2016 Ram 2500 WARNING REVIEWS

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List of Reviews & Complaints: Top 10 Problems. Top 10 Complaints. Top 10 Issues

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Starting at
$57,285
Engine
5.7L V8

Power
383 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
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Seats
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  • 2016 Ram 2500 Defects

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2016 Ram 2500 Overview

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If you're looking for a pickup and find that regular light-duty 1500-series trucks can't meet your towing or payload requirements, it's time to step up to a heavy-duty workhorse from Ram. Like the smaller Ram 1500, the 2016 Ram 2500 is available in several different configurations involving cabin, powertrain and box length choices. But the difference between the two is in the 2500's superior towing and hauling abilities. When properly configured, the heavy-duty 2500 can tow up to 17,980 pounds and carry 3,990 pounds in the bed. There are few competitors in this segment, but none enjoy one of the Ram's best features: a coil spring rear suspension. Whether you're towing or driving around with the bed empty, the coil spring provides a more compliant ride compared to the leaf spring setup used by its rivals. Note that if you are also considering the Ram 3500, that even more capable machine uses traditional leaf springs in the rear. Subtlety is not part of the 2016 Ram 2500's repertoire. Competition is limited to the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD (and its GMC Sierra counterpart) and the Ford F-250. All boast similar tow ratings, although the Ram earns a slight advantage thanks to a third engine choice, a 6.4-liter V8 that slots between the 5.7-liter V8 and turbodiesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder. The Ram also gets a nod for its best-in-class interior. More than just utilitarian, the 2500's interior is plush and inviting. It makes the truck eminently livable outside of work duty, and the comparatively supple ride only enhances that quality. Its "A" rating reflects its top standing in this class.

The 2016 Ram 2500 is a top pick for a heavy-duty truck thanks to its refined interior, forgiving ride and tremendous towing and hauling capabilities.

Availability of the 5.7-liter V8 fueled by compressed natural gas has been expanded to include regular cab and crew cab/rear-wheel-drive configurations. The top-tier Laramie Limited trim gets a revised exterior.



2016 Ram 2500 Problems




2016 Ram 2500 Reviews From Owners (19 Reviews)

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By Joe Sigmon

on Sep/13/16 05:19 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500



By Barbara O'Leary

on Aug/09/16 06:33 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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By TC

on Oct/02/16 06:18 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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Great Truck so far

I have had this vehicle for a few weeks and have no big complaints.

By Barbara O'Leary

on Aug/09/16 06:33 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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By John

on Feb/21/17 07:16 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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RAM 2500 a Grand Slam

My 2016 RAM 2500 Diesel has been great. MPG is about 19 around town. No issues what so ever. It is a Beast! It is a big truck and I've had to adjust to the size, but I bought it to tow and haul and it does that well. Time will tell, but so far, so good.

By Joe Layman

on Oct/17/16 07:07 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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Acceptable Oil Consuption

Dodge Ram 2500 6.4 engine - At 1,000 miles, I notice that the oil was about 1/2 a quart low, checked again at 2,000 miles - full 1 quart low. I put a quart of 0-40w synthetic oil. Again at 3,000 miles - 1/2 quate low and at 4,000 mile had to add another quart. Dealers tell you the recommended oil change interval is 6000 miles between oil changes however, they do not tell you about oil consumption (based on Ram's "Acceptable Oil Consumption" maintenance notification - one quarter every 2,000 miles at over $10.00 per quart is within their accepable level). That only applies if you have less that 50,000 miles, after that, it's one quated for every 750miles. Love the truck - hate the oil consumption. Buyer beware - ask about any Dodge or Ram models there maintenance flier regarding "ACCEPTABLE Oil Consumption" - its the same.

By Uncle Jessie

on Jan/04/17 03:51 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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One of, if not THE, best vehicle I have ever owne

Mine is not a Power Wagon but the list did not include a 2500 with the 6.4L to choose from. Power is fantastic, ride comfort the best of any vehicle I've owned including cars. Getting into and out of this beast can be a bit hard for smaller people like the wife and kids but it sits high for a reason. I bought this for towing and tow it does. I replaced a 2002 Dodge 2500 long bed with the 5.9L and this thing smokes my old truck in all categories. I push the tow button and just goes, the truck does everything and since I live in the mountains and pull everything from a small (16') log trailer to a good sized (20' Grady White) boat, it is much appreciated. We have a Hummer H3 and a Jeep Wrangler and when we go on family outings, we take the truck because it is by far the most comfortable, most roomy, most peppy and most enjoyable vehicle to be in. The 2 year old grandson loves it when I push the pedal to the floor and the whole truck just jumps and propels him back into his seat, with his hands up in the air like it's a carnival ride. Love this thing and as of right now I can't say anything bad about it. Even the gas mileage is what one should expect and with the economy gearing, it's somethings even impressive.

By Paul P

on Aug/08/16 04:14 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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Goodbye, Ford...

I've owned Ford trucks for the last 20 years. If Ram keeps building their trucks like this, they'll keep me as a customer. You can't beat the value for money and I think they are the best looking trucks on the road today. I've owned my 5.7 4X4 express crew cab for a few weeks and couldn't be happier with it. It's the smoothest riding truck I've ever owned, has plenty of power and enough bells and whistles for me. The only complaint I have is the seats could be a little more comfortable.

By Unsatisfied

on Oct/20/16 01:11 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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2016 RAM 2500 6.4 HEMI

DO NOT DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At 550 miles the transmission failed. I was pulling a trailer weighing around 2500 pounds and a terrible slam sound came from the transmission as it was accelerating. The vehicle and trailer shuttered and awful noises could be heard under the hood and in the floorboard. So I took it to the dealership and they got negative codes. They replaced the shifting solenoid (didn't work) and now its being torn apart like a science experiment at the nut house. RAM customer service is as helpful as Hillary Clintons IT guy. I was told that it is kinda what it is. What? So do yourself a favor and leave these things alone. Tell your friends and family to stay clear. I am making a payment for a truck to sit at a dealership and who knows when this will get resolved.

By Jim

on Aug/16/16 07:46 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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Were all the reviews written by real owners/

I own a 2016 dodge ram 2500, heavy duty 4x4. 5.7 . uses gas like you would'nt believe , even if you drive like an old lady ! when towing even light loads transmission shifts up and down , cant find a gear it likes. the brakes you have to stand on them to make it stop, dont think you could skid the tires if you had to. Looks good and will haul any thing you can load on it without any problems. I"ve owned plenty of Dodge trucks, non of them have been really good on gas. Changing to a power chip for better all around performance requires premium fuel, why waste the money. I can"t wait to get rid of it!

By Slick

on Aug/17/16 09:46 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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Former Ford fanboy says... WELL DONE RAM!

I was looking to replace my 2k Super Duty V10 4x4 supercab with a crew cab to give the dog more room, and fewer repair projects for me. After getting frustrated with the local Ford dealers, started looking at Ram. Spoke with several neighbors and co-workers who had made the switch from Ford to Ram & were extremely happy with the reliability & value of the Ram. I had an extremely pleasant buying experience. I did not want (to pay for) a loaded model. I was able to find pretty much exactly what I wanted. I bought a '16 2500 Heavy Duty crew cab short bed 4x4 with the 6.4L gasser & 4.10 gears in the Tradesman trim level (not a Power Wagon). It's optioned almost to the SLT level with the chrome appearance package, preferred equipment package, UConnect 5.0, 4.10 gears, anti-spin differencial, shift-on-the-fly 4x4, park sense/park view, power trailer tow mirrors, and LED bed lights. The ride is nice, albeit a bit stiff... but that's mainly a function of running 80 psi in the tires. I'm amazed at how quiet the cabin is. Being a base model, there are plenty of hard plastics in the cabin... but so far (fingers crossed), no squeaks or rattles... & it seems well put-together. I wish it had a telescoping steering wheel, and the brake pedal sits a bit high for my foot. I'll get used to it tho. The seats seem quite comfortable... even the back seats. The cylinder deactivation is imperceptible, tho at low speed/rpm, it will chug a little, on occasion. The shift points (of the transmission) seem a bit off, even with the 4.10s, but all work smoothly. It just seems like it's easy to catch the transmission off-guard pretty regularly... a common occurrence in newer cars/trucks with 6-10 cogs in the trans... it's tuned for mileage. I'm getting around 11-13 mpg in town & 17-18 mpg on the highway. No complaints there. I'm still in the break-in phase, so no towing yet. Overall, I'm a happy camper!

By Mountain Man

on Dec/12/16 08:38 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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2016 Ram Mega Cab Diesel

Purchased this truck a couple of months ago. I live in Colorado and I spend a lot of time crossing the mountains in really rough storms. More than once I have found myself being the only vehicle on the road able to handle the snow and ice. The traction control is superb and the Cummins engine is amazing. I should also mention how comfortable it is to drive. The interior is really nice, especially with the saddle leather and all the bells and whistles that keep me comfortable in the worst conditions. I've owned a lot of vehicles over the years, but not one of them can compare with this truck. If you are looking for a vehicle that can handle the worst weather in the USA and keep you comfortable the entire time, then this is the truck for you. I'm not a "brand loyal" guy, so when I was looking for a truck I looked at Ram, Ford and GMC. At the end of the day the Ram won hands down. The Mega Cab is very comfortable and the back seat is amazing for my kids. Best truck on the market in my opinion. Take it for a long test drive before you buy anything else.

By Randy

on Nov/15/15 10:51 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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A piece of crap= POS

To start with, my family has owned 7 dodge diesel's trucks so far. I will not buy another. I like driving my 1999 2500, owned it for 16 years and take it to drive unless I don't have a choice. Would trade 2016, in if I wouldn't lose so much money. I get 21 mpg in my 1999; get 16 mpg in 2016.There's no interior lights for the front seat area. Have to pull over or passenger has to remove seat belt to read the map. Have to use the light in the back seat area. It doesn't have gas caps. It has Dumbo mirrors. They stick out way to far for normal use. It's very hard to see traffic in the mirrors. Real hard to change from fast lane to slow lane. Can't see cars in right lane. Mirror height to short. If you turn (90 degrees) the mirrors, you can see wide, but can't see cars. Have to use interior mirror for lane change. Has bug eyes mirrors on drivers side and passenger side. It's a pos. Tried to change out mirrors. Dealer had no knowledge on any kind of part swap. I'm 6'2" and can't reach in to the bed of the truck without a ladder or lower tailgate. Still need ladder to get in bed. You have to buy steps to get in and out of the truck unless you have a 16" vertical jump. Wife in high heels had to take off shoes to get in. Even with step, I hit my head on the overhead door opening. Not as tall as my 1999. Motor has a rev limiter. about 3200 rpm. Right when the motor is at full turbo, it cuts out. The exhaust brake button need to be relocated. You have to look at the bottom of the dash to engage. Eyes off the road like texting. Going to get a switch, for exhaust brake, to put on the gear shift lever. What does work--- I like the drink holder in the door. It's wired for easy towing. I like the six speed transmission. Wish I could put transmission in my 1999. Have to check. Over all I will retrofit an older truck before buying a new one. I've driven over 6 million miles in my life and this truck is dangerous to drive in traffic. Even on Freeways. Overall. Don’t buy this truck!

By Edward J Deichmeister

on Sep/20/16 05:20 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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Transmission Failure

I purchased a NEW 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 6.4 L engine gas. The first day I drove the truck I lost acceleration on the highway and I had to pull off the road. The transmission had a problem with only 65 miles. I called Dealer and they told me to call Chrysler support and arrange for towing back to Dealer. Since I was more than 40 miles from the Dealer I would have to pay for the towing. BS! After a week at the Dealers service department I was told the transmission had to be replaced! Remember it only has 65 miles on the odometer. I demanded a new truck from the Dealer and they told me it's no possible since it was titled. The Customer Support was terrible, no one at the Dealer would return my calls, General Manager and Service Manager. I called the Attorney Generals Office and my Attorney. I'm still waiting for a resolution!!!

By John Williams

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

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2016 Ram 2500


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Great Truck!!!!!

I'm writing this review because my 2016 RAM 2500/ 6.7 Laramie 4x4 is a Beast! I custom ordered this truck and man did everything I got on this truck deliver. A month after getting my truck I went to Big Bear after a major snow fall and my truck handled well in 4x4H in the snow. My truck started well in 0 degree weather and every thing worked after driving in 0 degree weather. Next, two months later I went driving in the desert and once again my truck handled well on very rocky and bumpy roads like a champ. I have driven on the beach, in canyons, through water and my truck gets the job done. I just towed my 9,800lbs travel trailer and my truck towed well and braked well. I feel there are two downfalls with this truck; one is the limited turn radius of the truck. The turn radius isn't bad but the truck is hard to park in parking spots. Also the rear air vents provide very limited air in my crew cab. With those small issues stated, the interior of the truck is great. The storage in the rear passenger area is outstanding. I plan to have this truck for a while. Good job RAM!!!!!!!

By David

on Feb/29/16 09:11 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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6.7 Ram 2500 Laramie with Black Appearance Package

Sold my toy hauler and had no need for my 2012 F350 with 8' bed. Had a few problems with the ford and after owning a 2005 dodge 2500 decided to give Ram a chance. I will admit I do miss the tailgate step, this is my only complaint. This truck has almost as much technology as the wife's luxury SUV. This is my daily driver and no problems with mirrors if you set them up correctly. With the 6.7 Cummins 370HP/800 TQ and 3.42 rear axle ratio I get 21 mpg at 70 mph and my average with all driving is 17.8 mpg. I can pull my #14,000 trailer without a strain. So if you have to tow and need a comfortable daily driver go test drive a new ram.

By Hank Stone

on Apr/12/16 02:47 PM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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Luxury in a Limited

WOW! I purchased a 2016 RAM 2500 Limited 4x4 with the 6.7 Cummins to pull my Airstream. This truck came with everything but a stripper pole!
Unbelievably comfortable. Test drove the F250 first then the RAM. Once the wife sat in the RAM and we took it for a test drive it was over. The comfort blows
the Ford away. The truck has 2,000 miles already with the Airstream behind it. Going down 8% grades in Western N.C. is worry free with that exhaust brake.
Can't say enough about this truck. Look forward to many more fun trips!

By Brian Cook

on Nov/26/15 05:13 AM (UTC)

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2016 Ram 2500


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MY 2016 RAM LARAMIE IS AWESOME!!!

I bought my first ram laramie in new in 2004. I kept the truck until I traded it off in 2011 for another ram 2500 and it never had anything go wrong with it. The only time it was in the shop was for regular maintenance, It was always reliable. My 2011 was also a great truck. Same story as the 2004, always reliable and never had an issue except for the suspension was a little rough. I traded it in on a chevy in 2014 (HORRIBLE MISTAKE!). Within a year the transmission went out and then the oil pump!!! Unbelievable! Maybe it was a lemon, I don't know but I will never buy another chevy again. (Also in 2010 I bought a new Camaro and it was in the shop for an oil leak within 10,000 miles). I then just recently traded off my chevy on a 2016 Ram 2500 Laramie and love it! The truck is extremely nice inside and out and drives fantastic compared to the older Dodge Rams that I've had. Or any other truck that I've owned for that matter (Ford, Chevy). I would suggest to anyone looking into buying a new truck to test drive the new Ram! I never write reviews but after reading the negative one on here I had to post my feelings about the Ram.

UPDATE;
As of 5/30/2016 I would not change anything about my first review. The truck is awesome!

By Jason

on Mar/25/16 06:43 PM (UTC)

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Upgraded from a Tundra

6.7 Diesel Black Appearance Group. Basically I will compare my last truck (2010 Tundra 5.7 Rock Warrior 4x4) to this one. My family camps a lot. I have a 9000# camper. My Tundra pulled it very well. For a 1/2 ton truck it's amazing. Great brakes, amazing power, and great comfort. With all that said it is NOT a heavy duty truck!! I originally purchased a 1/2 ton truck because it was a daily driver and figured a 3/4 or 1 ton truck might be too much as a daily driver. I could not have been more wrong. After 5 camping seasons towing with my Tundra and filling up every 120 miles (I got 7.5 mpg) I had enough. I have always wanted a diesel due to obvious reasons; towing/hauling, efficiency, stability, and the pure idea of having a diesel truck. My father has a 2012 F-350 6.7, so I borrowed it for a long trip. About 10 minutes into the trip I knew the Tundra was gone.

I drove them all. In my opinion the Ram 2500 was by far the best decision for me as a daily driver. The 3/4 ton has ridiculous towing (17,000+) and the available payload is way more then I would use. It's the only 3/4 ton that has coil rear 5-link system. Which promotes a fantastic ride for a HD truck. The ride is solid, sturdy, and enjoyable. It handles very well for nearly an 8000# truck. For those of you who are...um.. vertically challenged, may have a difficult time getting into it. It will be a more of a jump. I'm 6'4" and I slide right in, however, my wife 5'4", has to climb in - but she loves the truck! Once you get inside you will be amazed on how refined it is. Everything inside the cabin looks high quality and well made. The conveniences included rival most luxury SUVs.

Performance wise it will scoot. The nasty torque will put you in your seat, but it is the slowest out of the big 3 from a dead stop. Once you are moving (say 20-30) and you hammer it - they all are fairly close. It shifts quite a bit sooner than the Chevy and Ford. The Ram will shift just before 3,000rpm, whereas the others will shift closer to 3500-4000 on a wide-open throttle acceleration. But I didn't purchase this for drag racing, I bought it for straight up towing. With all the torque available at 1600rpm it does it extremely well and with very little effort.

Fuel economy for this 8000# beast is beyond amazing. My Tundra averaged 14.5-15 per tank to and from work. I have over 2000 miles on my Ram; basically 4 tanks. So far each tank has been; 19.2, 18.6, 18.5, and currently I'm sitting at 18.8 with about another 100 miles until I fill up again. I take the same way to and from work everyday. Yes, I have a boring daily routine. I live in central Ohio - the elevation is around 900ft (for those of you that need to know if the mpg is at sea level or in the clouds). PS - I have, and will keep, all the emission. I'm sure I will change my mind in a few months, but for now I'm happy with the sound/performance/mpgs.

Granted this entire review is based on a couple thousand miles. Rest assure I will update after I have an entire year of camping under my belt.


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2016 Ram 2500 Problems Report:


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  • 2016 Ram 2500 Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Ram 2500 Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Ram 2500 Reviews
  • 2016 Ram 2500 Defects

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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    160.0 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    248.4 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    78.3 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    7.7 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    7201 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    41.0 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    66.0 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    43.3 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    65.7 Inches


Transmission

Transmission

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


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Solid Axle
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • 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
    70



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • 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 HD Radio
  • 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
  • Side Mirror Memory
    Includes Exterior Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    5.7L V8 HEMI VVT Engine (EZC)
  • Front Suspension
    solid axle
  • Rear Suspension
    solid axle
  • Fuel Capacity
    31.0 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

Power Wagon Laramie 6.4L V8 Crew Cab (6.4 ft. Bed) / 4x4 / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.4 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.5 sec @ 86 mph
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Big Horn 6.4L V8 Crew Cab (6.4 ft. Bed) / 4x4 / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.9 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.1 sec @ 88 mph
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True Market Value

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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
    $38,661
  • Private Seller Price
    $41,130
  • Dealer Price
    $42,992
  • Original MSRP
    $57,285


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2016 Ram 2500 JD Power

  • Among the best

  • Better than most

  • About average

  • The rest

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
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

2016 Ram 2500 Problems





2016 Ram 2500 Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Ram 2500 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 2500 Key Factors

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Pros

  • High-quality cabin
  • Highly off-road-capable Power Wagon version
  • Quiet, comfortable ride.
  • Monumental torque with diesel and automatic powertrain
  • Mega Cab's roomy rear seat

Cons

  • Diesel's lower output with the manual transmission.


2016 Ram 2500 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$1,444$1,495 $1,547$1,601 $1,657$7,744
Maintenance$126$397 $727$1,308 $2,217$4,775
Repairs$0$0 $152$362 $529$1,043
Taxes & Fees$5,580$408 $384$364 $345$7,081
Financing$1,703$1,349 $984$606 $216$4,858
Depreciation$11,143$3,624 $3,189$2,830 $2,538$23,324
Fuel$2,700$2,781 $2,864$2,950 $3,039$14,334
True Cost To Own ®$22,696$10,054 $9,847$10,021 $10,541$63,159

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

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Ram 2500 NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 10/17/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | POWER TRAIN | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

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

Today i had a close call. cruising empty, not towing, someone pulled out right in front of me on the highway. got on the brakes. had a good opening in the next lane. pushed down on the gas peddle and started shifting lanes. the truck wouldn't accelerate, not even a little. after what seemed like 2-3 seconds it started to accelerate, and by then the car behind me was getting very close to my rear bumper. i didn't push the pedal to the floor but maybe i should have. anyway, i'm going to the dodge dealer and having a formal note put into my file about the problem. have had the truck 2 weeks. not happy and this could be very dangerous. i looked online and it seems this is a normal unfixed issue with these trucks, but seriously dangerous. *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 11/01/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN | STRUCTURE:BODY | SUSPENSION

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

Purchased a 2016 dodge ram 2500 turbo diesel laramie, new, returned the truck due to a vibration bad enough the seats, hood, rear bed shook. it was bad enough i had to slow down to have the shaking stop. then when on the highway the only safe driving speeds where under 62 and over 80. anything in between caused the truck to shake. so, the truck sat in my driveway, the only time i drove the truck was when i had to and even then, i would only drive it on the back roads due to the shaking. truck as been back 4 times for over a total of 30 days to work on truck with no solution to the problem. shaking starts at 62 mph and up, 72 mph being the worse.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/22/2015

Component(s): ENGINE

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

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 dodge ram 2500. the contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. the vehicle was restarted but the failure recurred shortly after. the vehicle was taken to the dealer. the technician was unable to diagnose the failure, however, re-flashed the computer. in addition, the technician deemed the vehicle unsafe to drive. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed that a terminal on the totally integrated power module was shearing off causing the failure. the vehicle was repaired. the failure mileage was 124.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/21/2015

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | EXTERIOR LIGHTING

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

Life and death situation: the 2016 2500 ram diesel truck has a problem that causes it to do a complete electrical shutdown while driving. a complete loss of all electrical systems are lost, including a... complete engine failure... brake lights... power steering... power brakes. everything dies with no warning. just dead! fiat dodge ram knows about this problem and are allowing these vehicles to be sold to an unknowing public. the reason i know this is because when the dealer called the star hot line at ram they were told exactly where to go to find the problem!!! there have been numerous failures to date. this will get people killed. the 2016 rams have only been on the road for a month. i own one and my vehicle is presently in the shop for repair after 10 engine failures!!!! when there were no failure codes on my ram 2500.. and.. it failed and shut down on the tech when backing it out of the bay the vehicle was taken away from me as unsafe to drive. that was a week ago. it is still stuck in the same bay as it will not crank. problem: tipm totally integrated power module or pdc intel pwr. part # 68243265ad is the problem. the main terminal input carrying all electrical power into the vehicle is being over torqued during manufacture. this is causing the terminal to snap and only give intermitting power to the vehicle during operation and causing the total shut of the vehicle's computers and shutdown of the vehicle. in addition to the this problem which could cause possible death, the constant arcing of the computers has now caused additional problems to my vehicle. there is now a failure in the ignition switch module part # 68271986aa and it has a esd of feb 2016. i'll deal with my vehicle.. but allowing these 8000# vehicles on the road with this problem is inexcusable when dodge ram knows they have this safety issue. ....updated 12/30/15 *bf


Date Complaint Filed: 12/23/2015

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

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

Purchased a new ram 2500 diesel. after 1200 miles, the diesel emission fluid (def) gauge became erratic and gave me a message that after 200 miles the truck's maximum speed would be 5 miles/hour. the am dealer in olympia, wa traced the problem to a computer module. this module is on national backorder with no delivery date in sight. i am on my way to alaska, and am stuck in olympia, wa for who knows how long. the truck is in perfect working order, except that it is programmed to stop (or go 5mph) after 200 miles unless the def problem is fixed.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/22/2016

Component(s): ENGINE

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

Throttle response, there is a huge delay between activating the pedal and the engine reacting to that input. crossing a busy street from a standstill is a gamble whether or not you'll accelerate in enough time.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/23/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

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

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 2500. while the vehicle was stopped at an intersection, the reduced throttle warning indicator illuminated. the vehicle was unable to move. the failure recurred twice. the vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed nor repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the vin was unknown. the approximate failure mileage was 1,600.


Date Complaint Filed: 03/26/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | STEERING

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

B/t 15-20 mph, the engine shuts off. no warning, no noise, oil pressure gauge goes to nothing, and rpms drop to 0. i loose control of steering as well. everything else has power to it (radio, lights, etc work) has happened 4 times, 3 in a row, spent 2 days at dealer and they couldn't find anything wrong. happened the 4th time and i have it on video. its going back to the dealer on monday for them to try again. chrysler dodge is aware of it, and hasn't called to speak with me or returned my phone calls, its been 2wks.


Date Complaint Filed: 03/20/2016

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

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

No daytime running lights


Date Complaint Filed: 03/20/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE

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

Had phone charging from usb port in truck. pulled into gas station and as i was turning the wheel to park in a spot, i touched the phone and the engine died.


Date Complaint Filed: 04/01/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 3Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I was in an accident traveling around 45 mph, another vehicle turned in front of me. i couldn't stop so i did hit this other vehicle head-on. i tboned this other vehicle and their airbags did deploy, however, the airbags on my $70,000 2016 6k mile truck failed to deploy.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/06/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | EXTERIOR LIGHTING

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

My 2016 ram 1500 almost killed me this morning. truck has 4,000 miles on it. at 4 am i was driving on i-10 east bound 170 miles from pensacola. cruise was set at 78 and i was in the passing lane. the road was pitch black. without any warning the engine lost power and all electrical. headlights went dark dash board, etc. needless to say i was panicked and managed somehow to make it to the right shoulder. after getting to the shoulder emergency flashers would not work everything was dead. just as i was considering getting out of the vehicle power came back on. i put on flashers and after i calmed down returned to the road. the next 200 miles were uneventful. i was scared to drive after dark after such an incident. i have a appointment in foley alabama with dodge next monday morning. also back in march i was waiting on the left turn lane and the transmission shifted from drive to park all by its self.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/25/2016

Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

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

Depressed the accelerator pedal to speed up and vehicle continued to gain speed on it's own. shifted vehicle to neutral and accelerator was still continuing to accelerate. shut vehicle off then restarted vehicle, once accelerator pedal was depressed vehicle again continued to gain speed on on its own. had to brake excessively to stop vehicle again put vehicle in neutral ,engine was revving and turned ignition off again. this incident happened at the moment i left my driveway on a rural road. vehicle was in motion when incident occurred. vehicle computer displayed " electronic throttle service needed" . each time the vehicle continued to gain speed on it's own.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/06/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

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

Factory integrated trailer brake controller is unable to safety stop a 10,000 lb trailer. have tried multiple different trailers with this truck and same results. truck cannot safety stop the truck and trailer combination safely, the trailer pushes the combination through a stoplight. even with trailer brake settings set at the max, still does not safely stop the vehicle. have been to dealer with this issue, state the the system is working as designed and refuse to acknowledge that there is a safety issue


Date Complaint Filed: 08/01/2016

Component(s): SEAT BELTS

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

While securing our family into the 2016 ram 2500 truck we had just purchased new at the dealership, i found that the rear center seat belt was not anchored to the floor, leaving the center seating position unsafe for occupancy. it was after closing by the time this issue was discovered so the seat belt was not able to be fixed before we left the dealership. vehicle was taken to a different dealership two days later to have the seat belt properly secured, as it should have been before leaving the factory......updated 08/11/16 *bf


Date Complaint Filed: 08/09/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

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

I was doing about 50mph down a state road when a guy pulled out in front of me attempting to go in the direction i was coming from. i slammed on the brakes and turned the wheel slightly to the left to so it was not a direct t-bone. the front end of my brand new truck which had 292 miles on it was caved in and the hit made his vehicle come around and hit the passenger side of my truck. not one airbag went off. i'm assuming i was doing 40-45mph on impact.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/12/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES | STEERING | SUSPENSION

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

The recommended pressure for front axle tires is 60 psi, with axle load rating of 5500 pounds. the recommended pressure for rear axle tires is 80 psi with axle rating of 6500 pounds. according to firestone, the manufacturer of the factory installed tires, the pressure required for even rear axle max load weight rating is 70 psi. for normal load of 3000 to even 5000 pounds on the rear axle, 50 psi is more than adequate according to firestone. at 50 psi a load range e tire can carry 2680 pounds, giving an axle capacity of 5360--well over the daily weight for most non-commercial drivers. over inflated tires not only wear poorly, they are dangerous. over inflation greatly reduces the tread patch that contacts the road surface, causes excessive and unnecessary bouncing, increases the risk of tire damage from pot holes, and basically provides for an unsatisfactory driving experience. i'm certain the engineers at ram are aware of these facts because in previous years they provided for both light and heavy service inflation. it is utterly unacceptable and grossly negligent for ram to recommend, and basically require, that owners operate their 7000 pound vehicles on tires inflated to carry over 13000 pounds. ram is causing possibly millions, certainly hundreds of thousands of truck owners, to unwittingly endanger themselves and others on highways around the country with these dangerous tire inflation recommendations.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/21/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

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

This is a big safety concern. my 2016 ram has major throttle delay. it becomes a safety concern when i'm pulling out into traffic, let off the accelerator and get back on it and it waits 1.5 to 2 seconds before the computer receives the command to give throttle. i have had one instance where i was proceeding to change lanes on the interstate and give it throttle but it didn't respond and then i was a sitting duck because my brand new truck didn't want to wake up and go. this is a known problem that is very well complained about by many ram owners and it's only a matter of time before this will get someone either hurt or killed as a result.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/15/2016

Component(s): SEAT BELTS | VISIBILITY/WIPER

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

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 2500. shortly after purchasing the vehicle, the rear windows failed to operate. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear window motor failed and needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired. after the repair, the contact attempted to secure a child safety seat in the rear of the vehicle; however, the seat belt came out of the seat belt housing. the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. after speaking with the manufacturer, the contact was informed that a team from the manufacturer would have to inspect the vehicle to inspect the seat belt failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 400.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/29/2016

Component(s): TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS | TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM

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

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ram 2500. while driving approximately 53 mph and applying the brakes, the vehicle lost traction ability and the tpms indicator illuminated. the vehicle was taken to a local dealer and the tpms was updated. the failure recurred several times. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that nothing could be done. the failure mileage was approximately 12,000.






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If you're looking for a pickup and find that regular light-duty 1500-series trucks can't meet your towing or payload requirements, it's time to step up to a heavy-duty workhorse from Ram. Like the smaller Ram 1500, the 2016 Ram 2500 is available in several different configurations involving cabin, powertrain and box length choices. But the difference between the two is in the 2500's superior towing and hauling abilities.

When properly configured, the heavy-duty 2500 can tow up to 17,980 pounds and carry 3,990 pounds in the bed.

There are few competitors in this segment, but none enjoy one of the Ram's best features: a coil spring rear suspension. Whether you're towing or driving around with the bed empty, the coil spring provides a more compliant ride compared to the leaf spring setup used by its rivals. Note that if you are also considering the Ram 3500, that even more capable machine uses traditional leaf springs in the rear.

Subtlety is not part of the 2016 Ram 2500's repertoire.

Competition is limited to the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD (and its GMC Sierra counterpart) and the Ford F-250. All boast similar tow ratings, although the Ram earns a slight advantage thanks to a third engine choice, a 6.4-liter V8 that slots between the 5.7-liter V8 and turbodiesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder. The Ram also gets a nod for its best-in-class interior. More than just utilitarian, the 2500's interior is plush and inviting. It makes the truck eminently livable outside of work duty, and the comparatively supple ride only enhances that quality. Its "A" rating reflects its top standing in this class.

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2016 Ram 2500 Problems Report:


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  • 2016 Ram 2500 Top 10 Problems
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