1997 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L V8 from North America
Good looking truck, but some issues
Oh the Dodge steering problems (damn R&P steering):
Front axle & wheel assy $800.
Power steering pump & link $600.
Hood latch broken & A/C (needs to be fixed).
Brake line rusted $150.
Since I put only 20k+ since I owned the truck, it's a little costly. Dodge should have had a recall on the steering issues.
I use it on weekends mostly, hauling not towing so far. I think the 5.2L V8 is adequate, but the diesel or 5.9L V8 is a better choice for the truck.
The common rust on the bottom of the doors, a little on the bumper etc. not great at the pump 12-13 / 16-17 or so.
Hauls nicely with a load in the bed.
The 4x4 is not as good as the Ford I used to own.
Nice looking truck blue/silver bottom SLT version. The Ford had more rust problems than this one, and the A/C doesn't work, but probably won't fix it.
I bought it for 2200; needed a front bumper/cowl and some banging to get the metal right in front (previous owner hit a bollard). Was damaged when I got it.
I recommend it, but note the steering issues, and some have had tranny issues too (no problem yet at 187,000) b-grade.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th January, 2011