by MeanBlueDodge on Apr 25, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB
I thought it would be good to give a review after 6+ months of owning a 1997 Dodge Laramie SLT SB 4WD pickup. I bought it with 182K and now have about 188K. It has been reliable, I did have to replace tie rod ends & track bar (PA inspection), but it has a 3" lift and I don't know the past history-so no complaints. What has impressed me is no rust (Northeast is tough on trucks), paint looks still shiny, interior needed a good cleaning but I'll be installing a new headliner and mat for the floor. I used to own a Ford F150 w/a little higher mileage (205K) but the tranny was shot and it rusting fast. Ram ++Great looks, +comfortable. Motor is real quiet,(not like the Ford)-gas mpg 16/13-just OK ;/
by Kevin on Nov 9, 2007 Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB
This truck is a gas hog, 13 mpg all of the time, I do have the 4x4 package, I have bought fuel saving products, none work, the trucks sounds great, blows Chevy and Ford out of the water in sound alone. Truck has been reliable other than the transmission going out, but thats the risk you take with any used truck. Remember 60% of people do not keep up the maintenance, so someone else down the line has to pay for it. I would recommend the truck to anyone that doesn't care about gas mileage
by rodney on Jun 3, 2007 Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB
Bought the truck with 61,000 miles on it, drove the wheels off of it, this truck never gave me a bit of problems, just routine maintenance. The body style is awesome. The paint has held up great. The cup holder is in the worst possible spot. The interior has lots of room compared to other trucks
No major changes to this popular truck for 1997. Refinements include available leather seating and woodgrain trim on SLT models, optional remote keyless entry, and standard deep-tinted quarter glass on Club Cab models. Also available is a combination CD/cassette stereo. Items from the 1996 Indy 500 Special Edition are available in a new Sport Package upgrade. Fresh interior and exterior colors sum up the changes this year.