ive replaced about 60% of the parts on my truck.....it may nickle and dime you, but IMHO, its worth it, these trucks have great power, great pulling power, great looks, easy to work on, and overall its a comfortabl truck to drive....ill never get rid of my ram....i plan on getting a Cummins MegaCab once the wife and I have another child, then my current ram will be my mud truck...
i beat the **** out of my truck off-roading...yea ive ran into problems, but nothing that i havent been able to fix. once you rebuild your tranny though you should be good, ive overheated my tranny 5 times, took on water and drove home 12 miles with it slipping, and not comming out of first, and ive ran it with no fluid when a line blew.....my tranny still shifts perfectly, just keep up on fluid/filter changes.
1995 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Laramie 4x4, US Wheels, Courser AT2 tires, Audio System, Rebuilt Transmission, 4.10 gears, Hughes Plenum, Kegger Mod, 8.5mm Spark wires, Bed Rails, Side Steps, Truck box, New Timing Chain, Hollow CAT, Cherry Bomb Turbo Muffler, New Harmonic Balancer, New Transfer Case
I got 340k on mine all original needs a tranny rebuild but all else is fine. little stuff like plugs oil changes and the like but that's all take care of her and shell be there for you when you need her.
I'm just about to hit 200,000 miles on my 97 Sport. The trans was rebuilt at around 160k. Other than that, the truck runs like the proverbial (and cliche) top. I see no reason it can't go another 100,000 miles (knock on wood).
'97 Ram 1500 Sport 4X4. 5.9L 360.
Cheap Summit Racing 3" Dual Exhaust.
The amount of mileage you can get out of these trucks reminds me of an old movie quote - 'my top end is UNLIMITED' - (I believe this came from the cop during a chase scene in Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry) - I believe you can get as much mileage as you want out of these trucks, given that we can always exchange parts, such as the motor, transmission, differential, etc. I've swapped out numerous parts on my truck and plan to drive it indefinitely. Thanks goodness for the Internet, which makes access to vintage parts much easier than ever before.
I used to have an '82 Ram D-150 with a /6 engine. I got the truck with 180,000 miles on it, swapped in a rebuilt /6, rebuilt 727 trans, repainted the truck and drove it off and on for another 100,000 miles. The only reason I don't still have it is because I wanted a V-8/4WD/air conditioned truck to haul my car trailer/enjoy more power+A/C and someone wanted to pay me good money for the '82 to make the transition to the '96 Ram 2500 4x4 real easy.
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