1998 Dodge Ram Pickup Reviews - Page 4 of 17

1998 Dodge Ram Pickup V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Great and reliable truck

Faults:

The engine started puffing out black smoke, and all I had to do was put a new air filter on it.

A few minor paint problems, not that big of a deal.

General Comments:

A good reliable truck. It is also very powerful.

A minor electronic problem with the brake light; it was an easy fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2009

1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 4x4 Laramie 8.0L V10 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 8.0L V10 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carGMC Sierra

Summary:

If it got better mileage, I'd love it even more

Faults:

Front rotors were warped when bought, due to braking with a heavy trailer over a long time (neglected).

Rather the gas pig at 10-11 MPG city or highway.

General Comments:

I love my Ram. It's as reliable as the sunrise.

I have copious torque whenever I need it.

Four wheel drive engages effortlessly.

The engine is extremely smooth, silent and powerful for any condition.

The transmission shifts superbly.

The ride is better in this truck with a straight front axle than other trucks with IFS.

Ultra beefy box. I can go anywhere I desire, and tow almost anything.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2009

1998 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 318 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 318 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.7 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 miles
Most recent distance173000 miles
Previous carToyota Sienna

Faults:

I bought this truck as a go to Lowes and pick up stuff.

On the way home, it shifted very bad. I noticed after driving a while the OD light went on and then the trans heat light. I stopped it and had it towed to a transmission shop. They told me to replace the transmission because there were a lot of miles on the truck. I had them put new transmission fluid and it now runs nice for around town.

I have been told that the speed sensor is probably the major problem. Does anyone else have any info on that?

General Comments:

I love the looks and the drive of this truck.

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

Review Date: 7th January, 2009

1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 5.2L, 318 CID from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.2L, 318 CID Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance182000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Astro

Summary:

I have a good opinion of this vehicle

Faults:

Cracked head at 140K.

Transmission pump leak at 158K.

Rear speed sensor at 178K.

Lumbar support seat motor failed (driver side) at 167K.

General Comments:

I have been generally happy.

This was a used vehicle with high mileage, and that being said, I think the repairs that have been done are to be expected.

The vehicle has good cab room and is comfortable to travel in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2008

1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 5.2 V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.2 V8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired226900 miles
Most recent distance228050 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevette

Summary:

Beast

Faults:

Passengers window only goes down with the driver's switch, but goes up with the passengers switch.

Driver's mirror only goes to the right and down with the switch, passenger's works fine.

Axle bolts connecting to the hub are going bad.

When I stop on dirt or wet roads, my right rear tire locks up.

ABS and brake light come on randomly.

Seems to go through back tires a lot. LOL.

General Comments:

My truck has its issues but I'm not complaining, it hasn't left me stranded and it's got a decent amount of power for a 318.

I got the truck for 1700 dollars, and it was a good damn deal.

It has 228xxx thousand miles, but it drives like it's got 50,000 miles.

Basically, I love my truck and the only thing I would sell it for is a cummins turbo diesel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2008

1998 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 5.2 V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.2 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance376908 miles
Previous carDodge Power Wagon

Summary:

The Cadillac Work-Horse of all pickups

Faults:

120,000 fuel pump went out (typical)

156,000 TPS went out, hit a ditch broke ball joints, along with tie rods and sway bar.

159,000 drive-shaft pinion crushed.

209,000 tape player quit playing.

237,000 doors started to rust.

289,000 windshield washer fluid tank got a leak.

310,000 axle joints were bad.

357,000 blown intake gasket.

370,000 timing chain teeth finally gave.

376,000 my air freshener quit freshening.

General Comments:

This truck is by far the best I have ever had.

It has been a farm truck all of its life, pulling well over its max capacity.

All the problems I had were easily fixed by myself.

Even though it's a 318, it still runs with the big boys and even sometimes does truck pulls.

This truck is driven every day, usually highway if not pasture.

It's all stock, and the problems are minimal and small.

It's the Q/C SLT, and rides a little rough, but it's a nice rough.

I keep the maintenance up, and it averages around 21 HWY and 15 CTY (did I mention it's a 4x4)

In all I'll never own a new one because these older ones in my professional opinion are the best, way better than the competition (trust me I've owned all the comp.) it out pulls and runs cooler than the F-150, it does everything better than the Chevy 1500 except speed, and it's tougher than the Titan and Tundra. Mines been in every tough situation imaginable, even been flipped over.

Oh and not to mention, this is one hell of a body style.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2008

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 64 reviews