Buying a used Dodge Ram is easy if you know where to look. The Dodge Ram pickup, or as it is branded now – The Ram pickup – has been in production for some time now and has secured its place as a popular truck. While not as popular as Ford’s F-150 or the Chevy Silverado, the Ram still finds its way into many job sites and driveways.
Formerly part of the Dodge lineup, since 2010 the pickups are now simply sold as Ram Trucks. Five time winner of Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award, the Ram remains a popular pickup, both new and used.
Buying a Used Dodge Ram – Model Info
The first generation Ram trucks were introduced in 1981, and continued through 1993. A simple squared off body style, 2 available bed lengths and a variety of cab configurations (Club cab, Crew Cab and standard) were hallmarks of this generation.
A variety of slant-6 and V8 engines were available. In 1989, Dodge introduced the Cummins diesel engine was added to the line up. Dodge saw sales improve with this. The Cummins diesel differed from Ford and GM diesels in several key ways, and the market responded positively.
In 1994, the second generation of Dodge Ram trucks was introduced, and sales took off. The new design looked nothing like the Ford and Chevy models. Instead, the design got away from the standard boxy square design, and added a contoured “Studebaker” styled hood and “big-rig” looking front end and grill.
This was a huge change to the standard looking pickup. Dodge saw sales go from 78,000 units in 1993 to nearly 480,000 in 1996. This new design was hit with consumers and reviewers alike. Dodge continued to offer a variety of 6- and 8-cylinder engines, as well as the Cummins diesel. They also introduced the 8.0L V10 engine in 1994 to offer more power to those who did want a diesel.
2003-2008 saw the 3rd generation Ram trucks. This was a major update including an all new frame, suspension, powertrains, interiors, and sheet metal. The crew cab models for this generation were actually Quad Cab trucks that had conventional-opening rear doors.
2009 saw the introduction of the current 4th generation Ram. The 2009 model was the last “Dodge Ram” pickup, as in 2010 the Ram Trucks brand separated from Dodge. These trucks also incorporated newer technology and luxuries, such as Bluetooth and rear entertainment systems.
Ram trucks are the last to offer manual transmissions for consumer models. Marketed as “class exclusive manual transmissions” since 2011, Ram seeks to fill a void left after Chevy dropped manual transmissions from the Silverado after 2006, and Ford dropped them for the F-150 after 2010.
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