2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 5.7L V8 4x4 5-speed Manual 8.2 ft. Bed Consumer Review - Friday 4:30 build?
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Friday 4:30 build?
By JDinOhio on

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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)

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Now has 96k. Axle housing welded to differential housing crooked from fact. repl.10k(American Axle)-Injecters were all repl.30-50k.(Bosch)- Turbo 50k (Poss. oil line pinch during inject. work)- Power steering failure 44K. -Tailgate rust 4yrs. That said still love it truck. 4.10s too low for daily driver unless pulling daily. No competition in class 3 trucks, this truck is like a small semi. Cummins straight 6/6-speed is the only way to go, just like the big trucks. Have had p-strokes, V-8s are for cars, you have to really run them to achieve the same performance as the I6. From other reviews, problems seem rare, mine were largely component mfgs. These will be regarded as the last good ones.

Favorite Features

Cummins I6. 6-speed manual. Manual 4x4. Avg 17mpg unloaded everyday, 12 mpg with biggest lance camper and 16ft trailer. I feel like the overall package has not degraded in quality. Sadly, I live south of Cleveland, OH and this truck will assuredly die of salt cancer. Sad since it has another 250k min left

Suggested Improvements

Manual lock-out. More steering feedback. Need normal crew cab not short one and mega(stupid looking). Auxillary trans. or 2-speed rear-end is really necessary for a grocery getter/ 23000 gcwr otr hauler. Stainless exaust (rust through at 65k)
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