1989 Dodge Ramcharger 150 318 EFI V8 from North America

Summary:

Reliable, good looking, fun truck to have

Faults:

Engine has a bit of a shudder at an idle; it needs an over-haul due to its mileage, but inside of the engine is clean.

I replaced the oil pan gasket, valve cover gaskets, and transmission pan gasket at 135k, but nothing major. (knock on wood)

General Comments:

I love this truck! It is super reliable and cheap and easy to work on.

I bypassed the air pump because it was seized and my state does not require emissions tests.

If I run 93 octane in the truck, it gets 18 mpg on the hi-way and 16 in the city.

The transmission is real reliable and tows a load well for an automatic.

It is very roomy inside, but the air conditioner is a little small for the amount of space that it has to cool, but it is still comfortable to drive for long distances.

I love the classic look of the truck and the curved back side glass.

This is the second one of these trucks that I have owned. The first one I found in an orange grove and hadn't run in a year; I put gas in the tank and a new battery and drove it home (some 250 miles away). I then replaced the transmission with one from a wreck and drove it for a year and worked it hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2007

7th Nov 2009, 03:26

I was just wondering if your front axles were still locking in without the air pump, I was told that the vacuum off the pump is what locks it into 4 wheel.

3rd Feb 2012, 02:56

I have taken my pump off also, but four wheel drive is still working great. The four wheel drive is ran off of vacuum, but it is separate from the smog pump. It is called a CAD system, and is the best system I feel. So all the four wheel drive does not rotate unless it's needed.

1989 Dodge Ramcharger SE 318 from North America

Summary:

This vehicle is a solid, sturdy, dependable tank that I would recommend to anybody

Faults:

I have not had any problems with this car. It had been sitting for a number of years, used as a storage unit, before I purchased it. It did not need anything other than basic stuff like a new battery, etc.

The radio stopped working soon after I bought it.

The rear end makes a clunking noise when I shift into reverse, but so far it has not caused me any problems.

The tailgate does not stay up and I carry a 2x4 to prop it when I have to load groceries, etc.

I have had this car one year and just recently got it inspected again. The only thing that it needed was a light bulb in the front.

I have not had any serious problems with this vehicle. I thought it had 70k miles on it, not 170.

General Comments:

This vehicle is a tank, no better word for it. It is huge compared to most of the vehicles on the road today.

It is a bit sluggish on the take off, but it does not hesitate. I can quickly get up to speed.

The ride is smoother than I would have expected from an older SUV like this.

The interior is spacious and comfortable. The driver's side seat belt is a bit uncomfortable and unyielding at times, but that is a minor point. I put my family in his vehicle and I have no worries at all that somebody will get hurt. If you fold down the back seat the vehicle has a huge amount of cargo space. I have moved beds, etc., in it more than once.

The 4WD works great and I am confident that I will never be in a situation that I cannot get where I am going. I live in Maine, and the winters can be tough; this beast will go anywhere under any circumstances!!! The 4WD engages smoothly on the fly. With a full tank of gas (35 gallons), the vehicle is so heavy that most of the time 4WD is not necessary, despite the fact that it is rear wheel drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2006