• (4.5) 58 reviews
  • MSRP: $7,050$20,450
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 14-17
  • Engine: 345-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 7,850 lbs.
2008 Dodge Ram 1500

Our Take on the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500

Available in half-, three-quarter- and one-ton capacities, Dodge's full-size pickup trucks continue to flaunt the look of ruggedness. For 2008, there's a more powerful engine for the Ram 1500, and a new SXT version of the 2500 and 3500 offers more features. A Power Wagon version of the ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort in city
  • Fuel economy with V-8
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Wet-weather traction with RWD

Notable Features

  • New flex-fuel 4.7-liter V-8 with more horsepower and torque
  • New SXT model
  • Optional stability system
  • Mega Cab model

2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

One of the most exciting concept vehicles at the 1999 Los Angeles Auto Show was the Dodge Power Wagon.An angular homage to the 1946 Power Wagon derived from a World War II off-road pickup truck, the concept looked aggressively sporty and ready to rumble over harsh terrain.But when the Power Wagon hit the showrooms in 2005, it was toned down to an optional off-road package on the standard Ram 25... Read full review for the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500

Consumer Reviews


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by Ram Lover from Irvine, CA on May 20, 2009

I purchased a RAM HEMI 1500 about 8 months ago and I still love it. The power of this truck is amazing. I put on a Flowmaster 40 series muffler and the sound is amazing. Gas mileage isnt too bad for a... Read Full Review

22 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.


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