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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 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 in 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 Significant About This Car?

A new, more-upscale SXT slots above the entry-level SL on Regular and Quad Cabs and becomes the new entry-level Mega Cab model. Top-of-the-line Laramie-trim Quad Cab models add wood-like interior accents, all 2500s get standard trailering mirrors and the transition from high to low range on 4x4 SLT and Laramie models is now done electrically rather than via a manual lever, as it is on SL and SXT models.

Driving the Ram 3500 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 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.

2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab Details
2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab photo 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 new 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 now 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 345 horsepower and 375 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
345 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
375 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.7-liter in-line 6 Cummins Turbo Diesel
350 horsepower @ 3000 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 3500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 2008 Ratings for the 2002 - 2009 models.

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

Best truck ever

By on Monday, August 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable, comfortable, tows amazing"

Cons: "Steering loose,"

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

"I have owned this truck since 2004. The only problems ever experienced were those which I created. Ran fuel too low and damaged lift pump. I don't plan on buying another truck. The body style is dated now, but the truck is just so reliable. Tows like a champ. Steering could be improved however there are several aftermarket braces to resolve this issue. Great truck"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best. Truck. Ever!

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I owned and sold this car

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
9/10

Pros: "Low repair costs - durable - well built"

Cons: "Fuel mileage = 12-14 MPG"

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

"Purchased truck new, put 179,000 miles on - other than routine maintenance have spent less than $300 on repairs, total. Best truck / vehicle experience ever!!"

One of the best trucks I've owned

By on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Preformance and reliability"

Cons: "Gas Millage"

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

"Bought this Dodge new in '05 and have driven it since. Have not had one negative experience to speak of in the 9 years I've owned it. It is not without it's "drawbacks" though, mainly the Hemi 5.7L engine gas millage isn't exactly it's best selling feature. But, as for dependability (reliability) and performance it has been awesome! When I bought it I made sure it had all the "heavy duty" equipment installed to insure longevity. Heavy duty cooling system, heavy duty shocks and springs, added "overload springs" as well and, went with heavy duty "all terrine" performance tires. This "package" has provided an awesome driving experience. And, the engine has preformed beyond my expectations in the time I've owned it. Great truck."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Potentially a great truck

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "plenty of room, powerful engine, great size"

Cons: "front end (steering box, tie rods, ball joints)"

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

"The Dodge Mega cab has the potential to be one of the greatest trucks out there. Doge went cheap on the tie rods, steering gearbox, and ball joints. This causes the owner the hassle of forking out $2k to $3k for everything to be replaced. These issues were fixed in later model years. The biggest kicker is that Dodge fixed these issues and still wouldn't issue a recall on these parts for the 2008 model year. The truck has great space and utility, everything you want to do you can do in this truck. You can fit 5 6' adults and 1 smaller adult in this truck no problem. You can place most anything in the rear seats, 50" tv, nightstands, etc. Besides the front end issue mentioned earlier it is a great truck. Dodge should have put more into the design of the front end or at least recalled it and fixed it."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Nothing but HAPPY with this truck

By on Sunday, August 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Luxurious and comfortable WORKHORSE"

Cons: "Wish it had radio controls on steering"

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

"I have owned this vehicle since new and have been delighted with it since 05. I still get compliments on it. I would keep buying the same truck if I still had a use for it. My 2nd Dodge Dually and have been happy with both for the last 14 years."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

The 6.7 Cummings is an awesom engine1

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,500

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: "It can pull like a super champ,"

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

"This truck has a custom viper hood with air scoop, it has a after market 3' stainless steel exhaust and muffler, it has a afe fresh air-intake, with a Pacific Performance Engineering Xcelerator tuner chip that ads an additional 250 lbs of torque & 180 horse power. It comes with a truck cover! I'm selling it because I don't have need of it anymore because I sold my race car."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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