By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
By MuckFopar on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "nice body lines."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought my truck last year and drive it every day. It was great at first until the heat quit working then the engine valvetrain started ticking(valve lash) then the power steering pump went, then the alignment went. Now a belt slipped in the rear tire. Wheel bearings are shot. Hood doesnt stay up. Makes strange grinding noise when going into gear.If you want a ram, buy a cummins. An actual engine and an actual transmission. The drivetrain in these trucks are garbage. Struggles to pull anything (4.7). Oh and the body is trash rusting everywhere.."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Mike on Monday, March 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 214,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Cons: "The steering. ball joints and tie rod ends replace"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This has been one of the best trucks I have had. The power out of the cummins is unreal, I tow a 10,000 lbs. trailer with all the toys in the trailer. This truck is stock no computer upgrades."
By thedreamaster on Saturday, March 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,211overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Even Dodge Ram owners when told the year of my truck have to look at my registration, its paint is THAT shiny. I have used McGuire's classic and have used a random buffer three times in 8 years using their Scratch X compound. The Putco chrome 4" round wheel to wheel step bars reflect the paint further, and the Putco 2.75" bed rails jump from the paint to the LineX bed protection.The only OTHER chrome is in the tail lights and head lights. I have hauled tons of dirt and crushed stone and moved myself three times with this truck. I installed a Gibson dual rear exit exhaust as my first upgrade in 2006 and its sound is the envy wherever I go. Every accessory I installed was of the highest quality and $ and all are still 100% 7 to 8 years later. I am on my 2nd set of Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armour RWL tires, mounted to the standard 17" chrome clad steel wheels that still look new."
By Residentmiller on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Dollar for Dollar this is the one vehicle I have purchased that has retained not only its value but its reliability as well we have had the pickup for 4 years and wouldn't change a thing. Form its towing capabilities to it ability to go deep into the country for that monster buck its unstoppable. i would by another one for sure."
By LJPinNV on Friday, January 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cummins Reliability, sure footed."
Cons: "Death Wobble."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this truck used with approximately 48000 miles on the odometer. I have not performed any major upgrades. Just minor ones like K&N Air Filter and running Full Synthetic Oil, as well as changing all other fluids to a certain brand of synthetics. The truck has had a couple of glitches that are noteworthy because it seems that Dodge knows about them, but hasn't done anything to repair or redesign. The most troublesome one is the "Death Wobble". This occurs when driving on the highway and an external force like running over a pothole or expansion joint causes the front wheels to shimmy back and forth. At highway speeds this can shake the entire truck with sufficient force and severity to rearrange loose items within the cab. This is usually caused by either the trackbar bushing(s) being worn out, or more likely one or more of the ball joints being worn out. A brand new steering stabilizer will have NO EFFECT on minimizing this shaking. If you replace the ball joints, use QUALITY US/CANADIAN MADE JOINTS. DO NOT BUY any Asian made ones. They're steel is too soft and the joints won't last. The other problem had to do with the fuel pump in the tank. This is directed at the Diesel equipped trucks like mine. These are apparently known for going out but newer replacement units are much more reliable. This tells me that Mopar knows of an issue but did not deem it recall worthy. (Not to mention that it would have cost them a fortune if they did recall it). One final issue is the 6-speed transmissions. The New Venture 5600 that is in these trucks until the mid-2005 model year, is a good transmission, unless or until the oil level drops below a certain level. This unit must be kept FULL or even Over-full to keep the bearings submerged. Trying to find a shop to overhaul these can be a nightmare. The replacement 6-speed, the G56, apparently has it's own problems and I'm not fully versed on it to comment further. As for the NV5600, keep it full or preferably over-full, and you will likely have no problems with it. Make sure to change your oil as well. Aftermarket Manual Transmission filter units are available for this tranny. The truck itself has otherwise been an absolute joy to drive. It goes where, when, and how I want. I can go over 400 miles without refueling and do it rather comfortably. I've towed an overloaded horse trailer with this rig and did it going up and down a steep grade in the middle of Nevada, without any problem whatsoever (thanks to the 5.9L Cummins!). It cleans up nice enough that I can take it out for a night on the town. All in all, a dang good rig."
6 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Cody on Saturday, January 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Lots of space with the convenience of a truck bed"
Cons: "4.7L v8"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"2002 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. About 66,000 original miles. Some dings and scratches it is a truck. Wheels and tires are in excellent condition."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful