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2012 Ram 2500 Mega Cab

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2012 Ram 2500 Mega Cab Review

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In the world of heavy-duty pickups, the 2012 Ram 2500/3500 HD reigns supreme. Powered by a monstrous 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine, the 2012 Ram HD pickup outguns the Chevy Silverado HD Duramax in torque, and equals that of the Ford PowerStroke. With 350 horsepower and an astounding 800 lb-ft of torque and a tow rating up to 22,750 pounds, there isn't much a Ram HD truck can't move. Those not requiring such Herculean power can opt to go with the Ram HD's standard gasoline Hemi V8, which makes an equally impressive 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. With stats like these, plus pricing and trim levels on par with its principle competition, the 2012 Ram 2500/3500 HD pickup should continue to help pull more of the lucrative truck market back into the Ram fold.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need to pull 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 pounds behind you, the PeterBilt-like towing power of the 2012 Ram HD pickup should do the trick.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Dollar-for-dollar, the Ram is every bit the equal of its Ford and Chevy counterparts. About the only reason we can think of not to go with the Ram would be due to a personal preference for one brand over another.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Ram HD pickup gains a new 6-speed automatic transmission on Hemi powered trucks, plus a new longer RamBox cargo organizer to fit 6-foot 4-inch beds. The Ram Power Wagon model range is expanded to include ST and Laramie trims.

Driving the 2500 Mega Cab
Driving Impressions

In between delighting at the 2012 Ram Power Wagon pickup truck's seemingly limitless ability to pull big things, and pushing it over tough off-road regiments, we decided to see how...

... the Ram HD would stack up against the competition. In a back-to-back comparison with the Chevy Silverado HD pickup, most of our testers concluded that the 2012 Ram Power Wagon is more visually appealing than the Chevy. We were also quite amazed at how much better the 2012 Ram HD pickup performed in everyday driving, especially in the areas of ride comfort, refinement and interior noise levels. Though it lacks the softer coil-spring suspension found on the Ram 1500 pickups, the HD truck's carefully-tuned leaf springs, coupled with fluid-filled hydro mounts beneath the cab, help keep harsh vibrations from entering the cab.

Ride Comfort
If bouncing around the farm in your Daddy's 1972 Dodge pickup formed your opinion about how trucks should behave, you owe it to yourself to experience the smooth, comfortable ride afforded by the 2012 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks.

Power Wagon
The 2012 Ram Power Wagon is an off-road beast. It's a Hemi-powered 2500 Crew Cab with electric-locking front and rear differentials, electronic-disconnecting sway bar, Bilstein shocks, 32-inch tires, skid plates, 4.56 axle ratio for hill climbing and a 12,000-pound winch.

2012 Ram 2500 Mega Cab Details
Interior

Inside the 2012 Ram Heavy Duty pickups is a very un-workman-like interior. Even base trims feel a bit upscale, and upscale trims feel downright plush. Along with its roomy cab, comfortable seats and loads of storage bins and power outlets, the 2012 Ram Heavy Duty pickup offers an amazing array of available features, including heating elements for the steering wheel and rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable foot pedals – the list goes on and on. A massive center console is long and deep enough to swallow a larger laptop or multiple tablets; it can even hold a set of hanging files. Reclining rear seats are one of the perks to be had with the Mega Cab, while Crew Cab owners enjoy convenient under-floor storage compartments.

Exterior

Available in Regular, Crew and Mega Cab styles, there is a 2012 Ram Heavy Duty pickup to fit just about any need. Bed lengths vary between 6-feet, 4-inches and 8 feet, depending on cab style, while the rear-axle configuration can be had with choice of the standard 2-wheel or heavy duty 4-wheel dually setup. Visually separating the Ram 2500/3500 HD trucks from the basic Ram 1500 truck is a larger grille (needed to get more air to the Cummins diesel), a taller hood with stamped louvers, and large chrome or black bumpers.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard feature highlights on a base-priced 2012 Ram Heavy Duty ST include air conditioning, tilt steering, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, plus front and side-curtain airbags. More basic features include manual windows/locks/mirrors, vinyl seats and black vinyl flooring.

Optional Equipment

The 2012 Ram HD is as tech-savvy as it is tough, with an options list that includes navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Sirius Backseat TV (offering Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network) , USB music connectivity, 30-gigabyte hard drive, 10-speaker Surround Sound, backup sensors and a backup camera (for easier trailer hook-ups). The 2012 Ram HD also offers an integrated trailer-brake as standard equipment on SLT, Outdoorsman, Laramie and Power Wagon.

Under the Hood

About 90 percent of Ram HD buyers choose the Cummins Turbo Diesel, which is standard on the 3500, is offered with a choice of 6-speed automatic or manual transmissions and includes the segment's only standard exhaust brake (we didn't get to properly evaluate the braking and stability advantages of the exhaust brake, but it sounded great). The new High-Output Cummins Turbo Diesel does not require diesel exhaust fluid and, although horsepower remains unchanged, delivers up to 40 more horsepower at cruising speeds than the previous Cummins engine. The lineup also includes two 4x4 transfer cases (a manual unit standard on 4X4 ST and Power Wagon, an electric unit on all others) and four available axle ratios: 3.42, 3.73, 4.10 or 4.56. For those who prefer a gasoline engine, Ram offers the 5.7-liter Hemi backed by a new 6-speed automatic transmission.

5.7-liter Hemi V8
383 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel
350 horsepower @ 3,000 rpm
800 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
650 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm (manual)

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2012 Ram 2500 Trucks Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 68 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

DODGE 6.7 TURBO DIESEL MOST POWER & ECONOMY 6-SPD.

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

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: "4500 MILES YES THAT IS HUNDRED MILES"

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

"6SP TRAN, SO MUCH POWER IT WIIL CLIMB A POWER POLE DEEP CHERRY RED CRYSTAL PEARL PAINT CHROME BRUSH GAURD SIDE STEPS FOLDING TONNEAU COVER BED LINNER MEGA-CAB ELECT DOORS AND WINDOWS SIRIUS-XM RADIO TILT AND CRUSE 8 FT BED 4X4 AND MANY MORE OPTIONS."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Transmission failed at 30K miles

By on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Powerful, comfortable. Roomey back seats."

Cons: "Transmission failed!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"ARRGH. At 30,000 the transmission in my 2012 Dodge RAM top of the line pickup failed. Some transmission pump hadn't been put in correctly at the factory. I was stranded. Had to rent a car to get home. I don't think a $50,000 vehicle should do that at 30000 mile."

29 people out of 42 found this review helpful

Love Dislike Relationship

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very comfortable and easy to drive. Great engine"

Cons: "Read my dislike comments"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"First the dislike portion. When I first bought this truck, It was a dream to me. Drove great, great comfort and plenty of power. Then came the DEF problems around 5000 miles. It spent close to 30 days over a period of a year trying to fix the DEF warning. "This truck will shut off in 150 miles" warning occurred three times, twice while I was more than 150 miles from home. It actually wont shut off but go into what they call limp mode which is 5 MPH. Not convenient when you are out of town. Thankfully, the local dealers in those areas were able to clear the codes after having to leave the truck for an average of 4 hours so I could drive home. This problem has been since cleared up but only after they replaced the DEF tank, pump and catalytic converter. It has had several recalls for the brakes (software), front end, airbag (software) and has had some other minor bugs like software problems causing the stereo and backup cameras to falter. The batteries had to be replaced after one year of service. Expensive proposition after your warranty is over. Mine were still under warranty. I will see what happens in a year. Even though I rotate the tires every 4000 miles myself and keep the TP right, the tires showed significant wear on the outside at 20000 miles. I just had an alignment done if see if that helps. Also be prepared to spend close to $300 every 15000 miles on two fuel filters. The cost of those filters alone are $180 without the labor if using mopar parts. The oil filter for those who change the oil themselves is also a bit tricky. You have to remove the right front tire (if you don't have access to a lift) to get to it. Even then, it took me a few times to figure how to get the filter out without spilling the contents all over the place. A plastic bag and saran wrap work well. The love portion. The engine, the engine, the engine!!! OMG, what a smooth running powerhouse (Cummings) The tranny shifts great also. The interior on my Limited is more comfortable on long rides than anyone could imagine. The stereo rocks also, especially when playing a CD, HD media or HD radio station. The handling is fantastic as well. The ride is perfect. Good sturdy suspension without any of the mush associated with those trucks that ride like cars. This truck is a mile long and does not have such a good turning radius so be prepared to use reverse and the backup camera quite a bit but that is not a complaint, just a hey it comes with the truck type of deal. This is my third diesel truck and hopefully if all the bugs are taken care of, my last for a while. The service department in all of the dealers I visited have been top notch. Chrysler really should be commended for taken good care of their customers. If it weren't for that, I would have traded this truck in. If you are in the market for a used one, I would suggest making sure that it has had any DEF problems fixed. Hopefully RAM has figured out how to solve the DEF problems in the newer trucks but they have been going on since DEF was introduced in 2007 or so. Yeah, I complained a bit in this review but when this truck is running good, it blows the doors off of other trucks in its class."

24 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Good truck!

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "surprises young hooligans at lights!"

Cons: "cops don't like surprises!"

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

"I bought my truck a 2011 2500 Longhorn longbed in 2012. I rummaged & rooted around the dealers, did my own research; knew more about the ford, chevy, or dodge trucks then the salespeople!!! For what you get in the Dodge, you would pay double if not triple in the other 2 brands. My longhorn had all the available options at that time, except luckily for me it didn't have the over head cab markers, all the bells & whistles! What dodge should have done: (mind you this is a 2011) 1. Mirrors don't have power fold in. 2. Center radio/nav could have a better screen. there were phones out with better clarity. 3. No parking sensors in the front, the other cars hood disappears rather quickly. 4. Back to the mirrors, they should have put a conical shield around that big mother. instead you just hear it howl as you drive above 70 mph. 5. The tv in the back looks like an older "TFT" model, again there are cellphones with better playback!!! 6. I really wanted to buy a long bed megacab, but nooooo; they don't make those. So you have to take it down the road to where they're able to extend the frame rail, & put a 8 ft. bed on your new mega cab. here's the kicker, that down the road shop dodge will still honor the warranty of the vehicle. WHAT? I JUST DON'T SEE ANY REASON TO BUY A SHORT BED TRUCK! 7. Rear cameras should come standard in the bigger trucks. So you can keep an eye on your hitch! 8. When your nav. system requires an update, you have to go to the vendor, not dodge?! Why, why; doesn't the service dept. not have it & update it as req. 9. Put a 50 gal tank in there already! if not 2, one also fits in the other side."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Ram with Cummins diesel, best all around truck

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "a pleasure to drive, when towing and when not,"

Cons: "Makes me grin way to much when I climb in."

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

"Purchased this truck new, 18 months ago, it has been nothing but a pleasure to drive. Absolutely no problems, This truck was purchased primarily to tow a travel trailer. Because it is so pleasant to drive I have been using it as my commuting vehicle, about 40 miles total each day. Fuel mileage has averaged 20.2 mpg using B-20 Diesel, and about 22 on #2 diesel. This is amazing, considering it is a 8000lb truck, towing a travel trailer mileage goes down to 13.4, but there is plenty of power and maintains the speed limit up the steepest highways, easily. Preferred the nice ride of the 2500 over the 3500, but the lower load capacity of the 2500 makes me load it close to its max. As it is only loaded this way a few times a year, I am really get to enjoy the nice ride of the 2500, where the 3500 would be parked."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Love this truck. Top inetrior & uconnect unmatched

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smooth ride, unmatched interior and uconnect!"

Cons: "Havent found any yet!"

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

"I had been looking for a diesel for a while. I finally decided it was time. I did my research and ended up deciding on the 2015 cummins 6.7 mega cab Longhorn Laramie. When I went to the dealer I was decided on a basic 2015 mega cab. Of course being November many of the 2015 were gone. They showed me the last 2015 Longhorn Laramie and I fell in love. I drove it and I could not believe how smooth it rode compared to my 2007 1500 hemi. After looking at Ford's. Which are just simple compared to the Ram...comparing apples to apples. And looking at chevy with there crazy amount of recalls and far more expensive than the ford and ram. I decided on the following... The reliability of the Cummins. I know the ford 250 and the Chevy 2500 have more horse power but ram has the reliable cummins, better interior, unmatched uconnect features, the mega cab is a must, so comfortable....best bang for the buck. The cummins diesel engines are on commercial vehicles and are proven to last. Also they have less moving parts so they last longer. Lastly they interior and convenience features do not compare to the ford or chevy. To top it off the dealer knocked off 9k off MSRP. Also fuel economy without a load is over 20mpgs on highway. Couldn't be happier."

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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