Great truck, bad dealer & ball joints
By LabelleFailed on
Vehicle2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab ST 2WD SB (5.2L 8cyl 5M)
ReviewI love the truck, in spite of the fact that 15mpg isn't obtainable if you drive 75% on Interstates. 18mpg on sticker (5.9L) is possibly a simple lie. I took delivery after the dealer did a "safety inspection" and found all 4 ball joints had deteriorated leaving the joints open to sand and dirt incursion. In addition, all four tires were abraded near the inside bead due to the 245/85R16 tires being too large for the truck ($800+). The ball joints need a recall and replacement with joints that can be lubricated (figure on $900+). I have a bad back but the truck is a great ride! The front seat is comfortable althought I will probably replace the bench with buckets.
Best FeaturesGreat ride and power. Easy to ingress/egress with bad back (seat is perfect height with proper tires). Noise is good for a work truck. Four doors makes cab totally accessable and provides 100% usability.
Worst FeaturesGet rid of sealed ball joints, they don't work. Change the cup holder setup, it wastes too much space. Gas economy is real bad, 14.5mpg with 75% of driving on Interstate; install two speed splitter (like Gear Vendor box) with high-ratio highway gearing.
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