1996 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L V8 from North America
A money pit
Transmission was rebuilt and warranty extended to 125K due to the dealer forgetting to put transmission oil in the vehicle after a 60K mile tune up. Now supposedly water has entered into the differential and destroyed it. Warranty will not cover it and I know I never submerged the axle in water. The warranty people feel it's my fault due to the fact that is is a 4x4. I suspect the dealer that fixed the transmission also "fixed" the axle. They changed the oil in the axle and 15K miles later I have a destroyed rear axle.
Warranty is useless and not worth the hassle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th July, 2000
15th Jul 2001, 09:40
My 95 Dodge Ram is working on its second transmission repair. The first was done by Dodge at the dealership in FREEHOLD NJ at 65,000 miles. The second is being done by a local transmission shop in Middlesex NJ at 89,000 miles.
I love the truck and baby it all the time. It's used to commute to work only. Never snow plows or 4 wheeling. Auto transmission 5.9 liter motor. I still love the truck, but the transmission leaves a lot to be desired...
10th Sep 2001, 07:48
I have a 1996 Dodge SST/Indy love the truck, but as with you the transmission is lacking. It won't up shift under full acceleration, and if I'm doing 75 on the freeway and punch to pass, it drops directly into 2nd and as long as I have the pedal down it will never up-shift until I let up on the gas.
The electricals - don't get me started.
The warranty on this truck still has 20k and the dealership wants to take the tranny apart, but the warranty people say they want me to pay for it if they don't find anything but normal wear and tear. Hell no, it's broke and they don't want to pay.
But put this aside, and the truck is very nice, and as for Dodge, never had one before this, and sad to say I won't buy another.
12th Oct 2002, 06:38
I bought a 1997 1500 SLT Laramie with the a Mark III conversion package. Got the truck with 38kmi. on it and had a couple of repairs done. After all the talk of "Bad transmissions". I had it flushed and service at 40kmi.With the 5.9 and 3.5 gears it will tow a house down. I love it, and hope to have it for a long time...
20th May 2011, 11:05
I have been looking for a New Jersey truck dealer in my area. I also treat my vehicles with a lot of care. When I purchase my car, I hope to have it running fine for many years.