1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Consumer Review: Ram Tough is right!

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Ram Tough is right!
By TC Infantino on


1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB


I have owned my Ram since new. I have used and abused this truck more than the average person would ever consider doing to their vehicle. The whole time I have owned it, the only problem I have had was the starter died at 120,000 miles. The 4wheel engagement is strong and possitive, you don't have to guess whether it has kicked in. You can't beat the solid front axle in the 4WD for strength. The body refuses to rust, even through 6 NorthEastern winters. I have driven it in salt water that was up to the waist line of the truck, with no problems, and no body rust. The interior space is unmatched in any standard cab.

Best Features

4WD with solid front axle. V8 standard with 4WD. Standard cab is very spacious. Fits larger tires without need for a lift. Can pull out a tree stump, or go racing through the desert.

Worst Features

The only thing I have a problem with is the cheap factory cupholder. Dodge has since fixed this in the 98 and newer models.
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