2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 5.9 turbo diesel HO from North America

Faults:

Transmission replaced at 212000, transfer case rebuilt at 223000, and a water pump at 247,000. The person who owned this truck before used it only for pulling heavy loads and worked it very hard.

General Comments:

Overall this has been a great truck so far. I have a 2003 truck with the cummin's diesel also. I actually bought the 2003 first and liked it so will I decided to buy this 2001 to drive back and fourth to work. Mileage is not as good as the 2003, but still isn't too bad at 16 to 17 miles to the gallon. I plan on keeping the 2001 till I get up to 400,000 miles or more. At 250,000 on it right now, and it still does not use any oil between oil changes. I change the oil every 5000 miles. My main use of the truck it to drive back and fourth to work and pull my horse trailer occasionally. So far I am very pleased with the truck and fully expect to get the 400000 miles I expect out of it. It is the firs dually I have ever owned and I like it very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2005

2001 Dodge Ram Pickup Ram 1500 Quad Cab Sport 360 Cubic Inch 5.9 Liter V8 from North America

Summary:

Too many problems, and not enough power for the MPG

Faults:

Transmission went out at 35,000 miles. (typical and expected).

Brake pads were worn by 20,000 miles.

Overdrive off hasn't worked since the first transmission job.

At 75,000 miles the transmission went again and this time I invested in a lifetime warranty... which they'll likely have to honor in about 30000-40000 more miles.

Numerous warranty repairs were made on things from the belt tensioner, to the transmission speed sensor, the transfer case failed to engage at one point. The ABS had to be repaired.

The whole Powertrain Control Module died at 90000 miles and had to be replaced at my local Dodge dealer.

The rear axle has had numerous repairs done to it and it still whines.

The plastic air filter box has deteriorated on the inside, at one point a piece of plastic came off while I was driving and fell in to the throttle body leaving it wide open. (ie. My truck's gas pedal went all the way down and I had to hit the brakes and downshift from drive to second to first and then park in order to avoid a collision)

General Comments:

Lots of problems, the the plastic air box falling apart and pieces of plastic from it getting lodged in the throttle body is a definite safety concern. This truck has no power, none, you would think for the 9-10 miles to the gallon it achieves in the city it would at least have some balls, but it doesn't. The 5.9 liter only offers 245 horsepower, and trust me, that's on a good day, its nothing, but a waste of gas. The transmission, of course, is terrible, but that's to be expected with a Dodge. The rear end whines. The truck has rough shifts at times and offers very little passing power on the highway, which relates back to the lack luster horsepower. The looks of the truck are awesome, the interior is functional for me, but I would not buy this truck again with the problems it has had, and its utter lack of power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 2004

14th Oct 2004, 11:52

Wow - I am amazed to read about your misfortune. I bought my 2001 Dodge Ram 5.2L, in August of 2000. Other than having the front end repaired at the dealer, I have had great service from it. Have been driving it now for over four years, and have 42,000+ miles on it. I will buy another Dodge again.

2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 SLT 5.9L from North America

Faults:

Transmission was replaced by the dealer for the first owner at 12000km. No other major problems just the usual. AC not the greatest. Loud clunk sound when shifting from park to drive, told by dealer it is normal.

General Comments:

This truck has a ton of towing power but is very slow when accelerating. Loves the gas. 92L tank, about $75 to fill, I get about 350km in town and 600km on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2004