1994 Dodge Ram Review

1994 Dodge Ram Laramie SLT Chrysler 318 V8 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Chrysler 318 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired189000 miles
Most recent distance199000 miles
Previous carDodge Avenger


Overall a good vehicle, despite a few anticipated problems


Clear-coat on hood and roof was bad when I bought it. Common on '94 model Chrysler vehicles.

Ball joints at 195,000.

Possibly a blown head gasket. Results coming from mechanic in a few days. I was told by one mechanic that the 318 is known for gasket problems. I have no way of knowing this for sure.

General Comments:

Overall a good vehicle. Not the greatest cosmetic shape, but about what you could expect for a truck that's 15 years old.

The previous owner put a new transmission, radiator, and intake manifold gasket into it. He said the transmission went out at about 182,000 miles. Chrysler transmissions are known for this sort of thing.

It's performed well for me up to this point. Pulls 7,700 lbs. (the max tow rating for an automatic) almost effortlessly.

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

Review Date: 20th February, 2009

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review