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By damando
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Regular Cab SS/T 2dr Regular Cab SB


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I bought my truck new in 1997 and have had it ever since. Very dependable , Pulls a bayliner dual axle boat trailer with no problems. Have done most of repairs myself. After 14 yrs I only have to drop the tranny and rebuild it. I am very proud of this truck and if I can afford it I will buy another.


Favorite Features

Comfortable ride ! Brush guard, running boards


Suggested Improvements

For some reason I have had to replace my right front 4x4 u-joint 3x go figure-? Its now 2010 and I just removed the front so its a 2x4 now.


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The Turd
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By fishrman
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Regular Cab LT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB


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This lemon is currently in the weeds behind our shed. (Waiting for scrap value to go up). We replaced the transmission twice, plus spent about 6000 on misc repairs and countless breakdowns in the two years it was actually on the road. It was purchased used, so its condition could have been due to prior mistreatment. However, I will NEVER buy a Dodge again. Ever. What a money pit.


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Nice, fast, simple truck!
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By Thommy B.
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Regular Cab SS/T 2dr Regular Cab SB


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Just got this black and silver 1997 dodge ram ss/t. I always have been a fan of dodge, but this has to be one of the nicest trucks out there especially with as many years it has. The throttle is still very responsive, and it's tight like a new truck. A big 5.9 liter engine is plenty of power to haul this baby around. May be somewhat tiny but don't be so certain you can run over it in your huge trucks on lifts. The napoleon affect.


Favorite Features

Nice, simple style in truck... It took me only about maybe 5 minutes to understand all the controls and where stuff was at. Very roomy for a regular cab pickup. Plenty of power. Nice sound!


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage is pretty bad, but it is a truck. I get 10-13 in the city, and 16- 19 on the highway.


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Runs like a champ!
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By urbancowboy0307
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Regular Cab Laramie SLT 2dr Regular Cab LB


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I love this truck. I got if from my Grandfather after he passed a couple years ago, had 35K on it now has 78K. Nothing big has gone yet. replaced shocks (70K on them!), steering pump (65K on it) Truck is getting me 17.8 MPG in town. Starts everyday no matter the weather, nice smooth ride. I've got the 5.2 L which could use just a tad more power to really move, but I don't do much towing so it's fine for me.


Favorite Features

Exterior looks, this is the "sports car" of truck styling.


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60K to 120K good truck
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By Bill H
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Regular Cab LT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB


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I've enjoyed this truck. I would buy another. My income puts me in the used market so I don't have huge brand loyalty. I used it to tow a 28 foot travel trailer on holiday weekends - decent power for that. Four wheel drive in the snow is great. I did spend money on some repairs. Intake mainfold gasket replaced, front wheel bearings, and front end steering parts twice. I think that it's just part of the 4WD thging. I live in Wisconsin. It's starting to rust - go figure.


Favorite Features

Four wheel drive and a back seat most average people can climb into


Suggested Improvements

Cup holders are terrible - They fixed it on the '89s


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