1997 Dodge Ram 2500 User Reviews

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    1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT Standard Cab LB 4WD Review
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    875

    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.)

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

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

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    1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT Standard Cab LB 4WD Review
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    75

    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

    Pros: Powerful
    Sounds good
    Lifted and Big tires

    Cons: Always something wrong(dodge)
    Bad gas mileage

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    1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT Standard Cab LB 4WD Review
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    585

    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.)

    Pros: POWER!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons: Hard to sell because everyone is afraid of a V10

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    1997 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Extended Cab LB 4WD Review
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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 ;)

    Pros: If you like something powerful that can go through anything, drive this truck.

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

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    1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT Extended Cab LB 4WD Review
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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.

    Pros: 5.9 Cummins!

    Cons: Transmission. the fact that its a dodge.

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    1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT Standard Cab LB 4WD Review
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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.)

    Pros: The 38 Gallon gas tank

    Cons: 9mpg

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    1997 Dodge Ram 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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    1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT Extended Cab LB 4WD Review
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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.)

    Pros: 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...

    Cons: 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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    Reviews From Other Years

    2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

    A Good Truck By delvalhorse

    just a touch big, the best handling long trips and hauling a trailer, good on the mud or snow, has plenty of space in the bed and can haul a big horse trailer like nothing is behind it, very pleased w... Read More

    Best Ever By JenRee

    Great vehicle - Dodge continues to nail it. Its very reliable and handles outstanding for a full sized pick up. I've had dealers ask if I'd be willing to trade it in on something else and the answer... Read More

    2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

    A Really Nice Truck Worth Having By Tony_66

    When it comes down to what I like about this truck I have to brag about the power and drive train, it performs very good and handles well also. The looks of the truck I think is really sharp too. Howe... Read More

    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

    2008 Dodge Ram 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

    2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

    Awesome Truck By hipshot1965

    Loved the interior space and comfort, overall driving and handling, great fuel mileage for such a large truck, very low maintenance, extremely reliable(started in extremely cold weather easily) . Did... Read More

    I Find My 1998 Ram 1500 2wd A Much Better Truck So Far. By kb7imb

    I have driven this vehicle four times, once to get it registered, again to the dealer to get keys made to lock and unlock the doors remotely, again to have the instrument cluster replaced again to hav... Read More

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

    Great Vehicle By rogercast

    great power, great fuel milage, able to tow heavy, light or in between with ease. Easy to work on, simple set up and parts are not typically expensive. Overall very handy truck with superior power and... Read More

    Great Family Truck By Cleister13

    fantastic truck for the family have more room than we not what to do with and tons of extra space for cargo. Love the heated power seats and interior of the truck. Looks great on the outside also. Ver... Read More

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