Affordable Trucks: 2008 Dodge Ram

The 2008 Dodge Ram is certainly an affordable vehicle, with the 1500 model typically costing between $6,250 and $15,500, according to U.S. News. For those in search of a budget-friendly model, the Ram 1500 will be the way to go since the heavier-duty versions cost more and the average driver doesn’t need their additional strength. Contributing to the price of this 2008 Ram is its age, as well as the fact that it was redesigned for the following model year. Because Dodge Rams are incredibly reliable, however, you should still be able to drive a 2008 Ram for multiple years, provided you find one in reasonable condition.

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Numerous Configurations

As with the current versions of this pickup, you will find an incredible range of configurations available for the 2008 Ram. There are three cabin styles, the choice of a 6.25- or 8-foot truck bed, four powertrains, three drivelines, and a long list of trims. Between all that, there is definitely a Ram to meet your needs, provided you can find a used model for sale.

Excellent Performance

While some new trucks certainly have more impressive performance specifications than the 2008 Dodge Ram, it can still hold its own. It delivers more than enough power for the average driver, even today. In terms of powertrains, you can choose from a 215-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, a 310-horsepower 4.7-liter V8, a 345-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with cylinder deactivation to save fuel, and a 325-horsepower Cummins turbodiesel.

Although the V6 is the cheapest option, it sometimes labors on hills or when it is fully loaded. Therefore, you should consider spending a bit more on a model with a V8 or the turbodiesel since the V6. If you plan on hauling, look for a HEMI engine and avoid the Mega Cab due to its extra weight. The drivetrain options include two-wheel drive, a part-time four-wheel-drive system, and permanent four-wheel drive.

Cabin Comfort

The front row of the cabin is always a three-person bench seat that folds 40/20/40. The Regular Cab only has a single row of seating. However, the Crew Cab and Quad Cab have seating for six via a second row. The Mega Cab will be the most comfortable with its impressive legroom, reclining and splitting rear seat, and large doorways that make getting people or things inside a breeze.

As you explore the 2008 Ram options, you will notice that some focus on being utilitarian while others are downright luxurious. To make life easier, the rear seats can fold up, giving you a flat load floor that lets you fit big items inside. You also can find a huge multifunction armrest that will fit a laptop.

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The base trim level of the 2008 Ram, and, therefore, the most affordable, just has the basics. This includes air conditioning, four speakers, a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, vinyl upholstery, and manual windows. Other trims have features like leather upholstery, leather and radio controls on the steering wheel, Infinity sound system, heated front seats, wireless cell phone connectivity, and a navigation system with a large, user-friendly interface.

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