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'Clifford The Big Red Dodge' by My other car is a Toyota.............. on 07/04/2011. Trim: 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Reg. Cab 8-ft. Bed 4WD, Owned 9 years.
Pros: This truck has decent power. A heavy duty frame. the simplicity of this truck is nice. Plenty of room to work on the engine. Straight forward, simple overall design. You can fit a lot of tools and things inside the cab.
Cons: I have been getting only 12 mpg.Have put 3 wiper motors in, 2 fuel pumps, replaced the entire front end, twice. Had the driveshaft fly off while driving. Replaced the entire engine cooling system.All of the braking system twice, front and rear. All fuel lines and brake lines replaced. The bed has major rust over wheels. Clearcoat peeling off,headliner falling down everywhere. Ruined thosands of dollars in tires thanks to faulty front end.Drivers mirror lost tension, cup holders are useless, ashtray too close to shifter. Door hinges falling off. Inside door skins falling off. Burns oil.Electrical problems in wiring harnesses.Replaced all u joints and front axle seals and Its still under 100K!
Overall review: I really want to like this truck, but c'mon! I am just wondering what next? This one has the 5 speed tranny and I have had some issues there as well? Really disappointed in the quality of the products being produced by this Country. I think it is time for a change! We need to fight back and prove that we are a great Nation and the automobile industry is a great place to start! Due to the lack of reliable employment opportunities where I live, I am forced to keep this truck and hope for the best. It has really cost me a lot of money already and continues to be a maintenance nightmare. We learn from our own costly mistakes, I can only hope that others have learned from mine as well.
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