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2005 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 6M) 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 6M)
I bought this truck new and have never regretted it. I like it very much. The ride is very comfortable and the dash board controls are easy to understand and easy to reach while driving.
This truck came with a sprayed in bed liner which is great. It beats those plastic drop in liners. I like the sliding rear window and the storage under the rear seat. There is ample foot room in the rear seat. The arm rest storage unit between the front seats is large and easy to get into. The ride is smooth and does not feel like a truck at all. I haven't towed anything yet, but there is no doubt this truck will handle the load. The gas mileage isn't too bad for a 5.7 Hemi (11 in town and 15 on the open road. The ONLY thing that has ever gone wrong with this truck is a burned out brake light (which isn't even a problem).
The only suggestion I might make to help improve this vehicle is to add a couple extra interior lights lower, below the heater controls so the drink tray and ashtray are more visible when driving at night.
2005 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 6M) 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 6M)
The specs: 4.7 magnum, auto, rwd, quad cab, sb. Have had the truck for 5 weeks. Truck has been in shop for 11 days. Work completed: head gaskets (2), timing chain, radiator replaced and water pump. Have had the truck back for a week and the check engine light is now on. On the up side the truck gets 16 mpg mixed driving, rides fairly well and looks good.
The truck looks good. Gas mileage is satisfactory. 4.7 does have plenty of power.
Reliability and build quality
2005 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 6M) 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 6M)
I purchased a used quad cab with the 4.7 L and the 5 speed auto. It had the 20" wheels, which the dealer traded out for me to the chrome 16's. Dynamite combo; this gives you the 4.7 L with 3.9 gears and standard wheels which == good towing (7k), good power and good mileage (16-18 HWY). I've towed tractors, horses and building materials for 3 years with no repairs. Better truck than any ford I've ever had.
The five speed auto is smooth and sure. The bed size is perfect; I wanted a quad cab with a USABLE bed and this is the best one on the market.
Do not purchase this truck, they die at 62,000 miles. Bought mine new in 2006, maintained a perfect service record, and I was rewarded with nine trips to the dealership over the years for different issues. I am not a "brand" guy and this has no impact on my review, but in the interest of full disclosure I will never by another Daimler Chrysler product again. The dealer service is poor and was nearly a victim of consumer fraud at College Station Lithia Dodge.
All basic mechanical operation, transmission, driveline seals, bearings on drivetrain and wheels, differential, and transmission filter. If you are a brand guy you will ignore this review anyways, but if you are not, do not make the same mistake that I did. Pay the extra money & get something else
My dad bought me my grey dodge ram with hemi and laramie, its beautiful. i've raced the new chevy v8 vortec and beat it without skipping a beat. the hemi just kills anything, i have used it for hauling my dirtbikes and driven it super rough cuz im a teenager. gas mileage is decent but i wouldnt trade it for the power. when we bought the truck we were suppose to get free lifetime oil changes then the dealership went out of business.
can you say HEMI? leather, 20 inch rims, breaking power, and the womanizer but borat has a different word for that. seat heaters, tinted windows, payload and towing capacity. ITs a stand out in the crowd!!! get one they're cheap
sound system, stock tires, anti slip,more comfort in the cabin for the seats. needs air suspension, and xm satellite
This is my 2nd Dodge Truck the first was a 1999 SLT 360 cubic inch Quad cab. I now have 45,000 miles in 3 years on this 2005 Hemi Laramie and it has never been in the shop that I can recall. The miles are probably 50/50 city highway, with 1/2 the highway pulling a Bass Boat.
The exterior look, white over silver, interior looks and comfort, and THE HEMI engine. Highway interstate mileage without the boat is 21 to 23 mpg, with the boat 14.5 to 15. This is actual calculations, not from the fuel mileage computer.
The fuel mileage computer in my 1999 was off always more than 10% (high), this 2005 is better but is still always off (high). I had 4 GM cars that were always dead nuts within a tenth of a mile. Come on Chrysler get it right or don't offer it!
Excellent all-around truck for work, commuting, and getting the family around. Very comfortable to drive, with power seating option. Great visibility in poor weather on the interstate as compared to a previous GMC that sat lower to the ground. Tows very well with excellent stability. Corners very well with 20 inch wheel option. Stops on a dime. Never felt more in control when driving a truck. No mechanical problems of any kind with over 47K miles on this truck. I just had the brakes checked at my last service interval and they had about 60% remaining on the pads, so it's definitely a low maintenance vehicle. The 4.7L V-8 is adequate, but the Hemi would be even more fun.
Power leather seats with sunroof option.
Recommend getting the Hemi engine for more performance. When I purchased this vehicle, it was the only one in the area with the sunroof/leather package so a Hemi wasn't an option unless it were special ordered.
I wanted to get back into a truck, so I started researching different trucks online. I've had 3 Ford's, 2 Chevy's, 2 Jeep's and 1 Nissan Frontier. I'm really a Ford guy, but their gas mileage stinks! Dodge's popped up and I saw that they get better gas mileage than my Grand Cherokee. I've had my '05 1500 for a week now and I love it. I got the Hemi and the gas mileage is actually pretty good. My Dad is a Die-hard Ford guy and just bought a brand new F150 and now wants to trade it in for a Ram because he likes mine so much. I test drove a few 4.7L Ram's and if you really are looking for the best gas mileage out of any trucks, that's the one to get. It's not the same as the Hemi, but it'll go!
Just as roomy as the Ford's and way more roomy than the Chevy's. The performance (speed & handling). The look of the truck.
The only improvement I would suggest is level the front end from the factory.
This is my second Ram, had an 2003 SLT RW drive. Use primarily for towing boat and travel trailer, never thought the trailer towing package did not include limited slip rear, but true! One or two days on the ramp when wet told me I needed 4X4. Now have the Laramie package and 4X4. Love the truck, '05 has much less engine roar than 03 (Hemi in both), sometimes miss it but appreciated on long trips. Towing is the ticket with this truck, will tow anything, anywhere! Currently pull 28 ft travel trailer (6800 lbs) and 24 ft boat (6000 lbs) and get between 10-11 mpg!! Have to go 55-60 to do that and not "hemi" away from lights, as my wife would say. Used to get 6-7 with Chev 1500 w/350.
Hemi, what can I say, Chevy 5.7 does not even come close. Looks are great, ride comfort acceptable for truck, the 4X4 noticably stiffer than first truck. Love the mpg towing. This is the right tool for my job. Flat floor fold down in rear handy for hauling.
Factory bed liner should wrap over top rail of bed. Rear seat could be more comfortable, with some slant to seat back needed. Carpet, even in laramie, cheap thin crap.
I love this truck. The only thing that could improve would be the gas mileage. It actually only averages about 13-16 miles per gallon. It handles well, very comfortable, quite roomy, and attractive to the eye. Love it!
Interior room, view of the road.
Improve fuel economy
I've noticed that on a windy day you must turn up the radio to block out the outside noise. I'm always checking the doors to see if they are closed tight. It seems like the manufacturer forgot to complete the rubber seal on the doors, although the seals all seem to be attached. I've noticed when the cruise control is on the speed fluxuates sometimes ten to twenty miles an hour on uneven roadways. I've also noticed a slipping or some unexplained shift problem between second and third gear while the transmission upshifts during acceleration.
My truck has a lot of power for only a 4.7 V-8. Interior is very nice in the Laramie quad cabs.
I've never owned a vehicle that didn't display the time of day when the radio is on. You must turn off the radio to see the time display. Odd! Multiple CD changers should be in all new Dodge trucks. Not an optional item.
I bought it with a four inch lift and 33" BFG M/Ts. The 5.7L Hemi gives it a nice punch although the factory muffler has really quieted it down. The truck feels very solid and stable even with the 4" lift. For a light duty 1/2 ton, I've been very happy with it.
I traded my BMW M3 convertible in on this beast and it's one of the best things I ever did. I love this truck. It's a hoot to drive and I enjoy the power. I've added alot of aftermarket things to it such as dual exhaust, a Mopar cold air intake, a sprayed in bed liner, a brush guard on the front, a remote starter, to cool it off in the heat of summer before I get in it and a few other little things that make it uniquely mine. It's great! Seems that a lot of the men that I work with appreciate it too. They're always asking about the things that I've done to it. I'm very proud of my truck
Remote starter, cold air intake, 4 doors, sprayed in bedliner, front brush guard, crome door panel molding, chrome accents, apperance, and the fact that it's Mopar!
Maybe a little better back seat. more padded, and the ability to adjust the recline on the back rest of the rear seat. Everything else is great!
I've enjoyed owning my Ram Quad Magnum. I have wanted the new body design since its inception in the mid 90's. I am impressed by the interior room, cab design, and location of the instruments.
I love the dual exhaust, aftermarket. I love the clarity of the instrument cluster. I love the overall profile of my Ram, especially from the front.
Mandatory visor mirrors. More hanger hooks. Mandatory mud guards and tow hitch.
Love my Dodge Ram Hemi. Great performance, comfort, and reliability. This is my third Dodge truck, and everyone has been wonderful. The only drawback is poor gas mileage, but the fun of driving this makes up for it.
Better gas mileage without giving up power.
The Hemi is sweet. Had to learn not to punch it until I swung out to pass because it gets it right now. Ride is pleasant and is a blast to drive. Some vibration at certain speeds but mild and is a 4X4. Paint quaility could be improved. Gas mileage is around 16 highway so far. 4X4 so far works great. Less expensive than a comparable equiped F150 by significant dollars. Much better look than Chevy.
I traded in an aging Jeep Wrangler for this when Dodge was doing the employee discount option for anyone. I am still learning how to park this monster even after having it for several months. Just today, my average mileage (mostly hiway) on this all stock truck was 23 MPG. I was shocked! The onboard computer was indicating 17 MPG. Keep your foot out of the throttle and this truck will get decent mileage. When accelerating, I typically do not exceed 2000 RPM. Believe me, this is hard to do since Hemi sounds soo nice at wide open throttle.
Hemi performance, ride quality, overall ergonomics, factory installed Sirius satelite radio, radio controls on steering wheel, sunroof, flip-up backseats to use the fold-out cargo platforms, tow capacity.
Side mirrors that automatically tilt down to view the rear wheels when the vehicle is placed into reverse. I do this manually for the passenger mirror when backing.
Traded 05 Dakota with powerful 4.7 for Ram 1500 Hemi! Can't go wrong with this powerplant, it's outstanding for sure. It even sounds good with stock exhaust when you hit the gas. The truck rides and handles great. Great choice!
Hemi makes this truck, and with good handling and great stopping power it's a great package.
Could use a larger glove box
I love this truck, totaly impressed with the hemi. Handeling,ride and even fuel economy have been outstanding. I average 17-18 mpg normal driving. About the same as a previous Mazda B3000 4x4 and nearly as good as my old Tacoma v6 4x4. Build quality is as good as the Toyota. I have put Rancho9000's on and handling is great with the big 20" Goodyears. Front GY's at 40K still look new. Rears, can't blame the tires. My first American made truck, been driving Japaneese trucks since 1974. Dodge, you won me over.
Sound system with the Sirrius is great.Seats are great for long trips. My first truck with an automatic and this one shifts great, crisp and smooth and I can control upshifts and downshifts easily with the throttle. Hemi tows very well for a gas motor, gobs of torque. Works hard and looks mean.
Some of my complaints have been eliminated in the '6's. Hemi with MDS, 6 speed manual, heavier rear springs, I added a leaf, ig improvement, and the Rancho 9000's should be standard. Ok this will never happen, the V6 MB diesel would be a nice option in the 1500 and Dakota if fuel keeps going up.
This is my second of the current generation of Ram. The first was a 2002 Quad Cab with a 5.9 V8. Great truck. This one is even better with a Hemi and 5 speed auto transmission. Very reliable and fun to drive. I recently had to rent a 2006 Chevy Silverado and could not wait to get back into the Dodge. It out performed the Chevy in almost every way. I will buy another one for sure.
Confortable ride. Great looks. Fun to drive. Solid. Quality materials in and out.
Better gas mileage.
Traded in my 2004 Ram 4.7L SLT Quad Cab for an '05 w/ a Hemi. This truck will pull a tree out of the ground! The most powerful gas V8 I've driven by far. Gas mileage not so good but come on it's a truck w/ power. What do you expect? Truck rides smooth and doesn't miss a beat going up hills on the highway. Should have went with the Hemi to begin with b/c there is a great difference in power and the gas mileage doesn't differ a whole lot.
Hemi power, 20" wheels, smooth ride, guage panel
Of course gas mileage but everyone will complain about this until their truck gets 30 mpg
The Ram 1500 Laramie with the optional 5.7 Hemi V8 is about as good as it gets driving a full size truck. Awesome power when it counts and loads of "eye- candy" both inside and out, especially with the sport package and 20" chrome wheels. The Ram 1500 is sure to garner lots of admiring glances whether it's on the move or just parked. With a feeling of quality throughout and lots of attention to detail this machine "out-classes" anything else in it's class. This truck is truly the truck lover's "dream machine".
Bold design with great looks, especially the front end. Solidly constructed, good looking interior and well thought-out dash configeration. Plenty of interior cab storage.
Driver and passenger seats could use some improvement with a sleaker design and increased lumbar support. Gas mileage is dreadful but overall is really a small price to pay to drive this powerful "beauty".
I spent about 3 weeks looking for the right truck. I looked at Dodge, Chevy, Ford, and Toyota. Dodge trucks have great rebates available on the 05 models that no other company can compare to right now (6500 for regular cab, 6000 for quad). The appearance, inside and out, as well as the smooth ride is what sold me. I don't plan on doing much towing, so I got the 4.7L engine, and it gets down the road just fine. After driving this truck around for the last few weeks, I can see why you are starting to see more and more Dodge Trucks on the road.
Apperance, smooth ride
The base V8 engine in the Chevy/GMC trucks haul about 800 more pounds than Dodge's base V8.
I wasn't getting anywhere on my 'offer' on a silver one then the dealer said, 'well, we have a red one'..My heart thumped (I wanted red) so I said show it to me. Yeek, very red over silver (I wanted it) will you take my offer? Another hour with two sales mgrs. we agreed on the deal. It was mine. A 2005 Quad Cab 1500. Dang, it's huge. Chrome grill and deflector trim, chrome clad rims..The SLT package with bed liner (I ordered the 'Bling' later from Brown's and a dealer in Tacoma, WA. Actually the dealership is great. They had it since Feb. 05 so it had some detail issues that were cheerfully taken care of. I couldn't have asked for more truck. Seems much larger than my 94' GMC Siera 1500..
The chrome clad rims set it off and the silver lower panels give it a tu-tone effect. The white dials are great and the driver seat lets you settle right in. I'm a chrome bumper person and it has em' front and rear. It handles like a big sedan..That real solid feel. This is the truck to buy..
Hmm, maybe like others have said, a little color to the dash. I bought a kit to add brushed aluminum throughout the cab and that should set it off inside. Otherwise, I can't think of a thing. I just stand outside and look at it.. No way to improve these looks and it's retro to the 1950's..
I love the overall look of the truck. The truck pulls like a freight train. The Hemi is great and has a great exhaust note to it. It's a pain in the you know what to park but you get use to it. the interior space is outrageous can fit 4 people in the back seat comfortably, same with the front all though the drivers view is limited. The hemi is really responsive the slight it tap and it dont miss a beat. The limited slip differential comes in handy when u gun it.overall I think the truck its great but shorter drivers may have trouble seeing. And the truck is a ways off the ground so it is best if you got running boards. The gas mileage stinks out loud.
Killer sound system, Hemi, 20 inch rims.
Side running board. Dash looks great but no color. It is mostly black. Passenger power seat. More functional back seat. The multi displacement should come standard on the Hemi because I get 12.5mpghemi.4cyclinders would shut down when cruising.
The 5.7 Hemi is the best thing that ever happened to a pickup. It gives a real boost when you are wanting to get from here to there right now. 4door quadcad, although not quite as spacious as the Ford F150 crew cab, is still plenty roomy for most folks, and the optional flat floor provision makes secure dry storage (for groceries and such) very handy. A recent road trip delivered outstanding mileage, with the trip computer recording 21mpg(!) at one point across Kansas. My truck is a 2005 Ram 1500 SLT quadcab with 2wd and towing package. I like this truck.
Hemi power, smooth 5 speed automatic trans, good handling, and very comfortable hiway manners
Better AC, takes the truck a good while to get cooled off after being parked in the sun, but once cool, the system has no trouble keeping things comfortable.
I just bought the truck and I can't complain. The storage under the back seats and under the front middle seat is great. Even with the 4.7L it is a great performing truck. I love the way it sounds when you hit the gas, although Dodge should have made the exhaust louder. When you have a V8 you want to hear it.
20" wheels, interior storage, overall look.
Louder exhaust, room for subwoofers
Great truck for the money especially with the employee discount & rebates. Great ride and handles effortlessly.
The look of the exterior can't be beat!
Updating and more comfort inside the cab. Still a bit lacking in the wow factor.
The overall looks of the 1500 sold me on this truck. It stands out among anything offered today. Dodge has a winner in design, comfort and quality. I reccomend anyone looking at buying a pickup look at Dodge.
The overall looks. It is simply a truck that is a cut above the rest.
None at this moment.
Rugged yet comfortable. The high up cabin makes you feel like the "King of the Road". Small glove box, but armrest storage makes up for it. Nice ride, good acceleration. I chose the 4.7 V8 over the Hemi. Good choice, as it averages 15-16 mpg vs the 10-11 for the Hemi. No defects so far. Overall I am very satisfied.
Styling, 20" wheels, good sound system, cold A/C.
Larger glove box, more comfortable rear seat, radio controls on steering wheel.
I have driven Ford trucks for over 18 years until last year when I had several unpleasant experiences at Ford dealers and with my most recent Ford product. So I switched to Dodge, and so far, that was an excellent choice. If you purchase the "Hemi" and the 3.92 rear, you can't go wrong for towing. Ford could take lessons from this. If I get my usual 150,000- 200,000 miles, I'll stay a changed man.
Engine, transmission, and gearing. 20- inch rim and tire package. towing capacity.
Put 3 or 4 valves per cylinder on the Hemi, people will buy them. After all, if you go with the present set up Hemi, you're not worried about mileage anyway.
I purchased this vehicle to fill our needs for towing a 5000lbs boat and also a 5000lbs travel trailer. The 5.7L Hemi is the choice for us due to its power of 345hp and 375ft/lbs of torque. When you drive this truck you immediately notice the power when you accelerate. After driving other brands before purchasing, we feel very confident in our selection. This truck handles our towing needs very well.
"Hemi" says it all! The power I need to tow our recreational equipment is a must. The exterior of the truck is visually impressive and a headturner with the optional Flame Red Sport package. The sunroof is another "cool" feature for the truck.
I would suggest an armrest for the drivers seat on the right side.
This truck is so much fun to drive! The mileage isn't that bad for the power. This truck has the best build quality of any Chrysler product I've ever seen.
Hands down, it's the Hemi.
The gear selector feels vague shifting from park. Hard to tell when it's in the right spot to shift into a gear, and feels like it will break off in my hand if I'm not careful.
Very nice truck, this is the second Dodge truck that I have purchased new and I doubt that it will be the last. We love the Atlantic pearl blue color and the body styling. The standard V8 has plenty of power and don't seem to be too bad on gas.
Body styling, lots of interior space, over all comfort and styling.
Have rear seat fold down as well as up.
I have owned Chevys and Ford Pick-ups and I can honestly say that my Dodge Quad Cab takes the cake. The steering handles and reacts like a sports car. The brakes stop on a dime. It dosen't even feel like a truck ride. It has a very smooth ride due to superior suspension. Very spacious and comfortable - like having a luxury car that can haul and go off-road. I am now a loyal Dodge patron and would never think of buying another brand of truck.
Quad cab - its like owning an SUV with a bed for hauling. the perfect family truck. The steering and handling make it a real joy to drive.
Fuel economy - both the the 4.7 liter Magnum and the 5.7 liter Hemi have very similar gas mileage. I would love for Dodge to improve the 4.7 liter's fuel economy. Also it would be great if the back seat cup holders were elevated about 6 inches higher - perhaps an expandable center console for the rear.
I have the 4 dr, short bed with a Hemi engine in it and it is great. Good gas mileage and great performance. Have had no problems with it whatsoever. I've had a Ford and Chevy and nothing can compare. I love it a lot and would recommend it not only for its power, but for its comfort and maneuverability. Great! Great! Great!
Hemi engine and roominess
Have had my Dodge a little over 1 year and approx. 10k miles. This vehicle continues to impress me with its overall fit & finish, plenty of power, excellent ergonomics, and beautiful interior. It leaves me with nothing to be desired.
Classic truck looks
Increase gas mileage.
I had a 1996 Ram which I loved! This 2004 is proving to be just as nice a vehicle. The Hemi engine certainly makes it quicker but fuel mileage could be improved.
Laramie package (leather seats, electric seats, electric mirrors, etc.)
Better fuel mileage.
the dodge ram is the best truck made.