1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Review | Edmunds.com

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

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Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Distinctive sheetmetal, user-friendly cab.

  • Cons

    No third door option, ABS is not standard, no passenger airbag

  • What's New for 1997

    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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
/
  • 17
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



A love & hate relationship

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

The Love: I love how this truck looks, especially in Black w/the black f&r bumpers; why Dodge put chrome mirrors on this one is beyond me? Grey interior w/a beige headliner is also weird! Nothing I can't change easily through the use of after market accessories. I also love how this truck sounds after adding a "TRUE" dual exhaust system with flow master American Thunder mufflers. The power was lacking so I installed a K&N FIPK, a JET Stage II Chip, JET throttle body spacer and Bosch +4 spark plugs, and fully synthetic Amsoil engine, trans, case and diff oil and the truck breaths fire now. It has been very reliable so far. The HATE: The dash is cracked all to Hell. After market!




211,660 and still going

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

Bought it with 100,000. First Dodge truck I ever had. Wow! I will always stick with Dodge from now on! What a dependable truck. Same engine & transmission, no rust or clear coat peel, I wax it a lot. Replaced, brake line, pads and rotors, battery, oil and filters. Just regular maintance. Daily driver. The carpet is worn and stained from Michigan winters and mud from off road. I pull a boat in the summer (17 feet) and my boy's lawn service equemptment. I change the fluid and filter one year and flush it the next. Also, use the +4 transmission fluid. It's more pricy than most but it is recomended by Dodge. Has not failed me yet!



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1997 dodge ram 1500 club

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

This is the best truck I have ever owned. It is extremely realible. It is the heavy duty version, so I have not had any transmission problems. The only thing that is bad is the gas. I have did a little work on it to get batter gas mileage so it's not as bad.




Gas guzzler

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

This truck is reliable and the build quality has surprised me, But the very poor mileage takes all of those benefits away. I get about 11 mpg on the highway right now with 97,000 miles on the clock. It's tuned up always has fresh oil but the gas never gets better. Oh well.




First owner perspective

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

Purchased the truck new in 1997. Have had 1 front wheel bearing assembly go bad at 50k miles and just replaced the O2 sensor at 85k miles. Routine maintenance - change oil, trans, axles, etc. pulls my 19 ft boat just fine. Very pleased with this truck.




1997 laramie slt 1500

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

94,000 miles so far, no repairs yet except regular maintenance and wear parts. Very pleased with this truck.



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Full 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Review

What's New for 1997

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.

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