1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 SLT 8.0 V10 from North America
Baddest truck out there
Serpentine Belt Failed at 12000 miles, then again at 18000. After talking to dealer, it turned out to be a bad belt tensioner. Replaced under warranty, no cost.
At about 75000, I started hearing a rattle noise in the left rear hub. Turns out the bolts connecting axle to hub were failing. New hub & Bolts, $400.
This is the toughest, strongest truck on the market. It will out run, out pull any other truck on the road, hands down. And it handles very good for a truck of this size. On or off road, where I spend a lot of time.
Chevy has a better ride, but try pulling 18,000#'s of trailer on a regular basis with one.
I run this truck HARD, and it won't break or fail me. Gas mileage isn't great, but with over 500 ft lbs of torque at the tires, who cares. Except the kid in the little rice rocket who is now in the rear view mirror. And that's with a load in the bed.
Dodge definitely has the strongest running gear, or I would have broken this thing a long time ago!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th July, 2003
9th Dec 2008, 21:44
An exact vehicle like yours with an automatic transmission puts 225 horsepower and 345 ft. lbs. of torque to the rear wheels measured with a dyno). It's not 500 like you mention, but it's a LOT! In any case, I absolute love my V10. The engine never labors no matter what you throw at it. Gasoline over diesel for smoothness, silence, price per gallon, no formulation worries, no excessive weight on the front ball joints, no constant fuel filter replacements, seven quarts vs. 19 quarts of oil for an oil change and the list goes on. The vehicle rides very well for a straight front axle design. I perefer the styling to any other comparable truck out there for this year.