I had once of these for many years. It was the 4 door 4x4 2500 with the V10 long bed. I think I paid something like $2500 for it at the height of the gas prices a few years ago. The previous owner probably couldn't afford to feed it. I took it everywhere and it was reliable for me. I got it with 100,000 miles and sold it with about 150,000 miles. It was big and heavy. But also very heavy duty with the Dana 60 solid axle in the front and the Dana 70 in the rear. The V10 is has lots of torque down low and can tow just about anything. Going to my hunting camp and driving offroad, this tended to sink due to the weight upfront so I had to fit front and rear lockers to help with traction. On road it was cumbersome, but not too bad. Front seats were great. Back seat was a bit tight, but good for kids to early teens. Center console on these Ram's are epic- big and wide. Mine was pretty jacked up for a stock truck so it was a climb in and a slide out of the cab and because of this hard to get into the bed to get stuff without a step stool. Ride is stiff and rough because to the solid front axle and HD springs. When I got my truck the thermostat was broken and that simple job is a major pain with the accessories getting into the way. Mine seemed to have a coolant leak, but some leak stop tabs seemed to have addressed it. Fuel economy is poor. Single digits around town and maybe as high as 13-14 MPG. Tows well with plenty of low end grunt and I've caught myself towing heavy items at speeds higher than I should have. Brakes average though and worse with a load. Structure and strength was excellent. Looking at the components under the sheet metal is littered with "Made in the USA" labels. Other than that I performed maintenance. and that was it. I sold it for a bit more than I paid for it so I think I got my money's worth even with the fuel bill and considering this truck's capabilities worth it.
First Dodge I have owned and have been truly impressed with every thing about this truck. Minor maintenance, but no big issues. Cummins diesel 5.9 L is great for hauling with plenty of power to go around. On road trips set the Cruise on 65 mph and enjoy the fuel economy! Got 25 mpg on my last road trip. Enjoy this one so much that I bought the same year make & model but a 3500 with all the same features. Love this one just as much. Can't say enough about this vehicle.
big seating area. comfortable seats. easy to reach console. rear jump seat area great for my dog to ride.
need better way to access headlights, they are hard to change.
I have two dodge rams 2500. one is a diesel standard and the other is gasoline automatic. The diesel with the manual has never gave me a problem but the gasoline with the automatic transmission is not so good. Ive rebuilt it twice so far. The mopar automatic is junk. Gas or diesel the tranny's are junk. Engines are good auto tranny's aren't.
Cummins Diesel and 5.9 Magnum. MANUAL Trans tough truck
Great truck, I bought it to pull my Jeep and snowmobile trailer. I have over 250,000 miles and it runs great and pulls like a train does not burn or leak oil. The only down fall is the tansmision had to be rebuilt at 240,000 miles.