Trim levels consisted of th
e basic ST, the volume-selling SLT, and the luxurious Laramie. Higher trim levels offered standard and optional niceties such as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, and a navigation system.
Originally Known as the Ram 250
1994 brought the Dodge Ram 2500 to the market, a pickup truck with a rugged look and features such as a prominent grille and muscular looking fenders. This masculine look had great appeal for truck buyers and quickly proved to be most successful for Dodge. The Ram 2500 was produced up to 2002 as a favourite truck due to its competent handling, powerful V10 and diesel engines, and a user-friendly cab. The engine of the pickup was a 5.2-litre V8, or else there was an option of a 5.9-litre turbo-diesel.
In 1998, a Quad Cab was released that came with twin rear-hinged doors and a larger but rather cramped backseat. There was also a redesign made to the steering and suspension, and the following year the interior included a standard passenger side airbag that came with a cut-off switch. The Millennium brought improvements to the steering and suspension, and the discontinuation of the Club Cab.
More Muscle and Engine Lineup
The 2003 model year Ram 2500 showed, even more, body muscle and engine lineup than its predecessor and came with more versatility in the cab styling, and besides the Regular Cab, a four-door Crew Cab replaced the Quad Cab. The vehicle was now powered standard by a 5.7-litre Hemi V8, with transmission choices that included a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic and a five-speed automatic. For the year 2003 only, there was an option available of a 305 horsepower 8.0-litre V10.
The Mega Cab entered the lineup in 2006. The Mega Cab, was only available with the short bed, while the regular cab was only equipped with the long bed. Originally, the diesel engine option was a 5.9-litre Cummins, but this was replaced by the updated 6.7-litre Cummins that came with 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft, later in 2007. The V8's manual transmission was discontinued for 2009.
The third-generation Ram 2500 came with more power, increased towing capacity, better handling and updated styling in comparison to the Dodge Ram 2500 first two generations. It's close enough to current models in terms of all-around abilities that if buyers are looking for a used model, they will be getting an extremely capable pickup truck.
Technically, the Dodge Ram 2500 was discontinued after the 2010 model year. However, it became the founding member of the Chrysler Group's new Ram brand and known as the Ram 2500.