older dodge rams

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  1. wakeboarder071

    wakeboarder071 I'm classy

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    I'm thinking about selling my se-r and picking up a truck soon. I'm thinking a 97-98 dodge ram 1500 4x4 ext/quad cab, or the ford or chevy equivalent. If you have experience with any of these trucks, please tell me, and anything I should know about the dodge as well.
     
  2. Diesel66

    Diesel66 My standards for women is like rent-a-centers stan OT Supporter

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    dodge auto trans are horrible bad interiors compared to Ford and GM.
     
  3. Echoratz

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    get the 02+ you will be happy you did

    edit- i drove the 98 quad cab before i got the 05, what a difference.
     
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    Make sure the Dodge has a 5.9 as it's a bulit proof motor. Problems areas are balljoints and some electrical (HVAC). I was a fleet mechanic for them and we routinely got 400K+ out of them w/out touching the motor. Even the trans lasted 300-350K.
     
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    Find a 12V Cummins:bigthumb:
     
  6. BajaDak

    BajaDak If you have poo......fling it now

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    My father has had his 94 8.0L V10 2500 since it was new. He's nearing 200k on the odo, and the biggest problem he's had was a thermostat that failed. He tows a 7000lbs trailer on a weekly basis.
     
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    In the years he's talking about, I'd definitely give Dodge interiors the nod over GM interiors...unless you like cracked plastics and rattles from everywhere.

    While the Dodge 5.9 V8 is a strong motor and works well in that truck, they are thirsty bitches. You'd be better off with a GM. I'd skip the Ford, as I don't like the modular motors those trucks get.

    Dodge does have the advantage of a solid front axle IF you take it off-road a lot. If it spends most of its time on-road and only sees moderate dirt duty, get the Chevy. IFS is so much nicer on-road.

    I'd find a GM 1500 4x4 with a manual t-case shifter and a 5.7l V8 (the venerable SBC 350) with whatever tranny you want. The manuals are strong enough as long as you don't run crazy tires or power through them. The clutches kinda suck, but thats fixable. The auto tranny in the GM is arguably the best one out of the years you mentioned. Dodge's auto trans is very bad about parasitic power loss and the Ford tranny is kinda spotty on reliability. Some of them last forever, others are shop queens.
     
  8. Diesel66

    Diesel66 My standards for women is like rent-a-centers stan OT Supporter

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    Meant size too. Dodge interiors always felt horribly designed.
     
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    Ivy Mike New Member

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    I tend to think of most American vehicles as being poorly designed.
    The trucks are especially bad though. GM's newer slverado's have got to have THE worst radio layout of anything I've seen recently.
     
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    that's odd, because 95% of the population thinks the exact opposite :mamoru:

    American CARS are the worst. Their trucks are the only thing they've got going for em.
     
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    like radio has anything to do with anything when it comes reliability/performance
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    That's just a double-din head unit. My Toyota Tundra has the SAME size head unit. Oh, the Nissan Titan is the same way :roofles:
     
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    any of the recent GMs are double-din... :wiggle:
     

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