I own a gas 5.9 liter extended 4 door 4x4. No lift, slightly larger tires then stock. This truck was a 1500 covered to a 2500 or 3500 by putting more leaf springs in the rear. I am currently trying to figure out if it was 2500 or 3500.This truck was used to haul a 11,000lb camper cross country. It has plenty enough power. Although that is not a lot to us now, in 1998 the 3500 diesel model could only tow 12,000! Now with that in mind I think its 3500 springs. This truck tows almost any realistic thing any modern family needs with no problem. I do wish it had a ya more horsepower because you'll get to 30 mph even while towing like lightning, but anything above it has trouble gaining speed. Once my uncle bought it he used it to haul cars to his shop saying it towed better then his 5.7 Chevy 3500 1994 model. It does burn about a quart of oil per 350 or so miles but its towed a lot in its life. I get on highway about 17-18 but most people call me a lier but after reading these comments I know 90% of you say the same. I recommend this truck to anyone with a budget but needs something that is a brick, can tow a reasonable amount, and even to someone with a family with small kids. Remember tho, I've never had this truck with the 1500 original springs so idk about those. But what I do know with the beafed up springs, it will tow anything, id say, without breaking anything, safely tow no more then 11,000 and you don't do it to often either because you will bend gears in the rear after a long time. But besides towing, I have the Beachwood brown leather interior, wood dash, looks great. Auto seats still work great, even the compresser to air your seat harder. Very comfy highway ride. Grips good. Have a carpet cover over dash but I dont even think about it, looks great. Overall interior, great. Very comfy. Thats personally what I care about most coz thats where I'm spending my time. Take this thing hunting, off-Roading, anywhere and it will definitely go. I've done it. Overall 5 stars. Love this truck. I hope this was helpful. Btw also planing to put a 5th wheel ball in the back to haul gooseneck trailers with hay and cars. And also mine doesnt run hot at all. In fact, if it gets up to half, I get worried but it only gets that high when idling. So hope this was helpful to people, especially for those wanting to know how it tows.
This is a outstanding truck. I bought this in 99, and it has not had any bad problems. Around 133,xxx miles my front U-Joint went out. But i have not had any other problems. I would recommend this truck for a first vehicle if you have kids getting ready to drive. Its Something they can have fun with, beat up, and still run hard.
The 2 gen designs all around where pretty to me. Love the exterior, and the interior.
This is the 5th dodge ihave bought of this body style. The auto trans dodge missed on but with the 5 speed this truck is the best truck you can buy. Good power, great towing, and comfortable. I drive this truck every where. bought at 192k and at almost 300k now. Back seat is kinda small but I dont ride back there my gear does "firefighter". I put this truck through hell and back and keeps going strong. As for steering and all the little stuff people complain about if you maintance your truck, car, boat what ever like you should this problems will never come around. Buy A Dodge!!!
I've had my ram for a while now and I absolutely love it. It's like a tank, nothing stops it. If you want good fuel economy buy a prius not a full-size truck. If you compare the 1500 to a diesel then you're a retard because of course there is no comparison. Diesels aren't all they are cracked up to be either, had one, didn't care for it. My paint peeled but hello, it's 2010, it's a twelve year old truck, that's actually pretty good. Never had any tranny or engine or suspension issues. Break's don't last so stop whining. (buy a prius). Put a nice exhaust, bigger tires, and murder it out and you have the toughest looking truck ever!
it's a ram, everything is what it should be for a full size truck
You can't improve a twelve year old truck, that's why they make new ones. actually twelve new one's since this one was made, you dont like something buy a new one and say goodbye to your retirement account