The Dodge Ram is one of today’s most recognizable full size pickup trucks, being the direct descendant of the D-series and in existence for nearly 26 years, with a layout that is a front engine rear wheel drive or four wheel drive – and also in various cab designs ranging from extended cabs to crew cabs with four doors, or just the regular two seater. The first series of Ram Trucks were the D/W series, coming out in 1981 – and could be considered D Series due to the minor changes between the two and barely any internal modifications from the 1980 D Series and 1981 Ram (with the exception of cosmetics). The truck’s first gen had a range of engine power ranging from V6 125 horses to V8 235 horses, a solid and reliable truck with a three speed automatic. They began a new numbering system that relies on 1500, 2500, and 3500 (much like Chevrolet’s
Finally a second generation arrived with all the bells and whistles you would expect it to have, being in production from 1994 until 2001 (and 2002 for the 2500 and 3500). Most notably changed was the transmission, which now was a 4, 5 or 6 speed depending on if it was a 4 speed auto, or a 5 speed/6 speed manual. When this line hit the market you would have thought they were selling gold for half price, thousands upon thousands of units were sold and it became one of Dodge’s best selling automobiles. the Dodge Ram was given several options, designs, engines, lengths, widths, etcetera to choose from, with the Ram Tough V10 being its most powerful – at 310 horses. The design was then redone again and in 2002 the new and current generation of vehicles were released with 4 and 5 speed autos, along with a 6 manual transmission, and the 8.3 Viper V10 Engine as an option – slamming all engines before it at a whopping 500 horses. A fifth generation is planned in 2009 with a total redesign, having more capacity and better fuel economy – the Dodge Ram’s future as a solid truck is nearly assured.