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1998 Dodge Ram 3500

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Review

A great full-size truck option.

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The Dodge Ram line of pickup trucks gets divided up based on the standard engine size. The 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 marks the most powerful Ram truck in the lineup, with a higher output engine than the Ram 1500 or Ram 2500. The Ram 3500 serves as a heavy-duty pickup truck that handles the needs of virtually any pickup driver.

The Dodge Ram 3500 has a rugged, rough pickup design for the professional man or woman. It does not include much in the way of amenities. The ride feels fairly smooth and the interior looks well-built and relatively comfortable, but mechanical capability draws drivers to the Dodge Ram. All the extra features and options provide potential benefits, but at the end of the day, the Dodge Ram 3500 is meant to be used and abused without worrying about breaking it in the process.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 5.9-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 3500 ST, Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie SLT

What's New

The 1998 Dodge Ram receives a new interior. Dual front depowered airbags now come as standard equipment.


The Dodge Ram 3500 comes with either a regular or extended cab for both models. The regular cab version measures 224.1 inches long. The extended cab version stretches 244.1 inches long. As a result, the truck bed remains almost identical in size between the two cab options. The exterior uses sheet metal, which sets it apart from other pickup trucks. Dual rear wheels come standard on the 1998 Dodge Ram 3500. The Laramie SLT also features standard power windows. A bed liner, a camper towing package, two-tone paint, and fog lights remain available as optional equipment.


The Dodge Ram 3500 provides a very utilitarian vehicle. It has virtually nothing in the way of standard amenities. The Ram 3500 ST features an AM/FM radio, but that is essentially it in terms of comfort features. The 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie SLT adds power locks, air-conditioning and a cassette player as standard equipment. In addition, keyless entry, leather seating, a power driver’s seat, a CD player, and an overhead console can be added as optional equipment. The extended cab feels spacious, but the rear-seat legroom seems very compressed, especially for a full-size adult.

Performance & Handling

The Dodge Ram 3500 offers good performance overall. The 5.9-liter, eight-cylinder engine gives the Ram 3500 good acceleration, especially for a vehicle of its size. Turning stays very tight to the point that it feels like a much smaller vehicle. With a full payload, performance decreases a bit, but this remains a common issue with any pickup truck. Overall, the 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 represents one of the better-performing pickups available, especially when loaded.


The 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 includes dual front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment. Four-wheel antilock brakes remain available as an optional extra.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 3500: 11/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High performance
  • Good handling
  • Four-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

A great full-size truck option.

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