–2009 6.7 L (408 cu in) Cummins diesel I6 305 hp (227 kW) 610 lb·ft (830 N·m) SRT-10 2002-2007 8.3 L (505 cu in) Viper V10 510 hp (380 kW) 535 lb·ft (725 N·m)
Models built after January 1, 2007 offered a new 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel introduced as an option in 2500/3500 models replacing the 5.9L. It produced 350 hp (260 kW) and 650 lb·ft (881 N·m). Unlike the 5.9L which was backed by the 4-speed 48RE Transmission, the 6.7L was equipped with the new 6-speed 68RFE transmission.
2005 was the last year for the first version of the 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8. 2006 half-ton models offered the Multi-Displacement System Hemi V8 engine that also became available in Chrysler and Dodge sedans. This engine featured the same performance but had a cylinder-deactivating feature enabled under light loads to increase fuel economy by 3 MPG city and 4 MPG hwy. This new Hemi still delivered 345 hp (257 kW) and 375 lb·ft (508 N·m).Axles
For the 2003 model year, AAM axles replaced the Dana Corp axles. In the front all 2500 and 3500 trucks got the 9.25" with 33 spline axles. The rear options for the 2500 and 3500 were the AAM (often referred to as "corporate") 10.5" and 11.5". Rear axle shafts are 30 spline. The rear 11.5" has a gear ratio "carrier split" at 3.73 and numerically higher, but the General Motors AAM axles used a different carrier spacing preventing installation of a Chrysler carrier into some GM axles, but the GM carrier can be installed in the Chrysler axle if a ring gear spacer is installed. Strength is similar to their earlier Dana 70 and 80 counterparts. Direct comparisons are difficult as the axles are made with completely different metallurgy.
2003 Dodge Ram diesel dually quad cab 2wd
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab
Sterling Bullet, a version of the Ram sold by Sterling Trucks2009–present (DS/DJ) Fourth generation Overview Also called Ram 1500 (2010–present)Ram 2500/3500 (2010–present) Model years 2009–present Assembly Warren, Michigan (Warren Truck Assembly)Saltillo, Mexico (Saltillo Truck Assembly) Designer Ryan Nagode, Scott Krugger (2006) Body and chassis Body style 2-Door Regular Cab4-Door Quad-Cab4-Door Crew-Cab4-Door Mega-CabDually Powertrain Engine
3.7 L (226 cu in) V63.6 L (220 cu in) Pentastar V64.7 L (287 cu in) V83.0 L (183 cu in) Eco-Diesel V65.7 L (345 cu in) HEMI V86.4 L (392 cu in) HEMI V86.7 L (408 cu in) Cummins Turbo-Diesel I6 Transmission 4-speed 45RFE automatic5-speed 545RFE automatic6-speed 66RFE automatic6-speed 68RFE automatic6-speed G56 manual8-speed 845RE automatic (2013–)6-speed Aisin AS68RC automatic Dimensions Wheelbase
4500/5500 Crew Cab MWB: 197.2 in (5,010 mm)4500/5500 Regular Cab Ext. LWB: 204.3 in (5,190 mm)4500/5500 Regular Cab LWB: 192.3 in (4,880 mm)Reg. Cab Short Bed: 120 in (3048 mm)Reg. Cab Long Bed & Quad Cab: 140 in (3556 mm)2WD 2500 Crew Cab SWB: 149.4 in (3,790 mm)4WD 2500 Crew Cab SWB: 148.9 in (3,780 mm)2500 Crew Cab LWB 2WD: 169.4 in (4,300 mm)2500 Crew Cab LWB 4WD: 168.9 in (4,290 mm)Regular Cab 2500 : 140.5 in (3,570 mm)3500 Regular Chassis Cab: 143.4 in (3,640 mm)3500 Regular Cab LWB: 167.4 in (4,250 mm)3500 Crew Cab: 172.3 in (4,380 mm)4500 & 5500 Regular Cab LWB: 144.3 in (3,670 mm)4500/5500 Regular Cab MWB: 168.3 in (4,270 mm)4500/5500 Crew Cab SWB: 173.3 in (4,400 mm) Length 4500/5500 Crew Cab MWB: 287.0 in (7,290 mm)4500/5500 Crew Cab SWB: 263.0 in (6,680 mm)4500/5500 Regular Cab Ext. LWB: 294.1 in (7,470 mm)4500/5500 Regular Cab LWB: 282.1 in (7,170 mm)Crew Cab 3500: 259.4 in (6,590 mm)2500 LWB Crew Cab: Regular Cab: 209.0 in (5,310 mm)Extended Cab: 226.9 in (5,760 mm)Quad Cab: 229.0 in (5,820 mm)Crew Cab: 227.5 in (5,780 mm)2500 Crew Cab SWB: 237.4 in (6,030 mm)2500 Crew Cab LWB: 259.4 in (6,590 mm)Regular Cab 2500: 231.0 in (5,870 mm)3500 Chassis Cab: 234.1 in (5,950 mm)3500 Regular Cab LWB: 258.1 in (6,560 mm)3500 Crew Cab & 4500/5500 Regular Cabs: 263.0 in (6,680 mm)4500/5500 Regular Cab: 234.1 in (5,950 mm) Width 2,017 mm (79.4 in)Heavy Duty Crew Cab, 4500, 5500 & 3500: 79.1 in (2,010 mm)Heavy Duty Regular Cab: 78.9 in (2,000 mm) Height 73,3-80,6 (1862-2047)73.3-73.9 (1500 4x2)74.1-74.8 (1500 4x4)73.3-73.7 (2500 4x2)75.7-77.7 (2500 4x4)78.0-78.8 (3500)79.8-80.6 in (4500/5500)
The fourth generation Dodge Ram was introduced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This latest generation was sold as the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 starting in Fall 2008. The 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 models were later added to the lineup. In 2011, the Ram Trucks brand was separated from Dodge.
Chrysler LLC attempted to keep the Ram competitive in the market through various developments for the 2009 model, including a new four-door cab style offering, new suspension, a new hemi engine option, and the Rambox, a new storage system that allows secure storage inside the truck’s bed walls. Later models have the Rambox system tied in with the remote keyless systemClass exclusive manual transmission
Since 2011, Ram trucks are marketed as having "class-exclusive" manual transmissions. This is simply because the competitors stopped using manual transmissions. Chevrolet Silverado trucks discontinued the option of a manual transmission after model year 2006. Ford Super Duty trucks discontinued the option of a manual transmission after model year 2010. This applies to Class 2, Class 3, Class 4 and Class 5 trucks. 2011 and 2012 models make 350 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque. Horsepower remained the same for 2013 models, torque however was increased to 660 lb-ft of torque. Engine output remained the same for 2014 models.Cab options
The Mega Cab option will be deleted, at least on the 1500 series, replaced by a true four-door crew cab. Other cab options are regular cab and quad cab. The mega cab option remains on the 2500/3500 models. Like the previous generation, the mega cab uses the same wheelbase and overall length as the crew cab/long bed configuration, but instead of using a long bed, the rear cab is extended. Legroom remains unchanged but the rear seats are able to recline.Handling
A coil spring 5 link rear suspension replaces the leaf-springs for the 1500 and 2500 models, a move to improve ride quality and handling. The payload capacities have not been negatively affected despite the massive change in suspension, but still trail those of the newer Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500.Payload capacities
The 2009 model's towing capacity was originally rated 9,100 lb (4,100 kg) for 2WD Ram 1500 with regular cab, long-bed, 5.7 l hemi engine, 3.92 differential and 17-inch wheels, but the rating increased to 10,450 lb (4,740 kg) without changing the setup. For the 2010 model, payload was increased by 50 lb (23 kg) to 1,900 lb (860 kg) for the regular cab 2WD model with the 3.7 l V-6 engine.
Towing capacity for the regular cab Ram 1500 with 3.21 differential is rated at 6,100 lb (2,800 kg) with 17-inch wheels and 5,900 lb (2,700 kg) with 19-inch wheels. Crew Cab and Quad Cab models are rated at 5,700 lb (2,600 kg) and 5,800 lb (2,600 kg) respectively.
Gross Combined Weight Ratings is 11,000 lb (5,000 kg) for all Ram 1500s with 3.21 axles; max 15,500 lb (7,000 kg) for 2WD Ram 1500 with long bed, 5.7 l hemi engine, and a 3.92 differential.Heavy Duty Chassis Cabs 2011 Ram 3500 chassis cab A late model, 2011 Ram 5500 truck.
Chassis Cab versions were made for the Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 models. The 3500 Heavy Duty model was unveiled at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.
Engine choices include 5.7 l hemi V-8 rated 383 bhp (286 kW) at 5,600 RPM and 542 N·m (400 lb·ft) at 4,000 RPM for Ram 3500, 6.7 l Cummins turbo diesel rated 350 bhp (260 kW) at 3,013 RPM and 880 N·m (650 lb·ft) at 1,500 RPM for Ram 3500 (optional), 4500, 5500. Late model 2011 diesel trucks were uprated to 800 lb·ft (1,085 N·m) of torque.
Transmission choices include a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed Aisin automatic. Both transmissions support the Power Takeoff option.
The 3500 model has regular or crew cab, single-rear-wheel or dual-rear-wheel. Four cab-axle lengths (60, 84, 108 and 120 inches) for 4500/5500 or two cab-axle lengths (60 and 84 inches) for 3500, and three trim levels (ST, SLT and Laramie).
The Ram 3500 has three axle ratios (3.42, 3.73 and 4.10) and 17-inch wheels. Ram 4500/5500 has three axle ratios (4.10, 4.44 and 4.88) and 19.5-inch wheels. The 4500/5500 Rams rear axle is a Dana S 110. The front axle on 4x4 models is manufactured by Magna, while 2-wheel-drive models just have a solid, non-drive axle.Concept truck
The Ram concept truck "Long Hauler" is based mostly on existing Ram truck parts. The powertrain, frame and wheels are all components of the Ram 5500 Chassis Cab. It is a "Mega Cab" optional on the lighter Rams. The GCWR for this truck is 37,500 lb and the weight of the truck is 9,300 lb.Safety
The Ram comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, side curtain airbags, and an electronic stability program or ESP. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests, the Ram received a Good overall score in the frontal crash test, and a Marginal score in the side impact test, as well as the roof strength test.
It received a 5-star frontal crash test rating from the NHTSA, however under later testing methods it received an overall 3-star rating. In the side pole test it was given a single star rating, because of excessive forces to the thoracic region. While the Ram 1500 features standard side curtain airbags it does not include side torso airbags.2013 changes 2013 Ram 1500 at the 2013 Montreal International Auto Show 2013 Ram 2500 at the 2013 Quebec City Auto Show
The 1500 gets a minor restyling. It features new front fascia, wheels and interior, where the "DODGE" name was removed from the dashboard and replaced with "RAM". All models offered for 2012 continue to be available for 2013 with the addition of a new trim, the Laramie Longhorn Limited. (Tradesman, Express, SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Sport, R/T, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn). The Rambox cargo management system continues to be available on most models for 2013. For 2013, the base ST model becomes the Tradesman model. 2013 models have revised engine and transmission options. The 3.7L V6 is discontinued, and the 4.7L V8 equipped with the 6-speed 65RFE Automatic takes its place as the new base engine, still producing 310 bhp (230 kW) and 330 lb·ft (450 N·m). New to the lineup is Chrysler's corporate 3.6L Pentastar V6, coupled to the new ZF 8-speed Torqueflite8 Automatic. It achieves best in class fuel efficiency and makes 305 bhp (227 kW) and 269 lb·ft (365 N·m). The Pentastar/ZF 8-speed is a $1000 option (2013). Due to a new electric power steering system, the 5.7L HEMI V8 no longer has a power steering pump, and gains 5 horsepower, now making 395 bhp (295 kW) and 410 lb·ft (560 N·m). It is still available with the 65RFE 6-speed Automatic, having the new 8-speed Torqueflite8 Automatic as an extra cost option. Air suspension is a $1595 option for 2013 models, offering four ride height settings. Electronic stability control becomes standard on 2500 & 3500 models. For 2013, the Ram is also the first North American pickup truck to offer keyless ignition.3500
2013 models move up to an 18-inch standard wheel, with 18 inch forged Alcoa wheels as an option (300.00 USD). 3500 models offer a High Output package for $2650.00 USD over the standard diesel package. The rear differential ring gear is increased from 11.5 inches, to 11.8 inches on H.O. trucks. The 11.8 axle cover doubles as a heat sink.4x4
Ram, once again, put the Center axle disconnect in 3500 4x4 models. 2500 Ram trucks didn't have a CAD system until 2014 models. Ram claims this technology to improve fuel efficiency by 1 MPG, although EPA tests bar class 2 and class 3 trucks from MPG/fuel efficiency tests. The 4x4 saw additional changes with the transfer case now being made by BorgWarner instead of New Venture Gear.High Fuel Efficiency
A new model offered for the 2013 Ram is known as the HFE (High Fuel Efficiency). Based on the SLT model, the HFE offers 18/25 MPG out of its Pentastar V6 engine and eight-speed Torque-Flite transmission. Although the transmission has nothing in common with the original Chrysler built TorqueFlite. It is available only in the six-foot bed, two-door, regular cab model with two-wheel-drive only. A 4x4 model is not offered in this model, nor is a Quad Cab or Crew Cab model. Standard features include a 220 amp alternator and an 800 amp battery to assist with the Start-stop system. 3.21:1 axle gearing is also standard.2014 changes 2014 Ram 3500 crew cab, 4×4, DRW
The option of air suspension became available on the rear of 2014 model year 2500 & 3500 pick up trucks. 1500 models added the option of a Eco-Diesel V6. 2500 models now feature coil spring suspension, instead of leaf spring. The cast iron, flex fuel, 4.7 V8 Chrysler Corsair engine is discontinued, ending Corsair engine production. Dodge/Ram 4.7 V-8,3.7 V-6,Jeep was the Power tech [Dodge/RAM was called Magnum 3.7 V-6 4.7 Magnum V-8 2000-2007 2008-2013 it was just the 3.7 V-6 and 4.7 V-8] The aluminum, flex fuel 3.6 V6 Pentastar is now the base engine, along with the eight-speed Torque-Flite transmission. Ram now offers the 3.6L Pentastar V6 on Laramie, and Longhorn trim.Production
The Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram Mega Cab, Dodge Ram 2500/3500, DX Chassis Cab (Mexico Market), Dodge Ram 4500/5500 are built in Chrysler's Saltillo Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico; the Dodge Ram 1500 is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan. The Ram 1500 was also assembled at the Saint Louis Assembly plant in Fenton, Missouri before the plant was permanently closed in July 2009.Engines Model Years Engine Power Torque 1500 2013– 3.6 L (220 cu in) Pentastar V6 305 hp (227 kW) 269 lb·ft (365 N·m) 2009–2012 3.7 L (226 cu in) 3.7 V6 215 hp (160 kW) 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) 2009–2013 4.7 L (287 cu in) 4.7 V8 310 hp (230 kW) 330 lb·ft (450 N·m) 2009–2012 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 390 hp (290 kW) 407 lb·ft (552 N·m) 2013– 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 395 hp (295 kW) 410 lb·ft (560 N·m) 2014– 3.0 L (182 cu in) EcoDiesel V6 Diesel 240 hp (180 kW) 420 lb·ft (570 N·m) 2500/3500 2010–present 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 383 hp (286 kW) 400 lb·ft (540 N·m) 2010–2012 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (6-Speed Manual/Automatic) 350 hp (260 kW) 650 lb·ft (880 N·m) 2011.5–2012 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (High Output 6-Speed Automatic) 350 hp (260 kW) 800 lb·ft (1,100 N·m) 2013– 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (6-Speed Manual) 350 hp (260 kW) 660 lb·ft (890 N·m) 2013– 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (68RFE 6-Speed Automatic) 370 hp (280 kW) 800 lb·ft (1,100 N·m) 2013–2014 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (Aisin ASC69RC Automatic) 385 hp (287 kW) 850 lb·ft (1,150 N·m) 2014– 6.4 L (392 cu in) Hemi V8 410 hp (310 kW) 429 lb·ft (582 N·m) 2015– 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (Aisin ASC69RC Automatic) 385 hp (287 kW) 865 lb·ft (1,173 N·m) 2016– 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (Aisin ASC69RC Automatic) 385 hp (287 kW) 900 lb·ft (1,200 N·m) Chassis Cab 2010–present 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 (3500 Only) 383 hp (286 kW) 400 lb·ft (540 N·m) 2010–2012 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 305 hp (227 kW) 610 lb·ft (830 N·m) 2013– 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (6-Speed Manual) 320 hp (240 kW) 650 lb·ft (880 N·m) 2013– 6.7 L (408 cu in)Cummins diesel I6 (Aisin AS69RC Automatic) 325 hp (242 kW) 750 lb·ft (1,020 N·m) Plug-in hybrid
A two-mode hybrid version was planned to begin production in 2010, but Chrysler decided to cancel it in favor of a smaller test fleet of 140 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Rams developed with support from a US$48 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy financed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Chrysler PHEV pickup project has an estimated total cost of US$97.4 million. The RAM 1500 pickup PHEV was introduced at the January 2011 Washington Auto Show. The vehicle is part of a three-year demonstration program intended to field test and evaluate battery performance across a wide range of drive cycles and temperature ambients, and also to evaluate customer acceptance. The PHEV demonstrator pick-up trucks are assembled at the Warren Truck Assembly plant in Michigan and the plug-in hybrid conversion takes place at the Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The demonstrators are being allocated for field testing among local and state governments, utility companies, and a U.S. Army base. Chrysler has no plans for a production version.The Ram 1500 pickup PHEV was introduced at the 2011 Washington Auto Show
The Ram 1500 PHEV demonstrator has a 345 hp 5.7L Hemi V8 gasoline engine mated to a two-mode hybrid transmission and a 12.9 kWh 355V lithium-ion battery from Electrovaya. This setup allows an all-electric range of more than 20 miles (32 km), but as a blended plug-in hybrid, the RAM PHEV does not run exclusively all-electric during EV mode. The fully charged plug-in starts off with charge depletion with limited regeneration at the high end of the state of charge (SoC). That ramps up to a full regenerative capability somewhere in the 70 to 95% range and depletes down to about 20%. Once depleted, it comes into a narrow charge-sustaining range. The plug-in pick-up meets AT-PZEV emissions standards, making it the only full-size V8 pickup with an AT-PZEV rating. Its fuel economy in charge-depleting mode is more than 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp) in city driving. The Ram 1500 PHEV is capable of towing up to 6,000 lb (2,700 kg).
The first 20 Ram PHEV demonstrators were delivered in May 2011 to Clark County, Nevada and Yuma, Arizona, with 10 units each city. Other cities that received the demonstration PHEVs are San Francisco and Sacramento, California, Albany, New York, and Charlotte, North Carolina. In September 2011, another 10 units were delivered to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Another 5 units will be delivered to Central Hudson Gas & Electric and National Grid.DTE Energy in Detroit is scheduled to receive 10 Ram PHEVs.Fire incident, Hybrid, 2012 See also: Plug-in electric vehicle fire incidents
In September 2012 Chrysler temporarily suspended the demonstration program. All 109 Dodge Ram 1500 Plug-in Hybrids and 23 Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrids deployed by the program were recalled due to damage sustained by three separate pickup trucks when their 12.9 kWh battery packs overheated. The carmaker plans to upgrade the battery packs with cells that use a different lithium-ion chemistry before the vehicles go back into service. Chrysler explained that no one was injured from any of the incidents, and the vehicles were not occupied at the time, nor any of the minivans were involved in any incident, but they were withdrawn as a precaution. The demonstration is a program jointly funded by Chrysler and the U.S. Department of Energy that includes the first-ever factory-produced vehicles capable of reverse power flow. The experimental system would allow fleet operators to use their plug-in hybrids to supply electricity for a building during a power outage, reduce power usage when electric rates are high or even sell electricity back to their utility company. The company reported that the demonstration fleet had collectively accumulated 1.3 million miles (2.1 million km) before the vehicles were recalled. Chrysler also reported that the plug-in pickups delivered peak average fuel economy of 37.4 mpg-US (6.29 L/100 km; 44.9 mpg-imp), while the plug-in hybrid minivans delivered 55.0 mpg-US (4.28 L/100 km; 66.1 mpg-imp).Remote Control, Software, Uconnect Entertainment System, 2015
Charlie Miller, security researcher for Twitter and former NSA hacker, and Chris Valasek, director of vehicle security research at the consultancy IOActive, showed how a Jeep Cherokee can be remote controlled. FCA recalled 1.4 Mio cars of various brand with the Uconnect entertainment system on board.Gallery
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In addition to factory equipment and appearance packages, the Ram pickup has also been offered at times with dealer-installed packages.Dodge Ram VTS Concept - This concept from Dodge was meant to be a design study highly inspired by Viper GTS-inspired bumpers, mirrors, 17-inch wheels, Blue Paint, dual white stripes and Viper GTS sourced 415 bhp V10. VTS was vital in the development of 500 bhp Ram SRT10 that were built from 2004 to 2006. Dodge Ram SRT 10 aka Viper Ram - This is a regular or quad-cab body with the Dodge Viper's V10 engine 8.3L, 22" wheels and Pirelli tires, lowered suspension, bucket seats, body modifications, and a spoiler. The 2004 version was available only in a single cab with a 6-speed manual transmission and a Hurst shifter. For 2005, Dodge released a Quad Cab version of the Viper V10 powered truck with a modified 48RE four-speed automatic transmission from the Ram with the Cummins turbodiesel engine. In 2004, the truck held the Guinness World Record for "World's Fastest Production Pickup Truck" with a speed of new Dodge Ram Power Wagon 154.587 mph (247.3 km/h). This record stood until overtaken by the Australian HSV Maloo R8, a sport utility coupe, in May 2006. SRT-10 production ended on June 30, 2006. Power Wagon - This model, introduced for 2005, is an off-road focused version of the Ram. The name is drawn from Dodge's line of 4-wheel-drive truc
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Reviewers find the standard V6 engine in the 2015 Ram 1500 has good power. They add that for towing and transporting heavy loads, the optional V8 or turbodiesel V6 are good choices with abundant power. The Ram 1500 comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission that critics applaud for its silky shifts and responsiveness. Fuel economy for a base Ram 1500 is an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with rivals' estimates. The diesel model returns 20/28 mpg, which is excellent for the class. Test drivers say the 2015 Ram 1500 sets the standard for ride comfort in the segment, and they add that its optional air-adjustable suspension is helpful for keeping the truck level when towing or hauling heavy loads.
The 2015 Ram 1500's interior earns test drivers' praise for its soft-touch materials and solid build. They report that when driving at speed the cabin is hushed, and they find the front seats to be supportive and comfortable. Reviewers note that the Ram 1500 seats up to six people with ample legroom in both the Quad and Crew Cab layouts. The Ram 1500 offers an abundance of storage spaces in the cabin, reviewers write, and they like its available lockable RamBox storage compartments for storing smaller cargo in sides of the bed. A USB port and auxiliary input jack are standard. Optional features include navigation, satellite radio, a rearview camera and a Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth and voice control capability. Test drivers write that Uconnect is very user-friendly and they appreciate that there are redundant physical buttons for most major climate and audio adjustments."The Ram 1500 also offers a wide choice of trim levels, from workhorse, to street cruiser, to luxury liner. Even if you're a die-hard loyalist to another brand, you still owe it to yourself to check out these outstanding trucks." -- Consumer Guide "Available with all the required cab and bed configurations, in either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, the Ram 1500 goes above and beyond with its stylish exterior and well-appointed cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book "The Ram 1500 has the nicest interior of any full-size pickup. Its upgraded touchscreen interface is impressively easy to use and offers substantial technology capabilities. We're also fond of the Ram as it offers a composed and smooth ride whether you're driving it on- or off-road." -- Edmunds (2014) "Already gifted with capable handling and handsome interiors, the Ram 1500 lineup is now even more unique and appealing with the addition of the EcoDiesel option. It isn't the motor for everyone - the cheaper, punchier and more characterful Hemi is still a stellar choice - but its combination of low-end torque and efficiency will undoubtedly win over many hearts and wallets. We expect Ram will have little problem achieving its goal of a 15 percent take rate for the EcoDiesel." -- Left Lane News (2014) Ram 1500 Pictures & Videos
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The Ford F-150 has higher maximum towing and payload ratings than the Ram 1500, and reviewers say both of its optional turbocharged V6 engines have ample power. According to test drivers, the F-150 has spacious cab configurations and poised handling.
Test drivers say the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is very quiet at speed and rides comfortably over rough roads. It can also tow and haul more than the Ram 1500 when properly equipped, and critics note that its available MyLink infotainment system is straightforward.
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The 2015 Ram 1500 is available in three cab configurations. Regular Cab models seat up to three and Quad and Crew Cab models seat up to six. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard, while a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 and a 5.7-liter V8 are optional. Base and diesel models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V8 model comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the eight-speed automatic is optional. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. There are 10 trim levels, ranging from the base Tradesman to the top Laramie Limited. The Ram 1500 carries into 2015 largely unchanged, and aside from some revisions for 2013, it was last fully redesigned in the 2009 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2015 model years.
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