1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Larmie 4x4 5.2L 318 V8 Magnum


A strong truck


The only thing that has happened so far is the heat shield on the exhaust came un welded. At first, I thought it was the transmission, but am relieved it is not.

General Comments:

Roomy inside and good sounding stereo, I would like a little bit more room behind the seats. I love the big flip down console.

I like the body style much better than chevy and ford.

Looks and runs great. The engine is very strong. I pull a trailer for mowing yards and it pulls it like a charm. Can't even tell its back there.

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

Review Date: 29th July, 2002

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 turbo diesel


Great Overall Truck


Well, nothing at first. But in November of 2001, we were coming home from a long trip... and on the way home, we were having problems with the brakes pulling to the left. We were about 1 hour away from home when I saw smoke coming from underneath the dash. We pulled over and piled out of the truck. I opened the hood and a small fire was burning. We got the family out of the truck (extended cab) and pushed the horse trailer back. The truck was completely on fire after 8 minutes. We sold every thing, but the cab. (the motor and everything else was sold.)

General Comments:

Good truck, the insurance people said 500/yr 2500's will burn. Its something in the wiring harness.

Nothing inside was sparable, it all melted. Most of the stuff is plastic or vinyl...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st March, 2002

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup ST1500 5.9L


The Ram does not age well


There has been a severe leak on the passenger side which leaves at least an inch or rainwater in the "well" after a rainstorm.

After my mechanic pulled the seat out and rug up, it was discovered the rear window (above the bed) seals are defective.

My local dealership has confirmed this is a common problem with the Ram Pickup however, there has been no recall.

General Comments:

I called the Dodge Customer Service toll-free number and was advised there was no recall for this problem.

I have never been satisfied with the service from my dealership in California (I live in NJ now), but I plan on pursuing this matter so I may be reimbursed for re-sealing the rear window.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th September, 2001

15th Jun 2002, 12:34


We too have the same problem rain leak on passenger floorboard, however our dealer replaced the seal (window) and the entire rug when the pass seal didn't work. This clearly is a defect and should be corrected. You can have dodge reimburse you for the cost of the repair.

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup Sport 5.2


A high maintenance vehicle


Constant belt squeak since new.

Engine blew at 71,000 miles.

Left front brake caliper seized up.

Steering wheel has heavy wear damage.

Shocks went bad at 50,000 miles.

Paint peeled on the front bumper.

Warranty not the greatest when you read the fine print.

General Comments:

The engine had something wrong with it from day one. The belt was changed 5 times by the dealer with no explanation. Upon having the dealer put in a new engine I learned that the warranty company reserves the right to use used parts when making repairs. They wanted to put a used motor in the truck.

The paint on the front bumper peeled for unknown reason. When taken back to the dealer, they took pictures of the front bumper and said they would submit it to Dodge. Never heard anymore about that. I recently had a new bumper painted and installed after a minor accident. Repair bill was rather modest, not worth it to turn it in to my insurance company.

Brake caliper seized up and was replaced as per warranty.

The leather around the steering wheel has deteriorated over the last four years.

Shocks did not last very long compared to other trucks I've owned.

All things said, since the new engine was replaced, mechanically I cannot complain.

Plenty of room in the cab.

No problems at all with the transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2001

15th Oct 2002, 01:19

I have the same problem with the belt squealing. The dealer replaced the auto-tensioner under warranty, which repaired the problem for about 10k miles. I have found that this is common on many of the magnum engines, but don't know the reason. All I can recommend is to change the belt as it shows wear and enjoy the quiet when the squeal is not present.

I also had the brake caliper lock up, shortly after the warranty expired. This was caused on my truck by rusting from the Midwest road salt. I took the caliper apart, cleaned and reassembled it, and 45k miles later it still works like a charm. It also helps to be out of the midwest.

25th Apr 2003, 12:16

I had (have) the same paint problem with my 97 Dakota's front bumper.

Also had belt problems. Beware on the 318ci, the belt you will get at Autozone and Advance is a little too small. I ran one of these on mine, it caused the AC compressor clutch to go bad and the water pump to fail. Get the belt from Napa, it fits correctly and is worth the extra $20.00 they want for it.