We drove the truck arround and it seemed like it was running good. But keep them in their element, and they'll be good to you. Additional shiny bits and chrome wheels are parts of higher trim levels, but no Ram truck includes a locking tailgate. Dodge, however, keeps traditionalists happy with the 4x4 Ram Heavies, which still use a recirculating-ball steering system and retain the solid front axle serious off-roaders consider an indispensable element of any real truck the Ram 1500 4x4 switched to an independent front suspension last year. For those seeking up to 16,500 lb of towing capacity, there's the 6. Made an offer and they accepted.
It's the first heavy-duty truck to do so, and in the process nearly matches the power output of the V-8 diesel engines offered by Ford and General Motors. The top-line Laramie trim level includes leather and faux wood in Mega Cabs as well as a power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel cruise-control buttons, security alarm and more brightwork in Quad Cabs. The instruments are legible and most switches and controls well positioned — although the audio system selector buttons and the undersized display for the optional navigation system could use a rethink. Available Mega Cab Quite literally the biggest cabin in the pickup segment, the Mega Cab's additional 20 inches of length yields outstanding accommodations for front-seat and, particularly, rear-seat passengers. . For those who want the ultimate in power and durability, Dodge introduces a new 6. Granted, like a draft horse a real one, like on a farm , to be truly happy they need to be working--pulling or carrying something heavy.
Not fooling with the basic Ram package is smart thinking on Dodge's part. I give them an A+. The vehicles were definitely used. In fact, the two-wheel-drive heavy-duty Rams are the first trucks of their capacity to get rack-and-pinion steering similar to the rack-and-pinion used by lesser-capacity Rams. The six-speed automatic transmission is an equally laudable and smooth operator. This six-cylinder uses advanced combustion technology plus patented Bluetec exhaust after-treatment to meet 2010 emissions standards, today. The chassis under the Ram 2500 and 3500 is basically the same as on the 1500.
In fact, the coil-sprung 4x4 front suspension is virtually indistinguishable from that of the outgoing Ram heavy-duty 4x4. Had a little covered area where you could see they were doing maintenance on their vehicles. But even the 2500 Laramie Quad Cab 4x4 we drove was still capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds. This Ram is highly specialized for off-road duty with its raised suspension, front and rear differential locks, electronically disengaging front stabilizer bar, 33-inch tires, 12,000-pound winch and full skid plates. Available for 2500 models is the off-road-oriented Power Wagon.
He came out and greeted us. However, the fuel tank capacities of 34 and 35 gallons depending on bed length should provide a subtle guideline to fuel economy: not much. However, the Ram does have some advantages of its own — notably the availability of the people-pampering Mega Cab and multiple best-in-class maximum tow ratings — that could figure into any purchase decision. The Mega Cab more than compensates by expanding legroom by nearly a foot and offering a comfy, reclining backseat. They treated me like they had known me forever.
They don't try and pretty them up like at a dealership. The standard engine is the 5. Just had the vehicle inspected and they said it was in good condition for the year of the truck. The bodies of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are identical to the half-ton 2008 Ram, and they're offered in the same configurations, including the spacious Mega Cab. The regular cabs come with a long bed only, while the Quad Cab has either a short or long cargo bed.
Driving It A strong, stiff frame and decently sorted suspension endow the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks with a good basic foundation. Power is of the utmost importance for the buyers considering the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 heavy-duty models. Each delivers outstanding performance and is available with a choice of transmissions. A simple fix and even I missed it. These full-size leviathans are built to tote and transfer big-time payloads and pull trailers weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds. Only negative was one of the studs on the back wheel was broke.
The beds are even shared, with the exception of the extra-wide fenders on the duallie. The cabin is comfortable and reasonably well isolated and, while the ride on certain road surfaces can get slightly choppy particularly in an unladen 4x4 model , adding passengers or payload settles things down nicely and is a modest price to pay for the Ram's excellent all-around capabilities. These experiences enable this team to offer you a definitive opinion on this heavy-duty full-size pickup. The deal was started on the phone while I was at work 1. The 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 is a fairly civilized workhorse, comfortable and composed.