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Maintenance track record by Dave from West Texas on 09/17/2002. Trim: 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Club Cab 8-ft. Bed 4WD, Owned 6 years.
Pros: I liked the overall appearance of vehicle, clean lines and front grille.
Cons: Found out through personal experience that model has a history of problems with intermediate steering shaft vibration. Also fifth gear in manual transmissions has a tendency to dislodge around 100K miles. Track bar only has service life of 30-40K miles, which was news to me. Vehicle also has a tendency to pull to one side when brakes are warm.
Overall review: I had waited for several years since introduction of model to determine quality of truck. It's popularity has never decreased. I still like my vehicle very much in spite of the maintenance involved, some of which is not disclosed by Dodge. Most disturbing is dislodgement of a dowel pin in the diesel motors prior to 1998 which will destroy the engine. Manufacturer has knowledge of the problem, but to date will not acknowledge defect or warranty event.
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IF YOU CANT DODGE IT RAM IT TO THE JUNK YARD by An MSN Autos Consumer on 01/24/2012. Trim: 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Club Cab 6.5-ft. Bed 4WD, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: Rear end locked up spider gear broke 319 mile on it dealer had it for 2/1/2 weeks Brakes pulled hard to the right 5 trips to the dealer 1200 miles tranney went out 33K brake problems again input shaft rear axle bearing spun had to replace rear end again 69K ,catalyic converter 72K brakes again, 97K tranny out again finally got rid of the heap
Cons: In general I had more problems with this truck than the 6 others combined not Dodge mostly Ford and 1 Chev
Overall review: Had the tow truck drivers phone number memorized from frequent breakdowns now I know why they call it Ram
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This is a true truck an unbeatible work horse by Ben Transfer Pa on 10/25/2010. Trim: 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Club Cab 8-ft. Bed 4WD, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: I've had this truck now for 11years there is nothing it can't do (except fit into a parking space in one try) You can't squat it down or slow it down.It's a true work horse
Cons: It's really hard to fit into most parking spaces but I wanted the EXT cab and the 8foot bed.Also it truly rides like a truck on ruff roads with the solid front axle.
Overall review: I have owned every make of american made trucks mostly Chevys and even driven an 07 full size Toyota as a company truck But this Dodge made me a believer it's the best truck I've driven yet.
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The Big Boss by Moose from Madera, CA on 05/30/2007. Trim: 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Club Cab 8-ft. Bed 2WD, Owned 7 years.
Pros: 200,000+ miles and still rolling. Great drive train. especially with the diesel. I also get 18-25 mpg. regular driving.
Cons: Nothing wrong.
Overall review: Greatest truck that I will ever own. Survives every beating that I can give it.
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The ram by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/24/2006. Trim: 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Club Cab 8-ft. Bed 4WD, Owned 9 years.
Pros: Love the cummins diesel in it.
Cons: Hard to park some times and hard to see other cars
Overall review: Great truck for the price, get the diesel.
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