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1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 230 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 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.

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Customer Reviews

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Need 1 more new one

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

I got this truck with 7 miles on it and I now have 315,212. I would buy another one if I could find a new one. The has been the best thing I ever bought new.



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My truck

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

I bought my truck when I was 19. I put 75,000 miles on it. I sold it at 175,000 miles driving her from Phoenix, az. To San Diego, ca. To Austin, tx to Houston, tx. & to Kansas City, mo. I hauled cars on trailers around az. & tx. I also hauled my stuff in the bed from Phoenix to Austin. I drove the hell out of that truck going 100 mph+ from Phoenix to San Diego. Of course I took it off road and raced some cars & trucks on occasion. I did the work on it myself & she had all the power, towing capability, & even drove her while I delivered pizzas at domino's. I could pull 16-18 mpg in town. I can't own another truck now, since she was easy to work on, had enough power and towing, & I could scare little cars too.




Don't buy if you plan

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

I purchased this unit new, on price only. It was left over from 1998 into 99 sales year and discounted deeply. Now I know why. 12 - 15 mpg empty and 6 mpg towing a single car carrier (trailer gvw is 7000). It is a nice looking truck, but I could have purchased a diesel Ford and saved the difference just in fuel. Fuel guage failed recently, $800, thank you Dodge.




Good, solid, american truck

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

I bought this truck with 100,000 miles on it. It was still in excellent shape and has given me three great years of service. A few minor problems, but what vehicle with this many miles doesn't have a few quirks. My only true complaint is that the fuel mileage is less than Ford or Chevy for the same size vehicle. I would definitely buy this vehicle again, especially if it had better gas mileage. Another inconveinence is the lack of leg room in the extended cab. It is alright for children, but teenagers and adults are going to have problems. My wife rolled this truck last week and it is still driveable.




Junk

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

What a great truck to drive! Power to spare, comfortable, quiet, roomy, rides like a luxury car, and the fit and finish were superb. I had planned on keeping that truck forever.(and I do mean forever) BUT! At 75k the rear end cashed it in and i never towed a thing. (2500.00) At 98k the transmission started slipping but I was nursing it along thinking about getting rid of it and at 100k miles on the nose bang! The engine blew (4500.00). I put a new engine in it and sold it a month later. Theres just no excuse for this these days. Just ask a Toyota truck owner. By the way I changed the oil every 3k.




My truck forever

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

I bought this new and I had only one major problem with the rear axle pinion bearing tore apart at 28,000 miles with just over 3 years on the truck($1000 of work). No 7/70 drivetrain warranty back then but now they do. I informed Dodge of this with lots of pictures but they wouldn't even help even though its something that should went out with so few miles and should have lasted a lifetime. Other than that, the truck has served me well and plan on keeping a long time.



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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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  • 17
  • highway
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