3rd Aug 2001, 10:29

I have a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 V6. Truck is a manual transmission and has been virtually flawless with the exception of the freeze plugs, which started leaking coolant and had to be replaced, and the A/C which has died. I need to replace the drier on the A/C to get it working again. Other than those two problems, the truck runs great.

22nd Mar 2004, 16:55

I have a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500, and over all I have been pleased with my vehicle. However, as of late the factory installed alarm is malfunctioning. It is so bad that I had to have my brother-in-law disconnect the siren because my neighbors called the police, which I understand. A vehicle alarm that goes off 50 times a night is a problem. Now it just blinks, which is embarrassing- but doesn't prompt a call to the police. This problem is so bad that I cannot leave the truck alone for an extended period of time without checking on it- because this alarm has already deadened one battery. I had a mechanic look at it and he said he disconnected the shock sensor, but the key less entry would still work. This has been great- for the past week. But once again- today in fact, the blinking has begun again.

27th Dec 2004, 07:22

I have had my dodge Ram 1500 5.9L through an unbelievable amount of the same trouble. Freeze plug failed multiple times eventually resulting in cracked head and piston. A haunting overheating problem has always plagued me.

Now it is the oil pressure that has started to drop to zero without warning. I rely on it for long trips and am scared to death each time that I will be stranded. I love my truck, but I can't count on it.

29th May 2006, 15:34

Two dodge ram 1500's, one 96 and one 99 both lost transmissions under 100,000 miles. Both dropped a connecting rod for cylinder #5 at under 100,000 miles. I change my oil and maintain my vehicles very regularly. Front end on 96 about to fall out from under it, afraid to drive it. 4 Wheel drive on 99 grinds. Transmissions howl when put in reverse. Will not shift into overdrive when cold out. Both have been replaced. Axle joints and hub bearings in both went before 60,000 miles. Many Many more problems. 45,000 invested in 2 trucks to purchase. Over 14,000 invested to keep them on the road and more 1,000's to come. Back to Chevy I go.

11th Jun 2006, 13:44

1992 dodge 1500 v6 full size. Nickle and diming me to death.

Only 86k.

Now freeze plugs popped, and $500. to fix a.50 cent piece.

16th Jul 2006, 15:42

I love this truck on looks only. It's a beast on fuel & the tranny is starting to stick between 2nd &3rd. Reverse is also starting to fail.

The body is great no rust & drives great, but I feel there is money to be lost here. Will probably sell before I lose my shirt.

1996 Dodge Ram Kingcab.


20th May 2009, 18:01

I own a 1999 Dodge Ram with a 360 2 wheel drive and I have not had one problem with it. Always reliable and very strong pulls anything. Sucks gas a bit, hey it's a 360.

31st May 2009, 10:52

I have a 01 ram 1500 with the 360 in it and I have had no major problems, but like the rest of the people driving the 360 engines, it sucks gas if you do not keep your foot out of it.

23rd Jul 2009, 16:18

I have a 1996 Ram with a 5.9 360 and an automatic transmission, and the only problem I have had with the truck was the fuel pump went out at 130k miles. I have had the truck since the day it came off the show room floor, it has a 159k miles and still runs great. I will always be a dodge man.

10th Apr 2010, 22:48

I have a 1996 Dodge Ram 360 V8 1500 shortbed. It runs great, 170000.

New paint, tires, exhaust, head gaskets, intake gaskets, brakes, rotors, wheel cylinders, shocks, bearings, ball joints.

It's been totally redone. Most of the stuff it did not need, but replaced it anyways.

It's a great truck.

New tranny with shift kit and heavy duty cooler.

31st Aug 2010, 14:08

What is the recommended transmission service on a 1996 Dodge Ram with 100,000?

1st Sep 2010, 21:25

"What is the recommended transmission service on a 1996 Dodge Ram with 100,000?"

Have the transmission flushed and the filter replaced.

14th Apr 2011, 22:19

My 96 1500 has 172,439 miles on it. I replaced the gas sending unit and fuel filter at the same time I had the tank down; why not.. tranny service is at every 30,000; if not taken care of, you will have problems. I have no fluid leaks of any kind, all three diffs are due between 15 and 20 thousand miles. Do this, and all will be good. Still pushing good horse power...

7th May 2011, 20:53

I have a Ram 1500 V8 Magnum SLT. You're right, it does waste its brakes easily.

12th Jul 2011, 13:05

I have a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 V6 3.9 with 153,000 miles. The fuel pump module leaks at the top, but not sure whether from the pressure regulator/fuel filter or rollover valve. It doesn't leak always, but 75% of the time, and continues to leak after the engine is shut off. It soaks the whole module assembly, so I can't tell where it's leaking from. Should I replace the whole fuel pump assembly, or just the seals? The truck runs great, and no major problems since I bought the truck used in 2002 with 98,000 miles.

17th Sep 2011, 10:05

The kid with the V6 needs to buy a V8. I have a 96 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 Magnum, and have some minor problems like ball joints, and it has crappy gas mileage with my 44s; think I need some smaller ones, but it has all the power in the world. I pulled 2 Chevy Cheyennes up a hill in 2 wheel drive, and they were both locked in 4x4.

24th Dec 2011, 23:28

I have a 96 4x4 with the same problem. I changed the pump and still had it, so I now use 15 40 motor oil; solved the problem.

13th Jan 2018, 00:13

What size are the freeze plugs on the side of the block under motor mount on a 360 Magnum? Thanks for the help.