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Few names in the truck world are as synonymous with power and performance as is Ram. Being spun off into its own company allowed the former Dodge brand to devote its attention entirely to the truck sector, and the results speak for themselves. These pickups have set a new standard in the truck world, and their high-quality craftsmanship and reliability make them an exceptional value on the used market. While the wallet-friendly benefits of a used truck can be appealing, it can be tough to know exactly what you're getting into, which is why finding a used Ram dealer you can trust is so important.
Offering a wide selection of new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, our team at Orange Coast Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Fiat goes out of their way to make sure that every used Ram on our lot delivers on our customer's high expectations. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions here: we know that every buyer's needs are unique, and we do our best to put ourselves in your shoes and give each customer the personal care and attention that we would expect ourselves. When you are ready for a high-quality used Ram truck at an affordable price, then stop by our showroom in Costa Mesa and test drive one today.
Debuting in 1981, Ram initially emerged as Dodge's attempt to give its line of pickups and vans their own distinctive branding. The first-generation Ram pickup was based on the design of the Dodge D-series, which had been in production since 1960. The new model featured some design tweaks, including new body lines and changes to the front and rear lights, but it's the iconic Ram logo that truly set the pickup apart.
Originally used on Dodge vehicles produced between 1932 and 1954, the distinctive ram's head was designed by sculptor Avard Tennyson Fairbanks. Revived from the archives by legendary auto executive Lee Iaccoca, the logo was the perfect fit for the new, rugged line of trucks, pairing perfectly with an equally legendary advertising campaign. The ad featured two rams locked in battle - perhaps signaling the brand's intention to take on all comers in the pickup sector - and introduced the world to the motto "built Ram tough."
Lacking a diesel option and larger V8 with the requisite power to attract those in the market for a heavy-duty work truck, the Ram didn't truly take off until the introduction of several new powertrain options in the late '80s. A 3.9-liter V6 with electronic fuel injection, and the addition of fuel injection to the existing V8, gave the Ram the bona fides to compete with established truck brands, but it was the storied Cummins diesel engine that really brought the Ram into its own. The original 5.9-liter Cummins produced 160 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, immediately vaulting the Ram into the conversation for the most capable truck on the market.
That reputation carried over into the Ram's second generation, where sales exploded thanks in part to a top-down redesign that gave the pickup a decidedly more modern look. The makeover even landed the Ram a place in Hollywood history with its starring role in the 1996 smash-hit "Twister." That year marked the high point for Ram sales, with Dodge moving 480,000 units, but there were big changes on the horizon. The 2009 model saw the introduction of a new four-door cab, the HEMI V8, and the debut of the Rambox in-bed cargo system, but Dodge knew it had to think outside of the box to take down Ford and Chevy.
The result? In 2010 Ram was spun off as a separate brand from Dodge. This not only allowed Dodge and Ram to focus on their respective wheelhouses - cars and trucks - but gave the pickup brand the opportunity to define itself as its own entity. With this spin-off, Ram aimed to buck the growing trend of the "casual" truck, instead offering a highly capable work truck that puts more of a focus on power and performance than gadgets and styling. The move worked, with Ram and Dodge both finding greater success as their own entities.
Ram trucks come equipped with some of the best powertrains and drivetrains available to you as a driver. The key is for you to determine what you need out of your truck. This will help you decide which used Ram truck is best for you.
The current lineup of Ram trucks made their debut in time for the 2019 model year. These include the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500, constituting the fifth generation of Ram trucks. The prior generation was built from 2009 to 2018, with the fourth generation Ram 1500 continuing to be built for the 2019 and 2020 model years under the name Ram 1500 Classic. So, if you see a 2019 or 2020 model with that name, you should keep in mind that it has the same features of the fourth-generation Ram truck.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles separated the Ram truck division from Dodge in 2010, and in 2012, the modern Ram truck was born. So, if you see a third-generation model, don’t be confused by the fact that it is called a Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, or 3500. These were built up until 2009.
Ram trucks are known for their spacious and comfortable passenger cabins. With that said, sometimes you are just looking for a truck for work purposes and only need one row of seats––one for the driver and one for the passenger. These are referred to as Regular Cabs and will typically give you greater towing power and payload capacity than the same model and engine on a cab with two rows of seats. Ram does not offer a Regular Cab on fifth-generation models. So, you will need to look at either a Ram 1500 Classic or a Ram truck built during the third or fourth generation if you desire a truck with a Regular Cab.
All fifth-generation Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks come with either a Crew Cab with four full-size doors or a Quad Cab with two full-size doors and two half-size doors. The third-generation Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks called the Crew Cab “Mega Cabs.”
One thing to consider when buying a used truck is whether you want rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive will give you improved towing and payload capability but at the expense of greater traction from a four-wheel drivetrain. In addition, if you are into off-roading, then you should look for either the Rebel or Warlock trim levels on your new or used Ram 1500 or Ram 1500 Classic truck. These are dedicated off-road trims with four-wheel drivetrains, transfer cases, skid plates, and other features you will need if you desire to hit the trails in your Ram truck.
Ram trucks also come with a great choice of powertrains, so you can decide whether you are looking for improved fuel economy or performance. The current generation of Ram 1500 trucks feature a staggering amount of powerful engine choices. It does not matter which model you find on our lot; you will find an incredible engine under the hood. There is a very fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque, a strong 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with or without eTorque for improved towing ability, a powerful 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8, and a 3.0-liter Ecodiesel V6 with great fuel economy and outstanding torque. Similarly, the Ram 2500 and 3500 offer a choice of a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
If you are looking for a used Ram 1500, you will also get a great choice of engines. The fourth-generation models come with one of three engines: a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, and, since the 2014 model year, a 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel V6.
The fourth-generation Ram 2500 and 3500 actually offer drivers a choice of three engines, one more than the current model. In addition to the 6.4-liter V8 and 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6, drivers can also get a used Ram 2500 or 3500 with a 5.7-liter V8. The third-generation Ram 2500 and 3500 have a choice of two engines, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6.
When it comes to power and performance, there's just no substitute for Ram's full-size pickup lineup. The Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 each offer a big step up in terms of raw capability. These number designations were originally intended to reflect payload capacity, but the Ram series makes a mockery of the whole system. The Ram 1500 can accommodate over double its original half-ton capacity, with the Ram 2500 and 3500 maxing out at over 4,000 pounds and 7,600 pounds, respectively.
The newer breed of Ram trucks has struck the sweet spot between raw power and functionality. Full-size trucks are rarely just driveway showpieces - these brawny pickups are made to work and have the goods under the hood to prove it. With V6, V8 gas, and diesel options producing anywhere between 260 and 702 horsepower, there's no doubting that the Ram is now more than capable of hanging with - and beating - the competition. Case in point: the 2020 Ram 3500 was not only named 2020 Truck of the Year by MotorTrend, but at a mind-blowing 35,100 pounds, it has some of the best towing capacity of any truck on the market.
Equipped with a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel, the Ram 2500 can also tow up to 20,000 pounds, depending on the model year, showing just how far the Ram has come since its early days. It's not just all dumb muscle over here, though. The Ram has acquiesced to modern sensibilities around fuel economy without sacrificing the power drivers expect, thanks to an innovative eTorque mild-hybrid system that supplements the powerful gas engines with a small electric boost. This makes the Ram a more practical choice for everyday driving, with the ability to burn less fuel while still giving you an excess of horsepower.
So the power is there in spades, but it's the little things that have kept the Ram lineup so relevant over the years. Recognizing the truck's informal role as a mobile office for many of those in the trades, Ram has leaned into the trend, outfitting these heavy-duty trucks with the type of amenities that would put any cubicle to shame. Newer models not only feature wireless charging, a 12-inch touchscreen display, and plenty of USB ports, but also acoustic glass and active noise-cancellation that will make the cabin the perfect sanctuary for business calls, paperwork, or most importantly, lunch.
One thing that all Ram trucks offer is a great Uconnect infotainment system. This allows you to connect your smart devices with Bluetooth and to operate the entertainment system on a color touchscreen. You should keep in mind that newer models will have more advanced Uconnect systems with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Newer models will also feature the RamBox Cargo Management System with a 115-volt power outlet. This allows you to easily transform your truck’s payload bed into a workspace, making it ideal for people who are planning to use their Ram truck for commercial purposes.
While the TRX may be the newest addition to the Ram 1500 lineup, it certainly packed quite the punch right off the assembly. The TRX is a half-ton pickup built to take on anything you throw in its path. Under the hood is a supercharged 6.2L Hemi capable of delivering 702 horsepower, and that's just the start of all that this truck is capable of. The TRX has been awarded the MotorTrend Truck of the Year award for 2021––an impressive feat considering this model only hit showroom floors the same year. In addition, the TRX was named the Truck of Texas, Full-Size Truck of Texas, and Off-Road Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association for 2021.
This is one incredible truck you should consider purchasing used at Orange Coast.
When you buy your next Ram truck, you are going to want to know that the Ram dealer has the truck you need. Only an official Ram dealership like Orange Coast CJDR can give you the greatest amount of options when deciding which truck to buy. Our sales team has the expertise to help find you the exact model you need, whether you are buying new, used, or CPO. Not only will we help you find the one you desire, but our vast inventory means that we will probably actually have it for you as well.
If you are buying a used Ram truck, you are going to want peace of mind that can only come from a reputable dealership that stands behind its vehicles. At Orange Coast CJDR, we offer a 72-hour/250-mile return policy. If you are not happy with your Ram truck, return it in that time period for a full money-back refund and no restocking fee. We also participate in Chrysler Fiat Automobiles’ CPO program, so you can get a CPO Ram truck that has undergone a comprehensive 125-point inspection and features a 7-year/100,000 powertrain limited warranty. All CPO vehicles also come with a free CARFAX vehicle history report and Roadside Assistance. By choosing Orange Coast CJDR for your next used Ram truck, you know you are getting a great deal for an exceptional vehicle with a Ram dealership that will be here for you.