1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Consumer Review: Outstanding Truck

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - Consumer Review

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Laramie SLT Extended Cab Pickup (5.9L V8 5-speed Manual)

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By M Ellis on


1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Laramie SLT 2dr Extended Cab LB


This has been by far the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. At 125K miles there have been zero mechanical failures. The Cummins diesel is a joy to drive, smooth and powerful with excellent fuel economy - 20+ mpg on highway, 15 mpg carrying a very large truck camper. It pulls large trailers like a breeze. The truck is mechanically still like new. The split bench seats with the fold- down console are extremely comfortable, it is far more pleasurable to drive on a long trip than our similar 2001 Ford F-250 with captain's chairs. The only problem I have had so far is cosmetic, the paint is beginning to pimple and crack from Dodge's poor primer system.

Best Features

Cummins engine - until you drive one, you won't believe the smoothness Split-bench seat - very comfortable Tow/Camper package - will pull/haul anything Outstanding fuel economy 5-spd tranny (NV4500)- slick as butter. Fully mechanical, no electronic engine controls. Ease of maintenance

Worst Features

-Paint system needs work, primer failure ruins the paint -Dodge should have put grease zerks on ball joints -Should have had option for aux fuel tank from factory
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