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My Dodge Ram 2500 w/V10 Engine 4x4
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By oldtrucks4fun
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB


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I have owned a 1997 dodge ram 2500 4x4 club cab with V10 since 2000. I had the engine replaced in in 1998 with 65,000 miles on it. Presently the the truck 103000 and the engine has about 40000. I have replaced or had rebuilt the following: 1. Engine 2. Rear end 3. Gas tank 4. Fuel pump 5. Front end rebuilt 6. New front clibers/bearings/and etc 7. Transmission rebuit 8. Water pump 9. New head liner 10. Numerous sensors 11. Several changes of tires - have 35" height tires. Changed motor mount twice 12. Next project alternator 13. Next project exterior paint job 14. It costs about $100.00 plus to fill the gas tank up in today market. Get 6-8 MPG. My son has a 1995 3500 standard cab with V10


Best Features

The power of the V10 Engine and the overall truck performance.


Worst Features

Yes can think of many.


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Poor Me
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Steve Butler
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB


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I made the big mistake of buying one of these lemons. I believe the rated towing is about 14,000 but don't think Dodge thought anyone would tow that much weight. Transmission went out at 25,000, replaced under warranty after 2 week wait which ruined my 2 week vacation. Dodge dealer never could get the brakes & alignment correct. It would never stop straight. Engine blew at 65,000. Out of warranty. Independent shop rebuilt it. Engine blew again at 75,000 & shop out-of-business. Now it sits in my garage with the engine setting in the back of the bed.


Best Features

The ones I added.


Worst Features

I bought another Dodge but made sure it had a Cummins Diesel & Allison Transmission & a good warranty for mileage not years.


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283,000 miles - are you kidding me?!?!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Cagman10
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB


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When I bought this truck new, I never thought I would have it for so long. Hey, life happens and I still have the truck after 283,000 miles, a load of In 'N Out Burger droppings, and a hell of a lot of work. Tranny is a bit rough on cold winter mornings but I have no real complaints ... except, who would ever design a radio that is right under the cup holder? Hello?!?!? Ever hear of spilled coffee -- radio shorted out after four years. I will cry like when I was a kid watching Old Yeller when I have to put her down.


Best Features

I can pull houses off foundations.


Worst Features

Move the cup holder -- increase the size of the front brake calipers and rotors. My wife's Audi has bigger front brakes.


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Torque Monster
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By Torque Monster
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 ST 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB


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I bought the truck new for the Cummins and it hasn't let me down. It is a pullin' haulin' machine. Get the 5-speed that's the best tranny. This truck could probably pull a building down.


Best Features

Diesel Engine


Worst Features

None


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Reliable!
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By Karen
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1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 ST 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB


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Our truck has towed heavy trailers, carried 3000+ lbs., has 200k miles on it. Just replace tie rod; no other major repairs. Great diesel engine, good handling, had lots of offers but we don't want to sell!


Best Features

Full size bed


Worst Features

More comfort in back seat


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