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Starting at
$39,615
EPA - est City/Hwy
15/21
Engine
5.7L V8
Seats
2
Power
395 hp




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2016 Ram 1500 Overview

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The 2016 Ram 1500 isn't the most up-to-date full-size pickup on the market, but its attractive cabin, comfortable ride and fuel-efficient diesel engine help it stay at the head of its class. Also offering a gasoline V6 and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the 2016 Ram 1500 remains fully competitive with rival large trucks.

Although its last full redesign was in 2009, you wouldn't know it from the way the 2016 Ram 1500 handles itself. From the high-quality cabin materials to the easy-to-use infotainment system and remarkably supple ride, there's plenty here to make up for the relative lack of newness. All the major players in this segment have been thoroughly overhauled over the last few years, but the Ram's refined manners belie its age. It's still a great choice if you're looking for a full-size truck. Introduced last year, the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel is an off-road-ready beast with an intimidating presence on the road. That smooth ride remains one of the Ram's most distinctive traits, and it comes courtesy of the class-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension, which is better at smoothing out and reducing the harshness of rough road surfaces than the typical leaf-spring setup. The flipside is mildly reduced towing capacity, but if you're running up against this truck's towing limits, you'd probably be better off with a heavy-duty model anyway. The optional air suspension makes the Ram even more comfortable, and it has a self-leveling feature that keeps the truck from drooping when dealing with a heavy trailer or full payload. Revisions to the Ram 1500 are minimal for 2016. The full center console with connectivity and storage for mobile devices, introduced on a limited basis last year, is now the default specification. Several new variants of the Sport offer a choice of bright exterior paint schemes and minor trim tweaks. Also newly available are LED lights in the bed, an especially useful feature with the optional tonneau cover in place. Even though the 2016 Ram 1500 is one of our favorite full-size pickup trucks, the 2016 Ford F-150 is quicker on its feet, with a lightweight aluminum body and two strong turbocharged V6 engines. The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and the similar GMC Sierra offer competitive powertrains and features, while the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD splits the difference between regular- and heavy-duty with a diesel V8 that's more capable than the Ram's diesel V6. There's also the 2016 Toyota Tundra, but it lags behind in ride quality and fuel economy. The 2016 Ram 1500 may be the grizzled veteran in this segment, but it's still a prime pick.

Looking for a half-ton pickup with clever outside-the-box thinking? You'll want to look closely at the 2016 Ram 1500. A unique coil spring rear suspension gives it the smoothest unloaded ride, but it can still tow your trailer like a champ with its stout Hemi gasoline V8 or torquey turbodiesel V6 engine. Don't plan to tow much? We're big fans of the smooth and efficient base gasoline V6, too. Excellent cargo management options and an attractive interior complete the package. Read on to discover more.

The upgraded center console (including enhanced connectivity features and a phone/tablet mount) that debuted in last year's Laramie Limited and Rebel trims becomes the standard console on the 2016 Ram 1500. There are several new color and trim variations of the Ram Sport, and LED cargo-box lights are newly available.



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2016 Ram 1500 Reviews From Owners (50 Reviews)

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By Stuart Clark

on Aug/28/16 06:24 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Great so far!

I love this truck so far. I rated the rain/snow traction and maintenance just on expectations. I know this Rebel 4x4 with the tires it comes with should have no trouble. The ride is great and the power is excellent. Great comfort, space and interior controls. Love the looks of the truck and with the power it has I should have no trouble pulling anything even though I haven't yet. The mileage is not on the upper end of the ratings, but that's partly due to the roads I drive on - lots of hills.

By THOMAS SCHMITZ

on Aug/28/16 09:41 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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By TB

on Jul/27/16 01:00 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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6 Mo Update

After owning this truck for 6 mo. I have learned even more, but my comparison is based on my 2006 Nissan Titan and previous F-150. The comfort of this truck is excellent the cab is quiet but I think RAM could do even better. Acceleration is also excellent in fact on dirt roads it is so good it is hard to keep traction. Fuel economy is good about 14-16 combined at 80 mph, just wish the big 3 would do better, and the warranty is ok but I think they could also do better like the new Nissan or better yet offer a warranty like Hyundai 100k and 10 years, their sales would sky rocket. Now for the not so good. Working with the dealership is so difficult, never had a problem working with a dealership like I do with RAM, my front parking sensor went out and the dealer charged me to have it fixed, they said it was a natural cause not mechanical. The lights flicker at night, the dealer said they did a firmware updated but it still does it, and now the cruise control will not activate sometimes. The fog lamps bounce at night this is because of the poor way they are mounted. I drive on a lot if dirt roads and the dust in the cabin is ridiculous. I later found out there is no cabin filter, how cheap. I found a kit on-line, installed it and it helped but still a lot of dust, this truck is advertised to be the do all truck but if you live in an agriculture area which is hard not to, it will be a big issue. In fact I may not purchase another RAM because if this issue, very hard driving down the road with a lot of dust in the cabin and kids having problems breathing. My Nissan and F-150 never had this issue. Looking for another truck and will have to consider all brands since this one does wow me yet.
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I am also a 2006 Nissan Titan owner and I will have to say that back in 2006 there were more luxury options than on trucks today. here are the things I had to but for the Ram that the Titan came stock with: MUD FLAPS, SPRAYED BED LINER, ADJUSTABLE TIE-DOWNS IN THE BED, BUILT IN TOOL BOX, SLOW OPENING TAIL GATE, NERF BARS, HEAVY DUTY FLOOR MATS. These are things trucks should come with from the factory. On the interior the Titan also blows the Ram away with toys from 10 years ago that should still be on todays trucks. The ride on the Ram is very nice but they put car tires on them to give a quiet and smooth ride and by the way the tires only last about 13K miles. I do not use the bluetooth because there is no option to use my headset or speaker phone in the truck, don't understand why car manufactures are not smart enough to create this feature, who wants speaker phone on their private calls when there are other people in the vehicle. The Ram has great power and tows good, overall I am happy so far with it but very disappointed in the way they make it look good. If a person never owned a truck and purchased one today they wouldn't know what they are missing, but i do.

By Zachary Osness

on May/26/16 08:26 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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By Michael Griswold

on May/19/16 08:44 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Love my Rebel

Too early to comment on reliability but after a month there are no issues. Buying experience was fairly pleasant thanks to the Edmunds price quotes; I'd never walk into a dealer again with out them. The Rebel took a bit to get used to driving as I went from an Acura RL but now I enjoy the ride.

By Johnny Cash

on May/18/16 11:24 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Johnny Cash black on black 4WD Sport

I've had the truck for a month or so & love it -- great power and acceleration, good fuel economy, plus a comfortable ride -- all at a good price.

I added a spray in bed liner, a tonneau roll cover, fender flares, and custom fit floor mats, all from third party vendors. I also had the oem electric trailer brake installed by the dealer, but haven't towed anything yet.

The only critical feedback I have is relatively minor -- the AC required work prior to accepting the truck; a couple scratches on the passenger side door also had to be repaired. These items could suggest that the dealer needs to step up their pre sale inspection process.

The shift knob on the dash gives more space on the counsel which is great. However, I find the steering wheel upshift/downshift shift control cumbersome. For example, to down shift you push a button on the front of the steering wheel -- given the other steering wheel controls I find myself hunting for that button. (Other vehicles put the steering wheel shift controller behind the wheel as paddles which I find much more intuitive.)

I want to install a grill guard / winch system but the Sport model bumper interferes with the after market grill guards I've been looking at. So if that's important to you, consider getting one of the other trim lines that has tow hooks on it.

Overall, I'm very pleased and would buy the truck again.

By Peter

on Feb/26/17 12:36 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Smooth and comfortable transaction

Just do your homework and know the parts and prices of the different truck types because In-the-end, it makes difference.

By Tod Zaret

on Feb/09/17 07:26 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Excellent and affordable all purpose truck

After owning a 2009, 2011, 2012 2013 and a 2015 Ram I bought the new 2016 Ram regular cab with Tradesman trim. Regular cabs ar not common in my area and I had to look about 60 miles North to find this truck which was equipped just the way I wanted with Chrome bumpers, spray in bedliner, backup camera, and the 5.0 radio upgrade. All this for under 25k. This truck in Granite metallic has the 6cyl engine which provides a lot of power but has a HWY mileage rating at 25mpg. I am keeping this one folks its a great buy and the ride is much better than the 2015 Ford F150 XLT I sold which paid for my brand new Ram. Very quiet cabin with muscular looks on the outside. If you can get a better deal than this go for it.

By Mark

on Jan/29/17 08:36 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Mark's 3.0L EcoDiesel

My wife and I both love it!

By Texan

on Dec/02/16 05:48 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Proud Texan

This is the 2nd RAM 1500 I've owned, (2009 Quad Cab, SLT, 4.7L-V8, 2WD; 2016 Crew Cab, Lone Star, 5.7L-V8, 2WD). I decided to stick with the RAM for the ride quality, quietness, features for the money, and Hemi V8 performance. I have about 3,000 miles on it and I'm getting 2+ more MPG on the same commuter route, (as long as drive normal). However, i don't hesitate to pass because the acceleration is much better than my old 2009. I haven't taken on a real highway trip wet but 2014 loaner with the same power train setup delivered 23.2 MPG on an 1,000+ miles round trip, (at 70-75mph, with AC, in Texas). I fully expect this Hemi V8 will get the same MPG.

By Eric

on Nov/26/16 01:06 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Nice Truck

I'm still getting used to it. I was hoping for slightly better gas mileage, but can't complain too much about it. I got the 3.21 gears as I won't be towing much and wanted the better gas mileage that it offers. It has decent acceleration, but if you want better acceleration go with the 3.9 gears. It suits my needs. As with any vehicle, the dealership navigation system is not as good as google maps, which is frustrating. The voice recognition system sucks. There should be an option for a passenger to input an address while driving. As far as driving goes, it handles well. The seats are comfortable. I really wish that the truck had a telescopic steering wheel. I picked this truck over Ford or Chevy because of the price. I would recommend this truck to someone else.

By Steve

on Nov/21/16 11:52 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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New Ram

Overall I'm happy with this truck. I was having tons of issues with my 2007 F-150 extended cab. I went with the quad cab because it is big enough for my kids. I love the sound and the acceleration of the HEMI. I went with the tradesman/express because of cost I wanted a nice looking truck at a reasonable cost, my biggest complaint so far is that I cannot turn on the interior light without opening a door. The ride is great much smoother than my old ford, not sure if that is the different suspension on the Ram or it just being 9 years newer than my old truck.

By Charles Martin

on Nov/20/16 02:06 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Key

The ignition key is a joke its bulky ugly and reliablity of this key is questionable. Rotary shift is ok but would prefer a lever some oy the interior parts are cheap,howevever,this truck is the bottom line tradesman so I guess it is accetable even though it has the upgraded interior all other features are acceptable except for th location port for the thumb drive. I find the AC, and entertainment center very good.

By Mikhail Fidler

on Oct/13/16 09:57 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500



2017 RAM1500

Love my truck

By Mark Cantieri

on Sep/10/16 09:45 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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OK I reviewed this

Edmunds coupon saved me $2500. Good value. Wish they had more dealers involved in the program.

By Mark Stephens

on Sep/01/16 09:19 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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By Switched To RAM

on Aug/03/16 03:45 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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By Bernie Sumcad

on Jul/19/16 02:07 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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So far so good

No problems or complaints the first 3 weeks of owning this vehicle. Does everything it should and all that I expect from this type of vehicle. I am hoping this will continue and time will tell. Love the smooth acceleration, comfortable seating, a whole array of technology to simplify the most basic of tasks. Overall a great looking, sounding, and running truck.

By Bob H

on Apr/24/16 07:47 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Loving the Ram, best truck I have had

Smooth, steady, comfortable and great gas mileage. So glad I went with the Ecodiesel model. A better truck than any of the other manufacturers are currently putting out. So glad to be out of a Chevy now. Well done.

By Fritz

on Mar/02/16 05:49 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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My RAM 1500 diesel

This is a wonderful truck. Improvements in the entry area could be made for the taller person, I am 6'2". The height of the door could be 2 inches higher to accommodate this. On the same token the seats could be an inch or so deeper for the same reason. This truck drives and rides amazing. The engine is quiet and responsive as is the steering. I have not had the vehicle long enough for any repairs and it has not been back to the dealer in the first 6 weeks for any issues.

3/3/2017: My previous evaluation is still the same. I have noticed a couple of issues that could be changed. The sensors that identify your distance to a close object SHOULD have different sounds for the back or the front. The same alert does not help if you are not sure, such as when you are backing into a parking spot (parallel park). I would also like to see the dash instrumentation that has the stored messages could have a dual purpose. That being that the warning lights that come on, only a couple of times, could display what the warning is about. That would tell you if you need to park the vehicle because of a serious problem. Fumbling through the manual is a painstaking process. In addition, a separate section in the manual regarding ALL of the warning lights and their meaning would be a terrific aid. A larger fuel tank would be a great option. When you tow the mileage drops about 10 miles to the gallon and you are stopping every 90 minutes to fuel up. The current mileage is 31,000 miles and we are averaging 25.4 mpg. As you can see, we like driving it and I would not trade it for anything on the road now.

By Dan Donovan

on Feb/07/17 08:55 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500



My second Ram1500 crew (2012&2016) Better yet!

Purchase price is great with USAA incentives or without. I bought mine at half sticker not fully optioned but all the electric necessities. Less glitz more go with the eight speed. Hemi has great reliability. 80,000 trouble free miles on my 2012 and got 78% of purchase price of 2012. Both of my Rammies (5.7)had slow throttle response fixed by Pedal Commander($300). Ram only opens the throttle 80% at full throttle at the pedal. Pedal Commander allows fully open quicker and completely. 0-60 down from 7.5 to 5.9 ( per accelerometer, like many road test magazines use) 8 speeds help as well (2012 was only 6). Quarter mile down by 1 second and 45 to 80 in 3.1 seconds for the 2016. Ride is great, many highway miles quiet and smooth with 21 mpg. Comfortable seats and room with a view. Great truck and no problems. My brothers Jimmie has good power but lots of little problems without the ride.

By Krisnitori@earthlink.net

on Jan/05/17 02:00 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Ram Rebel cold weather window issue

Purchased a new Ram rebel in Sept 2016. Everything was great up to the point when the weather started to get cold --live in OH. All four windows started to malfunction during the cold weather. The widows keep getting frozen and when you tried to roll them down -even after warming up the vehicle they would go down after pushing the button up and down. Finally the window did lower after pushing the button, but it just completely dropped straight down into the door frame. Took the vehicle to the dealer to fix the problem on all four windows. The dealer indicated that in cold weather the clips holding the window snap if there's to much resistance. So, I'm now on my third trip to the dealer to fix the windows every time the temperature gets below 32 F. Ram needs to figure out this problem; otherwise DO Not buy this vehicle if you live in cold weather.

By Chris

on Dec/12/16 12:01 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew - So Glad I Tried A Ram

I have owned big GM SUV's for all my life. (96 Tahoe, 2003 Yukon XL Denali, 2008 Yukon Denali XL, 2010 Yukon Denali, 2016 Cadillac Escalade). My wife drives the Escalade but wanted something I could drive around town. I work from home and do not put on a lot of miles. I am tall 6,8 240LBS and needed something I could step into. I began shopping for trucks that had great lease deals to get the 2016's off the lot. Naturally I went to my local Chevrolet Dealer and test drove the 2016 Silverado. The ride was extremely choppy and I felt every bump. The acceleration was strong but not great. Overall, I was more impressed with the 2007-2014 line up they offered which had a much better ride. I went back to the drawing board. Then I saw an add in the paper for a Big Horn 4X4 Crew Cab Hemi V8 for a low monthly lease payment so I went in for a test drive. The ride was outstanding, acceleration was great and the sound through the dual exhaust was just enough growl for me. My two kids (3 and 5 Boys) both fit comfortably in the back with room to spare. Only about 140 miles into my lease but so glad to decided to try the Ram.

By MOAMark

on Nov/30/16 05:48 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Poor engineering

I can't believe Ram engineers haven't fixed the rear brake line clearance problem. S class chains are recommended for the rear but even S class cables came down within 1/4 inch of the brake line when I tried a set of Z cables. Wake up Ram. I did get standard chains in a narrower width that don't wrap so far down the sidewalls but a simple change of the angle the brake lines leave the rear calipers would seem to solve the problem. Did the bailout put government engineers in charge at Ram. I just can't understand why real truck engineers would not design a truck to take standard style chains.

By Tom

on Oct/23/16 06:27 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Fit and finish doesn't live up to the price tag

I bought a new 2016 RAM 1500 Limited on September 30 to replace my 2012 Dodge RAM 1500 Big Horn. While there is plenty to compliment about my truck with respect to ride quality and power , it is extremely disappointing as I have discovered poor finish in terms of exterior paint (numerous fish eyes), minor visual damage to interior trim, and poorly/losely fitted exhaust components. I just completed my official RAM buyer customer satisfaction survey noting these concerns. A week has passed and no response from RAM. It's clear that spending $58,000 dollars for a luxury truck doesn't matter. All of this said about my new 2016 RAM, none of it was a great surprise as my 2012 had some serious fit and finish issues that I had to have corrected with my dealer. My RAM is nice and I stuck with RAM this time around as my truck was assembled in Michigan (engine built in Mexico), unlike the GM full size trucks now built in Mexico and Ford I didn't consider at all (just not a fan of the Ford product). But again, I wish RAM would listen to its buyers on these concerns. I spent serious money on this product and it should be delivered in a fully quality inspected state. Based on my experience having bought two RAMs, quality assurance with respect to fit and finish is not part of the manufacturing process. Another aspect of my new truck I find highly frustrating is with the UConnect and Pandora. One reason I traded and seriously upgraded my truck is to have a vehicle with Pandora navigation controls on the dash. I have invested time in going through the proper steps to setup the UConnect in the truck and on my iPhone only to informed through a call to UConnect Assist that there are unresolved issues with the UConnect system and Pandora. As such, the Pandora app will not load on my UConnect system and to listen to Pandora I basically have to do it the old school way through my phone controls -- a dangerous disappointment! Again RAM, I spent a serious amount of money on this product only to be disappointed. Do something about this or refund me the cost of this useless system in my truck! (Update as of 10/27/16 -- Since my initial submission of this review I have learned that the Pandora app will not work on the UConnect system as a technology company that supports the relationship between UConnect and Pandora backed out of their contract. FCA dealers were made aware of this in May 2016, however I was not informed as a consumer eagerly looking forward to having this feature. This is unfair and deceptive and I should have been informed of this prior to my agreement to purchase my truck! In all likelihood it would have stopped the deal. Shame on you RAM!)

Other issues:
1) I join with other reviewers that have complained about the knob shifter -- I hate it! However, it seems with electronic shifting most automakers are moving to knobs and push buttons. I really miss my console shifter on my 2012 truck; and
2) RAM should also have an easy down tailgate and crash avoidance systems to put the Limited on par with the competition.

I hope I come to terms with these issues and disappointments in light of the price tag - or I face some serious buyer's remorse. Only time will tell how well I really like this truck overall.

By RSW

on Oct/09/16 04:01 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Would buy one in a heartbeat but......

I simply can't get past the cheesy "shifter" Ram borrowed from Jaguar. Love the truck in every other way. Great hemi power, nice sound system and nav, fairly decent interior. But having a "knob" to shift with is simply ridiculous. I understand all transmissions these days are electronic, but a knob is just taking it too far. Same reason I'll never buy a Mercedes with their "e-shift". You took a console shifter and replaced it with a cheesy, flimsy stalk on the steering wheel? Even their sportier models they seem to be proud of their "e-shift". Sorry, they both lost my business. It's not a video game, it a car/truck. Bring back the console shifter please!!

By William Newcome

on Sep/13/16 08:30 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500



2016 dodge diesel -- great truck for the buck

check out the options -- 2 different transmission, 3 different gear ratios, etc
drove it down to florida from lansing Michigan. great ride wasn't tired, or stiff from sitting so long.
several times I logged 34 MPG on the highway.

now I have 9200 miles on truck owned it since august 2016 -- getting 26 mpg around town and over 30 on highway.

its still a great ride.

hauled several john deere tractors to bama and a Kubota. amazing you don't even know your towing - plenty of power.

By Larry H

on Aug/04/16 12:23 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Love the dang thing

Great love the full back seat and fits full size adults

By Mike

on Jul/28/16 01:06 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Big Ole Big Horn part 2

7 months in and still a happy camper, I installed a K&N intake and it did kick up the growl but minimal impact on mpg. I am getting about 16.5 in everyday driving but it is important to note I have the towing gears not the stock gears so that has a lot to do with it. If I had to do it all over again I would get the normal gears. It still will move if you press the gas and the intake growls that big truck will blast off and I really like the acceleration. The ride and ammeneties are great no issues. I would not hesitate to buy another Ram.

By Don C.

on Jun/11/16 09:25 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Grimmlin in my Truck

My last truck was 2009 Ram 1500 5.7, I loved the truck and had just a few problems in 100K miles. My new 2016 Ram 1500 Larmie 4X4 is not the same experience. At 1400 miles the engine light came on the dealer replaced the O2 sensors. 120 miles later the engine light came back on and they ordered a new computer and replaced it. Still did not fix the problem now they are replacing the engine wiring harness. I only hope this fixes the problem so I can get back into my new truck.

By Allen

on May/30/16 10:30 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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2016 Ram Rebel 5.7L Hemi 4WD

The MPG on the Rebel is quite low. Only problem I can find with this truck. I'm averaging 14.5 combined right now.

Everything else about the truck is fantastic. It is the best ruck I ever owned.

I love the interior quality and the ride comfort the most!

Oh and the Alpine sound system upgrade is totally worth the extra $300. It a must have if you listen to music in the car.

By Jake Reyna

on Apr/12/16 06:28 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Flawed tow and mileage, rear axle ratio

Currently own a '07 Tundra, 5.7L, and am looking to replace. Tundra's come with a 4.30 rear axle, meant for towing, so it has lower fuel mileage. Looking at all other trucks, Ram, Ford, GMC, they come with a 3.21+/- or 3.55+/- rear axle, better mileage, but do offer an optional 3.9+/- ratio for towing heavy.
I like the Ram, nice ride, but am hard pressed to find the 5.7L or EcoDiesel with the 3.92 ratio. So, I'm still leaning toward another Tundra, it has a nice ride, that's why we bought it in '07. All these other trucks have great specs, but it's not an apple to apple comparison. Tundra's are built to tow, and probably get the same mileage as any other truck with a similar rear axle.
If you're buying a truck to tow, make sure you do the math, the dealer is going to sell you what they have, not what you need.

By Warren

on Mar/21/16 12:06 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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First new truck

I was upside down on my trade in. I was told , I need to buy new and no regrets. Truck looks good and ride good. I am happy with my truck. This truck is 5.7 V8 express quad cab. I could not find the box to check it. If it looks good and ride good? It is good.!
I test drove an F150 and was no impressed. Ram was much better.

By Eric Wallis

on Jan/26/16 01:11 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Drove a lot of Trucks before buying this one

Far and away the best interior and loaded with features. I feel like I am driving a BMW but its a truck!

By Rob H

on Jan/08/16 06:03 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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New Truck!

Just purchased this truck recently. So far, it's awesome!

By Randy Pool

on Nov/02/16 06:40 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Ram Awesome

Loving my Ram Truck. Put 1500 miles on. Great power with 5.7 engine. Super comfortable. Wish combined mileage of 17 mpg was better.

By Jose Cantu

on Oct/28/16 02:19 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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LOVE MY TRUCK

Got this three months ago and already have 6,000 miles. The shift does suck, I think a knob is no fit for a truck and Dodge needs to bring back the Colum shifter. I work for Toyota building the Tundra's and Tocoma's and this is the truck I would rather drive. For the price, I could but two Ram 1500's for the price of 1 Tundra. My truck has the V6 but the pickup power is unbelievable. Drives smooth and has lots of power. After the first month my mother went and got one for her self. We are a Dodge family!

By Dan B

on Oct/01/16 06:19 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Love our new Truck!

I had to shop around , found a dealer in Ohio taking 26% off the sticker, We wanted A heated Wheel and Seats , with a Hemi , And Leather seats , The Sport Package had all we needed and then some !

By D Lee

on Sep/22/16 02:59 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Great value for a big sedan

Seats more people than typical SUV. Four medium adults fit in crewcab bench with plenty of leg room. Great ride due to oil aprings on all four corners. Very responsive transmission and engine combination - 8 speed 5.7 Hemi. Great highway gas mileage.

By TC

on Sep/15/16 07:32 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Ram Tough

Owned a 2005 1500, liked so much bought a 2010. Why not buy a 2016 SLT quad 1500. Great truck. Drives like a car. Love it. Will but another in a few years. Have owned Ford and Chevy. No comparison. Ram tough.

By Stickfigure

on Apr/30/16 09:32 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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4th Dodge truck - Still like them

I am on my 4th Dodge Ram and they just keep getting better.
The outside appearance has not changed much from my 2010 model, but the inside instrumentation is quite different and improved.

The 5.7L V8 is significantly more powerful, but mileage appears to be slightly better than what I got in the smaller 4.7L V8 on my 2010.

By David

on Sep/28/16 04:01 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn Hemi

Bought 30 days ago and has 1980 miles on it. Vehicle went to the shop 2 weeks after it was bought for a defective HVAC Vent actuator. Air would only blow on your feet regardless what you selected. About 1 week later same issue occurred and a HVAC Control Module was replaced but the dealer reports that the issues still persists and they do not know what could be the issue. Waiting on Ram technical support to help out, rental was provided until fixed. First Dodge Ram and not really to impressed at this point.

By Matz

on Nov/21/16 04:26 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Poor Quality

Purchased new 2016 Ram Laramie in April. It has been in the shop for about 6 weeks total since purchased. The dealership has replaced 3 cylinder heads due to faulty parts used in manufacturing. Fiat Chrysler basically said that this is my fault because I must be towing above the towing capacity of the truck. The truck has only towed 3 or 4 times and the most it towed was about about 2,000 pounds. The truck towing capacity is 9,200, so definitely not from towing, just poor quality.

By Jonathan!

on Oct/24/16 11:58 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Awesome truck!!

It is an awesome truck, Very tough and reliable. Luxury and comfort is a plus. I traded in my 2016 tacoma because it lacked refinement in every single aspect. I'm very glad I bought this truck even though its got over a thousand miles I have really enjoyed my purchased.

By Frank D

on Sep/11/16 11:48 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Eco Diesel is excellent. Quiet and smooth.

We bought the 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab with the Eco Diesel ( I couldn't select the 3.0 diesel engine in the drop down menu). Got a good deal, a little over $10k off MSRP. Just took at 3500 mile drive and it was a pleasure. At 75 mph we were getting 26.5 mpg, so about a 700 mile range on a tank full. When we were doing 55 mph we were over 40 mpg. I figure I used about 2 gallons of DEF. The ride is so smooth and quiet. When I ride in my 2012 Subaru Outback It feels so clunky compared to the Ram. This is the most expensive vehicle I have ever bought, but I am enjoying it. We added nerf bars, spray in bed liner and trifecta cover. After having it a month we are over 4500 miles and no big issues. We have the towing package so the side mirrors are huge. We did take a hit from someone in a parking lot, but it folded in, so only a small scuff mark. In parking lots we now fold in the mirrors, manually, the Laramie has power mirrors. Our only complaint is wind noise. We think it is coming from the mirrors. Above 50 mph it is noticeable and a little of a distraction. I may take it into the dealer to get it documented. Overall, highly recommended.

By Mark

on Mar/06/16 11:25 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Check engine light not fixed

Dealer and fca couldn't find the problem with check engine light, just guessing on changing parts, they had the truck for 4.5 months, finally got them to buy it back, had a very hard time with them for 9 months 100's of papers and a thousand of phn calls.
Never dodge again even if they gave me the best dodge for free I'll not take it. Bad vehicles in anyway u look at.
Don't recommend. ..end

By Mike B

on Dec/04/16 06:19 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Can't Change my mind

Big horn ecodiesel 4x4 crew cab is the way to go. Just took it on a 2200 mile drive through mountains, snow, rain, wind storms, and thanksgiving traffic coming back from our round trip from Orange County to Vail Colorado and back through Vegas. Had 6 hours of bumper to bumper traffic from vegas home but still pulled off a 27mpg adverage in a 4x4 crew with 4 people a cab high shell and 5-600 lbs of gear. Elevations over 8000 ft and 11-15 deg nights Didn't slow us down. I was concerned with the Uria tank/ lines freezing, but got lucky, and didn't have thaw it out with the Colman stove... lol. Also purchased this truck for under 36k. It pays to look online for 30+ days on autotrader New/ lowest price/ any distance. Shipping was 1200, but hey I saved over 15k. Only issue with the accessories was the cruse control. As most have found out the on/ off Cruse button works randomly. Spank the back of the steering wheel and it will eventually come back. Love this truck ran it at speed limit + 4mph most all the trip w/ 18 starts and stops and 4 small side trips in Vail. Only needed the 4x4 once and most of the time ran in the light snow in 4x2 as the leader in our convoy. This truck is very stable and rides like on a cloud. Ford is rough, loud and can't compete on mileage. Chevy doesn't do it for me. Still has the same issues that they haven't resolved for nearly 20 years. I.E. Burt out running lights, tailgate latch. This is cosmetic, but really solve your build quality issues.

By Mike C.

on May/08/16 11:54 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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First truck owned, very happy with the change

I've always been a car guy but I live in a huge city with crappy roads and even worse drivers and a mediocre public transit system. Sitting up high with a suspension that can handle mute the cracks and bumps is really nice. I like sitting up high and i'm impressed by the outward visibility in my truck even versus my '08 Altima (which also was very good). The fuel economy is less than advertised but still ok for a full-sized truck. I will probably upgrade the intake and exhaust system after a year or so, just to see what difference it makes. The interior is impressive and the infotainment system (UConnect) is really cool, very intuitive to use. The only things I didn't get that I wanted were keyless ignition (I had that on my 8-yr old Altima) and blind spot monitors. Other than that I'm really happy with my purchase and got a great deal on the Lone Star package (almost $10k under MSRP).

By Jared Kreamer

on Mar/17/16 12:28 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Ram knocked it out the park with the 2016 Big Horn

The 2016 Ram Big Horn Crew Cab 3.6L is by far the best bang for your buck! The V6 models are very impressive on both power and fuel economy. Having owned 3 Dodge trucks prior to this recent purchase I was doubtful that the V6 model would be anything close to the mega cab hemi it was replacing. I remained open minded while shopping for this truck and decided to test drive the V6 model. Boy am I glad I drove this thing! The 3.55 gears with the towing package really utilize the engine power and that wonderful 8 speed transmission is smooth as butter. Fuel mileage is above what the window sticker claimed in city and highway driving. All aspects of this truck have been outstanding. The 8 inch touchscreen controls is a must have as well. If your in the market for a new truck, do yourself a favor and test drive one of these....you and your wallet will be amazed!! I must admit, this truck makes me enjoy driving all over again!

By Bill

on Sep/06/16 03:57 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 1500


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Great Little Big Truck

researched other trucks, Toyota, Ford, Chevy etc...........test drove a used 1500 ....liked it...so went to dodge dealer and purchased the 1500 tradesmen express....beautiful...quick....rides is very smooth and Bluetooth and stereo is fantastic...came with one year Sirius radio free! So far gas mileage has been good...came with the 6 cylinder engine....purchased for 27,000 total....very pleased thus far............


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    120.5 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    209.0 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    75.2 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    8.6 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    5053 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    2
  • Front Leg Room
    41.0 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    66.0 Inches


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.21 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    four wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Front
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Solid Axle
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    275
  • Rear Tire Profile
    60



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Deactivation Switch
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Audio System Memory Feature
    Includes Audio System
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    10
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Radio
    AM/FM
  • Watts
    506
  • Subwoofer
    1


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Entry Lights
    Exterior Entry Lighting
  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Auto Dimming Side Mirrors
    Electrochromatic


Interior

Interior Features

  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Yes


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT Engine (EZH)
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    solid axle
  • Fuel Capacity
    26.0 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

Rebel Hemi Crew Cab (5.7 ft. Bed) / 4x4 / 8A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.0 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.9 sec @ 91 mph
  • Source
    Motor Week

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $23,920
  • Private Seller Price
    $26,075
  • Dealer Price
    $27,701
  • Original MSRP
    $39,615


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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
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2016 Ram 1500 Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    15 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    21 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Ram 1500 Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
  • POWERTRAIN
  • CORROSION
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

2016 Ram 1500 Key Factors

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Pros

  • Smooth and efficient eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Straightforward controls and audio.
  • Excellent trio of engine choices
  • Smooth-riding coil spring rear suspension also enables air-suspension option
  • Cabin is quiet and attractive
  • Rebel 1500 off-road package more than just stickers

Cons

  • Maximum tow rating falls just shy of class leaders
  • Unique rotary shifter takes getting used to.
  • Diesel engine's up-front cost not insignificant


2016 Ram 1500 True Cost Of Ownership

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The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,332$1,379 $1,427$1,477 $1,529$7,144
Maintenance$121$263 $673$1,054 $2,020$4,131
Repairs$0$0 $152$362 $529$1,043
Taxes & Fees$3,820$295 $281$268 $257$4,921
Financing$1,439$1,145 $839$519 $186$4,128
Depreciation$8,323$2,183 $1,919$1,702 $1,528$15,655
Fuel$2,381$2,453 $2,526$2,602 $2,680$12,642
True Cost To Own ®$17,416$7,718 $7,817$7,984 $8,729$49,664

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

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2016 Ram 1500 NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 10/18/2016

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My vehicle has no daytime running lights for visual safety. the sales code has been eliminated by the fca. i want my vehicle to have the light safety like all the other dodge, chrysler, jeep vehicles. why are the ram 1500's left out of this safety feature?


Date Complaint Filed: 11/06/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: YesNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Had just backed vehicle out from underneath carport at my home, left in driveway, turned off ignition (it was stationary), and went inside my home. a few minutes later, the vehicle started exploding and caught fire. the vehicle burnt up completely, it is a total loss!!!


Date Complaint Filed: 11/01/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. the contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 16v461000 (power train); however, the part for the recall repair was unavailable. the contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. the contact had not experienced a failure. the manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. parts distribution disconnect.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/01/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. the contact stated that the vehicle experienced a rollback while in park and with the engine running. in addition, the gear shifter did not register the vehicle in the correct gear. the vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be replicated. the manufacturer was notified. the failure mileage was approximately 5,000.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/26/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Purchased vehicle following day i look under truck and notice lots of corrosion throughout drive train. i took vehicle back to service department monday 3 days after we bought truck and district service manager will not fix and items. my concern is corrosion will lead to component failure over time.


Date Complaint Filed: 03/06/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. while driving approximately 50 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard. the vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear brake line needed to be repaired. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 450.


Date Complaint Filed: 04/17/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The brake booster is bleeding down; when you part the vehicle for 24 hours, the first time you step on the brake pedal there is no power assist. once the engine starts, the boost will return. the dealer states that they have 4 other vehicles on their lot that have this same condition, so they state that it is "normal operation". this isn't consistent behavior with other vehicles as the booster shouldn't bleed down. i'm concerned of a loss of power assisted braking.


Date Complaint Filed: 04/16/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Thursday morning april 14 i got into my truck to go to work. put my foot on the brake and start the engine. turned the transmission rotary knob on the dash to r and back out of the garage. the engine was still running and put my foot on the brake to go to p for park. as i was getting out of the truck and taking my foot of the brake pedal. the truck starting moving forward going back into the garage. it pinned me between the inside of the front and the garage door opening. i was able to reach for the knob again to put it back into reverse. it smashed the left front door in and tore the side of garage door opening. i had major bruising on my body. i am very concerned about driving this vehicle due to this issue. i want to be reassured that the vehicle is safe before i drive it again. i have big concerns regarding the rotary design for the transmission knob.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/04/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration. the contact coasted to the side of the road to a complete stop. after waiting approximately one minute, the contact restarted the vehicle and drove to an independent mechanic. the computer code indicated a high speed communication bus failure. the electronic throttle control illuminated. the vehicle was taken to the dealer and an update was performed. the vehicle displayed the same failure twice. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 1,300.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/11/2016

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

2016 ram rebel has extremely dim headlights on low beam. dangerous to drive on back roads.. headlights are projection type and i believe they areof poor design.. contacted ram customer service with no results, of course!


Date Complaint Filed: 06/01/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. while driving 50 mph, the vehicle shook violently without warning. after inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that four bolts that secured the driveshaft to the differential were loose. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 67.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/17/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 3Number of Deaths: 1
Summary:

A 2016 ram 1500, was involved in a roll over collision. no air bags were deployed during the rollover event. additionally the airbag control module did not record pre-crash data...updated 10/26/16 *bf


Date Complaint Filed: 06/12/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The ignition switch is in a position where it can be bumped by the drivers knee. i was driving the truck, bumped the key fob with my knee, and the truck died. i was traveling at highway speed at night, and the truck completely shut off. this is a significant problem.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/21/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. while driving approximately 50 mph and towing a camper, the brake controller computer failed and the brakes detached warning indicator illuminated. the headlights were turned on and the automatic braking system engaged without warning. the vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake controller computer failed and needed to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the failure mileage was approximately 10,000.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/05/2016

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. the contact stated that the rear driver's side door was opened and a gust of wind caused the door to swing shut. the door swung back open and struck and injured the contact's hip, which required medical attention. the contact was concerned that the hinge on the vehicle was not sturdy enough to support the door remaining open while exiting the vehicle. the manufacturer was notified of the issue. the approximate failure mileage was 3,346.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/13/2016

Component(s): TIRES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500 equipped with goodyear wrangler sr-a tires, size: lt265/70r17. while driving 70 mph, the vehicle started to wobble. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear driver side and front passenger side tires were out of round. as a result, both tires needed to be replaced. the tire manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the tires were replaced. the vehicle and tire failure mileage was 100.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/28/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. while driving 5 mph, the vehicle independently shifted from the drive position to the park position. on several occasions, the vehicle failed to shift into high gear. the vehicle would only shift into first and second gear. the vehicle was taken to the dealer on three occasions to be diagnosed; however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure or retrieve a fault code. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 7,629.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/14/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. the contact stated that the brake system failed. while parking the vehicle, the brake pedal stuck to the floorboard. the contact inspected the vehicle and found brake fluid on the ground. the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was not notified. the failure mileage was 900. updated 11/08/16*lj


Date Complaint Filed: 09/15/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | POWER TRAIN | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Purchased vehicle april 15, 2016. since this time when shifting from reverse to drive or park to drive transmissions shudders or slips before moving forward. this now also occurs in when shifting to reverse.on several occasions have shifted from park to drive. transmission will not engage and indicator light on gear selector switch flashes. have video. have to replace to park and turn off vehicle and restart to engage transmission. i have had the climate control switch settings on its own. from air conditioning to heat. i have had the speedometer screen start flashing at me while operating on the highway speed that forward or rear park assist is not available. electric side view mirrors have folded in on their own while operating at highway speeds. on two occasions while in park and running the vehicle has shifted into reverse. all incidents have been witnessed by independent witnesses. the service manager at the dealership has witnessed some of these incidents. fca is aware of the problem and can't seem to fix. these are all ongoing issues.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/19/2016

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 1500. the contact stated that condensation appeared on the headlights and impaired vision, while driving at night. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the head lights were replaced but the failure recurred. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 100.






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Air Suspension Problems 13-May-2017
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Making A Noise In The Right Font At 60 Mph When Cut The Wheel It Stops 13-May-2017
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The 2016 Ram 1500 isn't the most up-to-date full-size pickup on the market, but its attractive cabin, comfortable ride and fuel-efficient diesel engine help it stay at the head of its class. Also offering a gasoline V6 and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the 2016 Ram 1500 remains fully competitive with rival large trucks.

Although its last full redesign was in 2009, you wouldn't know it from the way the 2016 Ram 1500 handles itself. From the high-quality cabin materials to the easy-to-use infotainment system and remarkably supple ride, there's plenty here to make up for the relative lack of newness. All the major players in this segment have been thoroughly overhauled over the last few years, but the Ram's refined manners belie its age. It's still a great choice if you're looking for a full-size truck.

Introduced last year, the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel is an off-road-ready beast with an intimidating presence on the road.

That smooth ride remains one of the Ram's most distinctive traits, and it comes courtesy of the class-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension, which is better at smoothing out and reducing the harshness of rough road surfaces than the typical leaf-spring setup. The flipside is mildly reduced towing capacity, but if you're running up against this truck's towing limits, you'd probably be better off with a heavy-duty model anyway. The optional air suspension makes the Ram even more comfortable, and it has a self-leveling feature that keeps the truck from drooping when dealing with a heavy trailer or full payload.

Revisions to the Ram 1500 are minimal for 2016. The full center console with connectivity and storage for mobile devices, introduced on a limited basis last year, is now the default specification. Several new variants of the Sport offer a choice of bright exterior paint schemes and minor trim tweaks. Also newly available are LED lights in the bed, an especially useful feature with the optional tonneau cover in place.

Even though the 2016 Ram 1500 is one of our favorite full-size pickup trucks, the 2016 Ford F-150 is quicker on its feet, with a lightweight aluminum body and two strong turbocharged V6 engines. The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and the similar GMC Sierra offer competitive powertrains and features, while the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD splits the difference between regular- and heavy-duty with a diesel V8 that's more capable than the Ram's diesel V6. There's also the 2016 Toyota Tundra, but it lags behind in ride quality and fuel economy. The 2016 Ram 1500 may be the grizzled veteran in this segment, but it's still a prime pick.

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