1988 Dodge Ram Reviews

1988 Dodge Ram 50 Sport 2.6 i4 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.6 i4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance456000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

My lifelong companion

Faults:

The stock carburetor was absolute junk, but once replaced with the Weber conversion, no problems.

Rebuilt the engine at 375,000.

General Comments:

I bought this truck as my first truck, when I was 15. I have literally tried to destroy it, but I can't even hurt it! Every time I jump in, and turn the key, it starts right up, no exceptions. It has never broken down or left me stranded.

It's absolutely tiny, but has a crap load of room in the cab, and it's only a regular cab!

It handles like a sports car without the speed. I can take turns at 20 mph that most people have to slow down to 8 mph for. It's not too slow, though. I have gotten it up to 120 mph at one point, in Utah. I've never wrecked it, and never gotten a ticket in it either.

I absolutely love this trucklet! I have done everything in this truck, and it has been everywhere. My longest road trip was from northern Idaho down to Mexico, then out to Boston, then back to northern Idaho. The winters in Idaho are hard, but I have never gotten stuck! No rust either! well, other than a little surface rust.

I have hauled literally 3/4 of a ton with this truck, and got it up to 65 mph! The front tires didn't touch the ground much, but we got home.

I will never sell this truck. If it ever needs anything fixed, not likely, I will fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2011

1988 Dodge Ram 350 350 V8 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 350 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz S-Class

Summary:

Reliable, tough, high-performance van

Faults:

A/C Never worked.

Roof tried to cave in on several occasions (just by driving it).

Front passenger side brake piston would stick and overheat.

General Comments:

Excellent, reliable, simple van.

Raw power, great suspension, above par stability, and very cheap to maintain.

I had it for almost a year, and did nothing to it except add oil and gas, and drive it from Mississippi to Florida.

Great value for the money!! (US$300)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2010

1988 Dodge Ram 350 Campwagon School Bus 318cc gas V8 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 318cc gas V8 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance310000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Fifth Avenue

Summary:

Versatility in bus form

Faults:

Rear doors rusted off.

Sheet metal on passenger side exterior rusted through.

Oil pressure gauge developed a leak, spewing oil over the engine, transmission and drive shaft.

Rear U-joint shattered while travelling on a highway. This also caused the transmission casing to crack and leak out all the tranny fluid.

Master brake cylinder failed, making braking unpredictable at best.

General Comments:

This vehicle was used a school bus for ten years, and was sold at that time, as per Ontario laws. We bought it extremely cheap, so repairs, while somewhat common, were not a terrible hardship.

The van was built like a tank: heavy duty everything.

Performance was dismal, as to be expected. Acceleration was snail-like, and the top speed was 130km/h. Obviously performance is not a priority when building school busses.

Also, the vehicle was tossed around by the wind quite a lot. Again, not unexpected.

Comfort was fleeting, as we left the school bus seats in the vehicle. But the driver's seat was wonderful.

Visibility was excellent. The only blind spot was directly behind the vehicle, underneath the windows of the rear doors.

The ride is smooth, due to the heavy duty shocks and springs, provided the vehicle has at least 200lbs or so in it.

Cargo space is huge, again, because it's a school bus.

However, the engine loved to eat gas. The vehicle can only go about 250 miles or so before needing to be refilled.

But, overall, a pretty good vehicle for a large family, or a moving company.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2005

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews