Used RAM 2500
Looking for a reliable used truck to last for many years? Then you’ll want to find yourself a used Dodge Ram 2500 model. Particularly, a model from the 3rd generation. Why? Simply because this was the last generation before the tragic (for us, not them) Dodge/RAM split that happened in 2009. The 3rd generation ranges from 2003-2009, and that means it has the best of the best that Dodge had to offer for its 2500 model. While RAM is doing a good job with it, there’s something about seeing that Dodge star slapped onto the steering wheel when you get into one of these trucks that lets you know the quality of the vehicle shouldn’t ever be questioned.
Last Generation Before Dodge/RAM Split in ’09
Dodge/RAM parted ways because of a shift in ideals. RAM wanted to continue to make its trucks as rugged looking as possible, whereas Dodge had different ideas up its sleeve. On the other side of the same token, Dodge also wanted to focus on the sedans, vans, and SUV portion of the auto industry, while RAM wanted to keep working on trucks. Therefore, they decided to part ways in 2009, which left some consumers sad, but the companies were elated with the decision. Both sides expressed how the split benefitted both brands to grow separately in their own way, and better than if they remained merged. That’s not to say RAM and Dodge are no longer under the FCA banner because they still are in 2017. But the RAM trucks split off from Dodge in 2009, and from that time, have officially been labeled RAM models — no longer Dodge RAM.
Why Is This Significant?
Many of you are wondering why that history lesson is significant. First, people still mix up the two manufacturers a lot. Some consumers don’t even know that Ram trucks are no longer part of Dodge. Secondly, as mentioned, the 3rd generation of the Dodge Ram 2500 is the last one before Dodge and RAM split. That means you’re not only owning a piece of history in the automotive world, but also getting a vehicle that was designed and produced by both Dodge and RAM. With two big automakers like that on the bill, it’s gotta be good, right? Oh, it is.
2003 Ram 2500
While the Dodge Ram half-ton truck was remade for 2002, signifying its new generation, the 2500 and 3500 trucks didn’t get a redesign until 2003. This is what represented their shift towards a new generation.
With the redesign came powerful engine choices, huge payload and towing capacities, a comfortable interior, improved handling characteristics, and many safety features. In other words, Dodge made sure to cover all its bases for the last generation of the Ram 2500 truck. Expert reviewers and average-Joes everywhere were impressed. With the only con many could think of being a short standard bed, but this is why you had the option to get an eight foot bed, even with the large cab equipped.
The standard engine for this year is a 5.7-liter, 345 horsepower Hemi V8 engine with a five-speed manual transmission. If you want to upgrade, you can get an 8.0-liter, 305 horse-power V10 engine that carried over from the year before. If you are looking for a commercial rig, the 5.9-liter, inline-six Cummins turbodiesel is the way to go.
2004 Ram 2500
Let’s say you’ve settled on a 305-horsepowered V10 engine – you’ll want to grab a model from 2003. Because for the 2004 model year, that V10 engine was dropped. All that remains is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and 5.9-liter inline-six Cummins turbodiesel engine. However, these engines are still powerful and provide huge payload and towing capacities. Also for 2004, you can add a comfortable interior and compliant ride quality to the Dodge Ram 2500’s list of positive qualities. The 2003 is more bare-bones in terms of comfort, favoring capability. But for 2004, you can have both. Only downside is with the elimination of the V10 engine, there is no high-torque engine available. So, gas-powered towing was impacted slightly for this year.
On the plus side, 9,400 pounds of towing is still possible when properly equipped. That rugged construction is also still available, on the plus side.
2005 Ram 2500
The big news for 2005 was the introduction of the Power Wagon, which slots as a Dodge Ram 2500 model. This model features class-exclusive locking front and rear differentials, an electronic disconnecting front sway bar, 33-inch BG Goodrich off-road tires, a 12,000 pound winch, unique suspension, and a two-inch taller stance. In other words, this is an off-roading model, and it comes loaded and ready to tackle the woodland trails.
In the main lineup for the Dodge Ram 2500 model, a more powerful version of the famous Cummins turbodiesel engine made a debut, and now stuffs 610 lb.-ft. of torque into the tires when you hit the gas pedal. For those looking for luxury-oriented features, Sirius Satellite Radio is available on Quad cab models, as well as a power sunroof. Side curtain airbags were also made available this year, which means the 2500 gets another bump in the safety department as well.
2006 Ram 2500
In 2006, the Dodge Ram 2500 received a new body style. This body style was called Mega Cab, and featured a 20-inch longer cabin than the Quad Cab, which used to be the largest cabin the Dodge Ram 2500 offered. Therefore, if you’re looking to get a cabin with more interior space, grabbing a 2006 with a Mega Cab is the way to go, considering that it got a best-in-class interior room rating back in 2006. It’s also worth noting that front-end styling is refreshed for this year.
Also, the inside got a redesign after three years of remaining the same. A new dashboard, center console, seats and radios were all available. Navigation system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are optional as well.
If you’re looking for a used truck that started to take the shape of a modern luxury truck, like you’d expect to see in 2016, then a 2006 Mega Cab Ram 2500 is for you.
2007 Ram 2500
A new diesel engine for the Ram 2500 is available for the 2007 model year. A 6.7-liter diesel engine that produces 350 horsepower/650 lb.-ft. of torque, replaces the long-running 5.9-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. It’s important to note this diesel engine only replaced the inline-six in late 2007 models, so make sure to pay attention when shopping diesel variants for this model year, especially since this engine also came paired to a new six-speed automatic transmission and diesel exhaust brake. A diesel exhaust brake provides safer and more efficient braking by choking-up on the exhaust to help the actual brakes slow the vehicle down. The standard 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 345 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque is still available, and it also gets an optional five-speed automatic transmission.
While the 2007 year sounds complicated to shop with respect to performance, if you get the right powertrain combination a 2007 Ram 2500 will do exceptionally well.
2008 Ram 2500
By 2008, the Dodge Ram 2500 was starting to feel its age. At this point, Dodge and RAM probably already started discussing the split, so there weren’t many changes made to the 2500 this year. You’re better off saving yourself some money and grabbing one from 2007.
2009 Ram 2500
By the time 2009 rolled around, the Dodge Ram 2500 had 29 configurations to choose from, spread across its five trim levels. These configurations include anything from the 4×4 Power Wagon Quad Cab Model, to a 2WD Regular cab. So, if you’re looking to buy a Dodge Ram 2500 from the 3rd generation, you have a lot of consideration and shopping around to do. But if you find one you like, it will be extremely rewarding.
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