1997 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT Laramie 5.9 gasoline
Sell it before the trans goes!
In the very very short time I've owned the truck I've had to replace the battery, brake lines (almost killed me twice), and now the transmission's on the way out (only 120k!!). The clear coat is pitted and flaking all over; also these things love to rust, even when kept in a garage!
This isn't a truck for truck drivers, this is a truck for everyday people that want something bigger (it will disappoint anyone who's driven a Chevy or Ford).
The 4x4 likes to get jammed up, leaving you stuck in 2wd or 4wd (having to get out and manually unstick the linkage).
I've put less than 1000 miles on the truck and it's turning to junk!
Good looks, poor performance and absolute terrible reliability.
Expect to throw a few hundred bucks at it every few weeks!
Compared to my 93 Chevy K1500, this thing's dog slow, with a terrible design (leading to costly repairs).
I drove my Chevy until the frame cracked in two separate places and it still felt more solid than the Dodge!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th December, 2016
30th Dec 2016, 17:04
Typical example of a buyer who didn't check over the vehicle or do his research beforehand.
1st Jan 2017, 11:44
We have had this truck as well as Chevrolet and Ford full sizes at work. I have driven all of them various years. The best driving and ride is Chevrolet. The Ram was the least favorite to drive if given the choice. Rough ride. I suspect it would excel at towing. But the Ram had the best interior in my opinion. It was nice to work out of it. Appearance wise the ugly dated grille design needs a change. With age the Ram also had the worst mechanical issues. Emission issues and trans stand out.