Overall, very satisfied. Have done little more than change oil, basic maintenance. Only "major" issue so far has been water pump at $200. Does have a few irritating squeaks, but overall has been a good, reliable vehicle. Car seat in back holds young kids well, but back seat room and comfort rate a 1. Gets 17.7 mpg highway (to-from work), so not bad. Excellent front seat comfort for big people (I'm 6'4"). I'm not keen on the maintenance schedule (manual states to change plugs/wires every 30K). I did have to pay $500 to have this done ... no way a homeowner could change these without major difficulty, and it should be a simple thing to do. Air filter change could be made easier too.
Front seat comfort, legroom; dependability (so far)
Back seat is not conducive to comfort except for kids in a car seat. Poor back seat legroom. Lot of little squeaks that are more annoying than detrimental to performance.
This is a decent truck. It's great for a kid's first vehicle because it doesn't have much get-up-and-go power. It's a fairly slow vehicle that is good if you are just hauling lumber or a 4-wheeler around. It won't work if you want to pull a load of any real size or jump out into traffic without endangering yourself. Given the choice, I wouldn't buy another Dodge with a V-6. Chevy's V-6 is a fairly strong engine, but Dodge failed miserably in that dept.
Wheels and optional passenger air-bag control. Also, it has a far superior interior to Chevy!
More power! Also, don't put in a plastic dash that cracks in the heat.
All though I don't have a ton of miles on the truck, it's more fun than a pile of puppies to drive. Gas mileage isn't spectacular but it'll get the job done. Nice pulling capabilities, good ride, and lots of fun gadgets on this model. No real problems to speak of. I had the dealer go through it before the warranty ran out and take care of a couple of minor problems. Additions like cold air intake and catback are nice and help the HP/mileage a little.
There's nothing like jumping into your truck when its 20 degrees outside and turning on the seat warmers to get warmed up in nothing flat. Love that information console above the mirror. Rockin' factory stereo.
Better gas mileage. Unless you have the Stereo/CD controls in the steering wheel, the controls on the dash are a little far away to reach. In-dash 6 CD changer would be a nice addition.
This is the worst vehicle I have ever owned. It gets worse fuel mileage than my 81 Chevy 4x4 with 4.10 gears and a carb! So much for 20 years of progress. The 5.2 motor is so gutless, overdrive is useless. This truck has 45000 miles on it and I have replaced the oil pump TWICE! The transmission has never shifted right, and four different Dodge dealers have been unable to find the problem. It backfires through the intake for no reason any dealer can find, and both top ball joints have gone bad. As soon as I can trade this sucker in and not risk financial ruin, it will be gone. If someone gave me a choice between another Dodge Ram and a blind mule, I would take the blind mule.
The interior is comfortable on long trips, assuming you can afford the gas to go on a long trip.
An oil pump that pumps oil, an engine with more torque than some lugnuts require, ball joints that last more than 40,000 miles, a transmission that shifts gears, an intake that doesn't backfire, and a fuel system that gets reasonable mileage.