what are your thoughts?

I'm looking to buy a 1995-97 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4. I'm not sure if this is a good choice or not – I've looked for reviews on them but can't find much out there. I'll be using it as a daily driver as well as off roading and pulling a sled. Anybody with information ( good or bad ) I'd love to hear from you!

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9 Responses to what are your thoughts?

  1. crash June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    I've had a 96 1500 4×4 for 8 or 9 years 158,000 miles, on the 3rd set of front brake pads still original shoes on back. changed left front u joint all others original. still has original starter, alternator&ball joints. its on the second set of spark plugs put in at 75k .bodys pretty beat up because I use it to cut & haul fire wood out of the woods all winter. but no engine trouble, uses a quart of oil every 2500 to 3000 miles, I change oil every april & october or every15000 miles.
    its got 3.54 gears & gets 14 to 17 mpg same as every dodge I've had since 1974 depending on how I drive it.
    the weak point on these is the 4 speed with overdrive auto transmission, mine went out at about 80 or 85k miles due to a stuck check valve in the radiator. be sure the radiator has been replaced if the transmission has,or the new tranny will go out too.
    this tranny has 2 adjustable bands, get it serviced & back flushed at least ever 60k to 75k miles, its not nearly as strong as the old 727 tranny that you could ignore for 200k.
    look for one with a manual transmission.

  2. allansdodge June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    I have had a 96 for 8 years, have pulled a camper trailer and a car trailer with it. Mileage is not bad under 100 km / 60 m the only problems I have had is I changed an oil pressure sender two years ago. And just lately my headlights have decided not to shut off even with the key out of the ignition. I have to pull the fuse

  3. italy_coolfun June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    1995 and 1996 were the worst years. Many many problems, expecially with the braking system and bad pulling.

    In my opinion I would stay away from Dodge products. If I were to choose an american made truck, my only choice would be Ford.

  4. bonephantasma June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Bad idea.Dodge for off road you need a Ford T150,nice stuff even the girls like it.

  5. themeindzeye June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Well, I've never driven a Ram, but lemme tell you my experiences with Dodge. I've owned a few different models ranging from sedan to min-van, and they all suffered from problems:
    You can never get an accurate code out of the computer.
    When the code is addressed, sometimes it doesn't fix the problem entirely and it takes another few months for the -real- issue to get bad enough for the mechanics to be able to figure it out because the computer won't pull it up half the time.
    The parts are —expensive—.
    Mechanics don't like to work on Dodge.
    Breaks down frequently, resulting in more parts, which are more expensive, and more labor by mechanics, which costs even more.

    I wouldn't go with Dodge. I even heard a comedian say once they were dubious about buying something named "DodgeRAM!!!"

  6. the bad seed June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    f150 would be the best choice , longer lasting beter milage and more power…2nd choice would be a chevy

  7. RiverRat June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    If you get the 360 motor, be ready to visit the Gas station often… on the other hand they are good strong trucks and should work well…. good luck

  8. Amy m June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Dodge trucks are the easiest to modify and provide the least problems when switching to a headered exhaust.Expect the fuel mileage to not be that great but then again neither will a comparable Ford or chevy have good fuel mileage.I have owned trucks from all three and prefer dodges the ford 5.4 isn't that great of an engine and it's a pain to work on.Chevy v8's are always being changed theres a whole industry based just on selling parts for them or whole motors.

  9. lissa082182 June 4, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    common problems with that model range from upper and lower ball joints, steering boxes, center links, and basically anything that has to do with the front end. Other than that the truck will rust like anyother car if you dont maintain it. And you can be rest assured though that the truck will do you just fine for the winter! I love 'em still, but only the body style that you are going for. Be sure to get the transfercase and the trasnmission flushed before you start driving it. People tend to beat the crap out of their trucks if it's a 4×4. Good luck!