I'll get this off my chest first: Teh braking system on this model stinks! I had to have numerous repairs before it was fixed. Replaced the clutch once. Everything else has been very reliable, and it's a tough truck. Mileage has been surprisingly good on the highway and downtown. The 318 V8 motor is a real mule! Steering is a little loose, but driver friendly once you learn to not overcompensate. This truck works hard for me and is a tough hauler. The dogs love the extended cab but it's not very big for adult usage. I rarely engage the Granny-gear, even when hauling heavy loads. It's a memorable occasion when I do! That may be why other reviewers had tranny probs if they habitually used 1st gear.
The 318 V8 (5.2L). Decent mileage for the power provided, and durability. The only Chrysler motor any better would have to be the Slant Six.
Get rid of those idiotic ABS pressure regulators on the back of the frame! They can cause systemic failure of the braking system. A tech bulletin was issued on it, but I don't remember the number off-hand. Once done, sit back and enjoy the ride.
This truck is a real man's truck. The
design is made for people who actually
use a truck, the bed is low enough to
throw a bail of hay onto, and the motor
is easy to maintain. The interior is
made for a real man, No carpet, no
headliner to fall down. A simple
straight bench seat, gobs of room for
whatever you can find. I think this
truck also has the best ride of any
truck i've ever been in.
My favorite features on this truck is
the huge amount of room inside the cab!
The only suggested improvement for this
truck would be a switch from my
automatic to a 5 speed, and to make the
tranny more reliable. They are doomed
to have metal shavings somehow.