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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

A real man’s truck that can also fit the wife and kids.

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The second generation Dodge Ram pickup truck has been a winner since its 1994 debut. The 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup turns heads. Its sculpted steel blends sexiness and style with rugged toughness. Dodge handles the redesign perfectly, wisely collecting consumer research for designers and engineers.

The Dodge Ram 1500 comes with either a short wheelbase (138.7 inches) or a long wheelbase (154.7 inches), each matching either short or long truck beds. It not only looks sharp, but it also rides comfortably, and it serves as a reliable workhorse.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door regular cab, two-door extended cab, four-door extended cab
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 ST, Dodge Ram 1500 SLT, Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie

What's New

New for the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500, the Ram Quad Cab joins the lineup. This pickup truck becomes the first four-door pickup on the market with two rear access doors. Every Ram pickup goes into 1998 with a completely redesigned interior, front seat belts that integrate into the front seats for hassle-free access to the back seat, and a standard passenger-side airbag with a deactivating switch. All airbags in the Ram 1500 can now be depowered for safety purposes. A chime also replaces a buzzer for whenever seat belts remain unfastened, a door open, or headlights left on.


The Dodge Ram 1500 pickup has a front end that looks like it belongs to a big rig, along with a chest thumping front grille, rounded exterior corners, conventional chrome, and body side moldings to further enhance the appearance. The 1500 classifies as a half-ton truck and offers both six- and eight-foot beds.

The 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab marks the first full-size pickup truck with a pair of back doors. These back doors swing away from the front doors to create an opening for easier vehicle entry and exit or cargo loading from either side of the truck. Dodge has implemented a safety feature that interlocks the swing-away doors with the front doors. These rear doors do not have handles and all four doors lock through the dual locking system.

All 1500 pickups utilize recirculating ball steering and independent front suspensions with live axle rear suspensions.


The 1500 pickup’s interior has been completely redesigned. Ergonomics inside the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 now match the practicality of the rest of the vehicle. Noise inside remains minimal, with the exception natural reverberation when pressing the gas pedal. The 1500 pickup truck accommodates anywhere from three to six people depending on the model and optional seating.

Performance & Handling

The Dodge Ram 1500’s ride and handling feel so smooth that many forget its full-size pickup classification. Visibility looks great. Shifting with the automatic transmission feels firm but not overly rough or harsh. The gearshift, which mounts to the column, proves easy to operate. Despite its size and bulkiness, the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 actually proves quite agile and surefooted; however, use caution when it comes to quick maneuvers or high-speed cornering.


The 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 1500, 5.2-liter V-8: 13/17-18 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500, 3.9-liter V-6: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500, 3.9-liter V-8: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great looks
  • Huge load capacity
  • Comfortable and ergonomic interior
  • Excellent handling and overall ride
  • Versatility

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Underpowered V-6 engine
  • No standard anti-lock brakes

Sum Up

A real man’s truck that can also fit the wife and kids.

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