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1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Review

Power and style with practicality.

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The Dodge Ram 2500 pickup has been turning heads since its 1994 redesign. Buyers on the hunt for a full-sized pickup truck have become enamored with the Ram’s strong exterior styling and design. The truck exudes toughness with a unique and instantly recognizable design. The redesigned Ram has been a sales success, but Dodge is not a company known to rest on its laurels. Dodge once again shocked the automotive industry in 1998 with the introduction of the Dodge Ram Quad Cab. Dodge became the first automotive company to ever manufacture a full-size extended cab pickup with four doors. Since then, business has picked up in the world of pickup trucks, as the redesigned Ford and Chevrolet full-size pickups now also come with four doors. Dodge will forever go down as the innovator. Changes to the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup still make it perhaps the most attractive pickup on the market.

The Range

Body styles: regular cab, extended cab
Engines: 5.9-liter I-6, 8.0-liter V-10, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 2500 Regular Cab ST, Dodge Ram 2500 Regular Cab Laramie SLT, Dodge Ram 2500 Extended Cab ST, Dodge Ram 2500 Extended Cab

What's New

The 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 has undergone a thorough interior makeover for 1999.


The 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 measure 6.5 feet long on the regular length truck beds. Optional eight-foot beds are also available. All models come with a standard chrome step bumper and 16-inch wheels. One potential negative to the four-wheel drive’s design is the high ground clearance. The Dodge Ram 2500 is built so high off the ground that entry and exit can be problematic for some passengers. The A-pillar includes a grab bar that helps somewhat but does not help nearly enough. The high ground clearance can also make loading and unloading the truck a bit of a hassle. Anyone with heavy loading and unloading vehicle use may be better off with the two-wheel-drive models.


The 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 has a completely-modernized interior. There is a new steering wheel design as part of a wider and more modern instrument panel. This panel includes a sizeable storage compartment and new cup holders. The passenger-side airbag can be deactivated if there is a small child seated up front. The overhead console has two optional new designs with or without a trip computer. The front seat can hold three occupants and is divided 40/20/20. The center section can fold-down and serve as either an armrest or writing table. The center position can also store coins, CDs, or a laptop computer. The extended cab provides a rear seat with two shoulder belts and one lap belt. This rear seat isn’t particularly comfortable for adults on long road trips but is accommodating to children, pets, and smaller adults. A removable storage container now exists under the back seats.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 is very fun to drive. It is a fairly quiet ride but tromping the gas does prompt a noticeable roar from the engine. This is a well-built vehicle that is typically free of any annoying rattles, squeaks, or shudders. This vehicle cruises well on highways with effortless passing with one quick downshift. Those who drive in rougher terrains will find getting around much easier thanks to the engine’s low-end torque and the low first and second gears, which make driving on dirt-covered or rocky roads much less challenging. Steering geometry is much more precise thanks to the new steering wheel design. Braking is perfect with quick stops and exemplary straight-line stability.


The 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Club Cab is the only model to be rated in crash-tests, scoring a respectable four-stars for both front passenger and driver protection. A sensor on the ABS brakes can automatically detect when a tire is no longer rotating in an extreme braking situation. It modulates brake pressure to enable the tire to rotate. This enhances the vehicles ability to turn whenever brakes are suddenly and forcibly slammed.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 2500: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Distinctive sheet metal
  • User-friendly cab
  • Power
  • Interior room
  • Back of the truck cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Visibility
  • Difficult for some to enter and exit
  • Aging engine designs

Sum Up

Power and style with practicality.

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