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1990 Dodge Ramcharger LE 5.2 V8 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.2 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carDodge D250

Summary:

A great ride around town or on the highway, but 14 mpg gets expensive

Faults:

Previous owners (elderly couple) apparently never had a wrench put on this truck except for new shocks and tires. Paint fading all over the place.

Calipers, pads, and shoes, as well as master cylinder all replaced at 110,000 miles. Upper ball joints replaced during front-end alignment.

Fuel pump and ignition coil replaced at 112,000 miles.

Thermostat, water pump, and radiator hoses replaced 111,000 miles. Also, valve cover gaskets, spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap & rotor, catalytic convertor, and drive belts replaced.

PTU Unlock (transmission) solenoid that was missing and presumed never installed at the factory was found to be setting a code in the SBEC and was installed at 112,000 miles... highway passing immediately improved.

Plastic driver side power window motor gears replaced and window motor windings cleaned of rust shavings at 111,500 miles. Headliner replaced shortly thereafter.

Odometer failed at 113,750 miles, and was replaced with a salvage unit of comparable mileage.

Factory stereo head unit and speakers replaced with AM/FM/tape/CD Chrysler unit with new Jensen speakers... no more buzzing!

General Comments:

This truck handles great and rides smooth & quiet with the installation of Firestone R4S LTP235/75R15s...a vast improvement over the Goodyear Eagle II P275/70R15s the previous owner had installed. Parking this thing is a breeze, and ease of entry is great (just ask my grandma).

Engine performance is flat & gutless between 45 and 65 mph... it runs like a champ at 75 mph, and flies at 95 mph. I've driven Dodge trucks with a 360, and they get the same fuel economy, but have power to spare at any speed; kinda wish this Ramcharger had a Magnum 360 MPFI.

Bucket seats are superb; center console is cavernous; kinda wish it was compartmentalized.

Rear seat removal is a chore; tools are required. But with the seat folded up, it makes a nice bulkhead for large amounts of cargo and big dogs.

And it can pull a trailer!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2004

1990 Dodge Ramcharger LE 150 360 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 360 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 miles
Most recent distance200865 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

Faithful old truck

Faults:

Transmission after 150,000 miles... it was due for replacement. Factory installed battery after the first year. Water pump around 50,000 miles ago. Valve cover gaskets. Headliner after 195000 miles. Paint after about 20,000 miles... dealership repainted for free.

General Comments:

This truck is bullet proof.

I have owned it for 14 years and it will never be sold.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2004

1990 Dodge Ramcharger LE150 360 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 360 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 miles
Most recent distance198563 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

This is the best vehicle that Dodge has built

Faults:

Hole in the fuel tank... replaced with a steel 40 gallon tank.

Headliner is starting to sag. Will get it replaced as soon as I find a good interior guy.

The engine has an oil leak that needs to be addressed, but with nearly 200K on the engine I will probably end up rebuilding it anyway.

General Comments:

This truck has taken me and my family across the country several times on vacations, I have driven it off road on several trails and have never been stuck. I have added a 5.5" lift and 35" tires with 4.56 gears and a 10,000-pound winch. It handles quite well for one so tall and gets about the same gas mileage now as it did when it was new. There is plenty of room inside for my family of 5 and we enjoy taking it fourwheeling in the sand and on the rocks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2003

1990 Dodge Ramcharger LE 150 360 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 360 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carAMC Eagle

Summary:

A serious 4x4 truck that goes anywhere

Faults:

I have replaced all of the spark plugs, spark plug wires, radiator, and water pump since owning the vehicle.

General Comments:

This truck has what it needs to get through anything. I have taken it into the Black Hills and never has it been stuck there. It has a serious 4x4 setup on it, although the front fenders have now been dented from squeezing through two trees. The running boards are now bent and in the process of being removed, due to rocks chewing into them while going on a nice Sunday, off-road kind of drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 11 reviews