2001 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 360

Summary:

Won't buy another Dodge truck. They need to address their defects

Faults:

Most recent, the hood flew up while driving, causing severe damage to the hood, windshield, both hinges. A factory recall on this latch system was too late for me, as the truck was bought less than 1 year ago, and I did not know about it.

A/C compressor failed in June.

Evap. coil under dash board leaking in July.

A/C pressure switch & canister, both bad in July.

Dashboard fell apart in several pieces; also a factory problem.

Lost both front wheel bearings in August.

Water pump failed, due to a leak in a small hose you cannot see between the pump & manifold, in July.

2 weeks later, the radiator started leaking at its base. August.

Very bad noise in Reverse has just started, but only when cold? October.

Severe rust on brake lines below brake booster under hood. September.

Rust bad on the top caps that support the front shocks under the hood. September.

General Comments:

I bought this truck in November of 2011, and have had it less than 1 year.

It has been up on a roll back and in the shop more than on the road.

It had been painted in October 2011, and looked and ran great at that time. Still having to make payments is hard when so much is failing on this truck.

The hood latch should never fail on any vehicle, causing the hood to fly up while driving. 2000-2001 trucks were recalled by Dodge per NHTSA with defective hood latches.

The engine is strong and the trans seems solid for now.

Seats are comfortable, even on long trips, with good leg and head room. The design of truck is what sold me on the Dodge Ram.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th October, 2012

14th Oct 2012, 09:06

Yeah, & with *only* 188,000 miles - how dare they not offer a lifetime warranty!

7th Apr 2016, 17:44

I have 430,000 miles on this amazing 5.9 diesel engine.

First off, since I do not know you or your driving habits, all I can do is give you my first hand experiences.

I keep a very stringent maintenance program, do not try to drive it into the ground and pay immediate attention to any unusual noises, handling problems or anything that does not feel right. I also have added an EDGE CTS Programmer, not for racing but for the added torque and H.P.

I also pull a 40', 3 horse slant load/L.Q. horse trailer all around So./No. CA. and Arizona.

Sorry about your problems, but treat it right and it will treat you right or maybe you actually do have a lemon; report it, but keep in mind one bad one does not mean they are all bad.

Not demeaning, just commenting.

8th Apr 2016, 22:28

2001/2002/2003 had a lot of complaints on some of those trucks. Please see carcomplaints.com... some of the other ones were not that bad. I am not a Dodge guy, but my neighbor has one and runs it 24/7 and seems like it's holding up for him.

2001 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT Laramie 8.0 V10

Summary:

1 year of beatings.. Still runs good!!

Faults:

Had this truck for exactly 1 year, and only just regular oil changes are needed. No problems after a year of beating on this truck.

General Comments:

Got on heck of a deal on this V10 QC 2 WD. The previous owner had some warranty issues when new, that the dealer could not remedy. The owner sued Chrysler and they bought it back under Ca lemon law, and it was sold at auction. I'm not sure what was the original problem, but I took a very "calculated" risk and bought this truck. I figured that was over 150,000 miles ago, and someone in their right mind could fix it??

Knock on wood after 5000 miles and a long winter, hot summer, and countless beatings, this truck has been very good. My 2.4 little Nissan was a far cry when it comes to reliability, power, room, and comfort. I love this truck! 305 HP and 450ft torque in a gasser? That's roughly the same power as a non-H.O. Cummins, but without the turbo lag. Power is instant with the V10. Time will tell if I truly have a lemon or not, but I will still be reluctant to sell this odd ball V10 Dodge dreamed of.

The only caveat with these trucks is the gas MPG... But hey, it will tow a house if needed.

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

Review Date: 17th September, 2012