This thing is a tank. Yea handling is kind of crappy but every thing on this truck in 110% reliable and other things can be improved. Bought for 400 dollars resale is (or will be) 2500-3500 once improvements are made. Repaint, Repair, some suspension mods, and it will compare with something much newer. Oh and mine is a 1989. Sold, April/2017.
this truck has been in the family since it was new been past around and worked hard. this is a real truck takes a beating and keeps tickin', I've never got stuck anywhere even where dune buggies can't go i crawl her in. a bit slow on take off but easy to fix. the truck sat for a year w/o being run and cranked on the first try. simply strong running truck simple interior. i learned to drive in this truck and now it's mine so I'm always gonna be partial to a dodge ram.
Have driven the older Rams for years. Being a Dodge Parts Manager since 1994, I have seen likes and dislikes for this truck. Transmissons where garbage but now aftermarket rebuilding packages make this a very good work truck. I have a diesel with 365,000 miles on it. and the owner before me had the transmission rebuilt with heavy duty torque converter and hard parts. He did disconnect the locking torque convertor.
Diesel engine. Loads of torque. Decent on MPG. Roomy interior. Load this truck up with wood and it will pull for ever. 12 Valve diesel not the most peppy engine but will get you from point A-Z in a reasonable time
Have the trans done right and you will have years of hauling