1985 Dodge D100 Reviews from North America

1985 Dodge D100 Custom 318

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 318 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance106500 miles

Summary:

Most durable car I've owned

Faults:

This truck has been amazing.. I've put it through anything and everything that looked like fun.. the first day I went into the ditch with it and nothing broke. Last year I snapped the passenger upper control arm, and yesterday I snapped the driver's side!

The motor still runs strong as can be, and starts every time. I have a straight pipe that goes into a single 4 inch stack coming out the bed.

The bed has rusted out pretty bad, but it's becoming a flat bed truck soon. I love the thing and probably will never sell it.

Seats started to tear about 5 years ago I was told.

I've replaced practically everything that has to do with the fuel system, besides the carb.

Love the truck, it's a beast, and I would buy another one if I found the right deal!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2009

1985 Dodge D100 318

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 318 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired325000 miles
Most recent distance350000 miles
Previous carDodge D100

Summary:

The best truck I have owned

Faults:

When I got the truck, the seat was torn, but a seat cover fixed the problem.

The carb. was bad at about 300000 miles. This truck has pulled a camper and a boat, so it was well used.

General Comments:

This truck is a tank. I have put it in the ditch three times and only added dents.

This truck also has power. The high miles mean nothing for the 318. The truck will get up to 90 mph. The 3 speed will pull anything you want.

It rides wonderful. I hit bumps all the time and never feel them. My brothers '98 Dodge 1500 doesn't ride this sweet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2009

28th Apr 2009, 21:00

Dodge really got it right on these mid-'80s trucks. I also had a 1985 Dodge Ramcharger, although it only made 260,000 miles when the frame braces rusted out. It still ran and drove fine on the original engine and transmission.

I see more mid-1980s Dodge trucks still around than any other group. They are pretty much the last of the original Mopars, from the point of view of using the carbureted 318. It seems like Dodge started going downhill once the 318 disappeared, and they started making the "4.7 Liter".

1985 Dodge D100 Custom 225 Slant Six

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 225 Slant Six Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carDodge D100 Ram

Summary:

One awesomely, tough truck

Faults:

Front right control arm giveaway while towing a boat at about 108,000 miles. Luckily I had just left my house and not even 100 feet down the road.

Radiator started leaking at about 109,000 miles. It was my fault though.

It got really hard to start at about 110,00 miles when we sold it. The choke wasn't working properly, but the new owner fixed it within 1/2 and hour with some zip ties.

General Comments:

First thing I have to say is, this is one heck of a truck. It was my first vehicle and it was almost as slow as my friend's Geo.

But It was the toughest vehicle I have ever owned in my entire life. It was harder than heck to to make it break.

About 300 miles before I got rid of it, I jumped it on a local bridge. I got about 8-10 feet of air off of that sucker.

The only problem that resulted from that little act of stupidity was a small hole in the radiator, which was fixed with that cheap "Stop leak" you can get at gas stations.

I had beat the crap out of that vehicle really bad and it held up better than anything I have ever owned.

I couldn't begin to count the number of things I hit with it. It had a few dents, but overall it was good.

It did not handle well at all. The suspension was really flexy though, and that was the reason.

I loved going down country roads with it because it soaked up those bumps like NOTHING. It pretty much floated and I loved that feeling.

The downside of this vehicle was the engine it had.

The Slant six was gutless, powerless motor. It had get up and go in 1st and 2nd, but good luck with 3rd and 4th.

The motor's power was rated at 90hp and 160 ft lbs torque.

It took nearly 1 minute to get up to 60 mph while towing our old 12' fishing boat.

But I'd be danged if you could find a more reliable engine. Those things are indestructable.

The gas mileage wasn't too bad for a fullsize pickup. It made about 18 mpg.

I have recently been thinking about getting a new one. Just this time, it will have a 318 or a 360 in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2005

29th Sep 2006, 12:37

I have a 85' Dodgr Ram D100. It is very Reliable. It only has 90,000 Km's on it. I bought for 500 dollars and the body is almost mint, the interiors good. mine has a 318 though nit the slant 6.

17th Jun 2007, 21:22

I lucked out and got my d100 with 52000 miles do not drive it much, but I know which truck will start all the time.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews