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1997 Dodge Ram 3500 Review

This truck looks big, beautiful, and bad to the bone!

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Overview

The 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 classifies as a full-size pickup truck produced by Chrysler. Pickup truck enthusiasts have loved the Dodge Ram 3500 since its debut in 1994. This pickup truck marks the epitome of macho. This big, bad, and brawny pickup turns heads as well. Its performance matches its beautifully sculpted looks. The pickup truck comes in LT, ST, and SLT trims, with a choice of regular, extended, and club cabs and an option for either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door regular cab, two-door extended cab
Engines: 5.9-liter V-8, 8.0-liter V-10, 5.9-liter I-6 Diesel
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram 3500 LT Regular Cab two-wheel drive, Dodge Ram 3500 LT Regular Cab four-wheel drive, Dodge Ram 3500 ST Club Cab two-wheel drive, Dodge Ram 3500 ST Club Cab four-wheel drive, Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Regular Cab two-wheel drive, Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Regular Cab four-wheel drive, Dodge Ram 3500 Extended Cab SLT four-wheel drive, Dodge Ram 3500 Extended Cab SLT two-wheel drive

What's New

The Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 goes into the 1997 model year with minimal changes. The SLT trim has some interior refinements like wood grain trim and leather seating. Refinements to the Club Cab include standard tinted quarter glass and the option of remote keyless entry. Four new exterior colors and two new interior colors enhance all models. Dodge also offers a new sport package–the Sport Plus upgrade–featuring 17-inch wheels and tires, a refined suspension, and a sport-tuned exhaust.

Exterior

The 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 comes standard with 16-inch wheels. Power chrome door mirrors, halogen headlamps, front black bumpers, and interval wipers also come standard. The LT regular cab rides on a 134.7-inch wheelbase and measures 224.1 inches long. The ST club cab sits on a 154.7-inch wheelbase, with a length of 244.1 inches. All models measure 93.8 inches wide. Heights vary from 72.8 inches to 77.4 inches. The Ram pickup offers standard towing up to 2000 pounds. Maximum towing ranges from 12,500 to 14,100 pounds, depending on the model. The maximum payload ranges from 4790 to 5110 pounds.

Interior

While regular cab pickups only seat three people. The club cab accommodates six people, although access to the back of the vehicle can be a headache. The 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 comes standard with air-conditioning, an AM/FM radio with a cassette player, and power steering. Options include power windows, power locks and seats, cruise control, and a CD player or changer. The driver faces a level, upright dashboard.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 comes standard with a 235-horsepower, 5.9-liter V-8. Buyers who want more power and muscle can opt for the powerful locomotive-like eight-liter V-10. Dodge also offers the option of a 5.9-liter, Cummins turbo diesel engine. The Dodge Ram 3500 comes standard with a five-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. An optional four-speed automatic transmission provides an option.

The Dodge Ram 3500’s engine lets out a noticeable roar whenever the driver presses the gas pedal. While it experiences some reverberation, the ride itself remains rather quiet. The Ram pickup rides and handles competently, although road imperfections can be felt. Visibility from the driver’s seat looks great. The Ram 3500 moves with agility for its size, however use caution for any quick or sudden maneuvers.

Safety

The 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 includes a driver’s-side airbag, rear-wheel anti-lock brakes, and standard seat belts. The truck lacks some common safety features such as a passenger-side airbag, child safety door locks, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 3500: Unavailable

You'll Like

  • Driver’s airbag
  • Optional V-10 engine
  • Standard dual rear wheels
  • User-friendly cab
  • Optional four-wheel anti-lock brakes

You Won't Like

  • No optional third door

Sum Up

This truck looks big, beautiful, and bad to the bone!

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