1998 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4x4 5.9L V8 from North America

Summary:

Very good 4x4 truck

Faults:

Major:

- Valve seat/seal (1) & fuel injectors (8) @ 218k miles

- Alternator @ 227k miles

- Fuel pump @ 249k miles

- AC compressor @ 257k miles

- LF ball joint @ 251k miles

- RF wheel bearing @ 263k miles.

Minor:

- Window switches < 210k miles

- Power seat switch < 210k miles.

**Before I got it:

- Trans rebuild (130k miles?)

- Rear-end rebuild

*** Note that previous owner used it for logging (hauling timber off road most of the time!!!)

General Comments:

Very reliable as I consider the repair items normal for its age. Starts instantly and immediately is ready to go - no waiting for warm-up like the Jetta or my old Pathfinder. More like my wife's Accord.

More reliable than my 2002 VW Jetta 1.8T.

Likes:

- Very good off-road (really OFF road - not simply just off pavement). Very good 4x4 truck. Solid axle is a help here, I believe.

- Radio/CD/cassette is quite good.

- Fold-down center seat console is great.

Dislikes:

- Brakes are mushy and weak.

- ABS does not disengage when in 4x4 which I do not like.

- AC not great - it's okay.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2008

1998 Dodge Ram SS/T 5.9L V8 from North America

Summary:

Sexy and fun

Faults:

It's running a little bad right now cause I need my throttle body cleaned.

General Comments:

This truck is real fun to drive and gets many rubber neckers. Mine is a 1998 that's in really good condition, I was lookin for a truck that no one had and I did research on the SS/T and found out that they're really rare. I had to have one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2008

1998 Dodge Ram 5.9L diesel 3/4 ton turbo from North America

Summary:

Love my truck

Faults:

I have had problems with the torque converter clutch and had the throttle position sensor replaced.

Received Technical Service Bulletins Ref# 18-02-99 Date of Issue Feb. 19,1999. My truck has 115,000 miles with regular maintenance, IE oil changes, transmission checked and now it is surging again, with last replacement 7/14/05.

What is going on? And am I supposed to drive this truck into the ground? I haul a 3 horse aluminum slant load trailer and a flat bed to pick up hay once per year. Surely this problem is common, because this truck has been maintained like a baby and is paid for, and should in theory run for another 100,000. Can you guide me for some resolution?

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

Review Date: 22nd August, 2006

1998 Dodge Ram SLT 5.2 V8 from North America

Summary:

The truck is more than I expected in almost every aspect

Faults:

Had to put new brake calipers on the front, the old ones were rattling, but this is normal wear, blew one fuse for inside lights, 2 new tires. Nothing else so far.

General Comments:

Truck is very dependable, it is the most comfortable to drive, seats are very durable, engine has more than enough power. I drove it on a 2500 mile trip and it ran flawlessly, no problems and got 18 to 20 mpg. The cab is very spacious. I am very happy with buying a Dodge Truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2006

1998 Dodge Ram SS/T 5.9 from North America

Summary:

I'm in love with my truck

Faults:

The transmission required an overhaul (not rebuild!) at 91,000 miles. This included: speed sensor, governor, overdrive solenoid, front pump bearings and input shaft & seals; I also put in a mild performance torque converter and shift kit.

Replaced speed sensor in left rear wheel hub at 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

Easily the best truck (and probably best auto, period) I've ever owned!

With mild performance modifications it accelerates fast and has a top end around 150 mph.

Stock suspension, wheels and tires are beyond adequate and handling is more like a sports car that a 1/2 ton truck.

The interior is very comfortable and the stock Infinity Premium sound system approaches audiophile quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

20th Jun 2004, 17:43

Steven - Liked your comment on the Ram SS/T - I also have one a '98 white w/blue stripes. It has 65,000 on it now - bought it with 11,000 and have had no problems except battery replacement and new Goodyear II's at 60,000. I agree it is a fun and good looking truck for the money and the stereo is excellent. I get lots of comments on it and my girlfriend liked it so much she sold her 2001 Toyota RAV 4 and now drives the truck most of the time. She loves the sound and power. My best mileage so far has been about 20 per gallon - which isn't bad for a full sized truck with some power!

Take care. Jesse.