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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2008:

  • 4.7-liter V-8 engine produces up to 310 hp

  • Trailer Sway Control added to available electronic stability control

  • Tire-pressure monitor newly available

  • Steering linkage in 4-wheel-drive (4WD) models modified
Overview
The Dodge Ram pickup has been on the scene since 1981. In 1994 Dodge restyled the Ram with its current big-rig design. It underwent another major redesign in 2002 and has received continual upgrades since. The light-duty, half-ton Ram 1500 is currently available in 2-door regular cab, 4-door Quad Cab, and 4-door Mega Cab body styles. The Mega Cab adds 22 inches of cabin length and features rear seats that can recline up to 37 degrees. Two bed lengths are available: 75 inches and 96 inches. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 4WD are offered.

Model Lineup
Dodge Ram 1500 regular cabs come in three trim levels for the 2008 model year: ST, SXT and SLT. Quad Cab models offer an additional up-level trim called Laramie. Mega Cab models are offered with SLT or Laramie trim. ST models come standard with air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; vinyl upholstery and floor covering; 40/20/40 split front bench seat; 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack; theft-deterrent system; trailer wiring harness; and P245/70R17 tires on steel wheels. Quad Cab models add a folding rear bench seat. SXT models have cloth upholstery; remote keyless entry; cruise control; heated power mirrors; power windows and locks; carpeting; floor mats; and chromed steel wheels. SLT models get Sirius satellite radio; a trip computer; a manual sliding rear window for the regular cab; a power sliding rear window for the Quad Cab; and alloy wheels. The SLT Quad Cab short bed model also has P275/60R20 tires, while the SLT Mega Cab adds an adjustable and reclining split folding rear seat and LT265/70R17 tires on chromed steel wheels. Top-line Laramie models have dual-zone manual climate control; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; leather upholstery; heated front seats; 6-way power adjustable driver's seat; power adjustable pedals; Dodge's UConnect hands-free cell phone link; 7-speaker Infinity sound system; remote engine starting; auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; and fog lights. Quad Cab Laramies also have electronic stability control; a 60/40 split folding rear seat; and P275/60R20 tires on chromed aluminum wheels. Options include a sunroof; DVD-based navigation system; front bucket seats; 6-disc CD changer; power running boards; rear DVD entertainment; a chrome package; and a towing package. Also offered is a TRX Off-Road package for ST models with a limited-slip differential; Sirius satellite radio; fog lights; skid plates; front tow hooks; and P265/70R17 on-/off-road tires.

Powertrain
The 2008 Dodge Ram 1500s come with a choice of three engines. The base powerplant is a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that puts out 215 hp at 5200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. It is available for ST models with the regular cab or the Quad Cab and short bed. The next choice, the 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 engine, is offered standard in other STs, as well as SLT regular cab and Quad Cab models. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine has been upgraded for 2008 from 235 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque to 310 hp at 5650 rpm and 330 lb.-ft. of torque at 3950 rpm. It is a FlexFuel engine that can operate on regular unleaded fuel, an E85 ethanol blend, or a combination of the two. Finally, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine delivers 345 hp at 5400 rpm and 375 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. The Hemi has Dodge's Multi-Displacement System, which shuts down four cylinders under light engine loads to conserve fuel. The 3.7-liter engine comes with a 6-speed manual transmission or an available 4-speed automatic transmission. The 4.7-liter engine gets the 6-speed manual or optional 5-speed automatic transmission. The 5.7-liter engine comes only with the 5-speed automatic transmission.

EPA fuel economy numbers range from 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway for the RWD model with the 3.7-liter engine and manual transmission to 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway for a RWD model with the 4.7-liter engine to 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway for a 4WD model with the 5.7-liter engine.

Dodge Ram 1500 4WD models offer a front-axle-disconnect system that reduces friction and improves fuel economy when operating in RWD, Dodge says. The 4WD system is a part-time system that should not be left engaged on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing.

Safety
Included as standard on the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 are dual front air bags, rear anti-lock brakes (ABS), and a tire-pressure monitor. Four-wheel ABS are standard on SLT and Laramie models, and the Laramie Quad Cab gets electronic stability control that adds Dodge's Trailer Sway Control for 2008. The 4-wheel ABS and electronic stability control are optional otherwise, and head-protecting curtain side air bags are optional for all models.

Technology
Dodge's Trailer Sway Control monitors the vehicle's intended path and uses a yaw sensor to detect sway, the company explains. It reduces engine torque and works with the anti-lock brake system to apply brakes to individual wheels to keep the vehicle on its intended path when towing.

Available Trims for the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
ST/SXT 6 speed manual $22,150 215-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl 16/19
SLT 6 speed manual $25,435 310-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl 13/17
SXT/SLT multi-speed automatic $33,730 345-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 13/19
Laramie multi-speed automatic $36,230 345-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 13/19

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