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1998 Dodge Ram 2500

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Review

Refined and spacious—worth a second look.

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The 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 provides a full-size pickup truck sold by Chrysler under the Dodge brand. The Ram 2500 represents part of the Dodge lineup of pickup trucks, with the first instance of the name ?Ram? being used for pickup trucks in 1981 when the Dodge Ram and Power Ram replaced the Dodge D Series.

The pickup currently falls in its second generation, which began when the Ram received a drastic redesign in 1994 that did away the outdated box-like shape of the first-generation Ram, replacing it with a sleeker design.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door regular cab, two-door extended cab, four-door extended cab
Engines: 5.9-liter V-8, 8.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 2500 ST, Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT

What's New

The 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 has a four-door extended cab variant called the Ram Quad Cab. This makes the Ram the first and currently the only pickup truck that offers two doors at the rear.

Some other changes that show up inside the 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 include the integration of front seat belts for the front seats to allow for better convenience and an easier entry and exit. The overall design of the Ram’s interior has been changed. The passenger-side airbag gets a cutoff switch, while the deployment power of the airbags decreases.


Four years have passed since the Dodge Ram pickup debuted, and its distinct design still turns heads. The exterior design of the car somehow combines aerodynamic and sleek lines with the macho look of a big rig truck. The two-door, short-bed version of the truck sits on a wheelbase of 118.7 inches, while the long-bed version has a wheelbase of 134.7 inches. The four-door version of the truck has a wheelbase that stretches to 154.7 inches.


The 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 offers enough space up front for three people to sit comfortably. Shoulder width, legroom, and headroom feel plentiful up front. The two-door cab versions of the truck offer a good amount of space at the rear for the seats to recline comfortably—a rarity in full-size pickup trucks.

The center of the front seatback folds to become an armrest and storage compartment, but accessing this storage space proves difficult while driving. The four-door extended cab version of the Ram 2500 allows three people to sit comfortably even in the rear, since it offers a generous amount of shoulder room in the cabin. However, the rear bench itself has a seat cushion that feels too thin and too short, resulting in a lack of thigh support for the rear passengers.

The rear of the 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 four-door extended cab version is not more spacious or comfortable than that of a compact car.

The gauges look well marked in front, and controls on the dashboard sit in a logical and intuitive layout, especially the three-knob climate control system. All of them remain easily accessible to the driver. Most of these controls also have backlights for convenient viewing at night.

Performance & Handling

A standard 5.9-liter V-8 engine powers the 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, delivering more than enough acceleration and power. However, the eight-liter V-10 gets recommended for better performance. Despite the high amount of power it delivers, the engine does not provide neck-snapping acceleration.

The pickup feels stable, with good braking power and modest engine and road noise. However, the ride quality remains a little too bouncy and bumpy, especially with an empty cargo bed. Fuel economy looks dismal, but this should be expected of a truck this size.


The changes to the safety features have helped make the 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 one of the safer pickup trucks on the market. The NHTSA rewards it a full five-star rating for driver and passenger safety in frontal collision tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9-liter V-8, automatic: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine options
  • Lots of space inside
  • Good cargo and towing power
  • Good safety scores

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Bouncy ride
  • Loud engines

Sum Up

Refined and spacious—worth a second look.

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