1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 User Reviews

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 45 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"power" 17 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"reliable car" 9 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"big car" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 24 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews
"heavy car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Joe writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 2 Dr LT 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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5

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Reliable and best truck I've owned so far. No problems if you treat it right and maintance it.

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Nothing really. It has a 360 so its not that good on gas

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Bad Ass Truck — Performance is good on the truck. Braking is good, so far the handling is good as well and acceleration is good for a stock motor. Appearance is beautiful inside andout. Hasn't had any major repairs. It costs the same or less than any other full size truck. This truck is a blast to drive.

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knobonk writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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Reliable, fun to drive, tight turn radius, looks nice, easy to work on

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Gas guzzler, sun-baked, cracked dash cover

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Work Horse Of A Truck That Drives Like A Truck — We bought this truck for a great price, private party sale, in 2000 with over 70,000 miles on it. We've loved having it ever since, and now it's up over 190,000! We've used it for just about everything imaginable: towing a 26ft travel trailer; hauling trash/construction debris, rock, building materials, lawn mowers, and pulling other vehicles (with a tow rope or on a flatbed); we've taken it all over the country on the interstate, and been off road in the mud and muck; it's hauled our family of four to the grocery store and all around town from when the boys were in car seats till they were tall, lanky teenagers (now). The back seat is a little tight for them now, but for short trips, adults can fit three across. We got the good price because it didn't have the third door, so car seats and such were a little inconvenient, but workable. We originally bought it in VA, took it with us to TX for four years, and now have had it in SD for the last six. It stays cool in the heat and handles great in the snow with the 4WD, and I have yet to find a stuck vehicle I couldn't pull out. She's a little cold-blooded at the beginning of winter, and the transmission slips a little when it's cold too, but overall I've been very pleased with how easy it is to keep this thing running. I'm a very part-time weekend warrior mechanic, but with the help of my Hayne's manual, I've been able to do just about everything needed on this truck. Besides the expected wear and tear for 190K+ (lines and hoses, belts, batteries, shocks, etc.), we've only had to replace the A/C compressor, power steering pump and gearbox, water pump, and a seal on the transfer case. You can basically climb into the engine compartment if you need to do anything in there, and you can crawl right under with the clearance on this thing! It's got a solid front axle, so don't expect a luxury smooth ride, but we actually like that (except when you are trying not to spill a coffee). We upped the tire size one step to better fill those big wheel wells, and love the tight turns this thing can do (actually better than our minivan!)...makes parking a breeze. Aside from the sun-induced busted up dash cover (apparently this is an issue with the Rams of this vintage), everything still looks very nice. We love this truck, and will probably drive it until it dies...even then, if the body's still holding up, we might throw a new 360 in it and keep going...after all, it's part of the family.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Bradley writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT 4WD Standard Cab LB Review
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been good to me

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wasn't very well taken care of by previous owners

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Great First Truck — It's old and has a lot of miles, but it got me across country to drop my kids off with family in Arizona from Savannah so it can't be all bad. they just don't make trucks like they used to

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Bradley writes:
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4

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powerfull

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gas milage

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Trucks Gotta Love Em — pretty good engine plenty of power lots of fun and works rather well as a daily driver just not perfectly guzzles gas and as it's old it costs a bit to maintain parts are pretty inexpensive and it's pretty easy to work on

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kevin writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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off road and towing capability

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gas mileage

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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 — great truck for someone on a budget rides great. There are maintanence issues but it is a 16 year old work truck. Gas guzzler but good power out of it. Ton of fun off road mine has personally pulled out many jeeps and a hummer from some off road spots.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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scscsc writes:
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5

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4 wheel drive when you need it

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just a good ole truck

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Everyone Needs A 4x4 In The Fleet — Winter in Michigan without a 4x4 would be foolish, this truck is always ready to go when its called upon, was sluggish until the catalytic converter was changed, ball joints are always an issue with the Dodge trucks but chalk that up to maintenance and move on

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Josh writes:
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the power

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fuel economy

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Ram — its a beast! its been in my family since '97 and has never let us down. its amazing in the winter and off-roading. the fuel economy could use a lot of improvement but thats the only problem with it. the braking is perfect!

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Andy writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT 4WD Extended Cab LB Review
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The power that helps me pass people.

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Its very very old.

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The Tank — I like it has character. Such as, the dents, rust, and straches. Dislike how much I have to pay of gas and repairs. I feel the body is not the way it used to be at all. It needs a lot of work. I feel with the proper care and handling the truck could get a lot more years. The truck has 180,000 miles and thats awesome. I put it through a lot of abuse over the years.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Perry writes:
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Rugged, reliable, comfortable, well handling, power on tap when needed.

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If you dont need a truck and value smaller, super high fuel economy cars...don't buy this vehicle

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Stellar Performer. The Best Vehicle Ive Ever Owned, Hands Down! — My Ram has taken me all over this great country, to both coasts and everywhere in between. It has a been a rock solid and dependable machine with impressive ergonomics and performance. The truck is now showing 190,000 on the odometer with a near-perfect record as regards reliability. It has never left me stranded. It still looks decent and runs strong. With proper maintenance I see no reason that this truck couldn't go another 100,000 miles or more. It is fun to drive and with great styling I would have no problems recommend owning one of these great trucks to anyone.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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nsd1991 writes:
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Love this body style

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Not enough power

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Wife Likes It — Well the truck is my wifes truck and she loves it, but she also doesnt look at how the power is for it and all the mechanical stuff about it like i do. Its alright for a gaser and a 13" lift and 38" tires so its good.

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2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Reviews

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2007 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Reviews

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2006 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Reviews

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