1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Consumer Review: radiator/gasket problems

1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Regular Cab - Consumer Review

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By bigearl on


1998 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 ST 2dr Regular Cab LB


Bought used 10/00 with 36k miles from
dealer 5 hrs. from home. Halfway home,
checked oil. After pouring in 4 quarts
of oil, called the purchasing dealer.
Replaced headgasket at nearest dealer.
Limped truck home, still burning oil,
brought it to local dealer, who
replaced valley pan gasket, upper &
lower intake gaskets & thermostat
gasket, all warranty work. 10/02
replaced radiator & thermostat after
overheating ($600). 5/02 replaced water
pump & did brake work ($490). Feb. '03,
have radiator leak & need new radiator,
16 months & 7,000 miles since last
radiator. I don't drive off road & am
frustrated to be looking at my 3rd
radiator with 50k miles on truck.

Best Features

Styling and leg room. I think it's the best looking full size out there, will consider buying another one, just wish it didn't eat radiators.
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