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2002 Dodge Ram Pickup Laramie SLT Cummins 5.9 diesel from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Cummins 5.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance41100 miles
Previous carFord F250

Summary:

The strongest most reliable diesel pick-up made

Faults:

While driving through a rainstorm at about 70 MPH, I had one tiny raindrop leak from the driver's door above the electric window switches. This has not happened before or since, maybe it was a strong side wind?

General Comments:

I have owned over 100 vehicles, and bar none this is the most capable and reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I have used it to tow a 30' fifth-wheel trailer throughout the western mountains with ease. I actually ran 100 MPH once (purely by accident) while towing through hilly country. This truck has averaged 17.8 MPG with a high of 21.1 MPG and a low of 9.3 MPG.

The High-Output Cummins option is well worth the extra dollars, although it will cost a little in fuel economy.

The cost of maintaining this truck is slightly more than a gas engine, but I get better power and economy for towing and I know it will last over one- million miles with no major repairs.

One thing you should know, parts are extremely expensive so don't scrimp on maintenance. Especially fuel filter changes, my local dealership service advisor (a friend of mine) warned me to change the fuel filter at every third oil change or risk buying a new fuel pump (about $1600).

After owning every domestic and most foreign make of vehicle, I can say that I find this truck to be my favorite vehicle due to quality, comfort, and long term reliability.

I personally know of one Dodge Cummins that blew the million mile mark away long ago and is still running strong. I shouldn't need to buy another vehicle for about fifteen more years if mine goes that far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2004

19th Oct 2005, 16:03

Hmmn. Perhaps it is our Canadian winters and dark nights, but I have found our defroster lacking and headlights almost non-existent. Night driving is frustrating, (yes lights are aimed properly), requiring one hand on the headlight dimmer switch to keep "both" lights on so you can see properly. (High and low circuits.) There is an after market fix available, but why can't Dodge do this? And the defroster makes you choose between forward or side visibility. On defrost the windshield is clear, but side windows frost over. If you aim the vents at the side windows to keep them clear, windshield frosts. So you learn to drive while switching between the two.

And the fuel pump issues are not related to filter changes, although regular maintenance is always a good idea. The VP-44 has/had internal clearance issues, and the lift pump has a life span. Also low sulphur fuel causes lubrication issues. There are a lot of people with these trucks that perform proper servicing and are stuck on the side of the road. If you haven't yet, check your lift pump... and buy a low fuel pressure warning light to tell you when it quits. When the "little" pump goes, the "big" pump is not far behind.

2002 Dodge Ram Pickup 4x4 4.7 liter gasoline V8 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.7 liter gasoline V8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carSubaru Outback

Summary:

One of the best, if not the best, values on the road

Faults:

"check engine" light came on at 45,000 miles because I had forgotten to fasten the fuel cap. It was easily reset by cycling the ignition 10 times per the shop manual.

No other issues. Paid $22,000 USD brand new.

General Comments:

This is the cheap farm version with a small V8, full 4 door crew cab, manual transmission, rubber floor mats, manual crank windows, manual locks, and four wheel drive.

Besides changing the fluids twice as often as called for, I've done absolutely nothing to it and absolutely nothing has gone wrong. Tires have 66,000 miles on them and still have tread.

It has been the most reliable vehicle I've owned, including Lexus LS400.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

2002 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 4.7 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired268 miles
Most recent distance32527 miles

Summary:

Stay clear of the Dodge Ram

Faults:

Brake trouble front and rear.

Transmission shudder and clunk.

Engine stalls at various speeds.

Engine intermittently runs rough.

General Comments:

The truck looks sharp, but isn't a good performer (thus far) and is quite unreliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th July, 2004

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 21 reviews