1996 Dodge Ram Pickup Reviews - Page 2 of 11

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup STL 5.2 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired197000 miles
Most recent distance207000 miles

Summary:

It's a great truck for teenagers

Faults:

Not enough acceleration with big tires on it.

General Comments:

This truck is great, has a lot of power, and is very quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2010

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 5.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carGMC 1/2 Ton

Summary:

Great truck

Faults:

Water pump went out around 120k miles; cost me around hundred bucks for me to fix with a new belt put on at the same time (did the work myself in the parking lot of the parts store, had my wife bring my tools - I was about 50 miles from home).

Headlight switch went out around 155k miles, pretty cheap to fix yourself.

Door hinge pins worn door drops slightly when open, making it a little harder to shut.

Changed all ball joints in front, cost about 350 to change them all at the shop.

Transmission was acting up around 20k miles ago, didn't want to go in reverse as soon as it should. I put a can of seafoam transmission treatment in, and it's been fine since.

General Comments:

This truck has been the best vehicle I have ever had.

I believe it's the 11th vehicle.

I paid 4900 for it about 4 years ago, and put around 500 into over that time, so only around 125 a year to maintain, not counting oil changes.

Owner before me owned a trailer company, so I know he used it to pull a lot of trailers. But that did not seem to make any difference in performance when I purchased it.

Also I don't drive my truck rough; no flooring it or spinning tires, or fast start and stops.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2009

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 SLT Laramie 4x4 318 V8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 318 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Would have been great if it had the 360ci V8

Faults:

I didn't experience any breakdowns or problems with my truck (std cab, long bed, 4x4). As far as I'm concerned, it was a very reliable vehicle.

General Comments:

So, why would a person own a truck for only 10 months? I'll tell you. The 318 cubic inch Magnum V8. Excellent engine with impressive power - when it's in a Dakota! This full size Ram was so underpowered, it would down shift if it hit a head wind at any speed! Did this underpowered truck provide me with excellent economy to make up for it? No. I would get about 13-15 mpg out of this beast.

However, I must admit, this all black truck (w/o the silly silver around the rockers) was the best looking truck I've ever owned. When matched with dark tinted windows, 33" mud tires, and a large chromed Smitty Built brush guard on the front, I was constantly getting comments and head nods.

This truck was fully loaded with power seats, an excellent factory CD sound system, power mirrors and windows, key-less entry, and the behind-the-seat cargo system. An extremely comfortable ride with tons of leg room for my 6'5" frame even on 6 and 7 hour road trips. Once I got better tires on this truck, it even did a decent job of providing off-road fun.

All in all, this would have been an amazing truck and I would still own it if it simply had more torque and power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2008

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup ST Club Cab 6.5-ft. Bed 4WD 5.2L 220 hp V8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.2L 220 hp V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles

Summary:

Awesome and powerful

Faults:

Since we've owned this truck, it has been very reliable and hasn't broken down yet. There have only been minor problems such as the brakes being replaced a couple of times and the water pump as well. We've recently gotten into an accident in it, and there was some damage done to the bumper, frame and radiator, but it is still running great, and the bumper was replaced. I just hope it will continue to run until I can save up for a newer one.

General Comments:

For a truck that's 10 years old with 155,000 miles on it, it still runs and looks new. My dad gave it to me last month, and I've replaced the front bumper and headlights because of the accident. The thing runs great, and I love the sound and performance of the engine. The exterior as of now is great, and the paint continues to shine after waxing. The tires might have to be replaced soon, as well as the brakes, and I need to get the engine tuned up. The interior is somewhat plain, but the seats are still in good condition and comfortable, and all controls work great. The A/C still blows out cold air. The only thing that sucks is 12 mpg city driving, but I'll get use to it. But besides that, this truck is awesome, and I hope to drive it for two years or more. I recommend this truck to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2006

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 40 reviews