1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Consumer Review: Tough truck

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 - Consumer Review

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Laramie SLT Regular Cab Pickup (5.2L V8 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Tough truck
By Brian on


1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB


I have 208k+ miles on my truck.It has the 318 automatic. It has had NO Trans. or engine work done on it. I put a fuel pump in it at 190K and routine oil changes, brakes, tires, etc. Trans started to slip at times around 195K. TONS of interior room. Since it has a solid front axle it kinda rides like a brick but I've been in much worse. I use my truck a lot for HEAVY hauling (8000 lbs). I do not wheel my truck but it does see its fair share of dirt and rough roads. I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we have harsh winters. No rust on the box but the rockers are getting a bit rusty. This is an extremely well built and tough truck. Best 4x4 I have ever owned or driven

Best Features

Interior Room, Power/acceleration, Styling, Solid front axle

Worst Features

Door hinges, Hood Latch (Mine released at 55 mph and ripped the hood off and smashed the windshield) and interior door panels. They aren't fastened very well and when I hit the door the pull handle broke off.
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