Specs for 2003 Dodge 3500DRW

Changes this model year:
First of the "3rd generation" Dodge pickups in the heavy duty line (the light duties debuted on year earlier). New frames and cabs for 2003. The quad cab becomes 4 front-opening doors, replacing the previous generation's rear-hinged back doors.

Engines

Engine 5.9L V8 8.0L V10 5.9L I6 5.9L I6
Fuel Gas Gas Diesel Diesel
Valvetrain OHV 2V OHV 2V OHV 4V OHV 4V
Block composition Iron Iron Iron Iron
Head composition Iron Iron Iron Iron
Bore / Stroke 4.00 x 3.58 4.00 x 3.58 4.02 x 4.72 4.02 x 4.72
Horsepower 245hp 305hp 235hp 305hp
Horsepower (rpm) 4000rpm 4000rpm 2700rpm 2700rpm
Torque 335lb-ft 450lb-ft 460lb-ft 555lb-ft
Torque (rpm) 3200rpm 2400rpm 1600rpm 1600rpm
Notes CARB High Output
Years in common 2002 - 2003 2002 - 2003 2003 2003

Transmissions

Transmission 48RE 545RFE NV4500 NV5600
Speeds 4 5 5 6
Type Automatic Automatic Manual Manual
Gear ratio 1 2.45 3.00 5.61 5.63
Gear ratio 2 1.45 1.67 3.04 3.38
Gear ratio 3 1.00 1.00 1.67 2.04
Gear ratio 4 0.69 0.75 1.00 1.39
Gear ratio 5 0.67 0.75 1.00
Gear ratio 6 0.73
Gear ratio reverse 2.21 3.00 5.04 5.63
Notes 2nd 1.50:1 on 3-2. 5.7L V8 only.

Transfer Case

Model Type Low Range Ratio Case Material Notes
New Venture 273 Chain 2.72 Aluminum
New Venture 271 Chain 2.72 Aluminum

Axle Ratios

Engine Transmission Standard axle ratio Optional axle ratios Notes
5.7L V8 3.73 4.10
5.9L I6 3.73 4.10

Interior Dimensions

Cab Type Headroom (F/R) Hiproom (F/R) Legroom (F/R) Shoulder room (F/R) Volume (F/R)
Regular 40.9 41
QuadCab 40.9/40 41/36.4

Exterior Dimensions

Drive Cab Type Bed length (cab-to-axle for chassis cab) Wheelbase Length Width Height Liftover height Open tailgate to ground Turning circle (curb to curb) Rear axle clearance Approach angle Departure angle Ramp breakover angle Fuel capacity Base curb weight GVWR
4x4 Regular 8 ft 140.5in 229.7in 96.0in 78.7 57.1 37.2 44.2ft 7.6 24.8 27.9 25.5 35.0gal 5070lb 11500lb
4x4 Regular 8 ft 140.5in 229.7in 96.0in 78.7 57.1 37.2 44.2ft 7.6 24.8 27.9 25.5 35.0gal 5070lb 12000lb
4x2 Regular 8 ft 140.5in 229.7in 96.0in 74.7 54.1 34.2 47.0ft 7.6 17.1 24.8 17.5 35.0gal 5919lb 11500lb
4x2 Regular 8 ft 140.5in 229.7in 96.0in 74.7 54.1 34.2 47.0ft 7.6 17.1 24.8 17.5 35.0gal 5919lb 11000lb
4x2 QuadCab 8 ft 160.5in 249.7in 96.0in 75.1 54.0 34.1 52.5ft 7.6 17.2 24.6 16.3 35.0gal 6279lb 11500lb
4x2 QuadCab 8 ft 160.5in 249.7in 96.0in 75.1 54.0 34.1 52.5ft 7.6 17.2 24.6 16.3 35.0gal 6279lb 11000lb
4x4 QuadCab 8 ft 160.5in 249.7in 96.0in 79.1 57.0 37.1 49.8ft 7.6 24.9 27.8 23.9 35.0gal 6751lb 12000lb
4x4 QuadCab 8 ft 160.5in 249.7in 96.0in 79.1 57.0 37.1 49.8ft 7.6 24.9 27.8 23.9 35.0gal 6751lb 11500lb

Axles & Driveline

Drive Front axle type Front axle identifier Front GAWR (min) Front GAWR (max) Rear axle type Rear axle identifier Rear GAWR (min) Rear GAWR (max) Notes
4x2 Coil spring independent AAM 9.5" 4110lb 5200lb Leaf spring solid axle AAM 11.5" 9350lb
4x4 Coil spring monobeam - 4110lb 5200lb - - 9350lb

Brakes, Wheels & Tires

Front brake type Disc
Front brake diameter/size 12.90in
Front brake total swept area 313.20sq in
Rear brake type Disc
Rear brake diameter/size 13.90
Rear brake total swept area 309.60sq in
Tires, standard LT235/80 R17E
Tires, optional
Wheel size, standard 17x6.0
Wheel size, optional
Notes

Towing

Engine Trans Axle ratio GCWR Max loaded trailer weight Notes
5.9L I6 48RE 3.73 17000 CARB
5.7L V8 all 4.10 17000
5.9L I6 NV4500 3.73 18000 CARB
5.9L I6 48RE 4.10 19000 CARB
5.9L I6 NV4500 4.10 20000 CARB
5.9L I6 all 3.73 21000 5.9L H.O.
5.9L I6 all 4.10 23000 5.9L H.O.