1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 User Reviews

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 8 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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"fuel economy" 3 reviews

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reverend1735 writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Laramie SLT Standard Cab LB 4WD Review
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4

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lots of cargo space, and plenty of power to haul.  Power EVERYTHING.  low maintenance cost

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no back seat, and not the best on gas.  You can feel every little bump on the road

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Great Reliable Truck — This truck has lots of cargo space, and plenty of power to haul. Power EVERYTHING. low maintenance cost. back seat, and not the best on gas. You can feel every little bump on the road. Plenty of power. Great reliable truck as long as you keep up with it.

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

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ferrari93023 writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Laramie SLT Extended Cab LB 4WD Review
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5

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Diesel 5 speed with over 440,000 miles, i use it to pickup and deliver cars all over the west, 300,000 of the miles are with a trailer. This is the best Cummins motor work horse i have ever known, and i have been a car addict/ dealer for over 30 years...

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I do not think Damiler Crysler (Dodge) knew how long lasting a truck they were making, and the body parts are wearing out, door hindges, bed welds etc...

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This Truck Is My Faforite Car Of All, I Have Over 25, Some Exotic, This Is My Friend... — I modified the exhaust, 409 stainless anza to get more power but more important better cooling off the turbo, so i can pull a hill under boost(25+ lbs) and not melt the turbo. Near 435,000 miles i pulled my enclosed trailer to bainbridge Is(Seattle) to help a friend move her business, when I got on the scales just befor the grapevine, my total gross was 25,405 lbs (oops) my truck weighs in at 6720 my trailer 3500 at the most. That means 15,185 in cargo in a 3/4 ton truck and 6500 limited trailer. If You were to max load the truck and trailer then just to see if you could throw another 3/4 ton dodge diesel loaded to the max and put it on top, drive it 1100 miles up and down hills, and 35mph up the Grapevine. That is a much as a Semi would pull...

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

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Purpledragon writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Laramie SLT Standard Cab LB 4WD Review
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5

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Powerful
Sounds good
Lifted and Big tires

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Always something wrong(dodge)
Bad gas mileage

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Pretty Beastly — Its good for a dodge. I enjoy driving it and riding in it. Breaks arent that great and there is play in the stearing but its a pretty good truck and took a beating last winter when we got 5 feet of snow in january alone.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Keith writes:
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The 38 Gallon gas tank

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9mpg

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1997 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9gas — Overall I am satisfied with this truck. I do think the trans could be beefed up a bit and the front end is a little loose but other then that I have no complaints. I have owned Ford F250 and a F150 I like the dodge better. Of course I do wish it had a cummins in it.

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

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cojmpr writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Laramie SLT Extended Cab LB 4WD Review
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I Would Love To Keep Mine Going But With 215,000 Miles, I Need To Replace It At Some Point In Time. — I just love my '97 Cummins 2500! I have owned it for 8 years now and it has over 215,000 miles on it now. I am not looking forward to the day I have to trade it off, but as single mom I need something that is going to keep going! SO I am starting to fix this one up for a good work PU and looking for a new 2500. No sense in changing mid stream right? If it aint broke dont fix it. But I do have to say this, "WHAT IS WITH THE NEW BODY STYLE???" "YUCK!"

Owner for 8 years, 7 months

Miles Driven per Year:17,241

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Graham writes:
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5.9 Cummins!

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Transmission. the fact that its a dodge.

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Minntt — good power, good fuel mileage, will tow anything you put behind it. Dodge sucks but the engine makes up for it :) Tough engine- 415000km and still goin strong. The truck handles nice on the road and sounds great. Recommened to all.

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Ozzie writes:
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POWER!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hard to sell because everyone is afraid of a V10

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Its A Great Alternative To A Diesel, Not Quite The Mileage Or Power, For Far Less Initial Cost. — Performance- The V10 is an incredible engine, It has the torque of a diesel, without waiting for a turbo to spool, or plugging it in in the winter. Starts awesome in the cold and has a very distinct exhaust note. It pulls hard and never disappoints. Build Quality- The interior is a little bit cheap on the pre-1998 trucks and the headliners always sag, expect the drivers seat to be ripped because 90% of them are. Appearance- This truck looks tough, its the original "big rig" looking truck Cost of Ownership- It takes a lot of oil for the oil change (I think it was like 7 quarts), but thats still less than most Diesels take. The mileage isn't as bad as people like to think. I got 13 Mpg no matter what, when I was loaded I got 13, when I was empty I got 13..... thats just the way it is.

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

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Terry A writes:
1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 ST Extended Cab LB 4WD Review
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If you like something powerful that can go through anything, drive this truck.

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Diesel is kinda pricey, and it can sometimes be a pain in the winter.

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If You Can Get Past The Rough Edges Of A Primative Pickup Truck, You Will Love This Beautious Beast. — It performs well for a 6000 pound pickup truck, and will be even faster when I am finished with it. It has one of the most reliable diesel engines on the market. For being 12 years old, it looks pretty damn good. Cost of ownership? Well, that just depends on how you drive it ;)

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2010 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Reviews

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2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Reviews

Heavy Hauler By Brady

pretty good truck, hauls any load you want, has good power, seems to be a good sturdy pickup, doesnt get as good of mileage as it should. interior is pretty nice, seems to be good quality, good all a... Read More

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This is my dream truck. Lots of power to tow anything you hook to it. Still gets 20+ mpg on the hwy. Tons of interior room. But I wouldn't trade it for any other brand. Fully deleted, Smarty ... Read More

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2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Reviews

Perfect By jbar95

Overall a fantastic truck. With enough horsepower to pull down a house and get the mileage of a 1/2 ton truck. I do wish the back seats were bigger and the front seats were a little more comfortable... Read More

Amazing Truck, All Around Useful And Incredibly Fun To Play Around With By Ducati

after the exhaust was installed it gained an amazing sound on startup and running down the road. after the rebuild it gained a deeper note and some amazing performance. it has lost a little reliabilit... Read More

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2007 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Reviews

Pre Diesel Emission Treasure By Durand

I was amazingly fortunate when I got this truck well under 100k miles and for less than $30k. It is a 2007 body, but the guts of this baby, especially the engine, are 2006 and pre diesel emission sta... Read More

Love This Truck ,would Buy A Mega Cab Again By tilly2812

This is a great riding truck for it's size. you can fold down half of the back seat and have room for luggage or a pet or groceries. The fuel economy on the highway isn't bad mine gets anywhere from 1... Read More

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2006 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Reviews

Reliable Work Horse Or Just A Big Powerful Daily Commuter. Safe As Well. By mopar483

I personally like this truck very much. Can't really find any cons. Really enjoy the powerful Cummins, the features, the looks and an unexpected 22-24 miles per gallon on the highway. About 19 in town... Read More

Comfortable And Reliable By Amber

Acceleration was decent for its size and age. It handled very well on the road for long distance and short distance. About 28 mpg on long distance drive even with traffic. Not very bad blind spots and... Read More

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