1999 Dodge Pickup Review

1999 Dodge Pickup 1500 SLT 4x4 5.9L from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.9L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance36500 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

A real truck capable of real truck work

Faults:

The intake manifold gasket blew at roughly 34,000 miles. It still ran great, but started consuming oil at an alarming rate.

Oil was weeping from the front crank seal so I had it replaced at 36,000 miles.

Oil was also weeping from the rear output shaft seal on the transfer case. Nothing serious, but I had it replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Overall, I love this truck. It's been very reliable with only minor problems.

Power output is excellent, so long as you don't expect it to run like a sports car. Unlike the current Chevy and Ford engines, this engine is still a truck engine. In a truck, if you use it as a truck, horsepower is not the most important factor. Torque is the important thing and this engine makes plenty of it and does so at a low enough RPM to be useful.

Front seat space is roomy and comfortable. The rear seating is tight, but I never intended for anything other than 'stuff' and children to go back there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2001

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review