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Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.7 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 215 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

  • Though overshadowed by fresher competition, the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 is still the king of big-truck attitude and can handle the diverse duties of comfortable daily driver and capable workhorse with equal ease.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong output from V8 engines, sharp steering, smooth ride, Mega Cab's mega-spacious interior.

  • Cons

    Cramped rear seat in Quad Cab, downmarket interior materials compared to competition.

  • What's New for 2008

    The 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 gains a revised 4.7-liter V8 which boasts more power and somewhat better fuel economy. Trailer Sway Control has been added to the optional stability control, while four-wheel-drive models get a revised steering linkage.

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Customer Reviews

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2008 ram big horn

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Vehicle: 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 ST 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

Bought used with only 13.4K miles at 2.5 years old. Still had new truck smell. Love this rig. Came from a 98 Durango, this one so much bigger, much more power. Love the satellite radio. Bright red color, was rear ended and hit the guy in front, bumpers and tow hitch toast, minor dent to tail gate. Stout build. In shop, can't wait to get it back. Hemi engine is awesome. My third Dodge in 25 years, the 98 Durango never gave me any problems, had 170K on it, no power train work at all. Was gonna keep it, but my neighbor came over with an offer I could not refuse. Son 1 has an 06 Dakota, son 2 has an 87 Power Ram.




New work truck

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Vehicle: 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 ST 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

5,000 miles in approx. 1 month. 6 cylinder, auto, no frills, manual windows, vinyl floors, seats. Roomy, added Work Rack and boxes. Felt engine lacked power, downshifted too often on inclines. Added K&N air filter. Big improvement. Better mileage, too. Good truck. Comfortable.




And loving it!!

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Vehicle: 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 ST 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

Traded in a 2005 Chevy Malibu.Actually drove a Doge Ram reg cab(2007)this past May when my Malibu was in for warranty work at the Chevy dealer. Did NOT like it at first, drove the Ram for the day and walked away subconsciously impressed. I started looking at the Ram more and more. Then came the sale price, 10 grand in rebates, lifetime powertrain warranty to boot. Went to the dealer and took a close look, checked the quad cab out, and purchased the next day. And Lovin IT! Thanks to the NO pressure folks at Swift Dodge in Davis, CA. I actually left the lot on a Saturday evening to think about the purchase, NO hassles at all. Smooth transaction at the dealer, great dealer! AWJ



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Ram quad 6 cylinder

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Vehicle: 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 ST 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

I reluctantly purchased a 6 cylinder 2008 Ram Quad with an automatic trans. I have been pleasantly surprised. Even on long trips through the mountains, it did fairly well. Fuel economy has averaged 21 MPG, much better than my Fords (16.5) and competitive with my Chevys (22). However this powertrain is not meant for aggressive drivers. It is not terribly slow, but patience is required.



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Awesome

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Vehicle: 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 ST 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

I have never owned a new vehicle. I purchased a new car for my wife in February, and went to look at a truck for my brother at the dealership. They asked me if I wanted to trade my wife's old suv in. I told them what I wanted, and they had it on the lot. I cannot say enough about this truck. I love the six cylinder engine. I love the rubber/vinyl floors and vinyl seats. I got the one with regular hubcaps, no chrome wheels, and no chrome on truck. This truck is silver, and draws more questions and attention than the trucks that are tricked out with everything. I could not have ordered one and gotten it as close to what I wanted. Sticker was $24,000.00 after rebates, it was in high teens.



Full 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Review

What's New for 2008

The 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 gains a revised 4.7-liter V8 which boasts more power and somewhat better fuel economy. Trailer Sway Control has been added to the optional stability control, while four-wheel-drive models get a revised steering linkage.

Introduction

If you believe the commercials, trucks can do anything. They can come within an inch of careening off a 100-yard steel plank into a canyon. They can drive around our country accompanied by a constant soundtrack loop of John Mellencamp. The 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 is apparently capable of withstanding an incessant pounding from a 13-foot tall Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robot. Although these are obvious exaggerations, they demonstrate what full-size trucks are meant to convey: all-American macho machines that are indestructible. With its big-rig styling and workhorse capabilities, the Dodge Ram personifies this image.

For 2008, the Ram gets a little more macho. The 4.7-liter V8 has been upgraded significantly, boosting output from 235 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque to a robust 310 hp and 330 lb-ft. That moves it from having a slight advantage over the base V6 to nipping at the heels of the mighty Hemi V8. Dodge is quick to point out that the 4.7-liter gets slightly better fuel economy to match its power boost, but with a 1 mpg increase to 15 combined mpg, that's like saying getting punched in the head by Hulk Hogan is slightly better than getting a roundhouse from Lennox Lewis.

Introduced in 2003, the current-generation Ram is the elder statesman of its segment, but it still manages to offer better-than-average handling reflexes, a full menu of available creature comforts and that big-rig exterior styling, which is (quite arguably) the manliest of this very manly vehicle category. Plus, the Ram's Mega Cab, which stretches the Quad Cab by 20 inches, provides rear quarters that challenge most large sedans for sprawl space. The rear seatback even reclines.

The Dodge Ram has consistently ranked in 3rd place on the sales charts behind Ford and GM's full-size pickups, and today sees Toyota creeping dangerously close into the Ram's territory. Sales only tell so much of a story, as in terms of overall quality and desirability, the newer Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra twins are the benchmarks among full-size pickups. However, those willing to sacrifice a little refinement for some of that Rock 'Em Sock 'Em style will find the 2008 Dodge Ram a thoroughly competent all-American macho machine.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 is a half-ton full-size pickup truck. There are three body styles to choose from: regular cab, Quad Cab (a crew cab) and Mega Cab (jumbo crew cab). The regular and Quad are available with either a regular short cargo bed or a long bed. The Mega Cab rides on the same-length wheelbase as the Quad Cab long bed but pairs an even bigger cabin with the short bed.

The Ram is further offered in ST, SXT, SLT and Laramie trims. The bare-bones ST comes with 17-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a 40/20/40 front bench seat, vinyl upholstery, tilt steering wheel, manual windows and a four-speaker CD stereo with auxiliary audio jack. The SXT is largely similar and is available only with the Mega Cab. Options on these two trims include power heated mirrors, a power-sliding rear window, cruise control and satellite radio.

The Ram SLT comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and full power accessories, plus the availability of additional optional features. It is not available with the Mega Cab. The SLT can be outfitted with a Sport Package that adds unique bucket seats, a body-color grille and 20-inch chrome-clad wheels. The top-line Laramie trim adds dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, heated front seats, seven Infinity speakers and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The Laramie is not available with the regular cab.

Options for the SLT and Laramie include a sunroof, 20-inch wheels (excluding the Sport), power-adjustable pedals, front bucket seats (excluding Sport), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, a navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system, remote vehicle start, satellite radio and an upgraded stereo with six-CD changer.

Powertrains and Performance

All Dodge Ram models are available with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Regular cab 2WD ST's come with a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 215 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. Optional on the ST and standard on the SLT is this year's revised 4.7-liter V8 that makes 310 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Optional on the SLT and standard on SXT and Laramie is a 5.7-liter "Hemi" V8 that provides 345 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, a Ram can pull up to 9,100 pounds.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the V6, with a four-speed automatic optional. The 4.7-liter V8 gets a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. The Hemi V8 comes standard with the five-speed automatic. Fuel economy for the Ram doesn't change much between powertrains, as each returns around 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.

Safety

Four-wheel disc brakes with rear ABS are standard on the ST and SLT. The SXT and Laramie come with full four-wheel ABS, but it's optional on the other trims. Power-adjustable pedals are optional on most Rams and standard for the Laramie. For all Ram 1500s, full-length side curtain airbags are optional. Stability control is also optional on all trims except the Laramie, in which case it's standard. In government crash tests, the 2008 Dodge Ram earned five out of five stars for its protection of front occupants in head-on collisions. Frontal-offset collision testing performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety similarly resulted in a top rating of "Good."

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2008 Ram's cabin features white-faced gauges, simple twist-knob climate controls and a huge center armrest/bin. Although it is a straightforward, user-friendly design, the cabin's materials quality trails that of newer competitors. Crew cabs can seat up to six people and the rear seats fold up to reveal a flat load floor for carrying large items inside. Unfortunately, rear seating in Quad Cabs is noticeably more cramped than in competitors' crew-cab trucks. The Mega Cab more than compensates by expanding legroom by nearly a foot and offering a comfy, reclining backseat. If carrying passengers in comfort is a priority equal to pickup utility, it's hard to do better than a Ram Mega Cab model.

Driving Impressions

Considering its size, the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 is nimble and easy to drive. Ride quality can still be a bit bouncy at times, but when loaded up with passengers and cargo, the Ram is downright comfortable. The new 4.7-liter is a welcome addition and no longer makes the 5.7-liter V8 a near necessity. Both mills provide plenty of power for trailer towing and big payloads, and it's important to note that neither offers a fuel economy advantage versus each other and the V6.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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