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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.

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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 2156 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

really like the look and power of the dodge pick u

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

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

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "power ride looks"

Cons: "not super charged"

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

"drive 320 miles a week rides great I have a thunder road 1500 my 4th dodge pick like the 2005 had 1 other and 2 2014 rams like the 2005 best"

Reliable Cummins, handles good, 24mpg

By on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,877

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good fuel milage, good handling, reliable"

Cons: "small back seat"

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

"Bought new, after 25K miles of break in started getting 20 mpg, Super dependable and comfortable to drive. Use it as a commuter for business. Now at 150K miles I am getting 24 mpg highway and 16 city. Usually average 20 combined when I fill up. This is my best automotive investment ever. Only fault is that the back seats are not as comfortable as other trucks. Drove the others and this truck out handles them all. Upgrade to Bilstein shocks to fix the choppy ride and you've got a sport truck."

Options for my vehicle are not included in KBB

By on Thursday, June 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Smooth ecomonic comfortable ride."

Cons: "Dash cracks. Must keep up with routine maintenance"

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

"This truck is virtually bulletproof and a true champion. However a few options are not listed. First being is side airbags. My vehicle magically has side airbags and is not listed. Second is the 3.92 rear end option provided in the sport package. Also not listed. Third is the limited slip option not listed and also not in the tech specs. Fourth is the sport package factory lowering kit. These options not being available will dramatically lower the value of the vehicle."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

If you like power, this is the truck for you

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Power, speed"

Cons: "High up keep"

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

"This truck is so much fun to drive. I also have a ford lightning and it has a 4 speed automatic.The driving fun is hurt by the auto trans. Not in the ram though. The 6 speed manual lets you feel the power of the 505 ci v10 engine. Also the seats make you feel very secure when driving."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

tough workhorse

By on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 218,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "durable, hard worker"

Cons: "weak front end parts & trans"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've owned this truck since 2004 when I was pregnant with my 2nd baby and we bought it used with about 30k on the odometer. We've been across country (east to west!) about 4 times with this old girl, she's never quit. We can even fit all 3 kids in the back seat with really no cramping. (who needs a minivan? haha) We used to haul a 14k 5th wheel 2-4 times a month no problem. We've just recently had to rebuild the trans in it for almost $5k but we've put a ton of miles on it! More torque/power than ford or Chevy. We have upgraded the front end steering which may finally resolve the constant ball joint change we had to keep doing on the passenger side. We do run a banks six gun package on it and she still likes to get up and play :) It's a bit more expensive to maintain because parts are so big/pricey but the Cummins is a great engine. I do wish they had put a heavier duty trans in it, the stock one is kind of puny."

19 people out of 32 found this review helpful

GREAT TRUCK NO ISSUES

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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."

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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