The 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 is very similar to the 2500 model, except the 3500 marks the one-ton pickup and the 2500 marks the three-quarter ton version. The Dodge Ram 3500 debuted in 1994. This one-ton pickup truck falls in the third generation. It has more power, better towing capacity, payload capacity, and handling than the second generation. It also features an updated interior and exterior over the second generation. The 3500 comes equipped with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine and rear drive. The quad cabs use a 5.9-liter, six-cylinder, turbo diesel engine.
Body Styles: pickup truck, quad cab pickup truck
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 5.9-liter inline six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram 3500 ST, Dodge Ram 3500 SLT, Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie
In 2003, The Dodge Ram 3500 truck got an improved suspension and steering to provide better handling on the road and a better ride than its predecessor. The 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 loses the 8.0-liter, V-10 engine, but gains an automatic transmission for the Cummins engine, and the Laramie gets a restyled grille, body molding, and interior accents. Dodge also makes Bluetooth available as an option and introduces a new Off-Road package, which includes a navigation system.
The 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 comes standard with 17-inch wheels and all-season tires, chrome bumpers, trailer wiring, an engine hour meter, and variable intermittent windshield wipers. The SLT trim adds power heated mirrors. The Laramie trim has 17-inch alloy wheels and privacy glass.
The interior standard features of the 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 include vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, air-conditioning, power steering, 12V power outlets, and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player. The SLT trim adds a tilt steering wheel, power locks and windows, cloth upholstery, an in-dash CD-controller stereo with four speakers, a trip computer, a compass, and external temperature display. You can also get the optional navigation system and Bluetooth. The Laramie trim adds leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with built-in cruise controls, height-adjustable driver and passenger seats, a six-way power driver’s seat, faux wood trim on the dashboard, adjustable pedals, and an in-dash CD-controller stereo, with an optional navigation system and Bluetooth.
The interior seems well-built and functional. The front seating area feels spacious, but a center hump makes foot space a bit crowded. The adjustable pedals allow shorter drivers to sit at a safer distance from the airbag and the steering wheel. The quad cab has a 40/20/40-split front bench seat and the rear seat folds down. The rear seating area in the quad cab does not feel as roomy; taller passengers feel cramped with the front seats half way back. The rear doors open 90 degrees to allow easier access to the rear. The standard vinyl interior comes from good quality and the leather interior in the Laramie feels comfortable.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 comes standard with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. It comes equipped with rear drive and a five-speed manual transmission. You can get the automatic transmission and four-wheel drive as options. The independent suspension system consists of short and long arm front and solid live axle rear suspensions. The optional 6.7-liter, inline six-cylinder, Cummins turbo diesel engine produces 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
The engines in this truck run smoothly and quietly and the diesel engine provides plenty of power to get heavy towing jobs done. The chassis feels stiff and the suspension firm, which makes for good handling on the road, especially in turns. The brakes are powerful and the pedals feel confident and firm. Road noise remains noticeable, but not too annoying. The ride feels comfortable but inadequate for long trips.
The standard safety features of the 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, vented front disc and solid rear disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and child seat anchors. The Laramie trim adds an anti-theft remote alarm system and fog lights.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Ram 3500 ST: 11/16 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 3500 SLT: 11/16 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie with Cummins engine: 15/18 mpg city/highway
- Large payload capacity
- Impressive towing capacity
- Powerful engines
- Practical interior
- Lots of safety features
- Comfortable ride
You Won't Like
- Fewer body options than competitors
- No high-torque gas engine available
A sturdy, dependable truck that provides plenty of power from the work site to the mall parking lot.
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