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2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Regular Cab

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2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Regular 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...

Anyone who regularly needs the services of a rugged, high-capacity pickup with excellent powertrain choices, lots of room and stellar towing capabilities should find some iteration of the Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 worth considering.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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 Regular 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 Regular 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 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."

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."

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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