The engine is the only good thing. Paint is peeling off. Transmission, fuel pump, cheap plastic hvac knobs had to be replaced/rebuilt. Catalytic converter melted. Now has a wonderful vibration in the steering at speeds less than 50mph (possible control arm problem?)
I bought this old truck for a work horseand it is. It has 200300 km. The 5.2 lots of power. But it has a stumble between 2 and third gear shift. Body is very solid for a 15 year old truck. Lots of room in the cab for 3 people in fronnt and1 plus 2 dogs in the rear. haha. Go find one today there worth it.
You want a work horse the rams your choice. I have 350+km on my beast. It plowed through the winter, with out any mech failure. When I first purchased the truck there was a stutter/hesitation in between 2nd and 3rd, .. Main source of problem was the rusted muffler and its metal chunks flyin around, same with the catalyst, after replacing by myself the problem disappeared as well as the annoying clanking sound... It was not the tranny, typically with the ram tranny of this year it will hold in second gear until you lift your foot off the gas, or just floor it to get up to speed.. Remember. The 318 is a beast and it needs to be driven a little hard cause low rpm and low speed and high gear= stress
Custom ordered. Loaded. Year 1: six steering column changes; 5 driver's outside mirror changes; 16 wheel changes (didn't know it was necessary to stipulate ROUND wheels); 4-sets of stock Goodyear Wrangler A/Ts gave way to Michelins at dealer expense because the Goodyears could not stay round; absolutely ZERO bushings between chassis and frame; No insulation between fuel tank and straps. Tried to exercise Lemon Law but coerced into keeping it. Year 3: Black Sport paint job crazing on tops of fenders, hood and roof. Dealer refused to honor warranty, but had to after I produced my 5-yr/75,000 mile paperwork! New paint job lasted 1 1/2 years. Dealer had to re-paint it AGAIN at their cost! But they showed me...crazed again within 2 years. Years 4-21: Water pump; A/C compressors (2); Headliner; sun visors; Headlights; Leaky sliding rear window replaced with solid one; 27-dollar voltage regulator went bad...Chrysler made it an integral part of the vehicle computer!...$800 cost for new computer because I needed a new voltage regulator (Really?!); Transmission change; Several EGR valve changes; headlight switches heat up...(7 changes by dealership, but still heat up)...now I carry a fire bottle due to reviews of burning trucks (Dealer claimed that they NEVER heard of trucks burning up!); Plastic dash gave it up...replaced; door seals leaked...replaced; electric seat died; electric window motors dying; multi-function switch (turn signal et al) replaced; All seals on environmental controls/vent doors useless...air leaks throughout. Hang the designer of the cup-holder. Custom paint job to dark silver...sharp. Always had 100% wool seat covers so old seat covers have never been sat on. 5.9L Engine strong. 162K miles. Replaced Infinity stereo with Pioneer with backup camera, Bluetooth etc. Running 285's vice 265's. 4WD superb. Center console...all trucks should mimic this design. Truck almost like new...but that doesn't say too much now does it? Any Chrysler product...never again. Yes I have a Honda and a Toyota. Suffice it to say that the reviews on all used American trucks point to me keeping the truck I know, versus a used one with questionable issues. I simply cannot afford a new truck or even a late model P/U.