I purchased this 01 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4wd with the 360 back in January. So far it has been a pretty good truck. The brakes have started squeeking slightly so need to be replaced but that happens with any vehicle. The other problem I have had is the dash has started cracking which is a common problem and just kind of annoys me. The chrome grill has also started bubbling but not very noticable unless up close. That's the bad now for the good. I love the truck it's pretty powerful and fun to drive. Rides pretty good especially since mines lifted and mud tires. It does great offroad while looking great. The interior is comfortable and the 360 has plenty of power to haul you around town.
4wd, steering wheel audio controls, fog lights, Overall look of the truck. I also like the rear seat a lot.
Fix the cracking dash which is a common problem, Fix the bubbling grill. Improve gas milage. Thats basically it. I love the truck other than those things.
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.