2000 Dodge Ram 1500

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of the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. Base trim shown.

2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Dodge rejuvenated its full-size pickup in 1994 with dramatic new styling that resembles the imposing appearance of the long-haul big rigs. Six years later, the Ram still looks fresh, but now it is the oldest design among full-size pickups. Ford and General Motors have redesigned their trucks in recent years, and Toyota joined the full-size market this year with the Tundra.

The current Ram will continue through the 2001 model year, and Dodge plans to introduce a new version for 2002.

Running changes for 2000 include a new front suspension, steering and brakes for all models that Dodge says will improve performance. A new Off-Road Group option package gives four-wheel-drive models a heavy-duty suspension, tow hooks, skid plates to protect vital chassis components, fog lamps and 17-inch diameter all-terrain tires.

For buyers more interested in comfort and convenience, Quad Cab models get an optional SLT-Plus Group with leather upholstery, heated front seats, an Infinity sound system with a CD player, remote keyless entry and other amenities.

Exterior
Dodge's lineup includes regular cab, Club Cab (extended cab) and four-door Quad Cab models. The regular cab and Quad Cab are available with 6.5- or 8-foot cargo beds, and the Club Cab comes only with the 6.5-foot bed.

Dodge was the first with a four-door full-size pickup, introducing the Quad Cab in 1998. The rear doors are hinged at the rear and cannot be opened until the front doors are opened first. Ford now offer...
Vehicle Overview
Dodge rejuvenated its full-size pickup in 1994 with dramatic new styling that resembles the imposing appearance of the long-haul big rigs. Six years later, the Ram still looks fresh, but now it is the oldest design among full-size pickups. Ford and General Motors have redesigned their trucks in recent years, and Toyota joined the full-size market this year with the Tundra.

The current Ram will continue through the 2001 model year, and Dodge plans to introduce a new version for 2002.

Running changes for 2000 include a new front suspension, steering and brakes for all models that Dodge says will improve performance. A new Off-Road Group option package gives four-wheel-drive models a heavy-duty suspension, tow hooks, skid plates to protect vital chassis components, fog lamps and 17-inch diameter all-terrain tires.

For buyers more interested in comfort and convenience, Quad Cab models get an optional SLT-Plus Group with leather upholstery, heated front seats, an Infinity sound system with a CD player, remote keyless entry and other amenities.

Exterior
Dodge's lineup includes regular cab, Club Cab (extended cab) and four-door Quad Cab models. The regular cab and Quad Cab are available with 6.5- or 8-foot cargo beds, and the Club Cab comes only with the 6.5-foot bed.

Dodge was the first with a four-door full-size pickup, introducing the Quad Cab in 1998. The rear doors are hinged at the rear and cannot be opened until the front doors are opened first. Ford now offers an F-150 with four conventional, front-hinged doors, and GM will introduce similar models for 2001.

Like its rivals at Ford and GM, the Ram comes in three payload series: half-ton 1500, three-quarter-ton 2500 and one-ton 3500.

Interior
The Quad Cab makes rear-seat access far easier than the Club Cab, but there isn't enough room for most adults to sit comfortably on the three-place rear bench, which is hard and upright. The new Dakota Quad Cab — with four conventional doors — is more accommodating and comfortable, despite being considerably smaller.

Front seat choices are a three-place bench on the base Work Special model or a 40/20/40 split bench on others. The center portion of the split bench includes a folding storage armrest with enough space to store a laptop computer.

Under the Hood
Five engines are available in the Ram, ranging from six to 10 cylinders. A 3.9-liter V-6 with 175 horsepower is the base engine for two-wheel-drive regular cabs in the 1500 series. Club Cabs, Quad Cabs and four-wheel-drive regular cabs get a standard 230-horsepower, 5.2-liter V-8. A 245-horsepower, 5.9-liter V-8 is standard on 2500 and 3500 models, and a 300-horsepower, 8.0-liter V-10 is optional. The heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 also are available with a turbocharged diesel 5.9-liter inline-six-cylinder.

Dodge's 4WD system can be engaged on the move with a floor-mounted transfer-case lever. Electronic 4WD engagement, like that offered in rival full-size pickups, is not available.

Rear-wheel antilock brakes are standard on all models except the 3500 series, which gets a standard four-wheel antilock system. The four-wheel system is optional on the others.

Performance
Dodge injected a strong dose of excitement into the full-size pickup market with the introduction of the Ram in 1994. Ford and GM are introducing new features, such as four-door crew cabs faster than Dodge, and Toyota's Tundra sets new standards for refinement in this class. The Ram has much to offer, but its rivals are a couple of steps ahead.

 
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.3)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Truck you could rely on

by Moe from Riverside, CA on November 3, 2017

For the price you pay, its a nice reliable truck with good towing capacity, seat comfort and strong engine Read full review

(5.0)

Best truck performance

by Moe from Riverside, CA on October 25, 2017

Everything good. Good towing capacity. Good gas mileage compare to its size, the only problem is poor Dashboard quality which 99% of these trucks dash is broken Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 currently has 5 recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ram 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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