Used 1994 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Review

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What's new for 1994

Sharing the limelight with its 1500 Series younger brother, Dodge's 3/4-ton hauler also gets a complete makeover. Sporting curved, muscular sheet metal and a brash Kenworth semi truck-styled grill and headlight assembly, Dodge's light- and heavy-duty truck boasts an impressive array of upgrades inside and out. Offered in 118.7-inch and 134.7-inch wheelbases (6.5-foot and 8-foot boxes respectively), the Magnum engine line equips 2- and 4WD drivelines with new 2500 series nomenclature. A standard 5.2L V8 producing 220 horsepower/300 pound-feet can be swapped for the optional 5.9L gas V8 (230 hp/330 lb-ft), a brawny 5.9L straight six Cummins turbo diesel (175 hp/420 lb-ft) or the newly introduced version of the Viper motor, a behemoth 8.0L V10 cranking out 300 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. A standard five-speed manual transmission can be upgraded to a four-speed automatic and three axle ratios (3.55, 3.90, 4.10) are available. Only offered as a regular cab body, a myriad of power and convenience packages are configurable, or choose the SLT trim with a 40/20/40 cloth bench, power windows and door locks, AC, cruise control, a fold-down center armrest (capable of housing a cell phone, laptop and music media) and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Choose Claret Red, Flame Red, Light Driftwood, Emerald Green, Dark or Brilliant Blue, Black, Sabre Gray, Silver or Bright White exterior paint with Medium Quartz, Slate Blue, Crimson Red or Medium Driftwood interior colors.





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