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1997 Dodge RAM 1500 ST Club Cab 4WDReview
tekstrand24 writes:
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Great And Reliable Truck — I have had this thing since 1997. Has 111,647 and still running strong... Great Truck all around

Pros: Great truck

Cons: none

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1997 Dodge RAM 1500 Laramie SLT Club Cab LB RWDReview
entertainer writes:
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This Truck Is Reliable To A Certain Extent — This truck is good in all types of weather, the milage is high 166,000 but with the exception of an engine sputter I would recommend this truck to anyone

Owner for 4 years, 5 months

Miles Driven per Year:30,000

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1997 Dodge RAM 1500 ST Club Cab RWDReview
Jonathan writes:
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This Truck Is My Baby!!! — 5.9 magnum V8, 16" alloy rims, hard top bed cover, split rear exaust, 2 new fog lamps, towing package, automatic trans, rear drive, new cd player w/ 2 12" subs and 2 new 6x9's.

Pros: horse power, smooth ride, sounds great, awesome new sound system

Cons: Bad gas milage

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1997 Dodge RAM 1500 Laramie SLT Club Cab RWDReview
bruce56j writes:
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Its Been Very Reliable — I bought this truck right off the show room floor. It handles very well and at 150,000 miles is still dependable. There are some things that need to be replaced but I'd have to say other than the quarterly maintenance over the last 10 years, this truck has been worry free for me.

Pros: Great engine with a lot of power for me.

Cons: I wished it was a bit more comfortable to sit in on long drives.

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1997 Dodge RAM 1500 Laramie SLT Club Cab 4WDReview
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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

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

Cons: Gas guzzler, sun-baked, cracked dash cover

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1997 Dodge RAM 1500 ST Club Cab 4WDReview
Joshua writes:
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With A Different Tranny And A Dana Rear End This Truck Would Be Awesome. — Great truck, descent gas mileage, awesome off-road capability. Dodge made a great looking and functioning truck when they made the 93-01 Ram 1500 Series, provided there is always room to improve. The New Vision transmissions straight up suck, the Magnum Series motor's can sometimes be hit or miss and why the hell would you put a Dana 44 in the front and then put a Chrysler 9 1/4 in the rear. I've never managed to get this thing stuck and it's been through some pretty tough spots.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great capable off road baseline truck

Cons: The damn New Vision transmission

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1997 Dodge RAM 1500 LT 4WD Review
Brando says:
Not a bad truck for what I gave for it, seems to make ok power but the transmission seems a little weak
vs1997 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4-Door 4WD
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1997 Dodge RAM 1500 Laramie SLT 4WD Review
Drewz71guru says:
vs2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD
1997 Dodge RAM 1500 Laramie SLT 4WD winning categories:
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Power Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD better.
"Easy. 5.3 vortec"
Handling Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD better.
"Its a chevy..."
Looks/Style Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD better.
"Chevy thung. bowites are for fancy events in which the chevy is perfect for"
Front Seats Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD better.
"Bucketish seats"
Back Seats Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD worse.
"My chevy doesnt have a back seat"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD better.
"Longer bed"
Family Car Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD worse.
"Back seats"
Value Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD better.
"Its a chevy "
Would Buy Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4WD better.
"Looks better aldo chevy"
1997 Dodge RAM 1500 Review
fordlover99 says:
vs1997 Ford F-150
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Power Ranked 1997 Ford F-150 better.
"more get up and go "
Looks/Style Ranked 1997 Ford F-150 better.
"because i own one i like the look "
1997 Dodge RAM 1500 Review
GuruY1TSF says:
vs1997 Ford F-350 2 Dr XLT 4WD Standard Cab LB
1997 Dodge RAM 1500 winning categories:
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Front Seats Ranked 1997 Ford F-350 2 Dr XLT 4WD Standard Cab LB better.
"soft and comfy"
Family Car Ranked 1997 Ford F-350 2 Dr XLT 4WD Standard Cab LB better.
"the ford is a better ride for the long haul"

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Not enough details or write up on the vehicle. No exact response to questions being asked. This vehicle so be around the $4000/$5000 range for the shape it’s in. Read More

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2007 Dodge RAM 1500 Reviews

Review By scott

I bought the same thing except it is not a 4 door. Not much into 4 door automatic transmission trucks. Read More

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Good value yes I myself would like to buy it Read More

2006 Dodge RAM 1500 Reviews

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Over priced because of miles and age of the truck Read More

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I live that year body style. 2002 threw 2008 are my favorite years of the dodfe rams Read More

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