If you find a 1988 Dodge Ram 50 4x4 5 speed, buy it!
The carburetor needed replaced immediately.
The automatic hubs needed replaced at 123000.
The headlight/windshield wiper switches needed replaced immediately.
This truck is an amazing machine, on or offroad. The little beast just takes whatever is thrown at it in its stride, and walks away unscathed.
The Mikuni carburetor that was stock, however, was horrible. There were so many vacuum lines on the engine it was ridiculous. I bought and installed the Weber conversion, and eliminated all vacuum lines except one.
Once I got the new carb for it, the truck had an incredible amount of power. The little truck has no top speed; it will just keep accelerating as long as you let it!
The cab has more leg room than you would think. I am six foot two inches, and I fit in the cab comfortably, and my truck was only a single cab!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th June, 2012
18th Dec 2014, 15:41
Hello from Wisconsin. I've had D-50s for about 30 years now. I've had a lot of fun with mine. My 1st lasted about 23 years, till that good ole salt got to the fenders, then I had wings. Retired that one for parts.
Found one that needed a new head, the other was warped and cracked. Replaced the head from a parts truck. Been running for about 9-10 years now.
I love these little trucks, they take a lot for a small truck.
The guy is right about the vacuum lines (spaghetti).
Would I recommend one, for sure...
1988 Dodge D50 Base 2.0 liter
This is a good vehicle but higher maintenance
I have had a valve job, carburetor, and 3 throw out bearings from the clutch assembly replaced.
I would just like to say that my Ram 50 Sport/mitsu 2.0 liter variant model has been around for 20 yrs and still running!
I bought this truck brand new with about 12 miles on it! I now have 190,000 on it.
I have spent some money over the years on the vehicle. I have replaced the factory carburetor with a Weber. The factory carburetor went out around 93,000 miles.
I have had a valve job, and 3 throw out bearings replaced on this unit.
I have had many people ask me to sell the vehicle. I have really kept the truck in great shape! I have the original chrome factory rims that actually came with the truck.
I love my truck but I only get about 21 miles per gallon. I am at a crossroads at this point. The truck is paid for but I have some smoking going on. I am guessing leaking valve seals. What is the general cost of replacing leaky valve seals? I do not want another debt in this recession, but is it worth fixing? You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th February, 2009
20th Nov 2011, 12:58
I need a carb or a carb guy for this same truck
My dad gave me his truck, and for the most part it's fine, although the carb needs to be rebuilt or replaced.
He still loves this truck, but has too many vehicles. It's an old UGA utility truck.