After many years of owning a truck, I decided to buy my first 3/4 ton pickup. I use it for multiple thing, work, camping, home projects and also just daily driving. I thought very carefully about buying a truck before settling on the Dodge RAM, with a 24 valve Cummins engine. It gives me the most bang for my buck when it comes to horsepower and pulling ability while also pulling whatever it is behind it at a affordable rate. Features I like power, ease of use, power seats and windows. Some issues I have had the front end sometimes floats and is not straight as could be, it does take 3 gallons of oil every oil change, but does run between 5 and 7 thousand miles. Overall I think my choice for my truck was a good one and have been pleased with the overall experience of it.
Dodge Ram 2500 gets it done with towing
I find my truck to be very reliable, but it does have too much torque when starting out and that can be a problem in low traction situations. It is very comfortable to drive/ride in. A few features that I wish it had are navigation and backup camera. One feature I don't like is it honks when you are backing up with the door open, which I sometimes need to do when towing. It has plenty of power for towing my thirty foot toy hauler through mountain ranges and is much better in fuel economy than other trucks I have owned.
Rugged truck, handles any light duty truck duties with ease.
Rides like a typical truck, somewhat rough, but bearable for sure for your average buyer. Mileage is not great but power and reliability is good. Tows and hauls well. Many experience similar problems with the transmission, but overall drive train is very dependable once the transmission kinks are worked out. As far as the interior goes, it has enough space, but back lacks a bit for the passengers if driving a quad cab. Dash will crack, but the rest holds up fine.
Certain pickup trucks equipped with Cummins diesel engines and manual transmissions may experience an elevated idle speed after extended cruise control use. This can result in unintended acceleration and a reduction in braking effectiveness.
Dealers will reprogram the software in the Cummins engine controller. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during March 2003. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Air BagsDec 3, 2014
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Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2003-2005 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500, 2004-2005 Dodge Durango, 2005 Dodge Dakota, 2005 Dodge Magnum and 2005 Chrysler 300, 300C and 300 SRT8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa are addressed by this recall. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. For vehicles that were sold, or are currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, owners were notified and the recall began on December 5, 2014. For all other vehicles, Chrysler will notify owners and the recall will begin on, or around, early February 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P40 Expanded. Note: This recall supersedes the passenger air bag portion of recall 14V-354.
On certain heavy-duty pickup trucks, the aluminum wheels may have excessive porosity in the center hub area, which can cause a wheel to crack. This could cause a loss of vehicle control and result in a crash without warning.
Dealers will inspect the wheels and replace them if necessary. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 17, 2003. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-992-1997.
SteeringNov 6, 2013
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Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Dodge RAM 2500 4x4 and 3500 4x4, model year 2007-2008 Dodge RAM 3500 4x2 Cab Chassis and model year 2006-2008 Dodge RAM 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 trucks manufactured February 12, 2002, through February 13, 2008. The left tie rod assembly may break.
A failure of the tie rod assembly may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler notified owners in December 2013 and offered through its dealers installation of a new left tie rod assembly, free of charge. On or about February 27, 2014, Chrysler ceased its recall remedy program due to parts quality concerns. Chrysler expects to reinitiate the recall remedy campaign, but with limited parts availability, on or about the week of April 14, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N62.
On some van and wagon model vehicles equipped with 4-wheel antilock brake systems (ABS), aftermarket batteries may leak electrolyte onto the ABS control module connector, which can compromise the sealing integrity of the connector. This may allow development of a short circuit in the connector, which could eventually lead to a fire.
Dealers will inspect the ABS control module connector for electrolyte damage and replace the connector as necessary. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification for this campaign. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
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