1981 Dodge D150 Review

1981 Dodge D150 Custom 318ci 5.2litre from North America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 318ci 5.2litre Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired257000 miles
Most recent distance310000 miles

Summary:

Reliable, power-craving old hag

Faults:

Second OEM clutch had to be replaced at 260,000 Miles

Low/High beam selector button sticks

Seats starting to wear

Carberator needs rebuilt

Motor burning a little oil for first 10-15 minutes when running.

Pick-coil replaced at 305,000 miles.

General Comments:

This truck was and still is one of the most reliable vehicles on the road still today. It gets poor gas mileage, it's load, and it's ugly, but you cannot beat it, with the tow package 3.83-1 rear end gears, it will still hit 110-115 with a little pedal left. I've personally pulled 6' wide 4' tall bushes out of the ground with it, and it didn't harm that old girl one bit. The only thing that can get old, is switching the high beams on and off, every now and then, becoming more and more consistent, the switch will get stuck, and will require the use of a foot to pry it back up, no real big deal, just plain out annoying though. If you're looking for a reliable, long-lasting power-beast, and looks and gas mileage aren't too much of a concern, don't even think twice, this is your non-beauty queen dream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2005

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review