2000 Dodge Ram 1500

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$14,895

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2000 Dodge Ram 1500

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Overview

10 trims

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2000 Dodge Ram 1500 review: Our expert's take

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.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior design 3.5
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 3.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Great Truck.

Almost 200,000 miles so almost everthing has been rebuilt or replaced but the engine and computer. I bought it new and still drive daily for work. It pulls our 24 ft. Boat with ease.

3.4

Runs and drives great, clearcoat peeling off.

Great vehicle, runs and drives great with a few repairs, trans rebuilt, and steering linkage replaced, Clearcoat is peeling off, and I have had to replace seats cushions. But I will keep and drive it to the end.

4.6

Starts every time!

Okay, gas mileage.....meh. But it's a truck. I bought my 99% rust free truck from a dealership in Chesapeake VA. I live in Philadelphia so I bought it with no test drive. I'll never do that again. Over paid. It was so clean in the pics, I just assumed it was perfect. 1200 in parts later I very happy with my 2000 Ram. Did I over pay... Yes. But I love it. I always wanted one. The movie Twister, and Walker Texas Ranger I'd watch just for the truck. But if your looking for a good reliable truck that won't break the bank, this is it.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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