• (4.5) 11 reviews
  • Available Prices: $23,460–$51,924
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: N/A
  • Engine: 350-hp, 6.7-liter I-6 (diesel)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 11,900 lbs.
2012 RAM 3500

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 RAM 3500

What We Don't Like

  • 6.7-liter six-cylinder diesel needs better transmission to leverage all of the torque
  • 6.7-liter diesel performance lags behind Ford and GM diesels

Notable Features

  • Eight different trim levels offered
  • Single- or dual-rear-wheel configurations
  • Gas or diesel power
  • New six-speed automatic transmission with gas V-8

2012 RAM 3500 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 are available in three cab styles: regular cab, crew cab and mega cab. Buyers can choose single or dual rear wheels and a 6-foot-4-inch or 8-foot cargo box. The Hemi-powered Power Wagon is a rugged off-road version of the Ram HD. Heavy-duty versions of the Ram can seat up to six people in certain configurations, and competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-Series Super Duty.

New for 2012
Ram HD trucks with the 5.7-liter gas V-8 now have a six-speed automatic transmission. Other changes include:

  • New steering wheel with auxiliary controls
  • New black grille and bumpers on ST trim

Exterior
Ram HD pickups share headlamps and fenders with the 1500, but the grille is bigger to keep the engine cool while towing big trailers, and the hood is different to make room for the Cummins diesel. The front bumper has aggressive stamping. The single-piece chrome bumper wraps around the front of the truck, giving it a modern look and improved aerodynamics to help fuel economy. Ram HDs with dual rear wheels have sculpted fenders stamped into the sides of the cargo box. Other exterior features include:

  • Adjustable tow mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 17-inch steel wheels standard; 17-inch aluminum wheels optional
  • Available roof-mounted running lights
  • Power Wagon model features a two-tone color scheme, underbody skid plates, a Warn electric winch rated at 12,000 pounds, distinct stripes and lettering, and 33-inch BFGoodrich off-road tires

Interior
The Ram HD's cabin features all the high-quality materials and ergonomic and electronic options of the Ram 1500. The available integrated trailer-brake controller eliminates the need for an aftermarket kit to control a trailer's electric brakes for improved towing control.

The front seats can be equipped with heat and ventilation functions. Rear-seat heating is also optional, as is a heated steering wheel.

The luxurious Laramie Longhorn has full leather seating with laser-etched bolsters, and the front seatbacks have metal buckles (bearing the Ram logo) with magnetic clasps, like a mailbag. An exclusive instrument cluster has the appearance of hand-wrought jewelry with six chrome gauge rings set against a painted taupe silver background and a tooled-metal Laramie Longhorn edition badge. The carpet is protected by specially designed all-weather rubber mats with polished metal badging and removable carpet inserts. The Laramie Longhorn is equipped with all of the standard equipment found on the top-level Ram Laramie plus navigation radio, remote start, a backup camera, front ventilated seats and rear heated seats. Other interior features include:

  • Front bench or bucket seats in cloth or leather
  • Available memory feature for seats, mirrors, pedals and radio
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional surround-sound system
  • Available Mega Cab provides massive interior space
  • Numerous storage options, including in-floor bins

Under the Hood
The Ram Power Wagon features higher ground clearance, electric-locking front and rear differentials, an electronic disconnecting sway bar, Bilstein shocks and a 4.56 axle ratio for difficult off-road driving. Additional mechanical features include:

  • 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • 350-hp, turbocharged 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder diesel with iron block and cylinder head, cam-in-block, four valves per cylinder and 650 pounds-feet of torque with the manual, 800 with the automatic
  • Six-speed manual (5.94:1 1st gear) standard with 6.7-liter diesel engine
  • Six-speed automatic standard with 5.7-liter gas engine
  • Six-speed automatic optional with 6.7-liter diesel engine

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system (single-rear-wheel models)
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Optional rear park assist
  • Optional backup camera

Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 11 reviews

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Most dependable truck I've ever owned

by Barrelraceraz from on August 3, 2017

I just love my 2011 Laramie Longhorn dually, it's been the most awesome truck I've owned to date. Cannot beat that Cummins for towing!

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26 Trims Available

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Recalls

There are currently 7 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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