Dodge D250 Reviews

1995 Dodge D250 WT (Work Truck) 4X4 5.9L Cummins TD from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.9L Cummins TD Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance262000 kilometres

Summary:

Great truck, bad transmission

Faults:

Replaced wheel bearings.

Ball joints.

Control arm (upper and lower) bushings.

All at around 220,000kms.

Replaced the alternator with a high output one at 245,000kms.

Rebuilt a lazy starter at around 250,000kms.

Reupholstered worn out seats (and center console) around 258,000kms.

Replaced old and tired cup holders shortly after.

Replaced faulty TPS at 260,000kms.

General Comments:

Other than the very minor things above, the truck has been super fun to drive and own. I got it at a fairly low price, because where I live Ford/GMC are the trucks of choice, and this was a WT model (work truck/fleet) which has NO options at all, not even tilt steering!

The bonus of finding a WT model 2500 is that it got heavy duty springs and a NP241DHD transfercase with a PTO :D. I was also fortunate enough to find it with a Dana 70 rear LSD.

When I did get the truck, it had the 2 tone sliver/royal blue paint, but it suffered from the classic '90s Chrysler paint job in that it peeled very badly, and I was pretty much left with a primer gray truck. I remedied this by picking up some matte black rust paint, and prepped any rust areas and rolled it on. Now it's very tough to scratch or chip, and if I ever need to touch up an area or repaint an area, it will look clean and uniform. The best part is, the paint is $14 a gallon!

Off road performance of the Ram is slightly above average, it does everything well, but doesn't excel in any particular area. I noticed it does like deep snow, I believe the rear LSD helps out a lot, and I'm thankful for it.

Performance of the 12 Valve 'P-Pumped' Cummins is superb, it delivers 400 lbs of torque at 1600RPM (it beats ANY gasser off the line). And delivers all of its power until 2200RPM, then it dogs out on you, this is because the stock governor springs are set to cut fuel off at 2200RPM. I fixed this by getting a set of 2800RPM gov. springs (the red line of this engine is 3000RPM but it can handle about 3200RPM safely, stock.) This engine is very mod friendly, you can get around 400HP/600lbs of torque with about $200-$300!

If you don't have a 5spd manual, then the first thing you have to do before you mod your engine is to build your 4spd auto trans to handle the power your Cummins is making. This will run probably $2000-$3000. Expensive, yes. But well worth it. In stock trim the 47RH HD is good for 190HP/450lbs of torque max. And at this it will still start to slip.

That's about all I have to say my Ram, it's an amazing truck and looks good to boot. I definitely recommend it if you can put up with some repairs that come up from time to time :-).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2010

1993 Dodge D250 2WD 5.9L LA Block from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.9L LA Block Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Nice old truck

Faults:

Replaced ball joints, tie rod, universal joints and differential bearings.

Old bench seat sagged on drivers side.

Manual windows still worked great.

Transmission starting to slip in Drive from a cold start.

Old Dodge front disc brakes always make noise because of the thin retaining clips and rubber bands they used. Constant chattering noise.

General Comments:

93 was the last year for the old style Dodge truck. Very little rust because it worked on a farm and not on salt roads. I put way too much money into with a new paint job, front end work, bearings etc. I did get a lot of compliments. Many people thought it was 40 years old!

First year for fuel injection on the LA engine. The engine worked flawlessly as did the fuel injection system. Plenty of power and 10MPG around town with a bed load of tools.

Parts are very hard to find. Beware this is a Dodge truck not a Mopar classic car. Engine parts are all you will find, same engine used in the Jeep Cherokee. No luck finding exhaust manifolds or Y pipe. Same goes for the ring and pinion gears in the differential.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd November, 2009

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 15 reviews