Dodge Ramcharger Review from Finland

1978 Dodge Ramcharger 318

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 318 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired510000 kilometres
Most recent distance560000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

Rugged durability, but must be well maintained

Faults:

Manual transmission leaks oil. Can cause serious damage if not noted.

Removable steel top is rusted in most examples.

Universal joints in front end must be checked. the short outer front axle shafts hard to get.

General Comments:

Car is made of pure iron.

Fits easily with 32" tires, bigger ones need a lift kit otherwise will contact with front fenders when turned.

Because of short wheelbase, the ride can be jumpy with bigger tires. I do not recommend bigger than 31" if driven daily on highway.

Gas consumption is high especially with SMALLER engines. Prefer the 360cid or big block engine with 4-bbl carburetor.

This is attitude question. Daily driving average 15litres/100km or 15mpg (US).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2003

31st Oct 2005, 14:44

I owned a 78 Dodge Ramcharger 4x4 for 10 years. All I can say is that Dodge should go back to their roots and build trucks like they built the 78 Ram Charger.

When I finally had to sell it, it was like the Lassie movie when Lassie didn't come home.

Best vehicle I ever owned.

26th Jan 2006, 10:20

I own A 78 dodge ram charger and I clear 33's, I am glad I put the 33's on instead of having the stock 31's with the 31's I couldn't go on the freeway because of the 4.10 gearing now I can with the 33s.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review