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2000 Dodge Ram

ericgericg Posts: 38
edited March 7 in Dodge
I am planning on buying a new dodge ram 1500 club
cab sport. I was wondering if there are going to be
any changes for the 2000 model and when they are
coming out? I have contacted some dealerships but
they know very little. Your help would be greatly
appreciated.
Thanx,
Eric G.
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  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    If they want to remain competitive they better put four wheel disk brakes on it.
  • I work for a Chrysler / Plymouth Dealership and we just got our information on what is new for 2000 and we placed our first orders already. I think that the Dodge dealerships should have the same info. We just got our info. 6/1/99
  • rflintrflint Posts: 34
    i would like any info anyone has on the new 2000 dodge 1500 sport 5.9 lt eng if they have any, and whatever changes they might have made to the veh.
  • ctriplettctriplett Posts: 1
    I would like new color information on the 2000 Ram 2500 4wd/quad long bed and any options that may be new or combined from the 1999 series. Also is there any expected price increases?
  • biknmikebiknmike Posts: 27
    I know the colors emerald green and deep amythist are being replaced with patriot blue and a bronze color. Also, garnet red is being added.
  • eric16eric16 Posts: 38
    My sale person called and said I can order my new truck now, no price for it yet. She said dodge was upgrading the brakes,suspensions and some package items. Has anyone heard of other rummors about upgrades.

    Eric
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    I have one question for everyone. I was wondering how you can order a truck without knowing the price? Do you negotiate when the truck arrives or are you already commited to buy it?

    Eric G.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Eric,

    MOst dealers will order a vehicle based on the current price plus an agreed-upon percentage, guessing the manufacturer's increase. They are often written to the customer's advantage, i.e., if the percentage is higher than the actual price increase, then the customer can renegotiate - if the increase is greater than the guess, the customer can get the vehicle for the agreed price percentage.
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    Ok that is all understandable, but i do have one more question. What happeneds if the new model has different options than the previous year? Wouldn't you have to wait until the dealer has all the options available to him before you order?

    I was planning on ordering a Dodge Dakota with an 8cyl. but I heard rumors that they are having a new 4.7L v8. I know that will be an option for the new crew cab but i wanted to see if it will be an option for the extended cab.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    in the case of engine swaps, they will usually price it at whatever the previous engine option is - for the Dakota, the dealer would guess the 4.7 would cost the same as the old 5.2.
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    Thanx for all the info. I will probably go shop around for a new truck sooner than i first planned.
  • mb4mb4 Posts: 1
    My dealer called me too and said I could order my Ram now. They are coming out with a new SLT-plus package, and a new quick order "H" package which includes leather. Both packages seems to almost totally load up the truck with all kinds of great options. I looked over the list and everything was on there that I wanted for my 1999 Ram, which I didn't order in time. I didn't hear anything about mechanical upgrades like brakes etc. Anyone else hear about upgrades? I'd think the dealers would be more up on cars and trucks, being their business.
    Brian
  • bus3291bus3291 Posts: 1
    Make you a deal !! You tell me where and how and with who I can get the best deal on a 1500 or 2500 Ram (2000)and I will tell you where is the worst place you can go:


    Hint the dealer slaps on a $950 dealer add on of which there are none. He didn't even bother to clean out the ash trays. To make matters worse somebody bought it
  • diver3diver3 Posts: 3
    Hey Everyone, I just ordered my 2000 RAM. Here's
    the details: 1500 Quad Cab, Patriot Blue Pearl with the 5.9L engine. The truck should be
    delivered in the first two weeks of September. I
    found out the Patriot Blue is NOT offered in the
    Sport trim. I don't know why Dodge is so stupid
    about not offering that color in a Sport package,
    but anyway . . . The dealer also confirmed that the cab is supposed to be 5" bigger, but he didn't
    have a sheet with the truck dimensions. I'll keep
    you updated when I find more details.
  • biknmikebiknmike Posts: 27
    I heard the ETH Cummins and the 5-speed Allison is restricted until January. Is this when production is supposed to start or when you can actually order them?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Generally, a restriction date is when the vehicle or option begins production. You can order it once the option code is known, but normally it will be either rejected by the manufacturer or given an extremely long lead time.
  • mictromictro Posts: 29
    Where did you find this MSRP information? Is this available to the general public?
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    I found this info. at carprices.com the options are carried from 1999 prices.

    Eric G.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I retrieved that info from DaimlerChrysler's press release/media site - click here
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    Looking at carprices.com I see what I think is a new option for 2000 with the 2500 quad cab SWB. The SLT Plus Quick-order package 2_H. Its probably available for other models too but I havn't checked. It reminds me of the Silverado LT package. Everything but the kitchen sink. A couple of things of note are larger tires, heated leather seats and woodgrain dash. Couple of questions. The woodgrain dash I thought was a dealer installed option in 99. I'm kind of turned off at first. I remember looking at a new 85 Ford Bronco and it was pealing off like wallpaper. Ended up getting a 85 Ramcharger. But has anyone seen this dealer installed rosewood trim for 99. But I guess the 2000 may not be the same. For 99 LT245 tires were available on the 2500. Carprices are showing a P265/75R16 included in the SLT + option. But yet under tire options it list an optional LT265/75R16E. I suspect this maybe the real tire included with this option. The P265 is a 1/2 ton size. Also is the 4.10 limited slip rearend available on the V10 for 99? Would appreciate comments on my comments. I have been looking at the new Silverado 2500 for over a year. And it looks like some time yet before they get the four doors out of the plant in a 3/4 ton. Along with all the other constraints they keep running into. I've always prefered the exterior of the Dodge, but the interior of the Chevy. I guess by mid-August dealers should have firm pricing and other info on the Dodge. I called a dealer the other day and he said I'll probably get the facts before him. ...... Rich
  • madmackmadmack Posts: 39
    My dealer(fleet) said he can order my RAM 1500 next week (end July) and I'll have it in six weeks...any input on this?
  • jarheadjarhead Posts: 8
    I just ordered my 2000 Ram 2500 4x4, quad cab, SLT, Cummings Turbo Diesel, short box, 6 speed manual. sierra Bronze Pearl paint with Camel interior. My Fleet dealer said currently this color is on hold anyone know why? The 6 speed was on hold but he says its available now. As soon as the paint is taken off hold they will build my truck. The color is really nice and I looked a paint samples at the dealership. with the 3.55 gears it comes standard now with the limited slip saving 242.00 bucks, also they finally put the bigger tires on standard with the SLT package. the rims are new and really sharp looking. with the am/fm/cass/cd, trailer tow, camp pack, fog lts, ABS, sliding rear window, She came to 30,617 only 100.00 over invoice from 30,517. the fleet guy said to add approx 700.00 for 2000 price increases. this would bring me to 31,317. according to Kcram theres only a 100 dollar difference on the MSRP 2000 prices. is this True? There has to be a bigger price increase than just 100 bucks, I have heard 7-800 bucks is standard every year. any help on this and when my color is available would be appreciated. Semper Fi.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Your color is on hold because it is brand new this year. It is scheduled for release next Monday (7/26/99). As for the price, the Rams went up about 2% for the truck at MSRP, and options were expected to hold the line. If the dealer is willing to say $100 over 1999 in writing, take it, but certainly expect an increase of around $600-800
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    I was wondering when dodge will give out the price for the new off road package? Also, can this option be added along with the sport package? Both packages have some of the same options, but you can only get the solar yellow color with the sport package.

    Thanx,
    Eric G.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    eric,

    I'll check on that and get back to you :)
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    I found out from the dealer yesterday that you can add both packages to the dodge. i still do not know the price. oh ya,where did you find the production chart for the 2000 ram. i found it once on the net, now i lost it. i dont know if you call it a production chart, it listed why certain colors were on hold for production and also gave dates.

    Thanks
    Eric G.
  • eric16eric16 Posts: 38
    Can you get manual locking hubs on the dodge 2500 4X4?

    Eric 16
  • jarheadjarhead Posts: 8
    Thanks for the info on the Sierra bronze paint being released on 7/26/99!, is it true that the Allison 6 speed is ready to order? I heard that it is. When the Bronze paint is released I assume I will be in line. my fleet dealer said 2-3 months approx for delivery. does this sound accurate. And do you reccomend the option DHG for my 2500 diesel 4x4, its called shift on the fly but the dealer says its the PTO power take off option and that shift on the fly is standard which i've read here. should I get it? thanks again for all your help, we do appreciate it.
  • jarheadjarhead Posts: 8
    eric16, even on the base ST 2500 there is no manual locking hubs. everything is shift on the fly for Dodge.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    ok, in order :)

    ericg:

    Click here for production information. At this page, click on the most recent month shown and scroll down - you will see the various makes, models, estimated production times, and what options/models are restricted or on hold. Basically, "restricted" means it is in short supply and may take longer, while "on hold" means it is not available at all until the date shown.

    eric16,

    No, manual hubs are not available on any light duty 4x4 except for the Ford Super Duty F-series. All Rams are auto-locking.

    jarhead,

    Two to three months is about right. The Allison is not ready yet (it's a 5 speed automatic, not 6); it is expected to be announced after January. And I definitely recommend the DHG transfer case. Your dealer is correct - all Rams are shift-on-the-fly and the option is simply the heavy-duty version with a PTO, but it also has a higher torque capacity. Getting it removes the possibility of the transfer case becoming the "weak link" when you need to really get down and dirty in 4wd.
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