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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad 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 Quad 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 Quad Cab Details
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 2145 Ratings for the 2002 - 2008 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

All the Truck any Man or Woman will ever need !

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,632

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
9/10

Pros: "All the above."

Cons: "Yes it has cup holders"

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

"This truck was purchased on good Friday 2007. I have never hauled anything with it,nor has it seen bad weather. Since I have become owner of this vehicle it has spent it's entire life in a heated, and cooled environment. As my garage is built better than my 50 year old house.No rain, or snow has come in contact with this truck. I am retired,and because I don't need it I am offering it for sale. If you are looking to buy a Dodge Ram 1500 SLT with Thunder Road Package, and the engine is as clean on the inside as on the outside.Mobile 5w-30 Synthetic every 5000 miles. You will not find a nicer one out there with this low of millage only 29499 miles. That' only 3277 miles a year."

Great hauler, good mileage, reliable

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 223,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great $/m, great towing, durable, reliable"

Cons: "parts are more expensive"

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

"It has plenty of torque with minor upgrades. Get an upgraded air intake, a good one. It will greatly increase your mileage and power. When keeping up with the fluids and all it is very reliable. Heck when hurting a lot it still ran. I got mine after someone destroyed the engine, but it still ran. Now the engine is rebuilt and it is unbelievable how much torque she has. Parts are more expensive but they last longer. so $ per mile in fuel and parts is probably about the same. But a properly taken care of and maintained truck with a cummins engine should last till 1 million miles. The 5.9L cummins is nicknamed "the million mile motor" because it can make it there, usually without needing a rebuild along the way. Ideal RPM's is at 1600, found that out. I am able to get 30 mpg at that RPM with stock diameter tires and an upgraded air intake (I own the K&N upgrade but there are ones that are supposed to be better). Also I would buy stuff that was high quality, yes more money upfront in most cases but it meant it lasted a lot longer than good quality. so to sum up: -get good parts -keep up on fluids -keep up on maintenance -$ per mile in fuel is cheaper, especially for the towing -$ per mile in parts is cheaper -reliable -treat it right and could hit 1 million miles"

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Love My Ram

By on Sunday, December 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 245,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive,reliable,comfortable,powerful"

Cons: "Big, alot of truck and power to get used to."

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

"This is an amazing truck. Bought my with over 200,000 miles on it and I love it. Pretty good gas mileage considering the 5.7 liter, 350 cubic inch Hemi V8. Comfortable cab. Easy maintenance. Overall a good truck"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

good veh

By on Thursday, November 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 280,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

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

"bought new replace fuel gauge sending unit in fuel tank replaced water pump replaced clutch recently"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

outstanding

By on Monday, November 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "rides like a big sedan, reliable"

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

"Purchased from local dodge dealer in 2008 and second owner. Had 40k miles. Now has 200K. Over the past 7 years the only thing I've had to do is replace the alternator and a/c cooling fan. Still has origional battery and belts and hoses! The 318 CI (4.7 lt)engine is one of the most reliable of any manufacturer. When they say ram tough, they mean it!"

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

New engine installed April 2014 by Dodge Dealer!

By on Thursday, October 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 202,687

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "I like it even more now!"

Cons: "Can;t think of any."

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

"In April of 2014 while on a business trip in CA, I blew a head gasket.After an inspection by local Dodge dealer, heat damage was so severe, entire engine needed to be replaced. New engine obtained from Chrysler and installed by Dodge dealer at a cost of $7.5K. Truck runs now better than it did when purchased in 2004, better MPG's too. Also steering column replaced due to excessive play. Larry"

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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