"Purchased from local dodge dealer in 2008 and second owner. Had 40k miles. Now has 200K. Over the past 7 years the only thing I've had to do is replace the alternator and a/c cooling fan. Still has origional battery and belts and hoses! The 318 CI (4.7 lt)engine is one of the most reliable of any manufacturer. When they say ram tough, they mean it!"
"In April of 2014 while on a business trip in CA, I blew a head gasket.After an inspection by local Dodge dealer, heat damage was so severe, entire engine needed to be replaced. New engine obtained from Chrysler and installed by Dodge dealer at a cost of $7.5K. Truck runs now better than it did when purchased in 2004, better MPG's too.
Also steering column replaced due to excessive play.
Pros: "Cummins engine is a monster for durability"
Cons: "Cummins engine and transmission mismatch"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The MegaCab is the only way to go for this vehicle. There is more than ample room if front and rear seats. Fuel economy is 17 mpg to 23 mpg. Combined driving is 21 mpg unless one insists on being the first one out when the light turns green."
"I have owned 2 Dodge Ram 1500 the first one was a 2002 and had over 300,000 miles and was still running strong when I sold it.
My current one is a 2003 long bed with the hemi engine and it has over 200,000 both had very little maintance to them both where in minor accented and they keep on running."
"Bought truck from a small dealer, very used. It was someones trade in vehicle to a large dealership. At 202,000+ miles, the fact it runs reasonably well with no smoke out the tail pipe is good. The bad passenger side catalytic converter was expected at this mileage and was replaced by dealer saving me $500-600. Rust over rear wheel wells is to be expected and this had that but was easily repaired. I changed every fluid except anti-freeze, already was done. I HIGHLY recommend to anyone who gets one of these used to find out if the rear pinion recall was done on the vehicle, mine was and is fine but absolutely change out the rear end lube with 75-140W SYNTHETIC OIL and be sure to add the 4 oz.(at dealer only for $10) of limited slip additive if you have the 1500 (only); 2500 and 3500 don't get the additive. At over 202K miles this truck is peppy and tight, no rattles. Now if only it got better then 16MPG on average... oh well, it's a truck with a 4.7L V8 and automatic trans, so not bad. I'm a mechanic, I like accessibility to things under the hood and this is a good truck in many ways."