Used Dodge Pickup Truck Information
Whether itâs for work or transporting heavy items frequently for the family, there are plenty of occasions that call for a truck. Dodge has been producing high-quality trucks to suit those with varied transportation needs since 1917. Their first generation of trucks that held the Dodge name, however, was the Ram that made its debut between 1981 and 1993. The naming system was simple: âDâ was two-wheel-drive, âWâ meant four-wheel-drive, while 150, 250 or 350 â or 1500, 2500, 3500 for the Pickup Ram - related to the weight it could haul, which was half-ton up to a full ton.
Dodge took a big step forward with its second-generation model released in 1994. The design moved the truck away from its previous sedan look, and swayed towards a more rugged appearance. This, combined with a choice of engine â a 3.9L V6 base model on the 1500 up to the 3500âs rapid 8.0L V10 â meant that sales of the Ram trebled to 240,000 from 1993 to 1994 before doubling again by 1996. Each truck came with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmission and two- or four-wheel drive.
Even with the success of the latest model, Dodge continued to make big changes to their full-size truck. A more plush, luxury trim was introduced to the standard ST and SLT produced from 2002-2008. It was also an exercise in evolution from Dodge: the engines were upgraded to more powerful versions in 2004, and the company responded to increasing sales threats from Ford and GM in 2006 by bringing in extra cab options. This means that on the used car market, it might be a better option to look toward the latter years of the third-genâs lifespan.
The fourth generation of the Ram came out in 2009, but was rebranded to Ram Trucks as a spin-off separate from Dodge. Its engine starts at a 3.7L V6 and goes up to a 6.7L turbo-diesel, with the gearboxes ranging from four-speed to eight-speed, and there has been a noticeable upgrade to the handling.
According to some reviews, it no longer feels like youâre driving a pickup. There are plenty of newer and third-gen Rams available on the used market, and having won Motor Trend magazineâs Truck of the Year award (http://www.motortrend.com/oftheyear/04/2003/) five times, across all four generations, itâs a reliable option second-hand.