1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Consumer Review: Underpowered, but still does t

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Regular Cab - Consumer Review

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Underpowered, but still does the job
By Mr.Dodge on


1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 WS 2dr Regular Cab LB


The V6 isn't powerful enough, sheet metal is weak, & the brake design isn't the best. It gets decent gas mileage & is reliable. It will haul the load, but won't get you cross-country fast. The 5- speed makes it fun. It was easy towing my friend's 66 Chevelle with a tow dolly on the tongue. The truck is good for city driving & mild highway driving. It can handle front impacts, but not side impacts. I've seen a 98 Ram get T-boned. If there was a driver in the vehicle, he/she would have been seriously hurt. The driver's side door was pushed in & almost touched the steering wheel. I should have went for a V8, 4 wheel ABS, & limited slip, but am satisfied for now.

Best Features

Manual Transmission Lots of under-hood room Nice turning radius. Will haul whatever you put in the bed (within reason).

Worst Features

Rear Wheel Anti-Lock isn't effective enough. Needa a higher gear ratio (maybe 3.55:1) Brakes. Thicker body sheet metal. Better factory Paint Job No self respecting truck manufacturer ever use a V-6 in a full size truck again.
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