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Old March 1st, 2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default 1/2 ton rams?????

I have been mulling over the idea of buying an 02-08 Ram, always been a chevy guy wondering what kind of issues there are with them, what you like dislike about urs etc...

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Old March 1st, 2010, 05:45 PM   #2
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Post in the Dodge Tech Forum, you will get much more help
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Old March 1st, 2010, 05:52 PM   #3
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Steering and front suspension woes... tierods and front struts. Tierods are uber expensive from the dealer and struts are on galactic backorder.

Other than that I don't get many complaints.

oh, another common concern is the plastic doors on the hvac housing are weak and tend to break, causing the airflow to not come out from selected setting. This is typically seen on earlier models and when repaired parts are superseded to later models.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 09:59 PM   #4
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Don't forget to stock up on some extra transmissions
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Old March 1st, 2010, 10:16 PM   #5
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I would only recommend an 04-05 ram
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 04:44 PM   #6
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I have a 2004 with a 4.7l. Like the ride and style ect, ect, but I am begining to think that dodge cannot bulid anything right. The 4.7l is an engine that unless it has been maintained well, will sludge up and die, ( the engine in mine was replaced at 77,000), the transmissions suck in the earlier models, and now at 84,000 the axle is louder than my 40 series flowmaster exhaust. Other than that she's a real gem. If you didn't buy an maintain it yourself from the get go, it steer clear. I bought a one owner truck used so says car fax and she's had few issues since i've owned it. Since april of last year it's had powersteering pump, rack, and lines, new radiator, and water pump, and new engine. and as stated it now needs the rearend rebuilt. I bought with 73,000 miles on it april 1 last year. Sorry to rant, just my opinion and troubles. buy what you want.
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I have a 2004 with a 4.7l. Like the ride and style ect, ect, but I am begining to think that dodge cannot bulid anything right. The 4.7l is an engine that unless it has been maintained well, will sludge up and die, ( the engine in mine was replaced at 77,000), the transmissions suck in the earlier models, and now at 84,000 the axle is louder than my 40 series flowmaster exhaust. Other than that she's a real gem. If you didn't buy an maintain it yourself from the get go, it steer clear. I bought a one owner truck used so says car fax and she's had few issues since i've owned it. Since april of last year it's had powersteering pump, rack, and lines, new radiator, and water pump, and new engine. and as stated it now needs the rearend rebuilt. I bought with 73,000 miles on it april 1 last year. Sorry to rant, just my opinion and troubles. buy what you want.
My 05 Grand Cherokee has a 4.7. So far on minimal Maintenance, I have 100k miles after changing the exhaust manifold gaskets and EGR valve. I was under the impression these were the same motor.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 05:13 PM   #8
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I have a 2004 with a 4.7l. Like the ride and style ect, ect, but I am begining to think that dodge cannot bulid anything right. The 4.7l is an engine that unless it has been maintained well, will sludge up and die, ( the engine in mine was replaced at 77,000), the transmissions suck in the earlier models, and now at 84,000 the axle is louder than my 40 series flowmaster exhaust. Other than that she's a real gem. If you didn't buy an maintain it yourself from the get go, it steer clear. I bought a one owner truck used so says car fax and she's had few issues since i've owned it. Since april of last year it's had powersteering pump, rack, and lines, new radiator, and water pump, and new engine. and as stated it now needs the rearend rebuilt. I bought with 73,000 miles on it april 1 last year. Sorry to rant, just my opinion and troubles. buy what you want.
Is this the same truck in your avatar pic?
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 05:13 PM   #9
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I wouldn't get one with a 4.7 either....
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 05:26 PM   #10
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i beleive in 06 dodge dealt with the front end problems and put coils in em. i got an 05 that i couldnt be happier with, but she also doesnt see rough terrain. my brother had a 05 he would take to silver lake on occasion and would have front end problems each time.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 05:30 PM   #11
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06+ have front end issues when they ditched the torsion bars
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Is this the same truck in your avatar pic?
X2 Thats the same question I was going to ask.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 05:37 PM   #13
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I would try the pub, not the tech section, fucktard.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 07:18 PM   #14
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I knew the question about the avatar would be asked and no it is not the same truck. Wish it was, that was a hemi powered "off road" version. My truck is a highway queen and not nearly as fun to drive.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 07:33 AM   #15
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The 4.7l is an engine that unless it has been maintained well, will sludge up and die.
I hope I'm not pointing out the obvious when I say this will happen with any motor.
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They are Dodges.
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My 05 Grand Cherokee has a 4.7. So far on minimal Maintenance, I have 100k miles after changing the exhaust manifold gaskets and EGR valve. I was under the impression these were the same motor.
No problem with my 4.7 and I'm at 83k now. I've done plugs, air filters, and full synthetic oil changes. That's it. I bought it used with 30k on it. I will agree on the axle wine though. I am thinking about getting a vari-lok axle from a junkyard and swap it in.
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My 05 Grand Cherokee has a 4.7. So far on minimal Maintenance, I have 100k miles after changing the exhaust manifold gaskets and EGR valve. I was under the impression these were the same motor.
Ive got almost 180,000 on my 4.7 in my dakota with no major issues
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problem #1 its a dodge
problem #2 its made by Chrysler
problem #3 ITS A DODGE.

unless its got a cummins in it, i would NEVER touch a dodge.
Chrysler has never been known for their good quality.
yes i know, IF they are well maintained they CAN last a long time. but don't count on either.

this is MY OPINION. im a Chevy fan, but i own ford and Chrysler products as well.
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problem #1 its a dodge
problem #2 its made by Chrysler
problem #3 ITS A DODGE.

unless its got a cummins in it, i would NEVER touch a dodge.
Chrysler has never been known for their good quality.
yes i know, IF they are well maintained they CAN last a long time. but don't count on either.

this is MY OPINION. im a Chevy fan, but i own ford and Chrysler products as well.
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