1997 Dodge Ram Pickup Reviews

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission Automatic
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Best ever

Faults:

I have 97 Ram 2500 4x4 auto trans.

Problems, haha, there are none.

I have owned since new, and it now has 189,000 miles of hard goose neck trailer pulling. Same tranny, same motor that it came with new, and never been apart. It is called take care of your truck people. Change the oil, and check the oil and filters.

General Comments:

Best truck ever made. Can't get any better. Hasn't anyone noticed that Ford and Chevy have never said their truck is better than Dodge in their sales ads on TV and such? But they do dog on each other.

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

Review Date: 3rd June, 2010

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 3.9 V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.9 V6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired69687 miles
Most recent distance105283 miles
Previous carDodge Ram

Summary:

A great truck for the money; a working machine

Faults:

Thermostat stuck shut. Never overheated. Replaced myself with a 160 degree thermostat, still running strong.

Steering box failed at 100,000 miles.

Pitman arm failed at 97,000 miles.

General Comments:

A lot better on gas than my previous 98 short bed single cab Ram with the 5.2 V8 automatic.

Doesn't get pushed around much for having a V6 in it. Backed up with that manual transmission and 3.90 gears.

Extremely reliable, never let me down or on the side of the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2010

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup SS/T 5.9 supercharged from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.9 supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance33500 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Beautiful

Faults:

Side view mirrors get worn out internally so they are no longer tight.

General Comments:

Beautiful truck for a collector. It has been great to me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2009

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup Laramie SLT 2500 4x4 Cummins I6 turbo diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Cummins I6 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance350000 miles
Previous carChevrolet K3500

Summary:

Possibly the best truck of all time

Faults:

The throttle cable was replaced due to a recall notice.

The Cummins needs to be cleaned regularly to keep running at its best.

The throttle needs adjusting every once in a while as well.

The alternator needed replacement once.

And it did get some hail damage, but nothing serious.

And the exhaust pipe behind the muffler fell off.

General Comments:

A very nice truck, the interior is both roomy and comfortable, and the exterior has a very sporty but powerful look to it.

The engine is amazing, it is slow to accelerate, but once it is moving the truck really wants to go. The engine is also VERY powerful, and unlike a gasoline V10 or big block, the Cummins diesel gets about 21 miles to the gallon, which makes running it very inexpensive.

The only real problem with the truck is that the engine is very loud when it idles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2009

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 5.9 and 8.0 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.9 and 8.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carFord F250

Summary:

Great Truck!

Faults:

Nothing ever. Just routine maintenance.

General Comments:

Bought 2 new Dodge trucks in 1997. 1 - 1997 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4X4 Long Bed 5.9 gas engine, auto trans. Loved this truck although fuel mileage was awful. 2 - 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab 4X4 Long Bed 8.0 gas engine, auto trans. Again, loved the truck. An absolute powerhouse and 16 mpg. Never any engine or trans or rear end problems. Sold both trucks around 140,000 miles.

Additionally, I worked as Shop Foreman at a used truck dealer for 5 years. In that time, I rebuilt 1 Dodge transmission. That, in comparison to probably 200 Chevrolet transmissions and 50 Ford transmissions. I'd have to say that the Chevrolet is the junk truck. The Dodge is the "Cadillac". But I still think the Ford is the best built, most dependable and durable truck on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2009

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 5.2 gas from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.2 gas Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

I am now a Dodge man, I love my truck

Faults:

Have had no problems with any of the three Dodges I own.

General Comments:

I got my first truck from my parents when I first got my license, it was a 1999 Dodge Dakota. I ran it until it had 260,000 miles on it. I never had any problems with it, just regular maintenance.

Then when I got out of school, I decided to buy my own. I bought a Ram 1500 used. I have only had it for about 2 months, but I have put 5000 miles on it. The thing runs like a charm; plenty of power, rides great, and not too bad on gas.

I live in Maine, so our trucks are put to the test up here in harsh winter weather and the mud season, and in my opinion Dodge can take the beating. Great truck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 41 reviews