I purchased this truck new in 2004. this was the third new dodge truck purchased by me.From previous experience I knew not to get the auto tranny due to failure in the previous two 1500s. I knew when I went to the dealer about cummins reliability and long life and I also requested the six speed manual. before I made the second payment, the truck broke down 5 times. However, dodge would not buy the truck back under the lemon law. you would need a really good lawyer to fight dodge. I am really glad I kept the truck. after I got a good mechanic from dodge to fix the problem this truck has been great. Pushing 175,000 miles and not another single issue. 24.5 mpg@70 mph 33.0 mpg@50 mph. still stock.
very powerful motor. my mechanic told me to drive it like i stole it. the Laramie package was well worth the extra cost.
the bfg tires got 95,000 miles before replacement was warranted. however, never could keep the hooked up with the road. especially when the road was wet. running michelins now and am very satisfied