1978 Dodge Ramcharger Review from North America

1978 Dodge Ramcharger 360 4 Bbl. V8

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 360 4 Bbl. V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles


One fantastic truck!


Had to replace the front floor pans, they often rust out on these convertible ram chargers.

Blew a rear drive shaft U-Joint.

New radiator.

New dual exhaust.

General Comments:

I love this truck! It's unstoppable, gets good mileage, runs beautifully, and is more comfortable than my parent's 2006 grand marquis.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2006

10th Mar 2006, 20:59

A 78 360 with a 4 speed cannot get good mpg.

10th Mar 2006, 21:20

I've owned a 1978 and a 1988 Ram charger, and the 1978 has a much smoother ride than the 88. all in all, the 78 is a better machine. and a blast to drive.

11th Mar 2006, 13:49

I would think that a 1978 360 2-barrel with a 4-speed, in a full time 4x4 truck, would probably get about 13 highway, 9 city. Somebody who owns one, please confirm that. My 1985 with the 318 automatic (not full time 4WD) gets max 18 mpg highway and 12 city, but usually more like 14 in mixed driving. The manual transmission ought to help, but the full time 4WD would knock that down. It may not be good, but is not significantly worse than the mileage being reported for relatively new 4x4 trucks by owners on here. I've seen several people talk about their 8 mpg 2004 Dodge 2500, Chevy Silverado, etc.

Average review marks: 9.5 / 10, based on 1 review