I have a 98 SLT Laramie 4x4 quad cab with 5.9 magnum. I love this truck but just dropped $3000+ into repairs few months back. Got brakes all around. drums, calipers, put cross drilled slotted rotors. Helped a lot with braking. Truck has 3in lift with bigger wheels/tires. Doesnt help! Replaced almost all front end. ball joints, idler, pitman arm, Center link, etc. Water pump went out just recently. I've had this truck about 3 1/2 yrs and all this stuff basically happend at the same time all within 1.5 months. But i do drive this truck like a RACE CAR every morning to work and 4 wheel it time to time. Bought it with 110,xxx OG miles now has 138,883. Gas mileage isn't the greatest but i don't care if i did I would buy a prius. Interior is compfy and spacious back seat not so much. a/c is ice freaking cold. I've never had any electrical problems. And I have a killer sound system with upgraded engine ground and power wires. Towing I don't do much but the two times I did was with a car hauler with furniture plus the bed filled. It did great in my opinion5 hour dr from NM to AZ. Ya dodge could work on this and that but so could ford or gm or even toyota and nissan no body's perfect.
I have 98 1500 4x4 drive it is in great condition but I have put $200 in transmission sensors because dodge transmissions suck it works now until the tranny finally blows out like all dodges maybe they will get there act together some day
I own a gas 5.9 liter extended 4 door 4x4. No lift, slightly larger tires then stock. This truck was a 1500 covered to a 2500 or 3500 by putting more leaf springs in the rear. I am currently trying to figure out if it was 2500 or 3500.This truck was used to haul a 11,000lb camper cross country. It has plenty enough power. Although that is not a lot to us now, in 1998 the 3500 diesel model could only tow 12,000! Now with that in mind I think its 3500 springs. This truck tows almost any realistic thing any modern family needs with no problem. I do wish it had a ya more horsepower because you'll get to 30 mph even while towing like lightning, but anything above it has trouble gaining speed. Once my uncle bought it he used it to haul cars to his shop saying it towed better then his 5.7 Chevy 3500 1994 model. It does burn about a quart of oil per 350 or so miles but its towed a lot in its life. I get on highway about 17-18 but most people call me a lier but after reading these comments I know 90% of you say the same. I recommend this truck to anyone with a budget but needs something that is a brick, can tow a reasonable amount, and even to someone with a family with small kids. Remember tho, I've never had this truck with the 1500 original springs so idk about those. But what I do know with the beafed up springs, it will tow anything, id say, without breaking anything, safely tow no more then 11,000 and you don't do it to often either because you will bend gears in the rear after a long time. But besides towing, I have the Beachwood brown leather interior, wood dash, looks great. Auto seats still work great, even the compresser to air your seat harder. Very comfy highway ride. Grips good. Have a carpet cover over dash but I dont even think about it, looks great. Overall interior, great. Very comfy. Thats personally what I care about most coz thats where I'm spending my time. Take this thing hunting, off-Roading, anywhere and it will definitely go. I've done it. Overall 5 stars. Love this truck. I hope this was helpful. Btw also planing to put a 5th wheel ball in the back to haul gooseneck trailers with hay and cars. And also mine doesnt run hot at all. In fact, if it gets up to half, I get worried but it only gets that high when idling. So hope this was helpful to people, especially for those wanting to know how it tows.
This is a outstanding truck. I bought this in 99, and it has not had any bad problems. Around 133,xxx miles my front U-Joint went out. But i have not had any other problems. I would recommend this truck for a first vehicle if you have kids getting ready to drive. Its Something they can have fun with, beat up, and still run hard.
The 2 gen designs all around where pretty to me. Love the exterior, and the interior.