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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Diesel - Consumer Reviews

2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Diesel

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real 5.7 gas 2003 3500 slt 4by4 dually quad cab hemi
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By john620
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Diesel 4dr Quad Cab ST 4WD SB (5.9L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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dodge 2003 hemi 3500 came with a 4-45rfe transmission this transmission is in aspens mini vans 1500 and other cars and does not hold together in a 1ton truck.At 51 thou miles the 1st transmission failed the 2nd failed at 115 thou miles both with no more than heavy half ton loads only.The hemi motor has been very good so far great power smoth I can not say one bad thing about my 5.7 motor hemi I had some brake issues but nothing over the top they stop very well. the ride for a 1ton truck is good.The rear end of this truck has 373 or 410 gears but on mine has not been tested with heavy loads.the inside on slt is basic but good.dodge stopped this combo after 2003 in the 3500 hd I cant recommend


Best Features

motor and air and heat


Worst Features

transmission transmission and again put a truck transmission worthy of a 1ton truck this combo the 2003 3500hd with the 5.7 with an atuo transmission is like having a big big farm work horse with legs of a goat the horse (truck) wants to go to work but its legs (transmission) cant support near the loads it should.


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Has Turned Into A Major Disappointment
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By Diesel Dawg
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Diesel 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (5.9L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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I have the SRW, 5.9L HO Diesel. Drives well, tows all day long. 10k pounds and I barely know it's back there. Interior well thought out. Headlights weak, had to add PIAA's to see at night on rural interstates. Minor electrical problems from day 1. Came with throttle sensor problem that caused uncontrolled acceleration. 6 months ago I was happy with this truck. Unfortunately it's turned in to a hangar queen: U-joints, front hubs, master brake cylinder, #6 injector and three injector tubes all went bad between 100k and 111k miles. Hubs and injector problems at 100k miles are inexcusable on a truck like this. Dodge won't help. $8k later I'm good as new, but will never buy another Dodge...ever!!


Best Features

Lots of power, lots of torque. 22-23 MPG on rural country roads at 65 MPH. Handling is crisp for vehicle this size. Ride is stiff, but not too band. Interior is comfortable, well thought out. Flip up rear seat is nifty. It was clearly superior to a F-350 of same vintage


Worst Features

Chrysler: Make your product more reliable. This truck has chronic electrical problems, the front hubs and #6 injector went out around 100k miles (inexcusable), the cab clearance lights leak in heavy rain, the driver's door leaks in heavy rain with crosswind. Stock headlights worthless.


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356000 miles
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By emory dwayne grant
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Diesel 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (5.9L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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I have 356,000 miles. Pulled a trailer mostly about6000 lbs. A little over 100,000 miles injector pump went out and throttle positioning sensor. I have forgiven those breakdowns though because I have 360,000 miles with normal maintenance. Hope to get 500,000 miles. I have owned fords & Chevrolet trucks. I like the Dodge best. Good fuel mileage also.


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Power to Pull
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By FireMedic
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Diesel 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (5.9L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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I purchased this vehicle used from a dealer. The vehicle was used by a local farmer to pull cattle. I replaced an 2006 F-250 5.4L - I was passed on the interstate by an 80,000 lbs semi. I was pulling a 12,000 lbs 5th-wheel camper. With this RAM, there was no trouble passing anything on any grade of hill in any of my travels. The power and confidence are there to pull or climb any hill. On the same hill the F-250 did 25 mph - RAM was doing 70 !!!


Best Features

Power, comfort, ease of modification (to get more power), and the appearance.


Worst Features

More power in the stock, off the lot sale.


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3500 Diesel Ram
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Joshua
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Diesel 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (5.9L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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This has been a great truck. I have 87,000 miles so far. I am averaging 23.1 mpg, but drive conservatively. Very strong frame and heavy truck. Loving it.


Best Features

Turbo diesel, great fuel economy, style


Worst Features

No improvements needed at moment


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