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With its freshening, the Ram emerges as perhaps the most civilized full-sized pickup to date. Its coil-spring rear suspension helps lend a cushioned ride and handling is competent for such a big vehicle. Our Big Horn Crew Cab, with its smooth, effortless 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and slick eight-speed automatic, averaged 15 mpg.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. ABS, ESC, and head protection air bags standard in 2011.
Model Summary
With its freshening, the Ram emerges as perhaps the most civilized full-sized pickup to date. Its coil-spring rear suspension helps lend a cushioned ride and handling is competent for such a big vehicle. Our Big Horn Crew Cab, with its smooth, effortless 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and slick eight-speed automatic, averaged 15 mpg. The base 4.7-liter V8, mated to a six-speed automatic, is underwhelming and gets no better mpg than the 5.7-liter V8. An available V6 is plenty capable. The spacious cab is luxury-car quiet and the Uconnect Infotainment system, with its eight-inch touch screen, is easy to use.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (215 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (310 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (390 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Went to the car wash and soap got on the back seat and took the color out of the cloth back seat. I can not find where it came in at. The dealer did find a leak around the cargo light and sealed the leak”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“With a car wash or rain, water leaked into the backseat and floor. On several occasions I had to use a heater to dry out the vehicle. The cause ended up being a poorly sealed 3rd brake light mounted above the rear window. Bought a 3/4" foam gasket and replaced old gasket. Hasn't leaked since”

John R., IN (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Radiator clamp broke which led to antifreeze leak”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)

“This was the water leak previously mentioned”

John R., IN (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“the rear sliding window leaked and ran down inside trim and filled floor storage areas with water. water damage to overhead. had to replace seals and carpet. Carpet smelled really terrible”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“See previous comment. Seals & weather stripping are apparent cause”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)

“Whistling at hwy. speeds. Company's "fix" did not "fix”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

“strange rattle/vibration when under light acceleration at moderate speeds.(30-60mph more or less) Has been worked on under warranty but to no avail”

Kerry K., TX (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Intermittent vibration under certain engine load conditions that dealers have not been able to fix in 4 visits”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Rattle at highway speeds from the front passenger door. Can't get the dealer to look at it because they have just one "trim" guy and he works weekdays only and I don't want to leave it overnight and get charged $100 an hour”

Tom K., TX (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Headlights were not aimed properly”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)

“VERY poor night visibility with factory headlights!!”

Judy M., NY (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Right front kept failing, new light did not fix it, it went 3 times back to dealer”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 4.7-L V8)

“Loose plug in for the headlights, right side”

Anonymous, NE (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“L-H headlight went out.. Thought it was a bulb so took to our Mechanic.. Unable to fix.. Take to Dealer.. Chrysler advised it was headlight wiring and would be fixed in 30 minutes. It was, but if travelling, how could you carry a spare? Mechan”

Paul C., ON (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

“key fob's do not work even after replaced batteries. Dealer can't explain”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Remote engine starter

“this feature is related to the key fob issue”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Broken right side exhaust manifold stud”

Anonymous, NM (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Had to replace all four Calipers, rotors and pads at 195000. To be fair the truck had been used extensively to tow a 8000lbs 5th wheel”

Gary M., NS (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

“Studs broke on passenger side exhaust manifold and it replaced and now it sounds like the driver side one starting to tick”

Kelly J., SK (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Found right hand engine exhaust manifold studs broken. Repaired under warranty, engine is quieter when cold now”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“Heat shield next to transmission rattling”

Anonymous, NM (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Buzzing and other noises. Turns out, the "Alpine" premium sound system isn't really Alpine, it's Becker, and it's very complicated to get troubleshot and even more expensive to replace. The head unit goes new for about $900 and used for about $600”

Tom K., TX (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“Bearing failure on engine pulley”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Oil leaks

“Rusted oil pan, leaked”

Gary H., NY (2011 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)
Engine computer

“Faulty camshaft and crankshaft sensor”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Fuel leaks

“Anytime fuel was added to the tank, the fuel would shoot back out of the filler neck. In shop twice to fix”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“This truck travels mostly on highways and does not tow anything big. I've had to do all 4 brakes including the rotors and the emergency brake since I bought it. Averaging over $500.00 per year on brakes right now. My 2008 ran twice as long on less”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Rotors needed to be replaced (front and back)”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

“all four wheels brakes and calipers went at the same time”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

“New back brakes, repaired at a RAM dealer, squeal now and the dealer says nothing is wrong”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Not sure what the cause was, but the dashboard lit up in failure lights one day (4WD, stablility, check engine, etc). Carmax had us take it in and they repaired it under extended warranty. A couple weeks later, the air conditioner just quit as well, and was also repaired”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Differential

“Differential failed at 200000 and was $2500 to repair. To be fair the truck has been used extensively for towing a 5th wheel approximately 8000 lbs”

Gary M., NS (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“dealer replaced differential 2 times under warranty during 2014”

Anonymous, KY (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
CV joint

“the passenger side outer cv boot started to tear. it was replaced on warranty and i think i caught it before the cv joint was damaged”

Kelly J., SK (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“fan did not blow air due to electrical short/”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 3.7-L V6)

“rattle of blower fan when in slow setting”

Bernard D., ON (2011 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

“Heat/air control dampers broke and could not control the air/heat direction modes”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“due to manufacturing tolerance issues the transmission torque converter made a grinding/vibrating sound around 40 mph around 1200 rpm under light acceleration in high gear. known problem by Ram since Summer of 2011”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“would not reverse in 4wd”

Melvin C., LA (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Complete transmission failure. Then told was not covered because I missed a scheduled maintenance on it”

Anonymous, AK (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“I started getting the check fuel cap message”

Mark H., SD (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump continued to run after key off. Replaced power management module”

Tim L., AZ (2011 Ram 1500 Unsure 4.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“camera broke after car wash. dealer replaced”

David T., BC (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Voice control commands

“Blue tooth stopped working. Replaced the mod”

Roger H., KS (2011 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

“Rear Chrome Bumper started rusting”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)

“rust on all chrome after only 2 months. local dealer would not warranty. had to drive 600km to selling dealer to have replaced and then rusted again after 2 months with no replacement. extremly disapointed in chrysler's service”

David T., BC (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“Struts needed to be replaced when truck had less than 50000 miles on it. No off road use”

- R., IN (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Rack and pinion were leaking when vehicle had about 50000 miles on it. No off road use”

- R., IN (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

“After having transmission fuel replaced (routine maintenance) the computer codes went "haywire" and I was told to take it in to the dealer. Dealer is 30 mile drive, and I got off the freeway when, two blocks from destination, the transmission got stuck in 4th gear and the "check engine" light lit up! Good thing it was only two blocks (one signal light also) from dealer - they discovered the solenoid had "gone bad" and had to be replaced. i am supposing it had gotten contaminated with something”

Clyde P., WA (2011 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)
Gear selector or linkage

“Trailer towing gear selection would not engage”

Bernard D., ON (2011 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“replaced lifters and exhaust manifold bolts”

Scott L., KS (2011 Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“One of the roller lifters failed at 135,000 Miles. Decided to install used engine rather than rebuild heads”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Ignition switch

“1.key turns several times before starting. 2. engine stops for no apparent reason. it will restart immediately”

Thomas S., OH (2011 Ram 1500 SLT 3.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

“passenger side mirror fell out of housing”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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