Good truck, but without warranty, it doesn't look quite as appealing
Front wheel hub bearing at 30,000 (got the cheat sheet from the dealer about services from the previous owner); warranty replaced.
Sunroof water leak (same cheat sheet); warranty fixed also.
75000kms - 4x4 transfer case started making a bad grinding noise when engaged. Found to be defective, and complete case replaced by the dealer under warranty.
75000kms - Front passenger axle seal replaced by dealer during transfer case repair under warranty (I noticed the leak in the snow just before the 4x4 case started acting up).
80000kms - Rattling noise in the engine compartment at idle. I finally narrowed it down to the engine fan. Vertical and lateral movement of the fan shaft into the water pump. Dealer replaced the water pump under warranty.
87000kms - Truck had a shake at the wheel for a little while, and I had it checked out. Needs a passenger upper control arm and a driver's outer tie rod. Got the parts, and I will throw them on myself.
Ongoing problem, which I haven't been able to figure out, is the dual climate controls. If you switch from hot to cold, or vice versa, the hot or cool air will mix in the vents. Like hot in driver A/C vents, passenger floor, and defrost, cool in defrost and floor and A/C vents on the driver's side!
Yes, very odd, and it's not a broken vent door, as the problem is fixed by fooling with the controls for sometimes several minutes.
Driver's side rear door power lock doesn't respond to the remote lock button.
The truck has quick, tight steering, but with the stiff suspension on the 1500, it is a rough ride on bumpy roads, and it dances around in the back on stutter bumps.
I have the 20" rims, which are nice, but add to the rough ride.
High beams seems dimmer than low beam, as they are aimed quite high, and only seem to effectively illuminate road signs that are far away.
The leather interior is classy, but the seat foam is too thin, and while it is adequate now, I am skeptical as to how it will hold up in the long run.
The Hemi engine (345 HP) is very quick, but the truck is 2700kgs (5900lbs), and no it's not a 1969 Dodge Hemi replica engine, but in a quad cab it's respectable. I've driven a 2010 short box reg. cab Hemi Dodge, and it is scary fast. Sport vs function.
MPG: About 15 HWY, maybe a little less in the city, but tramping on the gas in the city is gonna cost you. About average for a big truck.
It's common knowledge that the Dodge trucks have a lower resale value than some other brands, but like all advertising, people believe what they hear about a product, good or bad. All brands have issues, but with Dodge they left a bad taste for most with their other products. You can get a nice loaded pickup for about the same as a lightly optioned "other big 3" truck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th December, 2011