PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Dodge Ram 2500/3500


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$20,995* (2500 4x2 ST Regular Cab Long Bed)
$22,960* (2500 4x2 ST Quad Cab Short Bed)
$23,150* (2500 4x2 ST Quad Cab Long Bed)
$24,200* (2500 4x4 ST Long Bed)
$26,075* (2500 4x4 ST Quad Cab Short Bed)
$26,265* (2500 4x4 ST Quad Cab Long Bed)
$22,880* (3500 4x2 ST Regular Cab)
$25,675* (3500 4x2 ST Quad Cab)
$25,905* (3500 4x4 ST Regular Cab)
$28,765* (3500 4x4 ST Quad Cab)
Add $715 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Three engines are available for the Dodge Ram 1500:

5.9-Liter Magnum®, OHV, 16-Valve SMPI V8
245hp @ 4000 rpm
345ft-lbs. @ 3200 rpm

8.0-Liter OHV, 20-Valve SMPI V10
310hp @ 4000 rpm (federal)
450ft-lbs. @ 2800 rpm (federal)
305hp @ 4000 rpm (California)
440ft-lbs. @ 2800 rpm (California)

5.9-Liter Magnum®, OHV, 24-Valve, Direct Injection Inline 6 Turbo Diesel
235hp @ 2700 rpm
460ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

5.9-Liter Magnum®, OHV, 24-Valve, Direct Injection Inline 6 Turbo Diesel High Output
245hp @ 2700 rpm
505ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

Three transmission choices exist for the Dodge Ram 1500:

- 45RFE -Automatic, Multi-Speed Overdrive

- 46RE - Automatic, Four-Speed Overdrive

- NV3500 - Five-Speed Manual Overdrive

Fuel Economy (City/Highway):

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The 2002 Heavy Duty Dodge Ram 2500 (three-quarter) and 3500 (one-ton) models are carryovers from 2001 in preparation for the debut of an all new Heavy Duty Ram for the 2003 model year.

This review does not cover the all-new Dodge Ram 1500.

The Ram 2500 is only offered as a fleetside pickup while the Ram 3500 arrives either in dually rear wheel configuration or as a chassis cab for custom and medium duty applications.

The 3500's minimum gross weight rating is 10,500 pounds, and with the optional V10 or Cummins diesel it is capable of towing trailers weighing up to 13,900 pounds.

Four-wheel disc brakes and rear wheel ABS are now standard on the 2500/3500 for 2002.

Exterior Design:
There are no changes to the exterior for 2002.

Interior Design:
There are no interior changes for the 2002 model year.

The base engine for the Ram 2500 is a 5.9-liter V8. A 5.9-liter Cummins diesel and powerful 8.0-liter V10 gasoline engine are also available. A high-output version of the Cummins diesel is also available. All engines are available with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission except the new HO Cummins, which comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.