So far so good
By Rich on
Vehicle2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 5M)
ReviewI've owned 11 vehicles in my life, most of them purchased new, and I can honestly say this is the happiest I've ever been overall with a vehicle. The list of issues I've had with this truck is short - I had a leaking coolant hose which I fixed with a 75 cent hose clamp. That's it in over 36K miles. I'm averaging 17.5 mpg (hand calculated) over the life of the truck. It tows well, can accomodate 5 people decently (though not for extra long trips), and is fairly comfortable. I intend to keep this a long time, unless the new 6.7 Cummins with the 6 spd. automatic tranny is just too good to pass up. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat. Oh - I also got this $5K below a comparable Ford.
Best FeaturesStout 5 spd. manual transmission. Solid axles. No nonsense 4x4 system.
Worst FeaturesEnsure injector and lift pump reliability. I haven't had any problems with either, and there have been improvements in the 05 and 06 models. But these are the most reliable diesels out there - why not fix these issues and make them bulletproof?
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