1987 Dodge D50 Reviews

1987 Dodge D50 2.6 from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carChrysler Fifth Avenue

Summary:

I love this truck!

Faults:

Steering bushings rotted and were replaced.

Both shocks blew twice.

Rear view mirror is IMPOSSIBLE to put back on.

General Comments:

Extremely durable, tough, strong, and great on gas. Great for offroading, even rear wheel drive! It takes a beating.

My D50 was rear wheel drive, long bed, single cab. It went through a full winter on bald tires. I wrecked 4 times, but NEVER did damage.

I've pulled almost 2 tons with this truck, and somehow the little 4 cylinder engine got me up to 55 m.p.h. The front tires barely touched so I couldn't really steer. I don't suggest trying it, not a good idea.

Excellent truck. If you see one cheap, get it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2009

1987 Dodge D50 2.6L gas from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.6L gas Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance137500 miles
Previous carDatsun 510

Summary:

The best 4-wheeling pick-up out there

Faults:

Seat was pretty worn when I first got it.

Speaker positions in the doors are horrible. You have to have shallow speakers for them to work well.

Had to replace the front end pinion arm.

Had to replace the windshield.

Had to replace the clutch at 100,500 miles.

General Comments:

The best little truck out there.

Very reliable and easy to work on.

Does great off-road even when stock.

Though not many aftermarket parts, it dosen't seem to need them.

You can push this truck to the end of the world and it will love every moment of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2005

1987 Dodge D50 Sport 2.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired402 miles
Most recent distance199996 miles
Previous carDatsun 1600 Pick-up

Summary:

A great daily driver/small work truck

Faults:

Replaced Brake master cylinder at 60000 miles.

Rebuilt transmission at 95000 miles, due to bearing failure.

Coil died at 102000 miles.

Replaced carburetor at 102500 when solenoids quit working, replaced with a factory carburetor, but should have went with an after market one, would have saved time and money.

Recovered seats at 195000 miles due to being worn.

Rebuilt engine at 198000 miles when the head cracked, I had a large load and over heated the engine.

General Comments:

I like the style of the truck.

It has been a really reliable truck for the money.

It's fun to drive and the gas mileage is good.

I would buy another if Mitsubishi still imported them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

1987 Dodge D50 2.6L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.6L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired275000 miles
Most recent distance317000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

The 1987 Dodge Ram 50 Pickup is a Hard-to-kill piece of machinery!

Faults:

The battery was not properly secured, which caused it to slide into the fan blade/belt. Upon hitting the fan belt, the battery procured a rather large hole. When that happened, the hole let battery fluid spray battery acid all over God's creation, which led the the timely replacement of all under-hood wires, plugs, etc.

Seat is worn a little, but look how many miles is on it.

General Comments:

This is the 2nd 1987 Dodge Ram 50 Pickup I have owned.

The first 1987 Dodge Ram 50 pickup I owned, I bought brand new with 6 miles on it.

I owned that truck for 12 years, and in that amount of time, I drove it while working pizza delivery, and running a bait route across central Alabama.

When I got ready to sell that truck (with 215,000 miles on it) my mother bought it for $600.00.

After adding over 50,000 miles on it, the engine blew. She sold it as-is to my nephew for $100.00. He found another engine for $700.00 which was in a wrecked 1988 D50.

After installing that engine and doing a little bit of fine tuning, he drove the truck til it died about a year later. (it died when it flipped 3 times)

He sold it to a junkyard for $75.00.

Where it is now, who knows?

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

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

24th Jan 2009, 09:26

I was wondering if anyone knew where to find diesel parts for the D50? I am having trouble obtaining a fuel injection rebuild kit and a transmission kit for a Dodge D50 diesel 4x4.

31st May 2009, 17:07

Good luck on finding anything for a D50 diesel. You might have better luck trying a Ranger, not sure on the year, but they replaced the 2.2 perkins with the 2.3 Mits, little different setup for Ford emissions, but same motor.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews