2002 DODGE RAM 1500
This truck was the base platform for a factory built conversion van. I use it daily for short commutes, and for long trips or vacations. It also gets used for camping and fishing trips or sleeping quarters when visiting my children. The information contained in the CARFAX report helped me decide to purchase the vehicle.
by SATISFIED CUSTOMER
Used Dodge Ram 1500 Information
The first time that Dodge Ram used the now-conventional 1500, 2500, etc. numbers to designate suspension capacity for their trucks was during the second-generation of the Dodge Ram line when the former D150 and W150 of the previous years became the Dodge Ram 1500 in 1994. This radical new generation of Ram trucks changed the industry, showcasing a bold new design that mimicked big rigs and commercial trucks with their big grille work and muscular fenders. The redesign and multitude of engine offerings proved a success with the Dodge Ram line of pickups outpacing the competition in sales growth until its peak in 1999.
The third-generation came in 2002 as a complete re-build from the previous. An independent front suspension was given to the Dodge Ram 1500 and cab designations were changed to update towards newer trends. Although some commercial sales losses were incurred due to the cab redesigns, the Ram still saw it's greatest sales year ever in 2002 and 2003. Engine choices expanded as did "special" package offerings.
Highlight offerings from those years include the 2006 Mega Cab with its huge second row of seating and huge interior space. Similarly, a special-edition SRT model was offered with a powerful 8.4-liter V10 engine taken from the Viper.
In 2009, a new-generation of the Dodge Ram 1500 was introduced, taking over for the previous generation. As the last truck offering a manual transmission option and with the introduction of the Ram Box storage system, the Ram 1500 was poised for popularity again. The financial crisis and Chrysler's selling to Fiat along with the re-branding that occurred as the Ram Truck brand was separated from the other corporate brands in the Chrysler field caused delay.
Over the years, the Dodge Ram and now Ram Trucks brands have won several awards for design and influence. The trucks have won Motor Trends Truck of the Year on multiple occasions, been the choice of the Texas Truck Rodeo, and more. Old trucks like the Dodge Power Wagon are now considered collectible while newer Dodge Ram trucks are coveted used car finds.