1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Consumer Review: 1996 Ram SLT 4x4

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 - Consumer Review

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1996 Ram SLT 4x4
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1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


5.9L V8. Bought this truck at 113,000 now has 158,00. At 115,000 it needed O2 sensor (easy fix), then oil sender unit (a real pain to replace). Rear end starting making noise about 130,00 miles, bearings, $800. As Preventive Maintenance Precaution(s) (ain't broke yet, but it will be) between 125,000 - 150,000 replaced alternator, starter, water pump & hoses, fuel pump, ignition module. I've had all these completely fail on me with other vehicles tho, so I've learned my lesson. Some rust over the rear wheels, but extreme amounts of salt are used here (Nebraska). Lousy MPG, but the purchase price of this truck beat Chevys & Fords by $3000-5000.

Best Features

Seats are huge, firm but comfortable. Center console is really handy. Large heater/AC controls. Even the back seat is comfortable for adults. All the advantages of driving a large & tall vehicle, I don't get cut off in traffic much. Handles well for a vehicle this size & weight.

Worst Features

Cupholders. Lousy MPG, that was my only holdback when buying this truck. Better heat when outside temp below 10F. Better/easier access to water pump, distributor, oil sender.
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