Dodge D250 Reviews from North America - Page 4 of 4

1991 Dodge D250 SE 5.9L Cummins diesel

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.9L Cummins diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired288000 miles
Most recent distance288500 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

It is made to Work

Faults:

I have changed the shocks, they were original!

I have repaired the door panels.

Fuel tank sending unit had failed, replaced.

Alternator is new.

General Comments:

I purchased this truck I had spent its life traveling to and from paint jobs for a professional painter.

It fires up on the first revolution of the engine, even in 10 degree weather.

The only engine problem is the rear main seal leaks when shut down.

For working a vehicle, it would be hard to beat any dodge with a Cummins diesel engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2005

1992 Dodge D250 LE 5.9 cummins turbo diesel

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.9 cummins turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

An efficient, reliable work truck... if only there was a cup holder other than my right hand.

Faults:

The cab leaks when parked, and after replacing all door seals, I am convinced the windshield gasket is leaking... or is it??

The alternator went out on the coldest day of the year, right at 130,000 miles. But it kept enough charge in the battery to get to the store and swap out a new one in less than thirty minutes.

The brakes apparently had only been serviced once by the previous owner, with front calipers seizing, rear wheel cylinders leaking fluid, and master cylinder/vacuum booster leaking at 120,000 miles.

The paint is flaking off more and more with each passing year.

General Comments:

Newer 24 valve Dodge Cummins turbo diesels have better acceleration than this '92, but this truck isn't afraid to pull anything up a hill or down the highway.

Installation of a Sure-Grip differential was necessary to utilize all of the power from the engine when pulling a trailer or when moving off-road.

Even in sub-freezing weather, this truck starts by only bumping the starter...amazing!

Changing a flat tire with the factory tools is difficult, with the jack hidden under the right headlight, and the 'glide-out' spare tire carrier is more of a wrestling match. Dodge engineered the convenient cable winch spare tire carrier for the Dakota in late '86, why not put it in the D-series where it was really needed?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2004

1991 Dodge D250 Ram 5.9L turbo diesel

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.9L turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired88500 miles
Most recent distance184282 miles
Previous carDodge D150

Summary:

An excellent truck with the right engine

Faults:

To say nothing has gone wrong would be a lie, but the few that have were not that bad.

When I first bought the truck it was well neglected as far as regular maintenance, but otherwise very solid.

All it needed was new belts, hoses, brake kits, complete fluid changes, a few light bulbs, and new tires.

At 150,000 I replaced the universal on the drive shaft.

At about 170,000 the front end / steering components had to be replaced due to normal wear.

Minor rusting on the rocker panels and in the bed, but not bad for a vehicle in New England.

General Comments:

The Cummins turbo in this truck is an unstoppable power house, if only it were a manual with 4WD.

Outside of general maintenance the hardest thing I had to do was adjust the valve clearance and lash. It took me almost six hours to get it right.

The fuel economy of the diesel is worth the price at the pump, $1.51 per gallon, but 600 to 800 miles on a 22 gallon fill up is all right with me. That exceeds factory numbers by a decent margin.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2002

22nd Jan 2004, 13:58

I have a 1991 Dodge diesel pickup truck. Great truck!!!

It has a lot of power, but the best fuel mileage I have gotten was 21 mpg. How did yours get 27?

12th Jul 2004, 08:19

Last night my front right wheel nearly fell off while I was backing out of my driveway. How lucky I was that I was not going fast. The swing arm just broke into two. An hour later, and a skillful tow truck driver, the truck was moved and the street unblocked. I noticed that at 170K you had the steering replaced. Is this recommended, common? My 1991 D250 has just about that many miles.

1976 Dodge D250 Adventurer SE Extended Cab 6.6 Liter (400 CID) V8

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 6.6 Liter (400 CID) V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance214000 miles
Previous carFord F250

Summary:

An underrated powerhouse

Faults:

Starter.

Alternator.

Speedometer cable.

Head gasket.

Rebuilt carburator.

Recharged A/C.

Never could to get the choke adjusted right, stalled in very cold weather during warm-up.

General Comments:

Very powerful, would burn up the tires forever if you kept it floored. Also would squeak the tires at any speed when hitting resume on the cruise control.

Had enough power and torque to yank a church off its foundation. Ran strong for an old truck, and didn't burn nearly as much oil as typical older ones do, maybe a quart every 5,000 miles.

Sold it in '98 for $1500. I kind of miss it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2001

2nd Apr 2010, 21:39

I have a 1976 Dodge Adventurer. It has a 318 V-8 motor, 3/4 ton. It's a very strong running truck. I pull a 3 horse trailer with 3 horses with no problem at all. It also drives good and rides comfortable.

1989 Dodge D250 LE pickup truck 5.9 V8

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 5.9 V8
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing. It just loves gasoline!!!!

It has 154,000 miles.

General Comments:

A superb work truck. I don't think the newer Rams are as good. I'll get a Ford or a Chevy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

14th Nov 2013, 21:14

Pros:

The truck has tow power and a rock solid transmission. It starts in cold weather and has a solid paint job.

Cons:

This truck has no traction at all with brand new AT tires. I still get stuck in an inch of snow or mud. It won't even go up a grass hill. My 2wd 89 Chevy 1500 V6 5 speed has had to pull it out numerous times, even in situations a Geo Metro would have made it through. It is the only reason I do not drive this truck more than once a month.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 15 reviews