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Rough & ready
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By Todd
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 2dr Regular Cab SLT 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 5M)


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I have put almost 50,000 miles on my truck in just over 3 years. I bought it not only as a commute vehicle, but to use it as a truck also. I haul things in the bed on a regular basis. I have even used it off road. I have never had even one problem with it. It performs well on and offroad. The only negative thing I can say is the mpg is not good. I average about 15 miles per gallon. Although, I knew that going into my purchase. That was going to be a sacrifice in order to get the interior room, the hauling and towing abilities, and the engine performance I needed. Overall, I could not be happier with it.


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Sweet Rig
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By smoke20
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 5M)


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First Dodge truck after owning Chevys. Worlds of difference between new Ram and old 2000 Silverado x-cab. Cabin feels much larger than the old truck. Handling is much better. Ride is a little bouncy with the 20's but they look cool so I don't mind so much. Engine is awesome. Can't help but mashing the go pedal, even with the extra expense in gas. Such a fun truck to drive and a looker too. Interior is good but feel a bit sparse and plastic-y and lockers for the cup holder and ash tray have trouble holding sometimes. Get's about 15-16 on the highway going 70- 75, which is about what my Chevy got.


Best Features

Power is great. Gets lots of looks out on the road and in parking lots. Seats are comfortable in long drives. Love the exhaust note and ride height.


Worst Features

Wish it had displacement on demand for better fuel mileage, stereo could be better, better materials in the interior, would be nice if it had a part time 4wd option for the transfer case


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2003 Dodge Ram SLT Crew Still Strong
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By Mike Gonzales
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 5M)


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Since 2003, my Dodge Ram has proven to be strong, reliable and a blast to drive. The engine has performed flawlessly and the entire mechanical structure has held up completely. With only a few internal errors - driver seat lumbar went bad (warranty replaced entire seat - no money out of pocket. The CD player had to be replaced. That is it...everything else has been strong. I even hit a wall with my side mirror and the sound was loud, but when I checked the mirror, it was in perfect shape and no hitch. I love the windshield wipers how they always stop at their close position whenever you turn the wipers off. Other trucks leave the wipers stuck in the window. So much thought in this truck


Best Features

A perfect engine. The truck overall style. No other truck like it. Paint holds up to dust, rain, rocks. My Ram is still glossy and shiny black.


Worst Features

Gas mileage, but I do understand it's a truck


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It's been a good truck
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By travelguy
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 5M)


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Bought this truck new, now has 144000 miles on it. Very good gas mileage for a large truck - 16 to 19 on the highway depending on the wind. Had to replace the front brake calipers & pads @ 100K - this is a dodge design defect where the calipers hang up and ruin the pads. this is the second Dodge truck I've owned, and both suffered upholstery tears due to sharp edges from the seat frame cutting through the foam padding and through the fabric. If buying a 2WD, get the limited slip differential - it gets you through snow and up slippery boat ramps great. Great truck, but poor interior quality needs to have some attention from the Dodge engineers. Otherwise, buy it right and enjoy.


Best Features

Four full doors, 4.7L has ample power for towing a heavy boat, smooth ride, good gas mileage for a large truck.


Worst Features

More comfortable rear seats, better quality seating and design.


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Quite a Truck
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By Jim O'Rourke
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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 5M)


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Laramie Hemi optioned out. Tow package Hemi, 45RFE 5 Speed and 3.92 limited slip, body color bumpers and grill. 20 in. wheels. Gorgeous truck. Sticker price $35,000 +. This has been a great truck. Handles like a sports car, lots of power. Gas mileage 20MPG@55,16- 17MPG@70, In town around 13. But I expected that. In shop once for warped rotors, covered under warranty (7/70 waranty no longer available) Now have a rear end whine and engine ticking noise that are going to be covered under warranty. No other mechanical problems. Transmission shifts perfectly when truck is loaded tentative when without load but that is the way it should be. A beaut with an 8,800lb towing capacity. Would buy again.


Best Features

Terrific interior. leather, incredible storage, rear fold flat load floor is awesome Hemi,seats, 6 disc CD player, fog lights,single headlight system is weak but fog lights fill the void, transponder security sytem, handling, 8 way seats both with lumbar adjustment. Just really an awesome truck.


Worst Features

Fuel mileage (supoposedly done in'06) Better headlights, better quality control for rear end and some engine components. 3/36 warranty indicates Dodge was getting a lot of warranty work claims between new 3/36 month end and the old 7/70 end warranty. Buy a drivetrain warranty to 100,000 to be safe.


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