Dodge Ram 1500 Review
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The Dodge Ram 1500 has been around since 1981, and it was the first pickup to sport the classic ram ornament on the hood, since 1933 bringing back its trade mark. When
one thinks of Dodge, the ram ornament is usually the first thing that comes to mind. The symbol of the rams head was dropped in 1950 and resurrected in 1981, when the
President and CEO of Chrysler, Lee Iacocca to bring it back to life with their new line of pickups.
When the Doge Ram 1500 pickup was first released in 1981, it came in three options: standard, extended (club cab), and a 4 door crew cab. The number on the side of the
truck would have either have a D or a W before the numbers. D stood for two wheel drive and the W stood for four wheel drive. The numbers that came behind the letter were
150 for half ton, 250 for three quarters of a ton, and 350 for one ton. The standard cab measured 115" with a 6.5' bed and the crew cab measured 165" with an eight foot bed.
Fuel injection models didn't come out until 1988 with the 5.2 Liter V8 engine. The next year in 1989 the slant 6 engine was replaced with the 3.9 Liter V6 engine, with a
fuel injection that gave the Dodge Ram even more power. In 1991 The Dodge Ram pickups were given a design with a newer grill that was made larger, and different design for
the headlights. This gave the Dodge Ram a meaner, more rugged look.
Between the years of 1994 and 2001, is where the Dodge Ram took on the look it is most recognized by today. Its new updated look included a car like interior, a more
powerful engine, a sculpted hood look, and front fenders with a large front grill. In many ways it reminded you of a small streamlined semi tractor vehicle. Besides the
overall public, believe it or not, this vehicle has even met great interest with women.
2003 was a great year for the Doge Ram, because it became revamped with the powerful Hemi 5.7 Liter V8, with 345 horsepower and pressured feet of torque. The body was changed
with a new design for the hood, fenders, and its front grill, giving it a new, fierce, rugged look, without losing any of its classic features. The new models for 2009 are
ranging between $34,955 to over $40,000 depending on what options you choose. They get thirteen miles in the city and seventeen to the highway, but the power and streamlined
rugged looks seem to balance out the mileage with consumers.