The Dodge Ram 50 is a small pickup truck. It was marketed by the Chrysler Corporation but actually built by the Mitsubishi Company. The company sold the Dodge Ram 50 worldwide from 1979 through 1993. Plymouth Division also had a version of this pickup from 1979 to 1982; it was called the Arrow Truck.
The Dodge Ram 50 was available as a four-wheel drive vehicle starting in 1982. This four-wheel drive version was known as the Power Ram 50. In the United States, from 1982 through 1986, the vehicle was available with a turbodiesel engine.
In 1987, Chrysler introduced the Dodge Dakota truck. This vehicle was designed to be the successor to the Dodge Ram 50. However, the company continued to sell the Dodge Ram 50 for another seven years. It is speculated that the reason the vehicle continued to sell is because the Dodge Ram 50 was a compact truck while the Dodge Dakota is a mid-sized truck. Speculation also has it that the vehicle was eventually canceled not because there was a product overlap or slow sales, but because Chrysler wanted to show its independence from Mitsubishi. Its cancellation left a niche in the small pickup truck market.
The Dodge Ram 50 can burn alternative fuels, like E85, which is 85% ethanol. However, some models prior to 1984 may require modification.
The first generation of the Dodge Ram 50 (1979-1980) was available as a two- or four-door truck, with a 6.5 or 8 foot bed. It was rear-wheel driven and powered by either a 2.0 L SOHC, 93 HP engine or a 2.6 L SOHC 105 HP engine. The second generation vehicle (1987-1993) was powered by a 2.0 L SOHC, 90 HP engine or a 2.6 L SOHC 109 HP engine. From 1983-86, you could also order an 84 HP turbodiesel engine. The Dodge Ram 50 sported either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. Note: for 1979 and 1980, the vehicle was called the D50.