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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab Review

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How big is too big? At Dodge, the question seems not to have crossed anyone's mind. How else can one explain the massive 2008 Dodge Ram Mega Cab pickup? As if the Ram Quad Cab isn't more truck than most folks need, the Mega Cab stretches its interior by replacing the standard eight-foot box with a six-foot bed and filling the remaining gap with an additional 20 inches of cab. The Mega Cab now boasts the largest interior of any full-size pickup and features so much rear-seat legroom it's only a matter of time before someone starts using it as an off-road limo! The true beauty of the Mega Cab's design is that its stem-to-stern dimensions remain identical to the eight-foot bed Ram Quad Cab pickup, meaning it will still fit in your garage -- but just barely.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want capacious rear-cabin room for people and cargo, this is your truck. With a limo-like 44.2 inches of rear-seat legroom and 71 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded, the 2008 Dodge Ram Mega Cab is the King of the Hill.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your towing, hauling and rear-cabin roominess needs are more modest than this Mega Cab provides, or your fuel budget is limited, the Quad Cab is probably all the truck you need. The smaller six-foot bed may also pose a problem for some.

What's New for 2008

A new SXT trim joins the line, while 2500 and 3500 models receive a standard 7x10-inch trailer-tow mirror. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 3500 4x4 models with the 6.7-liter diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission climbs from 23,000 to 24,000 pounds.

Driving the Ram 1500 Mega Cab

Driving Impressions Despite their bulk, these Mega Cabs steer, ride, handle and brake at least as well as competitive long-wheelbase heavy-duty pickups. The HEMI V8 delivers its 375 pound-feet of peak torque...

at 4200 rpm and its 345 maximum horsepower at 5400 rpm, and the five-speed automatic provides smooth power at any reasonable speed. The Cummins Turbo Diesel, by contrast, unleashes its monster 610 pound-feet of max torque at just 1600 rpm and its 325 peak horsepower at 2900 rpm. This is great for launching with heavy loads and for off-road creeping, but on-road, if you start in first gear, you'll need to shift to second almost immediately and to third before reaching 20 miles per hour. The available automatic upshifts smoothly and quickly enough to mask this musclebound diesel's narrow torque band.

Cabin Capacity
The primary disadvantage of a pickup truck versus a truck-based SUV is the latter's enclosed, theft-resistant and weather-protected cargo capacity. This truck's aptly-named Mega Cab goes a long way toward eliminating that disadvantage, yet retains a substantial conventional bed out back for your dirty, heavy stuff. Unlike any other pickup, it will seat an NBA basketball team and its sixth man off the bench in commodious comfort, plus a fair amount of gear behind the back seat.

HEMI V8 Engine
Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota and Nissan all offer strong, reliable V8 power in full-size pickups, but none beats this Dodge powerhouse for its balance of smoothness, muscle and efficiency. Partnered with the robust five-speed automatic, it's simply the most powerfully pleasing big-pickup powerplant available.

2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab Details
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab photo Interior

The spacious six-passenger cabin has a wide front-center console, with generous storage bins and cup holders and an optional "business console" under the middle front cushion for a laptop and other mobile office needs. The gauges and controls have a precise look and feel, and the fittings and materials are good even in mid-level SLT models. Besides prodigious room and reclining seats, rear-seat riders get their own HVAC outlets, reading lamps, stowable center armrest with cupholders and (available) DVD with integrated game ports and wireless headsets. Behind the 60/40 fold-flat rear seats is a unique and useful 7.6 cubic feet of cargo space, plus another 1.8 cubic feet in covered bins.

Exterior

Dodge has distinguished its pickups from competitors with aggressive "big-rig" styling featuring lowered front fenders and big, bold cross-bar grilles. The 2008 Dodge Ram Mega Cab SLT builds on that theme with chrome grille bars inside a thick chrome collar, contemporary new headlamps and a massive front bumper. Uplevel Laramie models also wear chrome on their front bumpers and side sills. The front-hinged rear doors swing out nearly perpendicular (85 degrees) to the body, opening a cavernous 34.5 by 35.5-inch portal to the rear compartment for easy entry and exit, and for loading and unloading large, bulky items.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Base SXTs come well-equipped with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine (6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel on 3500), air conditioning, AM/FM/CD four-speaker stereo, speed control, power windows and locks, keyless entry, overhead console with "mini" trip computer and compass, black grille billets, 17-inch chrome-clad wheels and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS).

Optional Equipment

SLT trims add chrome grille billets and a sliding rear window, while the uplevel Laramie models add leather upholstery, six-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, power sliding rear window, chromed aluminum wheels, security alarm, Sentry Key engine immobilizer and upscale audio with a six-disc CD changer, Infinity speakers, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and steering wheel-mounted controls. Additional options include full-screen navigation (integrated into the radio), rear-seat DVD, power sunroof and power-adjustable pedals.

Under the Hood

Two very different engine choices are available to Mega Cab customers, who will decide based on individual needs -- both work and play -- and desires. The standard HEMI gas V8 delivers outstanding power and torque, but despite the efficiency-enhancing Multiple-Displacement System, which disables four cylinders under light loads, don't expect much in the way of fuel economy in a truck this massive. The optional Cummins Turbo Diesel offers torque enough to pull a house off its foundation and better on-road economy, at the cost of diesel noise and roughness. Those with diesel needs or tastes will love it, others won't.

5.7-liter V8 HEMI
345 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
375 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (2WD), 13/17 (4WD)


6.7-liter in-line 6 Cummins Turbo Diesel
350 horsepower @ 3013 rpm
650 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500 rpm (automatic), 610 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1400 rpm (manual)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 2088 Ratings for the 2002 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Bet truck I've owned to date.

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 194,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Plenty of power to spare. Can pull anything"

Cons: "Worthless warranty."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is honestly the best truck I"ve ever owned. Back in 2008 big vehicles were getting hard to sell due to gas prices. Dodge offered a Limited Lifetime Power train Warranty as a selling feature. And it worked. I moved up to a 4 x 4 from my usual 2 wheel drive. Only one problem. While they were big on driving home the lifetime power train warranty, they left out a couple of minor details in the course of doing all the paperwork. First no paperwork showing the limited lifetime warranty was included with all the purchase paper work. It's in the computer they said. We'll keep track of it for you. Forward 7 years, 194K miles later. The transmission solenoid pack starts acting up so I take it to the dealer to get it fixed. No problem right. I've got a lifetime power train warranty. WRONG. Even though, in 7 years every oil change or other maintenance, warranty and out of pocket repair or preventative maintenance has been performed at various "DODGE" dealers around the states, no one and I mean NO ONE bothered to mention that at, on or within 6 months of the 5 year ownership anniversary, that you are required to have a complete vehicle inspection from a certified dodge dealer. If that inspection is not completed and/or documented, the life time part of the warranty drops off your computer record like you never had it. No bear in mind they had no problem mentioning all the extra's that I could pay for out of pocket like useless rear end or differential fluid changes because my oil was dark, power steering fluid or brake fluid for the same reason, tires be worn but still acceptable, wipers, air filter dirty etc. Not once was the 5 year inspection ever mentioned to me. In fact when I started checking into it, I found that most service managers and/or customer service reps don't even know or acknowledge that the lifetime warranty for all 06, 07, 08 and 09's begins once the normal 3 year, 36K mile warranty expires. When I bought my truck, I also bought a reduced price Extended warranty that was for bumper to bumper for 99 years and a million miles for about $2800. Normal a $5000 package, but dodge was covering the power train so it was excluded from the extended warranty. All set. I'll drive this thing until the wheels fall off or it blows up right. Apparently not so. Now I have a truck with 194 K miles on it with no power train warranty, but everything else is covered on the truck and even transferable if/when I sell it. Cost of replacing the transmission solenoid pack only $775 out of pocket dollars. Lesson learned about dealers and warranties, priceless. If they aren't on paper with the specifics spelled out in black and white, they aren't worth a darn."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good Truck

By on Monday, May 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Price, Cummins engine."

Cons: "Government mandated emissions system."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"107,500 miles in 8 years so not high mileage for the year. Based upon the pricing for a similar Ford or GM product this Dodge was an excellent buy. I initially had several problems with the regeneration system, so I removed it and since that time this truck has been problem free. The Cummins diesel is an outstanding motor and should hold up for at least another 200,000 miles."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I bought it new in 04 and is best truck I've owned

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Powerful and fun to drive. Still look like new."

Cons: "4x4 gear shifter on floor."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Taken in Quebec City

"I love driving this truck. Just returned from Florida w/o any problems. Has been serviced by the Dealer since purchase."

Taken in Quebec City

Best truck I ever owned

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very dependable and powerful, comfort drive."

Cons: "Oil change takes 3 gal of Mobil Delvac every 10k"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have the Cummins diesel 4X4 6 speed manual transmission with 8 foot bed. I have pulled fully loaded freezer semi's out of snow banks and across ice. I had to change the brakes finally at 147137 miles. I get 20 mpg around town and driving to work, 22 mpg on the highway. Fully loaded pulling a camper and all 4 sons had to bring there tents got 18.5 mpg on highway. I have to respect it because it really is a very powerful truck and you can easily damage smaller vehicles."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Workhorse

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "handles, tows, hauls, low maintenance"

Cons: "wish it had a trailer brake, other than that, none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this truck has been great for me. I have repeatedly loaded it heavy and it has performed great. It has towed everything I've hooked up without a problem, although I do wish the towing package on mine had a trailer brake hookup. Over the years I've owned the truck I haven't had to do much other than change oil, brakes, tires. The 20s are pretty expensive, but they work well. This truck has been awesome for me in every way."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Solid truck

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,541

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good price and value for money."

Cons: "Not geared right for towing. Maintneance issues."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Bought new for towing horse trailer. It is adequate for towing, but probably not geared quite right. Still, it works. Had some problems with driving at high altitude (over 10,000 feet) - engine quit. Will reset itself if you turn it off for awhile. Learned this the hard way. Had to replace transmission. Comfortable for traveling long distances. Quad cab is great."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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