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Used Ram 1500: What Should You Expect from Each Generation?

Used Ram 1500:What Should You Expect from Each Generation?

The Ram 1500 is one of the most iconic full-size trucks on the market, and the used Ram 1500 market includes some of the most sought-after models available around northwestern Wisconsin.

Generations you’re likely to find include:

  • The Fourth-Generation Ram 1500 (2009 – Present)

  • The Third-Generation Ram 1500 (2002 – 2008)

  • The Second-Generation Ram 1500 (1994 – 2001)

We’ve taken the time to break down what you can expect from each model. If you’re currently shopping for a pickup truck around Hayward, Rice Lake, or Cumberland, read on.

The Current Ram 1500

The latest Ram 1500 comes in a wide range of body styles and configurations:

  • Three Body Styles: Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab.

  • Three Bed Lengths: 5-foot-7-inch, 6-foot-4-inch, and 8-feet.

Popular options include:

  • Class-Exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System

  • Rear Screen Entertainment System

  • Off-Road Focused TRX Package

2018 Ram 1500 White
2017 Ram 1500 Grill

Fourth Generation Ram 1500

Debuting in 2009, the fourth-generation model was the last to be known as “Dodge Ram 1500” instead of simply “Ram 1500.” It benefited from coil-spring rear suspension for noticeably improved ride quality. A wide range of technology upgrades were made to bring the truck up to the cutting edge, and engine options included:

  • 215-hp 3.7L V6

  • 310-hp 4.7L V8

  • 390-hp 5.7L HEMI V8

Third-Generation Ram 1500

Running from 2002 through 2008, the second-generation Ram 1500 showcased features and amenities missing from many modern rivals, including a rear screen DVD entertainment system to keep the kids happy during longer drives.

Further feature upgrades included:

  • Keyless Remote Start

  • GPS Navigation

  • Bluetooth Connectivity

Updated sound systems were added, as was an off-road package to equip the Ram 1500 with go-anywhere appeal.

Second-Generation Ram 1500

Purple Ram 1500

The second-generation Dodge Ram 1500 debuted in 1994, and it’s the first model that’s truly recognizable as a forerunner of today’s line. Several important features made their first appearance, including:

  • Standard Driver’s Side Airbag

  • Four-Wheel Anti-lock Brakes

  • Large Center Console Box

The Used Ram 1500 Market Never Disappoints

If you’re seeking a used Ram 1500 and need help zeroing in on the right model year and trim, why not turn to the team here at Don Johnson Motors? Contact us today to find out more and explore your options — if you’ve already spotted a model that suits your needs, feel free to apply for financing online. You can also just visit one of our dealerships in Rice Lake, Hayward, or Cumberland.

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