2001 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 5.9L Cummins from North America
This truck has some serious issues
What hasn't!!! This has been the most expensive diesel I have ever had the "pleasure" of driving in all the years I have owned towing vehicles.
I buy diesels because they are supposed to be reliable and dependable to drive large trailers up and down the road, without the concerns you may have of a gas engine like lack of POWER (I could barely get my truck to get above 65 pulling my trailer) or overheating (as my truck did more than once while pulling my trailer, a 26ft thoroughbred height Featherlite).
My 7.3L Ford's could pull a 34ft steel trailer up and down the road, and the only thing I had to worry about, other than routine maintenance, was making sure I kept the speed down so I didn't get speeding tickets.
This truck had a bad injector pump, injectors, poor engine altogether (sad, because I really do like the Cummins). Poorly designed brake system that requires frequent replacement of a very high priced braking system. Wiring problems - my reverse lights would never work - wiring harness fried when I hooked onto a trailer for the first time with it. AND the dash cracks if you aren't extremely careful, and it is very expensive to replace, along with the cup holders.
Now - I have no engine because it has completely quit, and I am stuck parting it out, hoping to get enough money out of it to finish paying off the note on it. I may have just got a bad one, but sorry Dodge, I don't think I will try again. I can't afford to.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd October, 2011
A friend at work just bought a Ford Powerstroke about 1 1/2 years ago. He has had nothing but ongoing problems with it, most of which has luckily been covered under warranty. I can't recall everything, but severe coolant and oil leaks, expensive parts failing in the drive and engine control systems, etc.
The dealer has acted as if none of these are unusual failures. He's sick of taking it back to his dealer, and has said that he wished he had gotten a Dodge Cummins, or kept his older Ford!
So, just another perspective on the situation. Evidently it's not just Dodge.
Yeah, probably wasn't a 7.3, so you're just comparing apples to oranges.