Overall, very dissatisfied with the engineering of this truck. The front doors rub and cut the weatherstrip off. Wind noise is worst in class. Rattles and squeeks like it has 10 times the mileage it has. The differential had to be replaced at 15k, and requires fluid changes every 15k otherwise. Seat motor burned up early. CD player ate a disk and required the Fonzerello treatment (that's a hard smack in the mouth for those of you who don't remember Happy Days). If anyone owns one, take a look behind the mud flaps on the front wheels, the paint will be worn completly off. The mistake I made in buying this truck was thinking that 35% off sticker price was a good deal.
Horsepower, this thing will get up and go when it's not in the shop.
Wake up and make a reliable car that doesn't require 2" foam to seal the doors. Wake up again and realize that your door design cuts that 2" foam in half. Wake up again and go test drive a GMC Sierra so you know what a modern truck should feel and handle like.
No more Dodge, I bought the slt quad cab with the small v8 thinking the gas mileage might be better, mistake. I have a Ford ranger that gets better mileage and for the weight to power ratio way outperforms the slug that Dodge is, lately I have been having trouble with overheating and have replaced every bolt on part associated with the cooling system and still it runs hot, bad gas mileage, underpowered, overheats, Toyota next time
none , hate it
get the Japanese to take over design and production.
I bought the Laramie quad cab 4x4 after
pricing and testing the competition.
The bottom line is that for the same
price as a mid-range F150 you can buy a
top of the line Ram 1500. This is no
comprimise either - the HEMI and 5-
speed automatic provide outstanding
performance with imperceptible
shifting. The handling and
maneuverablity are quite good - the
truck "feels" smaller than it is. This
truck is well thought out without going
overboard on gadgets. My actual mileage
is as advertised 18/13 and I live in
hilly country. Wish I bought: heated
seats for $130.
HEMI Drive train, handling, interior
comfort (Laramie Quad Cab), sound
system, interior storage and very
useful rear load floor.
Gas mileage, but it is hard to imagine
any more efficient engine - 100HP more
than the 4.7 and the same milage. The
problem is size and weight, not poor
Pros: -Great Engine! owned a 94 ram 5.2L, after this the 5.7L was incredible. After 2 yrs of driving and hauling more than I should the engine never even breaks a sweat. A 3/4 engine in a 1/2 ton. Tow/Haul mode is a + -Interior front has plenty of storage and works as it should, back seats have plenty of leg room and the fold out flat cargo "platforms" under the flip up seats are genius. -The quad cab deserves it's own comment because although it's not a true crew cab I'll never go back to not having 4 fully opening doors. Personally, I wouldn't want anything with bigger rear doors. Con: -The rear suspension is lacking when paired with the 5.7L (I upgraded with air) -No rear limited slip.
-5.7L Hemi (never wanting for power) -Quad Cab (no ext cab should be without 4 "normal" doors) -Fold up rear seats. -Fold Flat rear cargo area. -4x4 (it has always worked like a pro when I needed it, which is often in MN) -Reliability. I've replaced a few parts, but most has been reg. maintenance.
-A standard limited slip rear diff would be great. Leaving a stop in snow/ice is a slow affair without the truck in 4x4. -Rear suspension seems set up for the 4.7. The 5.7 has so much power, using Tow/Haul mode the truck could carry so much more. I upgraded (air lift) and now I haul whatever I want
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