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History of the RAM 3500

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History of the RAM 3500

2014 RAM 3500 Laramie

History of the RAM 3500

If you're looking for a heavy-duty vehicle that has the capabilities to open up a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities it's always a good idea to start with the RAM 3500. This effective member of the RAM family has been the go-to for drivers that need to haul, tow, and just about everything you might need to do with a world-class truck. Where did this truck come from, though?

1989 RAM D350

1989 RAM D350

Well, to appreciate that we need to step back to the '90s, when the RAM 3500 made its debut as a full-size large-capacity version of the previous generation truck lineup. Available as a dual rear wheel, one-ton model with eight-foot long bed box and numerous engine options that included the outstanding 5.9-L Magnum V8 that offered 250 horsepower. By 1998 RAM added a gasoline-powered Magnum V10 to the list along with what has become the staple diesel-powered engine from Cummins.

By 2003 RAM was moving in a new design direction and replaced the front grille with one a little more in line with what you would see on the modern model. Along with this it was offered in regular cab or a special Quad Cab body style, along with a Mega Cab that would be added in 2006.

Prior to this change, the RAM operated under Dodge, and was introduced in 1981 along with the new Dodge van line. Named for the iconic hood ornament that was first used in relations to the trucks in 1933, this ushered in the new era of powerful consumer trucks. The 1981 model ran until 1994, and was offered in 2-door, 2-door extended cab, and a 4-door crew cab mode. Over its 13 year production cycle, the Dodge RAM was made available with an arsenal of specialized features for towing, hauling, and anything else you might associate with a truck that has come to represent the top of the segment.

1994 RAM 3500

1994 RAM 3500

A second generation launched in 1994, providing drivers with a complete redesign over the previous iteration, and given the fact that the development started in 1986 you can bet they took their time to get this absolutely perfect. In just one year, from 1993 to 1994 sales for the Dodge RAM lineup went from 78,000 to 240,000 - an obvious sign that the word was out and the Dodge RAM was the truck drivers deserved to drive. The second generation also happens to be marked as an important distinguishing year where Dodge introduced the 2500 and 3500 models officially.

A third generation launched in 2002 and ran until 2008, with impressive sales and more powerful engine options, these Cliff Wilkins-designed vehicles offered a more iconic appearance backed by a mechanical design process that ensured power and mobility without neglecting all the features that the brand had laid claim to since the '90s. Along with the 1500, 2500, and 3500 model levels, Dodge introduced two more chassis models including the 4500 and 5500 as Class-4 and Class-5 trucks for absolutely incredible capabilities.

The current fourth generation has taken a step further towards redefining the capabilities of the modern truck - along with a recent introduction on the 1500 of an EcoDiesel, the RAM 3500 continues to step up the game and offer drivers the impressive options that stand above the rest. Join us today at Coquitlam Chrysler and get to know your next RAM 3500!

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