I owned a 1998 Ram before this 2002, and the truck has indeed been totally re-designed. It feels, drives and looks different all the way around.
My only gripe about the new Ram is it feels a bit bouncy and lumbering, steering around corners or at low speed turns. The steering is very tight, but almost seems too tight and too responsive, if that is possible.
The clearance between the steering wheel and the front seat seems to be affected by the new slant design of the hood, and the front doors as well. I find myself having to re-adjust my seat every time I get in and out.
These are to me small problems; we all know that every time you buy a new car, you have to get used to its way of doing things.
These are my only complaints; I had my problems with my other Dodge that this one doesn't have, such as noisy front end, gurgling like crazy on acceleration, rough ride, 7 miles to the gallon etc.
To sum all this up, the 2002 Dodge Ram is a gorgeous hunk of metal, that is well designed to have stage presence and road dominance. The ride for a truck is incredible, and the engine has plenty of power, the seats are comfortable, the instrumentation is attractive and functional, and that front grille has not been topped yet.
Remember, if you can't Dodge it, Ram it.