I would disagree about historic Dodge quality. I think Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth made better cars than Ford or Chevy in the 1960's and 1970's, and even into the 1980's. But something did happen in the 1990's.
I never heard of a Dodge 727 or 904 Torqueflite transmission failing, but in the 1990's the minivan and Ram transmissions started to get that reputation. And in the old days, I never heard of a Mopar small block V-8 or a 225 Slant-6 seizing up, and yet the 4.7 Liter in the Durango, and the 2.7 Liter in the Intrepid seems notorious for being junk.
I maintain that Mopars from 1963 to 1975 were the best of their day. But in modern times, it's true, they haven't had much to offer me and so I've gravitated to Ford.
Here are a few things that keep me from buying a dodge, In 2004 I was very close to buying a crew cab 1/2ton, but backed out at the last minute. #1 The interior and dash on the dodge trucks is nothing, but cheap plastic. #2 Dodge seems to change the body style of their trucks about every 12 years, all they have done recently is change the headlights! Dodge should update their vehicles more often with better design changes. #3 I checked around online on dodge reviews and most of them had complaints about brakes and transmissions on Dodge trucks. #4 RESALE VALUE! #5 When I was going to buy the Dodge truck and backed out I was curious why the price was low, at the end of the year Dodge had so many trucks left over that did not sell, the sticker price was $28,000 on the truck I looked at, but the price had been lowered to $18,995. To some that would have been a good thing, but to me that was a red flag.
Been there done that! Had a dodge truck and danced with joy when I was finally able to trade it in on a new GMC. Took a big loss, but did not care. Will never buy another dodge.
Resale value tells you a lot about vehicles and the public is what sets the retail value of a vehicle, GM has the highest resale value of all trucks, then Ford. Dodge trucks have had low resale values for years due to poor quality, poor performance and lots of mechanical problems. The public will pay for quality and Dodge has yet to prove itself so the resale on dodge trucks is low.
I saw the article about the 10 worst cars of 2007 but it was not Dodge Ram, it was Dodge cars and that Dodge Nitro thing. Still Dodges, and that kind of sucks to know.
My 2006 has less than 5000 miles on it, and my last trip to the dealership will have been 4 weeks long if they actually finish their work early next week as they've promised. Even if it never has another problem, it will be the least reliable car that anyone I've ever known has had. (If they manage to finally fix it, I'm trading it off as soon as possible.) My troubles have all been electrical, and since they started out intermittent, they would keep the truck for a couple days and send me home until it got worse. So much for the "fix it the first time" promise that all the Dodge dealers seem to have posted in their shops. Won't be buying any Chrysler stuff for a while.
I also disagree, I purchased a Dodge Durango in 2000, no problems and still runs great, then in 2005 I purchased a Dodge Viper Truck, totaled it 11 months later, I missed it so much I purchased another in 2006, my husband purchased a 2006 Charger and we love every Dodge driving minute of all three. How can you possibly complain about that much speed and power, not to mention the fantastic great looks?
I have a 94 Dakota V6 that I bought new.
157000 miles later I have had no serious issues with it.
I've installed 2 new clutches, and an oil pump at 71000 miles when for some reason the mobile1 I was using turned to jelly, and burnt the rear main bearing. I started using 20/50 86000 miles ago.
I pull heavy work trailers and a boat with it at least 3 days a week.
Gas mileage was never good for a standard V6 at 15-18, but for 14 years of hard labor bought at $13000, very very cheap yearly average to drive over the years.
I wouldn't have anything but Dodge.
The Mopar days are gone. Trucks in the 60's-70's were some of the toughest trucks built, but they are nothing like it from the 90's onwards. Chrysler did the same thing to the Jeep line and I can't figure out how? They had 2 of the toughest 4x4 lines in history to work with and they turned them into lemons. The diesel engines are still king, but it is wrapped in a bad package. If Ford or Chevy were to build an in-line diesel, Dodge trucks will just be a memory.
Screwed up the 4x4 lines... what about the Power Wagon? What about the Wrangler Rubicon?
To the previous poster, what about the Wrangler Rubicon? What about the Power Wagon? To say they have gone away from the exceptional 4x4's of the past isn't exactly true. General Motors has the Hummer H2/H3. I've seen them in action, the H3 is impressive but the H2 isn't. Ford Motor Company? Also the wrangler has stayed the core of what a jeep should be. Yes, chrysler has somewhat diluted the line with vehicles like the "Compass" and the "Patriot" but if that is what it takes to keep my favorite brand afloat then so be it.
I also disagree. I have owned several Dodge Picksups and they have all been great.
87 Dodge Dakota, sold with 261,000 miles.
85 Ram, sold with 234,000 miles. Few problems.
2003 Ram 1500, got a great purchase price and got a high trade when I got the 2006 from them. My trade in was so good I had to get another one, just because they were giving them away in 2006. I still have it.
Trade in only matters if you paid too much to begin with. You can save 5 to 10 thousand when buying a new one versus Chevy or Ford.
I like anything domestic. Fords, Chevy, GMC and of course Dodge. I am thinking about a 2010 2500 just because I like them and you can get a great deal on them. No problems with the 2003 or the 2006. Both had/have 65,000 miles so far.
We have owned all the other makes of trucks, and they all end up as farm trucks, but Dodge is the ONLY one that holds up.
1989 Dodge W250. God only knows how many miles are on it.
2006 with the Cummins and auto tranny, and have 95,000 miles on it. No problems. Get around 18 - 23 on the freeway, 14-16 around town.
Sorry you're having problems with Dodge, but you're making a mistake if you're gonna switch to Chevy!!!