1997 Dodge Ram Pickup Reviews - Page 7 of 11

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup Sport 5.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

A Great Truck for the 4x4 enthusiast

Faults:

The Stock exhaust had been replaced with a true dual setup and the only problem I have had is the Flowmaster Turbo mufflers had rusted completely out, other than that there have been no problems what so ever.

General Comments:

This Truck has never failed to get me from point A to Point B and it is one very strong workhorse in the mud and muck.

The 5.9 litre V-8 Magnum powerplant has more than enough power to get me out of any situation I happen to get in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2003

4th Jul 2003, 10:37

I have A 2500 quad cab 4 X 4 and it's off road ability sucks. Their anti spin differential should be junked. Every Dodge on the trail gets stuck in the same spots. If you really intend to off road, put OX lockers or ARB in the rear. I have been embarrasssed too many time and have learned my lesson.

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup Sport Club Cab 5.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance155010 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Worth every $12k that I spent, and more!

Faults:

My transmission gave out, found out later that there is a defect with the 1997 overdrive button that effects the trans.

Radiator had to be changed 5 months after I got it, but was told that it was the original radiator.

Cruise control and AC went out, had to change the vaccum hose and recharge the freon.

General Comments:

This truck is great for family weekends at the beach and camping.

Seats our family of 6 comfortably.

Interior is still immaculate, no wear and tear.

I have the total Premium package with tow package. It just makes driving totally enjoyable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2003

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup work model 5.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Faults:

Oxygen sensor went at 40k, some slight knocking, small transmission gasket leak at 65k. No major problems yet, knock on wood. Light in the rear. Windshield seems to attract rocks, and like others the steering wheel is crumbling on top. I paid $10,000, it had 13k miles. That being said, I drive it for a living, lots of power, smooth, ton of room, by the way, the passanger seat is the worst of any truck. too much room, its scary.

General Comments:

Seem to have bought a good one.

The best looking truck out there.

I'll feel bad reading all these horror stories, good luck to you people.

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

Review Date: 25th February, 2003

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup SL 5.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.2 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance211000 kilometres
Previous carFord Truck

Summary:

Maybe I can donate it to the army for target practice

Faults:

This truck has gone through 5 intake manifold gaskets.

It's had the pinion gear replaced.

Now the dealership is telling me that I've got a transmission problem and that it's going to cost around $1600.00 to fix it.

When I had the brakes worked on the first time and that 3 times ago I was told that the brakes on the Dodge Trucks are GM.

If this is true then I think after reading all of these complaints from people that maybe Chrysler needs to get more equipment from GM and less of their own poorly manufactured products.

I wish Chrysler had have gone belly up then I wouldn't be writing this and looking at another lost night of sleep.

General Comments:

The Truck is suppose to be Heavy Duty give me a break it is so far from heavy duty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2003

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 4X4 Laramie SLT Cummins diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Cummins diesel Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carFord F250

Summary:

Great performance with zero reliability

Faults:

Serpentine belt breaks every eight to ten thousand miles.

Power steering failure.

ABS brake failure.

Explosion of fuel pre-heater.

Alternator failure.

A/C compressor failure.

Roadside assistance shows up days later and is incompetent. This truck has been flat-bedded six times.

General Comments:

This truck performs amazingly well in most repects. It is a wonderful hauler, it is fuel efficient and it is quite comfortable. Driveability is very competent.

On the downside, this truck is exceedingly unreliable. Long distance trips are tricky at best, roadside assistance is dreadful and many dealers are simply unable to properly service this vehicle.

The worst breakdowns have required weeks and not days for repairs. The longest down-times are as follows: 5 1/2 weeks, 3 weeks, 9 days, 7days, 6 days and several four day periods.

The worst roadside assistance times were

5 days (central Maine), 4 days (eastern Maine) and 3 days (New Brunswick, Canada).

The roadside assistance times refer to the elapsed time from the call for assistance and the time assistance showed up!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th January, 2003

18th Dec 2004, 07:02

My 97 Ram 2500 4X4 has been very reliable. 78,000 miles in 7 years without a fuss.

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