Still nice driving down the road even hitting bumps other than my Flowmaster 40 I put in it, very quiet. My issues are with the upper and lower ball joints, the AC evaporator and the heater core. The AC has been out for years, the heater core leaks and the ball joints went two years ago. To get to the heater core and evaporator you have to take the whole dash out, about $400 in labor alone. The ball joints were replaced with actual ones that CAN be greased. Failed rear seat lever.
Style, drive train reliability, how the vehicle holds together so no road noise nor loose pieces.
I should have waited for the true 4-door to come out. Rust on the bottom of the doors.
This has been a very good truck, very reliable. I haul building supplies etc. with it very often. I have a slide in camper. The truck seems to handle weight OK after air bags were installed. I find the steering to be poor and non responsive. Engine runs well and has adequate power, but fuel economy is much worse than expected.
The quad cab design is great
Fuel economy must be impoved, and steering could be impoved
I bought this truck new in Feb of 1998.I didnt order it because I needed a good reliable truck right then. My 85 Ford 4x4 was breaking down faster then I could keep up with it. So I bought my Dodge off the lot. The truck has preformed great. Very comfortable interior, great looking exterior. These trucks are like the vehicles of years gone by when you could tell the make and model from a 1/2 mile away. Now most vehicles all look the same. You have to walk up close to see the name badge to see what it is, but not the Dodge Ram. You can tell it's a Ram from a mile away
The instrument cluster is easy to see. All switches are within arm's reach. Very comfortable seats. Lots of room front and back. Very stylish front clip. I also like the solid front axle. The new 1500's have an independent front axle.
The springs on the 1500 see a bit weak for a truck and the front disc brakes are too small. Other then that I can't think of anything else and I used to be a mechanic, so I'm very picky.
I've been very happy with this
vehicle. I originally bought it for
its looks. But after 5 years I'll say
I'm glad I have it for every other
reason too. It has everything you'll
ever need on a vehicle, passenger
room, hauling room and great comfort
Some of the best feature of the truck
have been its SIZE. Everything is a
bit bigger.....Center console, cup
holders, seats, mirrors......the list
Better feel for the road. I know it's
a truck but a better feel for the road
would be great.