This was an economical and reliable first truck that kept me out of trouble
The $70 ignition pickup-coil failed, and the subsequent erroneous diagnostic performed fried the $1200 computer at 107,000 miles.
The instrument panel trim plastic began cracking at 41,000 miles, and by 65,000 miles was mostly held together by glue and tape.
The paint began flaking at 45,000 miles, and got progressively worse each passing year, with Dodge dealerships failing to repair because I was the second owner.
The AC system failed almost every summer, with defective hoses and leaking compressors compounding the problem.
The first gear bearing shelled out at 65,000 miles, a month after the original clutch was replaced because of excess slippage. Pulling the transmission TWICE was expensive.
Brakes were replaced at 65,000 miles, shock absorbers at 85,000 miles.
Radiator tanks began leaking at 85,000 miles and the unit was replaced.
Differential needing rebuilding at 121,000 miles.
Transmission output seal needing replacing every other summer.
Acceleration was anemic, but economy ranged from 23 city/27 highway. Handling and cornering were excellent, and ride was surprisingly good for a short bed.
Bench seat needing stuffing every few years to keep comfortable on long highway trips, but otherwise was decent for around town driving.
Cable winch spare tire carrier was very convenient considering how many flat tires I would get a year.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd September, 2004