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Pros: Hemi !!!!! 345 HP
Cons: Dealers knew less than I did about this truck and push the 5.9L
Advice: Easy. I got a fully loaded Laramie / Quad with the Hemi for $30Just ordered the 2003 Ram Quad Laramie with the 5.7L Hemi. Absolutely nothing in it's class is even close. I looked at the Fords and Tundras and quickly dismissed them as junky. The Silverado was a big disappointment to a GM fan. This truck is in every way superior to the others with features the others can't touch. If you do the Laramie package, like I did, it includes all the 'Off Road' features except Anti-Spin. I added that and don't have the sticker I didn't care for. The 7 / 70 power train warantee is a big plus, but the Hemi is what made it. 345 HP with 375 ft lbs. GVWR of 14,000 lbs only second to a 3/4 ton diesel. Style in and out makes this the best, by far, in this class.
Pros: it's black
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: go for iti love my truck plenty of a$$ under the hood plenty of room in side nice factory sound system
Pros: Power, Handling and four doors
Cons: Poor electrical system which Dodge refuses to stand behind
Advice: Don't modify your Ram unless it is done by Dodge, or buy a FordBeing a prior ram diesel owner, I wanted another Ram for the wife and kids that would be more of a grocery getter and easier to park than a one ton diesel. I was very attracted to the style and the safe driver feeling. I wanted the 5.9 liter for the towing power, plus the hotrod feeling. I was also turned on by curtain air bags 'safety for the kids'.
Pros: Commanding view of road/safety features and ratings
Cons: Jiggly ride unloaded on rough road (very minor beef)
Advice: Look at IIHS safety ratings and test drive on winding roadI've owned my Ram for 3 months and I'm extremely pleased with it so far. The feel on the road is supersmooth for a pick-up, and it corners like a quality sedan (I live in the mountains so I corner A LOT!) The ride can get a bit bouncy on rough roads, but I will happily live with this minor idiosyncrasy to have a full-size truck as nimble as this one -- 4X4 handling is real nice on moderate dirt. The 4.7-liter V8 is a bit of a guzzler (and which one isn't?), but it's quiet and has plenty of oomph when needed. Interior is a fine blend of style, comfort, and utility. Other: brakes - great, shifting - smooth, view from cab - hello down there!
Pros: Easy to drive
Cons: ac not cold enough
Advice: go for itOwn a 2002 1500 quad cab and love it; very sapcious. The 4.7 Sounds mean and gets the job done. Tough truck easy to drive and feels nice. if your a dodge fan buy one
Pros: Appearance and comfortability.
Cons: The squared edges of the dashboard
Advice: Go for it!This truck doesn't feel like your driving a truck! Easy handling and a VERRRY smooth ride.. I traded in my Ford F-150 for this truck and never thought I could be this blown away by its performance and appearance. If you haven't been able to make up your mind, test drive it, that's all it will take for you to choose this truck. I'm happy with the decision I made to switch from the Ford F-150 to the Dodge 1500. (Watch out Ford, there just might be a new best selling truck in the coming years, and it won't be a Ford.) By the way... go for the 20's (rims)
Pros: multispeed transmission/powerful 4.7L
Cons: a/c not cold enough
Advice: Just drive the differance you will love itI purchased this vehicle to replace my 1996 Ram 1500 4x4 after having multiple transmission problems.I would have to say someone in the engineering department should take a bow. I really enjoy this truck I usually dont get to excited over machines,but I have to let people know thus far its been great. The truck out pulls the old truck hands down.the other truck was a 5.9L and this one is a 4.7L... My hats off to Dodge, GOOD job guys.I would encourage anyone looking for a truck take one for a drive and you will see what you've been missing. PS. The 5.9 automatic transmission ( stay away from this set up, they know they have huge problem) is still the junk transmission 2003 5.7 will have the good one!