View Full Version : First full size truck

03-25-2008, 09:58 PM
What do you guys think about a 97 1500 Dodge Ram w/magnum V8? I heard they are notorious for transmission issues. Please shed some light. I'm looking for my first full size truck to purchase. A used one just to get me in the mix, have 95 s10 4.3L v6. It just wont hold up.

03-25-2008, 10:32 PM
Everyone will go with the brand they like. Try out a silverado 1500 or 2500hd since you allready own a chevy. I own both, and their both great trucks.

03-26-2008, 03:37 PM
I vote for the chevy silverado. great truck. Dodges eat gas like no other and is followed by fords.

03-26-2008, 03:40 PM
go Chevy!!

03-26-2008, 03:43 PM
The 97-98 model year brought about transmission change for the chrysler trucks. I have also heard the same thing about 94-97's however in 98' they changed the transmission and longevity is suppossed to be substantially improved. I have a 98 and had my entire case crack from the tailshaft to the bellhousing at 78k miles. That was due to abuse on my part. I now have 170k and have had no problems, and I got a trans from a parts yard that already had 60k miles on it. In most all late model trucks with auto's the weakest point is almost always the transmission. All you can do is do the maintenance and try to have your employees drive them as if they are their own vehicles. How a vehicle is driven will effect postively or negatively how long any brand lasts. I have had guys in the past that could burn up a transmission in less than 70k. I also have had trucks that went to 250k and had no problems. Same model year, brand, and engine, different drivers. Good luck.

03-26-2008, 04:37 PM
I have had a few Dodge trucks and they have always been good to me, others have tranny problems, I have noticed the Dodge's of those years are getting to be bargains, seen some pretty good looking deals latley compared to Chevy's

03-26-2008, 04:56 PM
Not the most reliable trannys. Get the price down and look into the cost of a used/scavenged tranny from a newer model, check install rates... could be a cheaper route than trying to find an equivalent chevy or ford. Older genres dodges run the cheapest and Dodges typically have decent power, be it gas or diesel.

03-26-2008, 05:10 PM
I worked at a Transmission shop part time for my buddy and he had dodges out the wazoo but mostly front wheel drive stuff but a few ram trucks here and their

03-26-2008, 07:57 PM
I have a 96 dodge ram with 160,000. it's doing fine.

03-26-2008, 11:27 PM
I appreciate all the feedback from all of you guys. I believe this is my first post that I have initiated. This is my new favorite site. I'm just getting acquainted with the operations of this site. I think while I'm using it most people are sleep.

03-26-2008, 11:35 PM
I went to see a 96 Dodge Ram Laramie 1500 today with remote start, ext cab, fiberglass bed cover, 5.2L V8, cd, new transmission, oil pump, water pump 135,000 mi. For sale by owner. He wanted 3400 in ad after talking he said he'll take 3,000 so I can get some things fixed. I believe I'll offer $2700 and see what he says. What do you all think. Is it too good to be true.

03-27-2008, 09:43 AM
That sounds about right. The used car/truck market is soft right now and their are many great buys to be had from private sellers. Just watch out for the rust. Bottoms of doors, bottom of bed sides and both bumpers. Get down and look at the back side of the back bumper, chrysler missed a few spots for corrosion protection and now you see a ton of these trucks driving around with swiss cheese bumpers and doors. Good luck.

03-27-2008, 09:51 AM
I have a 98 Ram reg cab sport with a 5.9 and a 3.90 LS rear. The truck has excellent power and is great mechanically. I have used it for business so it does have some dings and dents. I have completely gone over the whole front end and replaced almost everything(tie rods pitman arm idler arm, and ball joints) as well as the brakes, waterpumpm, thermostat and fuel pump. I dumped the money into it to get it ready for spring but have decided to go with something with glowplugs. Let me know if your interested, I live in Cincy.

03-27-2008, 10:14 PM
I'm in the game now boys. I purchased that 96 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie that I mentioned. It has a 5.2 L V8, remote start, ext cab, cd, fiber glass bed cover, good tires, bed liner, custom paint job with one spot of rust by wheel well, engine is perfect, transmission put in about 400 miles ago, new water pump, oil pump, just need to add tow package. All for 2600. The Lord truly blessed me with this truck. I feel so much better now that my hunt is over. Just need to do some routine maintenace but, everything good so far. Day 1! Thanks for all tips and pointers from everyone. God Bless Ya:cool2:

03-27-2008, 11:43 PM
make that money for gas, dodges get the worst mpg's, but I'm glad you're not using your S10 for lawn mowing. Good luck.

03-29-2008, 06:27 PM
I would never buy a dodge, get a dmax or a powerstroke you wont be dissapointed.