1996 Dodge Ram Pickup Reviews - Page 9 of 11

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 SLT 318 5.2 Litre from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1981
Engine and transmission 318 5.2 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8 kilometres
Most recent distance295000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Long bed pick-up

Summary:

Disappointed

Faults:

Tire blowout with stock Goodyear Wrangler radials.

Rear window leak at the seals.

Battery had to be replaced.

Brake repairs more than normal.

Engine blown at 91,243 KM. Crankshaft broke in half.

Transmission slippage.

General Comments:

Bought this truck brand new, top of the line with all options except leather. Looked after this vehicle, never towed anything or carried more than 1000 lbs.

Spent close to $7000 on repairs so far when all it should have been was routine maintenance for a new vehicle.

When running it is a pleasure to drive, but JEEZ!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2002

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 5.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carDodge Pickup

Summary:

Typical Dodge, take care of it and it will take care of you

Faults:

All air conditioner components (made by a Japanese company, Nipodensa in Battle Creek Mich, who also makes Camry air conditioner trouble free components, go figure).

One fuel pump and two cruise control units (all covered by my Direct after market warranty).

Nearly all of the miles on this vehicle have been towing a 26' trailer on interstate highways.

General Comments:

Nearly all of the miles on this vehicle have been towing a 26' trailer on interstates.

Just today picked up a new 2001 Sport, and kept the 1996.

Am going to retire a 1985 Ram with 235,00 miles.

My first Dodge was a 1972 with a 360 and 3 speed colum shifter. It is still running around town with a 16 year old school kid trying his hardest to kill it. My son and my brothers son both tried but they couldn't do it.(it has over 600,000 miles on it!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2002

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT Sport Ext Cab 5.9 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.9 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

A great looking and performing pick-up

Faults:

One of the front axle bearings seized up at 80,000 miles.

The starter is going (right now) at 103,000 miles.

No real problems or excessive wear with the truck, still looks great.

General Comments:

This truck offers a nice quite ride for a pick-up. I do a lot of driving and it has power to spare (with the 5.9 V8) and good handling.

I have a black colored Sport SLT package with extended cab and it is more of a head turner than I expected.

Totally satisfied.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2002

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Indy 500 Edition 360 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 360 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance23000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

A dependable, affordable, great looking truck

Faults:

The EPA canister went out once, but it still ran perfect anyway, it just made the 'check engine' light come on.

General Comments:

This truck has the best engine of any pickup I've ever drove! Runs like a clock.

Dependability is WAY better than the (3) Fords I've had since 1992! Only been in the shop for a check engine light and normal service.

This truck, even with the limited edition 'Indy 500' package, was a heck of a bargain (right at $20K) I haven't seen anything before or since that even compares to what I got with this truck in the same price category.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2002

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 4X4 5.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance75138 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A dealership owner's nightmare

Faults:

Tranmission went bad at 30,000 miles.

Cost 1500.00 to rebuild. No warranty coverage.

Transmission acted up again at 75000 miles. Dealer can't figure it out.

Paint on entire truck orange peeled.

Carpet in the rear of the cab disintegrated.

Front stabilizer went bad.

Air conditioner turns off/on by it self.

Oil pressure sensor went bad.

General Comments:

This is a beautiful truck, however the transmissions are garbage.

The cabs are very comfortable, but the carpet is garbage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th December, 2001

16th Jan 2008, 16:43

I have a 1996 dodge ram with 5.9L gas and it is the best truck I have ever owned and I will buy another 160,000 miles and going strong.

4th Feb 2008, 12:48

Bought my 96 new. After about five years, less than 50k miles, the mirrors would not stay in position, the seat started to separate, after 85k miles, the paint started to flake off the top and the box and the headliner started to come loose. Like the truck, the ride, the handling, the performance, but hate the cosmetics failing. Dealer failed to do anything about any of these issues. Now has 104k and starting to see some leaks.

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