2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 ST 3.7
Great, simple, inexpensive work truck
136000 km - Oxygen sensor.
136000 km - Catalytic converter.
I think if I had replaced the cat first, I probably wouldn't have to replace the O2 sensor. Damn codes. But I did both O2 sensors just because it is 10 year old truck.
BTW. This truck has only 1 cat and 2 O2 sensors around the cat.
Replaced myself all 3 parts. Cat (universal) $140CND, 2 x O2 sensors $170CND.
146000 km - PCV valve. Bought from a dealer with a bunch of hoses that I didn't need. Cost $30.
Guys! WARM up your engines when it is very cold. Don't listen to people who say you don't have to. When your PCV valve freezes, you may lose your engine. Google it. It is a serious matter in a cold climate.
My driver seat is ripped to metal on the left side from getting in/out from the truck. Don't know if other people have similar problems.
I wanted a bare bone work truck. My truck is 1500 ST model, long box. It has thirsty 3.7 V6. I drive only in a stop and go traffic. Averaged 17L per 100km (13.8 MPG). That's automatic and empty. I am very gentle on gas pedal. Mind though, we have few long hills in the city.
The truck is as basic as it can get (what I love) No power mirrors or windows. It has cassette (yes cassette) player/radio, but good quality. The truck is very well built. Interior doesn't make any noises from plastic parts.
The truck's payload is amazing 1800Lbs. However the engine would be struggling. Honestly, a 3.7 V6 is too small for this truck, and it affects MPG. But engine seems reliable and parts are cheap.
The truck came with factory oil and transmission coolers.
The truck hates the rough surface. Maybe I need new shocks and body bushings?
Overall. Love the truck. Would never fall for a brand new one. Love the simplicity.
The only thing I don't like about this truck (or other newer trucks) is that engine is moved further to the cab. It is a PITA to access the back of the engine for repairs.
If my engine will die, I'll stick a Cummins 4BT in it and drive it until the end of the World.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2013