1997 Dodge Ram Pickup Reviews - Page 6 of 11

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 SLT Laramie Ext. Cab 5.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carNissan Pickup

Summary:

Practical, fun, and affordable to run!

Faults:

Nothing major has gone wrong on this truck as everything is heavy duty and built to last.

General Comments:

The 5.9 litre Turbo Diesel V8 is a Cummins unit and is totally bomb-proof and 100% reliable.

Apart from the Ram's enormous size, which makes it difficult to park and manouvre, this is an extremely practically vehicle. The pick-up bed is long and swallows anything and the extended cab body gives you modest rear seats.

I love the looks of this truck and the attention it gets when cruising down the road.

Very well built and tough as nails. With the diesel engine it isn't too thirsty either. I get around 26mpg from it.

My next vehicle will almost certainly be another American truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2004

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 SLT 4x4 5.2 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.2 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

A truly tough truck

Faults:

The rear-end had to be replaced, mostly due to the fact that I drove the truck very hard.

The spare tire rubbed against a wiring harness causing a short in the wiring. After dozens of fuses, we found the problem and fixed it for less than $50.00.

Gas mileage is the most troublesome thing with the truck, it is very expensive to fill up the 26 gallon tank.

The interior collects stains very easily.

General Comments:

This is a really tough truck, going on 7 years with the truck and I have never gotten stuck.

The truck has a very intimidating look to the front.

The truck has some get up and go when you need to pass. Also sounds very mean when you get on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2004

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 5.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired500 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

I loved the truck, wish I had kept it, but160km to work and back a day put me in the poor house. It

Faults:

Cassette never worked.

5000km out of warranty the fuel pump went cost me 850 dollars, phoned Chrysler about it and got a very rude individual who refused to even listen to me.

6000km out of warranty overdrive went out, another thousand bucks.

Clearcoat finish peeled off the passenger side, never seen that before, neither had the dealer who willingly resprayed it under warranty.

Intake manifold developed an oil leak, was repaired under warranty, dealer said this was a common problem.

General Comments:

I really like this Dodge, it was 4x4 and I traded in my 1995 2 wheel Dodge Ram because I wanted a 4 wheel drive for the snow we occasionally get. My 1995 Dodge did not have one repair problem the two years I owned it, so I was surprised at how different the 1997 Dodge was in comparison. Even with the faults it was a great truck, wouldn't get stuck in the snow, towed my 25 foot 5th wheel everywhere I wanted to go. The seats were very comfortable and firm the way I liked them. I think if the vehicle is really well liked the owners can overlook some of the flaws, if the owners don't like the vehicle that much then any flaw will make them hate it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired800 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

I love it, but I have to get rid of it

Faults:

The seal on the rear window has been leaking for about three years. The rear passenger side tire keeps going flat. The dealer told me that this is common because all the weight rest on that side. That excuse sounded like bull to me. After only 65000 miles the transmission started to go out. Paint is peeling all over the vehicle. The Dodge lettering on the tailgate is already peeling off as well. The tailpipe has rattled since almost day one.

General Comments:

This vehicle drove well for many years. I am baffled that things are going wrong after only 67000 miles. I imagine the problems stem from age, 6 years, rather than mileage. I would love to have my truck fixed instead of trading it in, but my main reason for trading it in is gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 2003

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Sport Club Cab 5.9 Liter V8 Magnum from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.9 Liter V8 Magnum Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

If they could only fix the transmission issues..

Faults:

Around 60k miles, it was just dead in the parking lot one day. Had to have it towed to a dealer and found out not only the battery was shot, but it needed the whole electrical system overhauled, to the tune of about $350.

Had to have transmission rebuilt at 68k miles.

Power lock on passenger side has issues and only wants to lock and unlock occasionally.

Carpeting and upholstery get stained easy and not so easy to clean.

General Comments:

Nice looking truck, very intimidating.

Comfortable interior, good on long trips.

Handles well, but leans a little too much into sharp turns (its just a big truck)

Gas mileage really isn't that bad, considering its got a 5.9L engine.

Paint has held up well over the years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2003

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