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2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab

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2009 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 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 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 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 3500 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 3500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 2018 Ratings for the 2002 - 2009 models.

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

I Love This Truck!

By on Friday, September 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought this truck new and I have had very little problems with it over the years. Probably the worst thing I did was to purchase the hard tounneau cover. It tends to hold moisture into the truck bed. I do not care for the cloth interior of this year, but I haul two sheepdogs and 6 grandchildren around. Soooo....what else can I expect? Great truck!"

Best vehicle I have ever owned

By on Thursday, September 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,521

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
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage, plenty of room, dependable"

Cons: "Somewhat difficult to park in close places."

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

"This is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. I had 4 brand new Mazda trucks. This truck gets better mileage with a 5.9L V8 than any of them, is far more dependable, and much more comfortable. Even though it is 12 years old I would not hesitate to get in it and head across county. One of my sons says he can't believe what good shape it is in. He says it runs and drives just like a new one. And he's right. I got an offer in the mail this morning telling me how much they would give me if I traded it in on a new one. I considered the offer a joke. I don't want to sell it at all much less for what they offered me."

Have had new Fords, Chevy's and I like the Dodge.

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great power, rides nice, looks great!"

Cons: "Rust"

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

"Drives and rides great! Besides the rust on the bed over the wheels I love this truck.Get more compliments on the Dodge than any truck I have ever owned, I like that!"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Most reliable vehicle ever driven or owned.

By on Sunday, September 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Motor cln, no lks,well mntnd"

Cons: "2small dings rear bmpr. 12mpg city,17Hy"

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

"Has Weld 12" wide mags. FAB TECH lift kit 4" w/Torsion bars custom suspension., flo-master exhaust 3" pipes. This truck is fast and fun to drive. It looks better then any other single cab on the road. Redwood credit Union owns truck."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

It has been very reliable, very comfortable,

By on Saturday, September 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I'm 6-3 275 great space easy in out. Only problem has been wheel vibration, wty recall replaced front hub & bearings, much better, still not perfect. As to value I picked it up on a year end clearance, about 20% off msrp, it's loaded Laramie, love the truck. Run on regular mileage is typical of a truck 12-14 city. 18-20 hwy."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

The best vehicle ever owned & Best $ ever spent.

By on Thursday, September 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

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: "Design, dependability, mpg, strength, value"

Cons: "pillar blind spot, reverse lights not bright enoug"

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

"I bought this truck brand new. It definitely hurt when I realized that the sticker price was more than my first & second homes, but that didn't stop me. I live in the country & by that I mean the directions include "then you turn off the blacktop". So you can gather that this is not a blacktop baby type of life for my truck. It deals with mud & heavy dust as well as high water (in MO... that's all in the same day) then there's ice & snow as well as crawling through brush... then it's onto the highway & off to the city for shopping. I used it to haul horses across the country regularly (apx 1x a mo) as well as my grocery getter. This truck has been my primary vehicle since Aug 2005 and I have no intentions of that changing anytime soon. I get incredible fuel mileage (24-27 hmpg & 17-21 cmpg). No, I am not exaggerating. The truck is very comfortable for long trips and handles better than anything I can think of... especially when you consider what it is and how big. Beware the pillar blind spots, though. They can be large enough to hide another full size truck, but that's remedied by leaning forward & back (the "Dodge Rock", as we call it) to be sure you have a clear path. I have driven this truck trough hurricanes as well as blizzards & never felt it couldn't handle what I was asking. Use your brain though, it's not a miracle vehicle & 4wd just means 2 more wheels to spin on ice... that brings me to the ABS. It works better than most (I'm guessing 'cause of the weight of the truck), but when it does start to slide the truck will be an 7,500# toboggan and you're just along for the ride. For towing... it hauls my 4 horse extended gooseneck trailer as if it doesn't know it's there. My mileage will average about 20 on the highway and 15 in the hills/city where you're always on & off the throttle. I've hauled machinery as well as other heavy loads, in all kinds of conditions. The braking system is more than adequate. I've had my trailer brakes go out (while loaded) & wouldn't have known if it wasn't for the indicator on the brake controller... the truck stopped everything just fine. Empty, it brakes better than most cars & it rides nicer than my friends' half tons. As for holding it's value... wow! I bought during the "employee Pricing special & rolled out of the dealership at $37,000 with tax, title, transfer & a full tank. The sticker was a little over $42K. Now, 9 years later with a few battle scars & over 100,000 miles the kbb value in "good" condition is still around the $22K range. For the past 7 years I haven't been able to take it in for servicing without the dealerships offering to buy it (for cash). That's unheard of. One offer was even a new Jeep Wrangler and some cash. In summary, I've owned just about every make of truck made since the 60s & nothing compares to a Ram for dependability, comfort, strength & overall awesomeness. I highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for an all around truck that can be depended upon."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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