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1999 Dodge Ram 3500

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1999 Dodge Ram 3500 Review

One powerful, stylish, mean machine.

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Overview

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 is a product of a company that is an innovator, especially when it comes to its full-sized pickup trucks. The Dodge Ram 3500 has power; coupled with a style that doesn’t sacrifice the machismo and toughness its target audience wants. Pickup sales for Dodge have increased since it redesigned the Ram in 1994. In 1998, Dodge made a true mark on the automotive industry when it introduced the Dodge Ram Quad Cab. This was the first-ever full-size four-door extended cab pickup truck. Competitors like Ford and Chevrolet, following Dodge’s lead, have since introduced its own full-size four-door pickup trucks.

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 3500 Regular Cab ST, Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab Laramie SLT, Dodge Ram 3500 Extended Cab ST, Dodge Ram 3500 Extended Cab, Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab ST, Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab Laramie SLT

What's New

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 brings quite a few upgrades and revisions. More power being the most noted change for the 1999 model. More horsepower and torque have been added for the Cummins diesel engine. The interior has also had a makeover.

Exterior

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 has a of 6.5-foot long regular length bed with an optional eight-foot long bed if necessary. The build of the Dodge Ram 3500 is just as strong as that of a conventional pickup. Structural rigidity has been enhanced, as designers have added a beam running laterally under the truck to reinforce the A and C pillars. Side impact protection has also been improved with the addition of side door guard beams.

Interior

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 interior is roomy and fully modernized. The layout of the instrument panel is much more modern than previous designs. Controls are easier to access. The 1998 model includes a new power window option with a driver’s side express-down control switch. Overhead console designs are available with or without a trip computer. The former pull switch design for the headlamp has been replaced with a new rotary control switch. Tamperproof odometers are included on the instrument pod.

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 has a new steering wheel design that can come optional with mounted radio controls. A big storage compartment and very accommodating cup holders are also part of the interior redesign. The passenger-side airbag can be locked if small children are seated in the passenger seat. The front seat has a 40/20/20 split and can accommodate three occupants. If unused, the center section can either be used for storage or it can fold-down and pull double duty as either an armrest or writing table.

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500's extended cab models offer a rear seat for two to three more occupants, although it is probably more suitable for children, animals, and petite adults. Underneath the back seats is a removable storage container. Seating in the Dodge Ram 3500 is comfortable with nice upholstery. Driving position is phenomenal. The back seat may not be ideal for adult passengers on long road trips.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 offers a fun driving experience. The truck provides a fairly quiet and smooth ride with good handling. This pickup even takes curves well, even with a work trailer attached to the back. Pressing down on the gas pedal will result in a noticeable roar from 5.9-liter engine that can be a bit loud in the cab. Overall, this vehicle is so well built that it is mostly free of squeaks and rattles.

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 is unique as it is very much an all-purpose vehicle. It is great for both work and everyday use. It can handle all terrains, whether it is passing other vehicles on the highway with one simple downshift or pushing through challenging rocky or dirt roads. The new steering wheel design offers improved steering geometry and more precise steering. The vehicle has amazing straight-line stability and braking.

Safety

The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 gives driver and passenger-side front-impact airbags provide plenty of protection in the event of a frontal crash. The passenger-side airbag can be turned off if there is no passenger or a small child seated up front. ABS brakes can detect when a tire has stopped rotating with any prompt, sudden braking. Brake pressure is then modulated to allow the tire to rotate and the vehicle to turn in the event of extreme braking.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 3500: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Performance
  • Power
  • Comfort
  • Towing ability
  • Style

You Won't Like

  • Visibility
  • Difficult for some to enter and exit
  • Electrical problems can occur over time

Sum Up

One powerful, stylish, mean machine.

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