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2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab

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2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab Review

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Heavy-duty pickups are a special breed of hauler. These full-size leviathans are built to tote and transfer big-time payloads and pull trailers weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds. Chrysler's entrants into this segment, which includes competitors from Chevrolet, GMC and Ford, are the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups. Available in Regular, Quad or Mega Cab configurations, with rear- or four-wheel drive, short or standard bed lengths, shorter or longer wheelbases, single or dual rear wheels, multiple trim levels and HEMI V8 gasoline or Cummins Turbo Diesel power, these ultra-Rams offer everything the basic Ram 1500 pickup does while adding even greater all-around capability.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want capacious rear-cabin room for people and cargo, the 2009 Dodge Ram Mega Cab 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 Mega Cab is the King of the Hill when it comes to interior space.

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Those who place a high importance on interior design and features may find more to admire in the Ram's heavy-duty competitors from Ford and GM. The Mega Cab's scale also requires mega-sized garages or parking spots.

What's New for 2009

The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is upgraded to 355 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. The 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel is now the standard engine on all 3500 models and can now be equipped with remote start.

Driving the Ram 2500 Mega Cab
Driving Impressions

A strong, stiff frame and decently sorted suspension endow the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks with a good basic foundation. The cabin is comfortable and reasonably well isolated and,...

... while the ride on certain road surfaces can get slightly choppy (particularly in an unladen 4x4 model), adding passengers or payload settles things down nicely and is a modest price to pay for the Ram's excellent all-around capabilities. Despite its tow-maxing bottom-end torque, the Cummins Turbo Diesel can't quite match the HEMI's off-the-line snap. But even the 2500 Laramie Quad Cab 4x4 we drove was still capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds. Slightly raucous on cold starts, the potent diesel quickly quiets down and is always virtually smoke and odor-free. The Allison-supplied six-speed automatic transmission is an equally laudable and smooth operator. Like the five-speed automatic that backs the HEMI engine, it offers a convenient Tow/Haul-mode switch on the shift lever.

Available Mega Cab
Quite literally the biggest cabin in the pickup segment, the Mega Cab's additional 20 inches of length yields outstanding accommodations for front-seat and, particularly, rear-seat passengers. Its 60/40-split flat-folding rear bench seat features reclining seatbacks and an additional 7.7 cubic feet of stowage space behind it. Other Mega Cab features include rear air-conditioning outlets and an available DVD system.

Cummins Turbo Diesel
While the HEMI may be slightly quicker, when it comes to sheer pulling power the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel is the clear choice. It boasts prodigious towing capabilities, outstanding reliability and durability, HEMI-beating fuel economy and "BlueTEC" design enhancements that make it the only turbo-diesel clean enough to meet the EPA's 2010 requirements for NOx emissions levels.

2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab Details
Interior

Depending upon configuration and trim, interiors vary from decently civil in a vinyl-clad ST-level Regular Cab Ram 2500 with its 40/20/40-split bench seat, to quite nice in a cloth-covered six-passenger SXT or SLT Quad Cab and to demonstrably upscale in a leather-swathed and ultra-spacious Laramie-spec Mega Cab. The instruments are legible and most switches and controls well positioned – although the audio system selector buttons and the undersized display for the optional navigation system could use a rethink. While the Quad Cab's 60/40-split flat-folding rear seat will carry three adults in reasonable comfort, stepping up to Mega Cab spaciousness makes the aft quarters downright inviting and adds power-adjustable pedals plus numerous comfort and convenience touches.

Exterior

The "big rig" look is a long-time Ram styling cue, and the 2500 and 3500 lineup carries on with the now-classic Dodge face that matches a prominent "gunsight" crossbar grille surrounded by bold brightwork (dark grey on the base ST) with squared-off fenders and wraparound headlamps. Additional shiny bits and chrome wheels are parts of higher trim levels, but no Ram truck includes a locking tailgate. There are two cargo-box lengths, of eight feet with the Regular Cab, six feet, three inches with the Mega Cab and either size for the Quad Cab. The rear doors on Quad and Mega Cab models swing open nearly 90 degrees to facilitate loading and unloading.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even a base 2500 SL Regular Cab has air conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system, dual 12-volt power outlets, tilt steering column, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and dual front airbags. The SXT trim adds chrome bumpers, cloth upholstery, power windows, locks and mirrors, keyless remote and cruise control, while the SLT has an overhead console and chrome steel wheels. The top-line Laramie trim level includes leather and faux wood in Mega Cabs as well as a power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel cruise-control buttons, security alarm and more brightwork in Quad Cabs. All SLT and Laramie 4x4 models feature electric activation of their dual-range transfer cases.

Optional Equipment

In addition to features that define specific trim levels, the Ram 2500 and 3500 offer an assortment of appeal-enhancing packages headed by the descriptively named Popular Equipment Group (ST/SLT), Navigation Convenience Group (SLT/Power Wagon/Laramie), Light Group (SXT/SLT) and Sport Appearance Group (SLT). Beyond the commercially-oriented Power Wagon, any SXT model can be equipped with the comprehensive TRX4 Off-Road package that includes skid plates, limited-slip differential, on and off-road tires, tow hooks and fog lamps. Stand-alone options include a bedliner, premium audio (with or without SIRIUS Satellite Radio), power sunroof, side air bags and electronic stability control (standard on Laramie) plus dedicated trailer towing upgrades.

Under the Hood

The Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks offer two different engines for two different kinds of customers. Each delivers outstanding performance and is available with a choice of transmissions. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 makes 355 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. But even with Chrysler's efficiency-enhancing Multi-Displacement System, that can deactivate four cylinders under light-load cruising conditions, real-world mpg will still peak in the mid-teens with either the six-speed manual transmission or the available five-speed automatic. For those seeking up to 16,500 lb of towing capacity, there's the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel. Available on nearly all 2500s and 3500s, this refined, rugged and super-clean diesel develops 350 horsepower with a heady 650 pound-feet of torque at 1500 rpm when backed with its available six-speed automatic or 610 pound-feet at 1400 rpm with the standard six-speed manual transmission.

5.7-liter V8 HEMI
355 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
395 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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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2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 2150 Ratings for the 2006 - 2009 models.

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

GREAT TRUCK NO ISSUES

By on Saturday, April 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "LOTZA POWER"

Cons: "NOISE LEVEL LOUDER THAN OTHER DIESEL ENGINES"

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

"VERY POWERFUL MILEAGE ON HIGHWAY BETTER THAN 20 mpg NO PROBLEMS, HAD TWO RECALLS ONLY CUMMIN ENGINE NOISE LEVEL IS LOUDER THAN COMPETITION."

incredibly reliable truck

By on Thursday, March 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 164,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable, capable"

Cons: "4.7 v-8 clatters when first started ( non issue )"

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

"I bought this vehicle in 2008 with 55000 miles on it, used it daily as a window and door installation truck. Normal maintenance ( tires brakes etc ) regularly scheduled oil changes and a rear end rebuild @ 130k. The truck performed wonderfully. Never let me down"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Dependable and very useful. Will get the job done!

By on Wednesday, March 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dependable,roomy& handy yet attractive&comfortable"

Cons: "Front bumper cracked, power steering leak"

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

"I've owned this vehicle for 4 yrs and have put very low mileage on it since I got it. It was shipped here from Los Angeles, CA. So it's only been in the cold weather state for a portion of it's life. The previous owner was my now ex-husband who had it for about 2yrs. I had the breaks done 2 years ago. The power steering leaks occasionally...but only occasionally. (??) Other than that I haven't had any problems with it. The tires arE the large 305/40R22s. The only reason I'm selling it is due to me relocating out of state. It was a great asset while living in the semi-country just outside of town."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best truck I have ever owned.

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great looks, Drives Great"

Cons: "No back up camera or sensors"

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

Power sun roof is great

"Everything works like it did when the truck was new, except the vent control that regulates the air and heat. Neither heat or air will come out on the floor. Vents and defrost works fine. Tires have 75% ware left. Trans mission just serviced, all service on a regular 3000 mile or as the manual calls for. I still get good compliments on the truck now as I did when it was new. It has 88,500 miles on it. All paper work from service appointments and original paperwork available. I trust the truck to sell it to family or friend."

11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Power sun roof is great

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."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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"

15 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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