1997 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT Laramie, 2WD 5.9L V8 (360) from North America
This has been a VERY reliable, great truck that still has another 200,000+ miles in it
The lower ball joints had to be replaced.
I replaced the front shocks. The originals were fine, but I was bored and decided that I'd try out some new Monroe's.
This truck has provided me excellent service. It has been maintained as it should be.
The only thing that has been replaced on it was the lower ball joints, one time, because they were wearing out. One other thing that was replaced that wasn't required, it was more of a choice, was the front shocks.
Everything works perfectly. The engine and transmission operate as they did from day one, smoothly and very tight, no noises or leaks.
The seats could have been designed to be a little more comfortable, nothing too big, it doesn't bother me to ride in it for a long time.
The 5.9L V8 has plenty of power, torque, and acceleration. I don't know a trailer that this truck couldn't pull, regardless of the weight. It is 2WD. It shifts smoothly and very precisely. The engine has a great sound, especially the intake with a CAI, around 4-5 grand (rpm's).
This truck is very quick and it looks very sharp. I've received more compliments on this truck than any other vehicle I've owned.
The air conditioner blows ice cubes, probably because of Chrysler's good choice in a Sanden compressor. I'm also fond of the Denso starter and alternator, also a good choice of Chrysler, very reliable parts used to build this truck. I believe it is one of the best vehicles Chrysler/Dodge has made.
I've read many complaints about the transmission. I've perfectly maintained my truck, where I change the transmission fluid and filter when it needs to be changed, and use Mopar ATF+4 which is a requirement or you will ruin your transmission regardless of what others may say.
To be a heavy truck, it seems to handle well, as well as corner well. It takes bumps and potholes like a champ.
I've only replaced the rotors once that I can remember, it does well on brake pads, a few years on one set.
The back seat is a roomy seat that is comfortable but there is not much leg room at all back there, guess I can't expect to much in the back seat of a truck.
Overall I love this truck, and I wouldn't give it up for anything.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th April, 2008