2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Consumer Review: Dismal and disappointing

2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 - Consumer Review

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SLT Quad Cab (4.7L V8 5-speed Manual 6.3 ft. Bed)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Dismal and disappointing


2003 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 5M)


These trucks look awesome, but they sure disappoint with their poor quality. Exterior is awesome and is the selling point for these trucks. Interior design is very dated and plasticy. Very roomy & comfortable on short to medium length trips. Long trips become more uncomfortable due to the seats/lack of lower back support. Engine performance is horrible. Bought mine before the Hemi came out - thought the 4.7 would do. Thought wrong. It can't get out of it's own way, and gets worse mileage than the much more powerful 5.4 ford that this replaced. Truck out of alignment at 4,000 miles, warped rotors at 15,000, alignment again at 20,000, and leaky power steering pump at 39,000 miles.

Best Features

Bold exterior design, factory 20" rims, size of quad cab compared to GM, FORD, and Toyota extended cabs.

Worst Features

First and foremost, this pig needs to get better mileage. The power (lack of, in my 4.7) is poor when compared to the MPG it gets. I'd be okay with 15.5 if I had more power from this thing. Secondly, interior needs freshened, ride with the 20"s needs to be improved, and the brakes need refinement.
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