|Large pickup truck; Built in USA, Mexico|
|Good condition price range: $3,700 – $17,000*|
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 extended cab
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 interior
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 regular cab
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Off-Road 4×4 Quad Cab
The previous Ram was a sound design, made popular by attention-grabbing “big-rig” styling. The current model is better in every way–performance, comfort, solidity–and merits attention from every full-size pickup shopper.
Dodge’s full-size pickup was redesigned for 2002, with fresh styling, two new engines, bigger cabs, and available curtain-type side airbags. Only the half-ton Ram 1500 models were affected. Heavier-duty 2500/3500 trucks were to switch over to the new design for 2003.
Ram’s two-door extended Club Cab was scuttled, leaving a regular cab and Quad Cab. The Quad Cab became a crew style, with four front-hinged doors. Prior Quad Cabs had rear-hinged back doors. Both cab styles came in three trim levels, with a 6.3- or 8-foot cargo bed.
Exterior dimensions changed little, but both body styles gained 3 inches in cab length from a corresponding reduction to the bed. All had a 40/20/40 split front bench seat. Quads got a three-passenger rear bench, available in 60/40 split form.
Available power-adjustable pedals and front/rear curtain side airbags were new. Dodge said both were “firsts” for full-size pickups.
A 3.9-liter V6 gave way to a new 3.7-liter V6, while a 4.7-liter V8 replaced the previous Ram’s 5.2-liter V8. An optional 5.9-liter V8 continued with automatic transmission. The other engines came with either manual or automatic.
All Rams were offered with rear-wheel drive or 4WD, which must be disengaged on dry pavement but included low-range gearing. Dashboard buttons to engage 4WD were newly optional, in place of a floor-mounted lever. Ram 4x4s got an independent front suspension instead of the previous solid axle. Four-wheel disc brakes with rear ABS were standard; four-wheel ABS was an option.
Other changes included standard 17-inch wheels (instead of 16s), and newly optional 20-inch alloy wheels.
|2003 Ram 1500
A budget-priced Work Special option package with grey exterior trim emerged for 2003, along with an optional four-wheel-drive Off-Road Group for 4WD SLT models. The Off-Road option included all-terrain tires and skid plates, among other rugged extras. The top-of-the-line trim option, formerly called SLT Plus, switched its name to Laramie.
|2004 Ram 1500
All-wheel drive and a navigation system became available for 2004 models. Offered on SLT editions, the AWD system included low-range gearing,
At midyear, Dodge introduced a high-performance Ram SRT-10 with a Viper V10 engine, six-speed manual gearbox, sport suspension, 22-inch wheels and special trim.
|2005 Ram 1500
Wider availability of a 6-speed manual transmission and a sunroof made available for Quad Cab models are new for ’05. For 2005, the V6 and 4.7-liter V8 offer a 6-speed manual transmission, replacing the 5-speed. Also for ’05, a Quad Cab SRT-10 joins the carried-over regular cab. It has a V10 engine mated with a 4-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, sport suspension, 22-inch wheels, and special trim.