1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Review | Edmunds.com

1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

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 230 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Distinctive sheetmetal, user-friendly cab, standard V-8

  • Cons

    Underpowered base V-6, ABS is not standard

  • What's New for 1998

    The Ram Quad Cab, as in four doors, becomes the first pickup on the market with two rear access doors. And for convenience, the front seatbelts are now integrated into the front seats, making for obstruction-free rear access. All Ram Pickups get a totally redesigned interior, standard passenger-side airbag with cutoff switch, and all airbags are "depowered" for safety.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



5-speed makes a reliable truck

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Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

I bought this dodge private party from the original owner at 213,000 miles the original clutch lasted until 205,000 miles before it got replaced. I owned it for 2 months it now has 221,000 miles on it since I owned it I had to replace a headlight switch (push pull type)replaced the upper and lower intake gaskets, valley pan plenum gasket, power steering pump after i replaced the askets myself there is absolutely no oil consumption. the truck starts great in cold weather, never overheated in hot weather, climbs hills great and blows by other trucks. truck has performance mods but runs like new for the original miles on everything. I will never buy another ford again, dodge 4 ever!! great truc




Very poor truck

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Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

This vehicle has never performed well we spent over 15K since we bought it and it still needs 5K worth of work. Our family bought three and none of them performed well. I will never buy a dodge again.



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Great truck!!!

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Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

I purchased this truck from my local Dodge dealership. It was used but in great condition. I have owned this truck over 4 1/2 years with no major problems. It has a great ride and handles like a dream. I've owned other brands of trucks, but this Dodge is my favorite.




One and done.... forever

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Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

I bought this truck brand new in 98. I am sure the newer ones are better. Granted, this truck has a lot of miles on it now, but the realibility was suspect from new. Had a lot of problems with spark knock. Dealer messed with the computer, throttle body, intake, spark plugs, wires, higher octane gas and still no fix. Computer would fix it for 1k miles or so then it would knock again. Rear main leaked since about 60k miles. Transmission replaced at 70k. Bad bad brakes. Right front wheel bearing two times. Sway bar two times. Steering box. Stereo replaced under warranty.Bad paint. List goes on. I still have the truck, but only drive it now to haul trash. Buy a Chevy.




Good and bad

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Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

I have owned this truck for 3 years. Love it, fun to drive. Who can beat that sound? Issues, bad paint, brakes, fuel mileage. Replaced catalytic converter at 100,000 mi. Brake issues front knuckle replaced at 110000 mi. Paint started to really go bad this year 9 years old. So over all, good truck, with some mechanical issues. Worst issue is the fuel economy. 14- 16 mpg. But what do you expect with a big truck and big engine.




Ram tough--despite the warnings...

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Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

All anybody told me was "dont buy that truck." But after three years and 40k, my used (1998 model, purchased in 2003 with 60k on it) 1/2 ton Ram never let me down. Not once. Fuel effeciency is not great. I went from a 4 banger to the small block 8cyl Magnum, so the smaller engine was plenty of power. I towed 5800 pounds from Colorado to Pennsylvania, going 75 the whole way, no problem. Only complaint is that the anti-lock brakes tend to lock up when the weather is cold and real wet. Not winter, but late fall, early spring type stuff. It survived a winter in Crested Butte, Colorado and temperatures as low as -27 degrees. It still started. Good stuff.



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What's New for 1998

The Ram Quad Cab, as in four doors, becomes the first pickup on the market with two rear access doors. And for convenience, the front seatbelts are now integrated into the front seats, making for obstruction-free rear access. All Ram Pickups get a totally redesigned interior, standard passenger-side airbag with cutoff switch, and all airbags are "depowered" for safety.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
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  • 16
  • highway
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