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2005 Dodge Ram

2005  Dodge Ram 1500
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Last year, Dodge gave its favorite child a new 5.7-liter HEMI engine to play with, making it a king in the full-size pickup truck class. The sheer abundance of power gave the already rugged and practical truck an edge in the ever-competitive workhorse segment.

This year, wider availability of a 6-speed manual transmission and an optional sunroof highlight the changes to the pickup king.

Available Models
The 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 is offered in two body styles: a two-door regular cab and a Quad Cab four-door crew cab. Both come in ST and uplevel SLT trims with cargo beds of 6.3 ft or 8 ft. There's also a top-line Laramie package as well.

Interior Features
Regular cabs sit three, while Quad Cabs handle six. Both are as rugged as they come.

The Laramie package turns the Dodge Ram from a comfortable pickup to a decadent one. It has high contrast color seat inserts in addition to a feature list that includes the following: leather upholstery, dual-zone manual climate controls, an Infinity AM/FM radio with in-dash 6-disc CD changer, steering-wheel radio controls and a trip computer.

Other options for 2005 include power adjustable pedals, Chrysler's UConnect system, heated front seats, a navigation system and more.

Exterior Features
The new sunroof provides one-touch open-and-close features, and includes a power vent position for highway cruising.

Also new for 2005 is rear badging, reinforcing the view most often seen by the competition. It has a new chrome Ram's head added to the center of the tailgate replacing the Dodge nameplate.

There are three engines offered for 2005. The base model is a 3.7-liter V6. It delivers 215 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 235 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The second engine is a tough 4.7-liter V8, producing 235 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 300 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm.

Finally, there's the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. It cranks out a whopping 345 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 375 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm. A unique 5-speed automatic transmission is standard with the HEMI-the only transmission in its class with the reverse gear ratio equal to the low gear ratio.

All Dodge Ram 1500s are available with rear-wheel drive or 4WD that must be disengaged on dry pavement. SLT models now offer all-wheel drive as well.

Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and 4-wheel disc brakes with antilock rear brakes are standard. The Laramie package includes front and rear antilock brakes, while curtain side airbags are optional.

2005 Dodge Ram 1500 - Feature Highlights

New sun roof available on Quad Cab Short Box
New tailgate badging - Ram’s Head replaces “DODGE” nameplate

UConnect™ hands-free cellular phone with BlueTooth™ technology; optional on SLT and Laramie
SIRIUS® Satellite radio optional on Quad Cab Short Box SLT and Laramie (late availability)

New transmission mounts for manual transmissions improve noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)

3.7-liter Magnum V-6 engine upgrade provides improved idle quality and fuel economy refinements. Engine upgrade includes a new camshaft profile, lash adjusters, low-tension piston rings and a 9.7:1 compression ratio
4.7-liter V-8 engine adds knock sensors and exhaust gas recirculatuion (EGR) for improved efficiency
Getrag 238 six-speed manual transmission replaces the NV3500 five-speed manual on 3.7-liter and 4.7-liter Magnum engines
Low Lockup Speed and turbine damper added to 545RFE with 4.7-liter engine. The turbine damper improves NVH performance allowing for torque converter lockup clutch application at lower speeds

Fast Stats
3 - Regular Cab
6 - Quad Cab
MSRP from
3.7L V6
4.7L V8
5.7L HEMI® V8
215 @ 5200
235 @ 4800
345 @ 5400
6-speed manual
Auto multi-speed
5-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
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