Ram Pickup Trucks: An Evaluation of the Brand’s Dependability

February 17th, 2024 by

Miami Lakes Automall 2024 Ram 3500

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Ram trucks are well regarded for their powerful rides. Some of the brand’s pickup trucks stand out. For example, the Ram 1500 TRX Havoc was arguably the best-looking performance pickup in the 2023 model year. On the other hand, some of the older Ram pickup trucks deliver an exceptional ride while providing an affordable option. Ram trucks are also known for their quality. As such, sources concluded that the Ram 1500 has a potential lifespan of approximately 215,521 miles. At the same time, the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study rated Ram as the top brand in overall initial quality. This article delves into some of the most reliable Ram trucks that could last a lifetime.

2017 Ram 3500

The Ram 3500 is primarily about towing, and 2017 was a superb year for the automaker. As it represented the second to last year of fourth-generation Ram pickup trucks, it is unsurprising that most impediments had been sorted out. Three engines are available for the heavy duty behemoth, including two gasoline engines and one turbo diesel engine. 

The base engine is a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 accelerating up to 383 horsepower at 5,600 revolutions per minute and producing 400 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 revolutions per minute. An available 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 generates 410 horsepower at 5,600 revolutions per minute and delivers 429 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 revolutions per minute.

For heavy-duty towing chores, Ram offers the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel inline-six-cylinder engine with a choice of power levels and transmission choices. Indeed, the Cummins turbo diesel churns out 385 horsepower at 2,800 revolutions per minute and a staggering 900 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 revolutions per minute. Even though the vehicle is not equipped with the technological amenities of newer models, a less technologically-reliant truck could make for a more appealing machine for buyers.

2017 Ram 2500

The 2017 Ram 2500 offers a unique balance between the 1500 Hemi and the 2500/3500 Cummins. Three engine options lie at the core of the 2017 Ram 2500. However, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that forms the base engine option is rated at 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. There is also an available Off Road Package for this model that comes outfitted with features such as tow hooks, hill descent control, Bilstein shock absorbers, wheel flares, a limited-slip differential, a transfer case skid plate, off-road decals, and on/off road tires.

It is worth noting that even though a nearly infinite list of cab, engine, bed, transmission, and drivetrain options influence total towing capacity, the 2017 Ram 2500 can be configured to tow up to 11,890 pounds. Moreover, according to sources, “Not only do you still get such impressive numbers, but with a 4.6/5.0 for reliability on Cars.com, the gas is 2500 slots above its diesel counterparts when it comes to maintenance costs.”

2023 Ram 1500

Even without any noteworthy updates over the years, the 2023 Ram 1500 remains a stellar full-size pickup truck in nearly all aspects. The 2023 Ram 1500 is a five-seater vehicle that comes equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Refinement is the name of the game for the Ram 1500. The automobile brings excellent technology features, a smooth ride, and smart storage solutions for a class known–first and foremost–for toughness. 

To that end, sources indicate that after the 2024 model year, “the Ram 1500 is dropping the option for the 5.7L V-8 and will be replacing it with the 3.0L Hurricane inline-6. While the new I6 is incredibly potent and sounds lovely, reliability hasn’t been proven yet.” Nonetheless, the all-around competency and some dazzling touches make the 1500 a highly desirable choice.

If the versatility of the Ram lineup has drawn your attention, please come visit Miami Lakes Automall. After all, we are here to assist you with any financial help, needs, or suggestions to make paying for a vehicle easier. Stop by and see what we can do for you right now.

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