1998 Dodge Ram SLT 1500 4x4 from North America - Comments

9th Aug 2004, 08:29

My father has a 1999 1500 XLT 4X4, and he hasn't had one problem with it. It could possibly be the driver. Treat your truck good and it will treat you good.

5th Sep 2004, 10:41

I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 4x4 Quad Cab and I have 110,000 miles on it that I put on myself. I had to have rear end worked on at 60,000 miles, but this was due to my pulling a load of steel that was just to much for a 1/2 ton. Although this was my fault the warranty covered repairs. I am looking forward to driving for another 100,000 miles before I get rid of.

10th Nov 2005, 23:01

My wife has a 1999 4x4 SLT which has also been in the shop for several obscure problems:

- Headlight filled with water

- PCV valve stuck and "sucked" most of the oil out of engine.

- Radiator never leaked, but was found to be defective when in for other repairs.

- Torque converter went out. (growling noise at 40 mph in OD when pulling very slightly)

- multiple tires out of round at 66,880 miles

- Now, the vibration is back... It appears the rear bearings are shot. Rear hub can move up-down over 0.060"

- I have a front u-joint failing.

I agree with the others that the interior is nice.

5th Dec 2005, 18:57

I own a 1998 SLT 4x4 1500 with 94,000 miles on it. All I have had to do is replace the gasket between the tranny and the transfer case and the tranny pan gasket. This has been a great truck. I pull a 4000-5000 lb trailer daily and the 5.9 gives me plenty of torque.

22nd Feb 2006, 17:38

I own a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 Quad cab Sport edition. I currently have 90,000 miles on it. It is a great ride, and interior, but in the 6 years that I have owned it I have: replaced the AC evaporation unit; replaced the trac bar, put in a new rear; replaced both rear you joints; Replaced both front u-joints; replaced the transfer case, replaced the alternator, and am working on my third set of tires. The front you joints and transfer case, cost me $1500.00 in parts and $1200.00 in labor in the last two weeks. I was thinking of trading it in, but now that I have put so much into it, I think I have to keep it at least another 6 years! Besides, it runs like new now.

15th Mar 2006, 15:31

I have a 1998 2500 quad-cab SLT pickup with 261,000 miles on it. So far I had to replace the original trans one time at about 120,000 miles. This is after being absolutely tortured for the first few years of its life. I changed the radiator at about 220,000 miles, and a couple of front end parts at about 240,000 miles. Treat your vehicle right, and it will do the same for you.

23rd Mar 2006, 23:14

I love my 1998 Dodge SLT 4x4. It has over 175k miles on it and has been a great truck. Only normal maintenance, brakes, etc. Recently a problem has surfaced and no one has been able to diagnose the cause. It is this loud growling noise that occures sometimes for just an instant when a bump in the road is encountered. It sounds like something is rubbing a tire, but I can't tell where it comes from. My mechanic replaced the damper shock, checked tie rod ends, wheel bearings, U-joints, motor supports, but everything seemed OK. Does anyone have any ideas?

5th May 2006, 01:24

I own a 1998 Dodge 1500 quad cab. At 84000 miles the engine blew a rod, now the transfer case is making a noise. The AC went dead, dealer says everything has to be replaced.

19th May 2006, 09:55

Hi All.

My boyfriend just bought a 99 Dodge Ram 1500. He's driven it less than 4K miles and he now needs new front u-joints. Any ideas on total price for this fiasco?

20th May 2006, 01:39

I have a Ram SLT 1500 and it's been a great truck.

115000 on it - the only thing I have done to it is to replace the plugs.

16th Nov 2006, 13:10

I have just driven from Anchorage Ak to Washington state towing a UHaul trailer. My 2002 (old shape) dodge 2500 4x4 5.9 performed fine. However when we were returning the UHaul there was a loud roar like a 747 flying overhead. The transfer case had failed in a big way. We had the vehicle, minus the trailer, towed to the local Dodge agency where they found that the TC was almost devoid of oil. Because of this Chrysler politely declined to fix it as a warranty claim. There is only minimal evidence of a seal leak at the front of the TC and a mechanic filled the case and test drove it to check for leaks. He found none. Can anyone tell me where the oil went as the underside of the chassis is dry. We rang the place where we had the last lube, ten days and 2000 miles ago and they claim that the TC was checked and found full at that time.

5th Jan 2007, 18:26

I own a 1998 dodge pick up 4x4 extra cab, I had to replace the trans at about 120,000 miles but that was because I drove it through a pond about 3 feet deep and water got inside. Changed the fluid about 3 months later, but that didn't help, Other than that I love my ride.

23rd Jan 2007, 16:59

I own a 2003 dodge ram 1500 with the 4.7 v8 motor. I love the truck and get it tuned as the book states to do it. I just drove 4700 km since my last tune up and found that my whole front end, 4x4 axles and spindels and all else that is need to use 4x4, has broken. I use my 4x4 very little as my truck has only 70000 km on it. The local shop said that they might not fix it under warranty as it might not be part of my warranty. not sure how that all works. was wondering if anyone else has had this problem with their dodge truck. I hope all goes well with the repair because I love the truck. thanks.

23rd Jan 2007, 18:01

I have two Dodge 2500's a 95' SLT Cummins and a 5.9 360 slt.

They are both great trucks, but I'm rough on vehicles and in my Cummins I blew the front axle, and A/C compressor and its 3rd steering box. It has 200,000 miles of off road use on it. My 97' has a blow tranny and power steering box. (mud Truck)

28th Jan 2007, 13:01

I have a 1998 1500 Dodge auto trans. with 74,000 miles, something is wrong with the Transmission, it will not up-shift when you first start out, but if you let up on the gas pedal for a second then push down again is will up-shift to next gear, but starts over again if you stop at a light and then it will not up-shift to next gear until you again let up on gas, can anyone help?

20th Jun 2007, 22:22

I have a 2006 slt 4x4 thunder road package. I only have 4000 miles on it and it has a vibration pretty bad between 60 and 70. The dealer has put on three set of tires and it still has a vibrtion. any body can help (865) 659-9687.

Robert.