1982 Dodge D50 Review from North America

1982 Dodge D50 Ram 2.0

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance240000 miles
Previous carDodge D50

Summary:

It's a great good truck

Faults:

My 5th gear for overdrive went out after a few thousand miles after I bought the truck. D-50 4 wheel drive has never given me any problems.

Motors still not using any oil to speak of, just leaks it out rear main.

Starts day or night, winter or summer.

Fuel is gas. fed. 32mpg standard 4 gears. 5th gear working got me 38-40 mpg.

Running antique tags now that it's old enough. Had 100,000 plus miles on it. Body rot. Everything else works including the factory radio.

Clutch cables giving me problems. Adjusted as far as it will go. Have some clutch plate drag, so about half the time I shift without using the pedal.

Gutless on hills, everything passes me by, tires still running true on front end, even after 100,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2008

21st Jan 2010, 23:44

I don't mean to be offensive in any way. But there is no way you got the miles per gallon you are claiming. I own two 1988 Ram 50 Trucks, one with a five speed manual, and one with an automatic. The best mileage I've gotten with the five speed was 26 mpg. And that was after installing a lightweight aluminum canopy. (less drag). Prior to that 24 mpg was tops. My 1988 with automatic and newly rebuilt mik13 Mikuni carb gets about 22 mpg on a good day.

7th Feb 2012, 13:14

I also think your MPG is impossible. Mine is a stock engine and body, and gets between 19-21 MPG. I am replacing the spark plugs, which may help that, but no way it will get to that level.

13th Sep 2013, 16:26

Thank you for this post, I have had an 82 for 22 years now and the MPG is about what you have suggested... 2.6 engine with manual.

Thanks.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review