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Twenty-five years ago, the first diesel-equipped Dodge Ram pickup went on sale. Then, twenty years ago, Dodge made the pickup world sit up and take notice. The 1994 Dodge Ram pickup, with its big-truck styling, transformed an also-ran vehicle line with a seven-percent market share into a major player with an 18.5% share at the end of August 2013. Significantly, from the crash in 2009 to the end of 2012, Ram achieved the highest growth of any American pickup. For 2014, these trends converge as Ram becomes the only American full-size pickup like to offer diesel engines across its range. A group from the Texas Auto Writers Association met the newest Rams on a hazy morning at Ventura Farms in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains about 43 miles northwest of Los Angeles. They were all there: the new Ram 1500 with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine; the new..

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the new ram makes the old one look like an S10. lol
 

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Ram has been on a roll good for them!
 

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suzq044 said:
the new ram makes the old one look like an S10. lol
Now you can appreciate why Dodge trucks went from $12,000 to the current $55,000.
 

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The newer pickups do look bigger. I checked the specs and they're just longer. I tried finding hood height but couldnt. I wonder if it's the big rig styling that make them look bigger?

1993 W250 (Reg cab)
Width: 79.5
Wheelbase: 131.0
Length: 219.8
Height: 76.7

2002 4x4 2500 (Reg cab)
Width: 79.4
Wheelbase: 134.7
Length: 224.1
Height: 75.1

2009 4x4 2500 (Reg cab)
Width: 79.6
Wheelbase: 140.5
Length: 229.7
Height: 78.1


2013 4x4 2500 (Reg cab)
Width: 79.4
Wheelbase: 140.5
Length: 230.4
Height: 76.2
 

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Modern 2wd trucks are considerably taller than older 2wd trucks though, as there used to be a much more pronounced height difference between 2wd and 4wd suspension heights, which has been lessened or eliminated in modern times in favor of all of them conforming to the 4wd's suspension height.
 

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Well, an '89 D-250 5.9 Cummins retailed for about $18,000 new, and you can get a 2013 Ram 2500 Cummins for $35,000. That sounds like a big difference, $18,000 in 1989 has the same buying power as $34,000 today.

So think about it, for an equivalent of $1000 more, you are getting infinitely more truck than the hideously dated D series could ever hope to offer back in 1989.
 

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Ecodiesel - 240hp @ 3600RPM, 420lb-ft @ 2000RPM, 25MPG Highway, 9,200lbs Tow Rating, $28,045

89-93 Ram Cummins - 160 hp @ 2,500 RPM, 400lb - ft @ 1700RPM, ~20MPG Highway, 7,000-8,000lbs Tow rating, $18,000 ($34,000 today)

Yes the price of a 3/4 Ton with a Cummins has gone up, but so has the capacity. If you are wanting to haul as much with a new truck as you did with your old Cummins, you could get a 1500 Ecodiesel, see better mileage, and it is a cheaper truck when adjusted for inflation.
 

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As competitive as the truck market (or any segment of the auto market) is, it's great to see Ram still standing out and performing well. Offering Cummins across the range is great...between Cummins and Hemi how can you go wrong. The interiors keep getting better too.
 
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