2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 ST 3.7 from North America

Summary:

Great, simple, inexpensive work truck

Faults:

136000 km - Oxygen sensor.

136000 km - Catalytic converter.

I think if I had replaced the cat first, I probably wouldn't have to replace the O2 sensor. Damn codes. But I did both O2 sensors just because it is 10 year old truck.

BTW. This truck has only 1 cat and 2 O2 sensors around the cat.

Replaced myself all 3 parts. Cat (universal) $140CND, 2 x O2 sensors $170CND.

146000 km - PCV valve. Bought from a dealer with a bunch of hoses that I didn't need. Cost $30.

Guys! WARM up your engines when it is very cold. Don't listen to people who say you don't have to. When your PCV valve freezes, you may lose your engine. Google it. It is a serious matter in a cold climate.

My driver seat is ripped to metal on the left side from getting in/out from the truck. Don't know if other people have similar problems.

General Comments:

I wanted a bare bone work truck. My truck is 1500 ST model, long box. It has thirsty 3.7 V6. I drive only in a stop and go traffic. Averaged 17L per 100km (13.8 MPG). That's automatic and empty. I am very gentle on gas pedal. Mind though, we have few long hills in the city.

The truck is as basic as it can get (what I love) No power mirrors or windows. It has cassette (yes cassette) player/radio, but good quality. The truck is very well built. Interior doesn't make any noises from plastic parts.

The truck's payload is amazing 1800Lbs. However the engine would be struggling. Honestly, a 3.7 V6 is too small for this truck, and it affects MPG. But engine seems reliable and parts are cheap.

The truck came with factory oil and transmission coolers.

The truck hates the rough surface. Maybe I need new shocks and body bushings?

Overall. Love the truck. Would never fall for a brand new one. Love the simplicity.

The only thing I don't like about this truck (or other newer trucks) is that engine is moved further to the cab. It is a PITA to access the back of the engine for repairs.

If my engine will die, I'll stick a Cummins 4BT in it and drive it until the end of the World.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2013

2003 Dodge Ram Pickup SLT 4.7 from North America

Summary:

Too many problems..

Faults:

Check engine codes for emissions canister.

Frequent stalling and hesitation, rough idle.

Tachometer movement jittery and not smooth.

Thumping from automatic transmission while up-shifting.

Passenger power window switch (passenger door only) operates sporadically.

Brake squeal.

Headlights issue. If you forget to turn the headlights off before turning off the ignition, the headlights remain on. You must turn the switch off, then on, then off again.

Emergency brake cable split, no longer operates.

Rusting on truck bed at rear wheels (both sides).

Rear seat on passenger side binds on the cam latch and will not flip up.

Rear locking differential shudders often.

General Comments:

I enjoy this truck quite a bit, and it is an improvement over my 1997 GMC Sierra, however reliability of the RAM is very poor. Although I haven't owned this truck very long, I would like to share my experience so far.

It is a comfortable ride and very smooth. The seats are adequate and provide good adjustment (power seats).

The 4.7 motor with 3.92 rear end gears is more than enough power for small to medium towing. Lots of passing power on the highway with fair fuel economy, averaging 14-15 L/100kms mixed driving.

The reliability of this truck is my only complaint. It seems to have too many issues for a truck with such minimal mileage, and makes me hesitant on purchasing a new RAM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th August, 2011

17th Jun 2013, 19:19

I should update this. I ended up trading this RAM in for a used Tundra. The stalling issue was TOO DANGEROUS. No answers as to why the vehicle would shut off, without warning. No codes were shown, it would start up right away too. Very dangerous on the road.

This truck has completely turned me away from all Chrysler products. Which is too bad, as I was considering a Jeep Wrangler. The electrical issues still seem to be prevalent in Chrysler products to this very day. Horrible truck!!