Underpowered, but still does the job
By Mr.Dodge on
Vehicle1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 WS 2dr Regular Cab LB
ReviewThe V6 isn't powerful enough, sheet
metal is weak, & the brake design isn't
the best. It gets decent gas mileage &
is reliable. It will haul the load, but
won't get you cross-country fast. The 5-
speed makes it fun. It was easy towing
my friend's 66 Chevelle with a tow
dolly on the tongue. The truck is good
for city driving & mild highway
driving. It can handle front impacts,
but not side impacts. I've seen a 98
Ram get T-boned. If there was a driver
in the vehicle, he/she would have been
seriously hurt. The driver's side door
was pushed in & almost touched the
steering wheel. I should have went for
a V8, 4 wheel ABS, & limited slip, but
am satisfied for now.
Best FeaturesManual Transmission Lots of under-hood room Nice turning radius. Will haul whatever you put in the bed (within reason).
Worst FeaturesRear Wheel Anti-Lock isn't effective enough. Needa a higher gear ratio (maybe 3.55:1) Brakes. Thicker body sheet metal. Better factory Paint Job No self respecting truck manufacturer ever use a V-6 in a full size truck again.
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