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1996 Dodge Ram 3500

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1996 Dodge Ram 3500 Review

A powerhouse with style.

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The 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 is a full-size pickup truck that's manufactured by Chrysler. ?Ram? was first used in 1981 for the then-redesigned Ram and Power Ram pickups, both of which replaced the D-Series pickups.

The 1996 Dodge Ram is part of the second generation that began with the redesigned and award-winning model in 1994. Despite the fact that it has been around for two years, the innovative design still looks great.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab
Engines: 5.9-liter V-8, 8.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 3500 LT, Dodge Ram 3500 ST, Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie ST

What's New

The 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 underwent a few mechanical changes. Its automatic transmission is now electronically governed, and some other minor changes have also been made under the hood. The cassette audio controls also get stereo controls, and the SLT model has cast alloy wheels. It's available in two new colors as well.


Despite the fact that the 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 is two years old, it is still distinct enough to make most people give it a second glance. The exterior is the handiwork of chief designer Phillip. E. Payne, who combined sleek and aerodynamic design styles with the sharpness of a big rig truck.

The 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 short-bed models have a wheelbase of 118.7 inches, and the long-bed versions have a wheelbase of 134.7 inches.


The 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 has a spacious interior, especially up front, which offers enough legroom, headroom, and shoulder width for three adults to sit comfortably. The two-door models also have enough space at the back to recline the front seats comfortably. If three people are not sitting inside, the center front seatback can be folded down to form a storage compartment and armrest. However, accessing the storage compartment is a little tricky for the driver while driving.

The 1996 Dodge Ram 3500's two-door extended cab models offer lots of space at the rear. Legroom and headroom is just about average, but the bench is wide enough for three occupants. On the other hand, the rear bench is also thin and short and lacks enough cushioning to provide thigh support and keep the occupants comfortable. Moreover, entry and exit tends to be a little difficult in the two-door extended cab models. The gauges are well-marked and easy to read, and the dashboard uses a rather intuitive three-knob climate control system.

Performance & Handling

The base engine for the 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 is a 5.9-liter V-8 that delivers 230 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. An optional eight-liter, V-10 engine is available and it delivers 300 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. The V-8 engine already offers abundant power and acceleration, but customers who want a better performance can opt for the powerful V-10 engine. It should be noted, however, that the V-10 engine does not offer truly exceptional, out-of-this-world performance.


The 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 received a full five-star rating for both driver and passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 3500: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful performance
  • Spacious interior in the extended cab variant
  • Powerful hauling and towing capacity
  • One of the safest pickups

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Bouncy ride

Sum Up

A powerhouse with style.

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