1999 Dodge Ram Pickup Sport 360 from North America

Summary:

Great

Faults:

Speed sensor for ABS & engine, remote transmitter, paint on bedside.

General Comments:

I drive it like I stole it - and it has performed excellent. I love this truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2013

1999 Dodge Ram Pickup Quad Cab (4x2) 5.2 liter 318 cubic inches from North America

Summary:

Super reliable workhorse

Faults:

Water pump broke at 31000, then wore out at 235000.

Common rust spots found on these trucks at the bottom of the doors and tailgate.

The rear door latches on both sides have failed due to rust, and no longer open (around 200000).

Light driver's seat wear.

Dashboard is solid plastic piece, and has worn and cracked all the way through. Easy replacement.

Fuel pump wore out at 239000.

Catalytic converter at 140000. Covered by Chrysler recall.

Crankshaft sensor at about 220000.

Air conditioner compressor at 150000.

Rear differential has been going bad for like 100000 miles, but still works fine (leaks a lot, loud constant hum).

There were other normal wear and tear items, but the parts are readily available and cheap.

General Comments:

The Magnum 318 is very reliable and an adequate performer. Biggest drawback would be the MPG by modern V8 standards. No major leaks or gasket failures.

It's fitted with 3.55 gearing (for fuel economy! 15 MPG mixed). The transmission is computer tuned by Dodge to upshift quickly, and only shift out of overdrive once the accelerator is depressed down 75%. So you must learn to manipulate the shifter manually in certain situations to avoid frustration, as the tranny will act confused and hunt for the right gear, or hang between a third to second downshift for as much as three seconds (an eternity in passing, and frustrating on hills).

Typical steering wander for the year can be aided with after market parts.

The truck is a workhorse, and I've grown very found of its reliability. Always starts, and is great for hauling anything, just like a truck should be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2013

1999 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 QC Sport 360 5.9 Liter from North America

Summary:

Repair costs on 99 Dodge Ram 1500 QC alone could have paid for a DIFFERENT vehicle!

Faults:

Manifold gasket leak.

Transmission slip x2. Found common resolution.

A/C system failure x2.

Quadcab door latches stuck.

Hood bounce at 75mph, latch feels secure but still questionable.

Front end issues continue...

Paint peel.

Leather seat wear.

Cupholder repair.

Interior electrical system failure.

General Comments:

I have a 1999 QC 1500 Sport 5.9L/360 now with 200k + miles. Bought at 14,000 miles in 2000 in Texas.

The transmission 'failed' at 18,000, under warranty so the dealer 'rebuilt' it, couldn't even get it home out of second gear. I went straight back to the dealer who replaced the transmission solenoids, and 1 hour later - FIXED! Doubt it needed a 'rebuild', but it was under warranty, so the dealer got a freebie I guess. The transmission was slipping 2 years later; another mechanic shop changed the transmission solenoids, no problems since.

It had a leak at the manifold gasket at 22k. Repaired. No oil consumption, gas mileage about 20 mpg highway at 75 mph in AZ.

AC compressor out at 180k and 200k.

Electrical - extra DC port not working - not a fuse. Front push switch interior lights - broken switch - would not turn off. Amplified speaker system is crap.

Quadcab door latches failed. Back doors will not open from inside or out. Repaired once at bodyshop. Latches broke again. **Anybody have a permanent fix for this?**

Front end: Have replaced U&L ball joints, pitman arm, swaybar, you name it - everything. The brake rotors cracked, pins broke. Hood latch questionable - hood bounce at 65-75 mph. Goes through speed and temp rated tires like crazy, even though alignment is perfect and tire pressure, rotation and balance is maintained properly.

Paint on door posts peeled. Headlight covers filmy and not cleanable/even with rubbing compound-like products from road salt while in NY. Clearcoat paint peeling. Leather seats wearing badly, although maintained and conditioned regularly. Cupholder broke several times at plastic pins. I had to fabricate a fix for this with metal washers.

This is a truck that has been babied. Or, at least maintained/repaired on a regular basis. The maintenance/repair costs alone could have paid for a DIFFERENT vehicle! I will never buy Dodge again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th August, 2010

8th Sep 2010, 09:22

I'd say you got your money's worth. 200 thousand miles is pretty good for any vehicle.

I had an '07 Silverado. Had me crying over trading in my '99 Ram. I'm sure that Ford isn't much better.

Face it, they are all junk.

5th Jan 2011, 13:42

It sound like you're being a little picky on some items. Complaining about a A/C compressor that went out at 200K miles? You should be pretty happy about getting over 200K out of the truck itself, that's a pretty good run for a Dodge, or any truck for that matter.