2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Consumer Review: Great truck, bad dealer & ball

2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 - Consumer Review

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Great truck, bad dealer & ball joints
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2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab ST 2WD SB (5.2L 8cyl 5M)


I love the truck, in spite of the fact that 15mpg isn't obtainable if you drive 75% on Interstates. 18mpg on sticker (5.9L) is possibly a simple lie. I took delivery after the dealer did a "safety inspection" and found all 4 ball joints had deteriorated leaving the joints open to sand and dirt incursion. In addition, all four tires were abraded near the inside bead due to the 245/85R16 tires being too large for the truck ($800+). The ball joints need a recall and replacement with joints that can be lubricated (figure on $900+). I have a bad back but the truck is a great ride! The front seat is comfortable althought I will probably replace the bench with buckets.

Best Features

Great ride and power. Easy to ingress/egress with bad back (seat is perfect height with proper tires). Noise is good for a work truck. Four doors makes cab totally accessable and provides 100% usability.

Worst Features

Get rid of sealed ball joints, they don't work. Change the cup holder setup, it wastes too much space. Gas economy is real bad, 14.5mpg with 75% of driving on Interstate; install two speed splitter (like Gear Vendor box) with high-ratio highway gearing.
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