1999 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 5.9L Magnum V8
You never forget your first truck
A/C evaporator cracked at 100K; I was too cheap to ever get this fixed.
Typical crack in dash, but not as bad as most and has not fallen apart.
Cup holder broke at 100K; replaced it myself with one from a wreck.
Radiator replaced at 175K.
Truck is on its third water pump.
Truck is on its third idler pulley.
Multiple wheel bearing replacements over the years, U-joints and everything in the front end have been replaced.
One rear door latch of the quad cab has not worked for years and the door will not open.
Small rear window water leak started about 150K miles, fixed with silicone every few years...
Hood latch can be tricky and needed adjustment.
Catalytic converter replaced at 100K miles.
Lost of rust, started getting really noticeable about 175K miles, the truck looks like crap now. Wheel wells, door bottoms, rear panel near exhaust are nearly gone.
Multiple patches, bands and tiger tape, bailing wire etc holds the exhaust together.
Gas tank straps rusted out and were replaced at 220K miles.
Power window motor driver's side at 220K miles.
Wiper motor at 240K miles.
I bought this truck brand new 17 years ago. This trucks has been with me for the last 17 years through thick and thin.
Most repairs have been expected wear items. Runs great with the original motor and transmission. I will keep it until it completely rusts out or the motor or trans give up.
I have a new 2016 Big Horn HEMI, but still use the 1999 for various "dirty" jobs such has hauling wood, trash, mulch, general trailer towing. I also still drive this truck in snow and slick roads, because I am too afraid of damaging my new truck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2017