Used 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Regular Cab Consumer Reviews
Transmissions on the Dodge's are notorius for having problems and failures. There is NOT enough power, simple little things go wrong all the time. I had the Air Bag light come on and the cruise quit working right away. It makes strange noises. Trans and Transfer case do NOT like to work properly in the winter time! Dodge did a terrible job of protecting them from snow build up which causes problems. You need at least 500lbs in the bed before it will ride like a normal pickup truck.
This truck has been the best thing I have ever bought. I work this truck hard pulling trailers and plowing snow. With the ho cummins mated to the 6 speed nothing wll phase it. I strongly recomend this if you need a good work truck that won't give up.The only thing I have done to it is put a 4 inch exhaust and a cold air intake.
The good: reliable; never fails to start and run, powerful with 5.9 v8 gas, stops well, and fairly quiet for what it is. Full gauges standard, even tach is standard equipment. Runs well on regular fuel and tilt wheel also standard. Handles full load of GVW of 8800 well, rides well when fully loaded. The bad; fuel economy is poor, I get 6-7mpg in hilly, traffic clogged San Francisco area traffic; highway milage not good at 13 mpg. Interior plastics are the worst; dash pad top cracking into little pieces extremely common; seat comfort and durability fair to poor, my truck has a serious and deep pocket in the driver's seat cushion and I weight in the low 130's; ride is another sore point, if you don't lug around at 500 lbs in the bed, the truck bobs around seriously over bumps and pot holes, Chevy and Fords ride much better with the same empty bed and GVW. Parts is another concern; if you are into used parts, here on West Coast, Dodge trucks in general are a lot harder to find in recycling yards compared to Chevy and Ford models. Can be a great used vehicle purchase as the seem to be less expensive than Ford or Chevy (except Diesel). The w/s trim (fleet special interior trim), is ultra basic, but at least other than interior plastics, seems durable and reasonably comfortable. High oil consumption could be due to plenum gasket failures; common on these engines. Recommend replacement of the thin sheet metal plenum plate with thick alloy plate and new gasket. Replaced mine and oil consumption improved to the normal range; when the gasket failed, consumption was at 150 miles per quart! Factory ball joints are poor; replaced my upper ball joints and control arm bushings; both worn out at 125K miles, after market units can generally be lubricated through grease fittings, factory units are sealed. Most Dodge base pick up have group 35 battery; replace with group 65 battery that was offered as factory option, has more reserve capacity and CCA (cold cranking amps). Seen several with rear main seal seepage or oil leakage, fairly common, especially given the age of second generation Ram pick up.