1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Consumer Review: 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 SLT

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 - Consumer Review

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Laramie SLT Extended Cab Pickup (5.2L V8 5-speed Manual)

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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 SLT
By NapalmWD40 on


1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


I got my Ram with the 5.9L V8 over the 5.2 because of the increased horsepower and torque. Although it doesnt seem like 10hp and 10 lb-ft would matter, the 5.2 was very underpowered for this size vehicle. I get about 13-15 mpg with this guy. It's pretty wide and long, even with the Short bed on the ext. cab. It barely fits in my garage. Only problem I have is the bottom of the doors are rusting because of poor design on Dodge's part; they failed to have enough drain holes. Aside from that, this is a great vehicle.

Best Features

5.9L V8 Automatic un-locking of doors if the driver's door is open and the power door locks are hit

Worst Features

Better drainage in everything! Better seals around glass panels A bit more HP. A 5.9L should beat the 5.4L made by Ford, but it doesn't
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