2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Base Model Club Cab 4x2 5.2 litre 318CI from North America
Best truck I have ever owned
Water pump at 79k miles.
Extremely mild oxidization beginning on passenger side bed rail (Notorious for this generation).
This vehicle is excellent. It has plenty of power around town, and cruises well on the freeway.
Uphill the transmission sometime won't take a hint and down shift, but this can be alleviated by a quick blip of the overdrive switch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd March, 2008
12th Nov 2006, 20:42
This was obviously a dealer problem. The tar type gook in the engine generally indicates a leak of coolant in very minute quantities into the engine. Your dealership was too lazy to fully check for small leakages in gaskets or coolant passages. As for oil, ANY oil easily forms gook and sludge unless it is synthetic. I wouldn't drive any of my vehicles 5 miles with non-synthetic in it regardless of the oil brand. Non-synthetic Valvoline will form sludge too. In your next vehicle immediately change to synthetic oil as soon as the vehicle has 5000 miles on it. My 1990 Dodge Omni went 240,000 miles with ZERO engine problems. Chrysler generally builds great stuff. I'm sorry you got a one-in-a-million bad one.