Certified Pre-Owned 2006 DodgeRam 2500 ST 5.9 DIESEL Truck Regular Cab

  • VIN: 3D7KS26C26G103270
  • Stock: 11633G
Dodge Ram 2500
  • Certified
        
  
 
Odometer
145,901 miles
Exterior Color
Gray
Interior Color
Gray
Body/Seating
Truck Regular Cab/3 seats
Drivetrain
four-wheel
Engine
5.9L DIESEL I6 F OHV 24V / DIESEL 4 WHEEL DRIVE
Dodge Ram 2500
  • Certified

Included Packages & Options

  • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic$1,170
    • Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler
    • Lock-Up Torque Converter
Included Options
  • 750 Amp Maintenance Free Battery$60
  • Engine: 5.9L HO Cummins 600 Turbo Diesel$5,555
Odometer
145,901 miles
Exterior Color
Gray
Interior Color
Gray
Body/Seating
Truck Regular Cab/3 seats
Drivetrain
four-wheel
Engine
5.9L DIESEL I6 F OHV 24V / DIESEL 4 WHEEL DRIVE

Dealer Notes

RAMSEY CORP IS HOME OF GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL! THIS VEHICLE COMES WITH A FREE 3 MONTH WARRANTY; EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE. FAMILY OWNED, NO COMMISSION SALES, NATIONWIDE SHIPPING RATES

ONE OWNER 
8FT BED ! 
CUMMINS DIESEL 5.9
2006 DODGE RAM 2500 ST
3D7KS26C26G103270
PICKUP 5.9L I6 F OHV 24V DIESEL
4 WHEEL DRIVE 
2006 Dodge Ram 2500

Just as smaller passenger cars and practical-sized sport-utility vehicles are making a comeback, Chrysler Group brings forth the Dodge Ram Mega Cab, a pickup truck that’s the approximate size of a hotel lobby.

Maybe the Chrysler crew has it figured out. Lately, it has been making money while American rivals General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have been shedding jobs and manufacturing plants.

The all-new 2006 Mega Cab’s bread-and-butter is a back seat area where even three huge adults can spread out in open space one normally associates with a stretch limo – a whopping 68.9 of the nearly 134 cubic feet in the tested Ram’s interior cabin was dedicated to back-seat comfort.

But the Mega Cab is so much more than its back seat; it’s big everywhere.

Consider these monster dimensions in the tested, rear-drive Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab: 247.7 inches long, a wheelbase of 160.5 inches, 80 inches wide, 74.7 inches high and weighing in at a tractor-traileresque 7,352 pounds.

Mega, indeed.

Climbing up into the driver’s seat of the Mega Cab – not the easiest feat – I had a magnificent view of my surroundings, including far horizons.

As for that Mega Cab TV commercial where everybody wants to ride in the back and the frustrated driver appears to lean over from his seat and push open the passenger-side front door: Give me a break!

I couldn’t have reached the passenger door from the driver’s seat if I had Shaquille O’Neal’s right arm and a tennis racket.

Big torque was evident in the tester, equipped with a 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel in-line 6. (The Mega Cab also can be had with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 345 horsepower.) The diesel power plant is rated at a respectable 325 horses, but torque is a mind-blowing 610 foot-pounds, coming in at mere 1,600 revolutions per minute.

That’s a rock-grinding level of torque, and the muscle was particularly felt when getting up to speed from near-standing starts on freeway entrance ramps. Yet when the truck reached highway cruising speed, the ride was remarkably smooth and quiet – especially for a diesel. There was no need to scream at passengers to be heard.

With the smooth ride, lots of interior cabin space, easy-to-use comfort/convenience controls and a high ride height providing a good look at the road ahead, the tester was a pleasant, secure environment on the open road.

On city streets, however, it was another ballgame.

Getting comfortable with the Mega Cab’s bulk in close quarters takes time. Even after a week, I never felt entirely secure. I was constantly checking clearance on either side of the pickup. Its surprisingly light steering made me wary of drifting out of my lane.

Tight parking lots are the Mega Cab’s enemy, something to be feared. Turn your head for one moment and roll over a bump, and you’re never quite sure if you’ve just hit a pothole or crushed a Mini Cooper flat as a dime.

The Mega Cab’s extreme mass excludes it from federal fuel economy estimates, but Dodge estimates it gets 15 miles per gallon in city driving and 19 mpg on the highway. Suffice it to say that a Mega Cab buyer should set aside serious funds for fuel. The truck’s tank is a 35-gallon indoor pool, a pricey well to fill up at today’s pump rates – diesel or gas.

So, who wants this truck?

Suburban commuters and soccer moms are likely out of the mix, but the Mega Cab might be the prototypical vehicle for a big ranch or construction site.

In what else can you haul building materials and tools and still have enough space in the back seats for three guys with shoulders as wide as a Pontiac Solstice?

Oh, there’s a bonus: Tilting/folding features in the back seats enable Mega Cab owners to take advantage of multiple configurations to carry plentiful, odd-shaped cargo inside the pickup.

Want to carry some more stuff behind your Mega Cab? No problem; the tester listed a heavyweight towing capacity of 12,500 pounds.

Please note, the Mega Cab can be had in either cheaper or more expensive versions, including those with the aforementioned Hemi V-8 and four-wheel drive.

The tester started at a somewhat lofty $39,260 and was dressed up with another $10,000 or so in extras. If you just want the big-interior part of the Mega Cab, think in terms of $40,000 … and expansive parking lots with extra-wide parking spaces.

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DODGE RAM MEGA CAB AT A GLANCE

Make/model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab

Vehicle type: Six-passenger, four-door, rear-drive, full-size pickup truck

Base price: $39,260 (as tested, $50,765)

Engine: 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel in-line 6 with 325 horsepower at 2,900 revolutions per minute and 610 foot-pounds of torque at 1,600 rpm.

Fuel economy: 15 miles per gallon city; 19 mpg highway (estimated).

Transmission: Four-speed automatic with overdrive.

Steering: Power-assisted rack and pinion.

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs with anti-lock and other braking enhancement features.

Suspension: Short-and long-arm independent on front; live-axle type on rear. Fuel tank: 35 gallons.

Passenger volume: 133.8 cubic feet

Cargo box dimensions: 76.3 inches long, 51 inches wide (between rear wheels), 20.2 inches high.

Curb weight: 7,352 pounds

Track: 68.6 inches on front; 68.2 inches on rear.

Ground clearance: 7.1 inches

Height: 74.7 inches

Length: 247.7 inches

Wheelbase: 160.5 inches

Width: 80 inches

Towing capacity: 12,500 pounds

Tires: LT265/70R17E all-season radials

Assembly point: Saltillo, Mexico


Detailed Specifications

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.5Out of 5
  • dont buy a used 2004, not worth it

    By ramsnotworthit on Monday, March 19, 2012

    1.0
    general tires wont last beyond 36k miles. hard on brakes, trans is weakest point, wait till you have the infamous death wobble in 3 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic, dont forget to keep replacing hubs, rotors, u joints and brakes, did I mention trans wont last. hard to get dodge to stand behind their product w/o a fight, remember you owe them for buying thier vehicle! on my 4th set of tires at 90k miles
  • Mine has been a good one

    By ThisOneRunsGreat on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    5.0
    I bought this truck new in Jan 2009. The financial crisis presented a good time to buy and I got mine for $20k when it had a $36K sticker. I'd like a new truck, but the fact that I got this one at such a good price AND it's given me no troubles, it makes it hard to buy a new one. I mainly drive it to and from some property I have. The bed has been full of sod, gravel, and mulch from time to time. I've pulled my heavy ski boat with it, also a 20ft flat trailer with Kubota tractor on it. It does the job fine. A 3/4 ton diesel would do better for sure, but this one does what I have needed it to do. It's low mileage, 5-6k per year. Oil service every 5k miles. Changed transmission fluid at 60k recently. The only "repair" was to replace the sway bar links because the rubber had aged and a clunking sound started. That was $180. My next maintenance items are coolant and spark plug change but it's not hurting for either yet. When towing, gas mileage is pretty bad at under 10mpg. But just the other day I calculated a smooth, non-towing 70 mile trip at 20mpg. That's not bad for the 5.7 Hemi. Compared to the new ones, my interior looks old school. But that's OK with me, it all still works great. If you find a low mileage gem like I have, you could end up with a truck that keeps you from looking seriously at the new ones.
  • Best vehicle that Ive ever owned.

    By john on Sunday, May 14, 2017

    5.0
    My Ram was a great buy in 2005, got 11,000 off the sticker! Now with over 255,000 severe miles, its hard to find a fault. As a former Toyota owner, I expected to have a lot of problems, nope, The hemi is an incredible motor!
 

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