2000 Ram Sport 4x4...pros/cons?
Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:24 PM
Worst I've heard on these trucks is the transmissions suck - this one has an automatic. Anything else I should be looking out for?
Just using it for hauling the bikes, home depot runs, boat towing, etc.
I typically lean toward a Ford/Chevy or even a Nissan/Toyota but this seems too good to pass up.
Decent trucks of this vintage/mileage/options easily go for over $5k around here.
Thanks for your feedback!
Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:44 PM
My transmission is next to new and I have 270,000 kms on it. I tow a 8x10 flatbed once in a while and a camper a few times a year.
Reliability? I did a motor about 3 months ago, however this truck has never let me down, even when I forgot to check the oil on the old motor and found out it ran 3 hours bone dry.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 05:09 PM
I'm thinking about getting a light weight (somewhat) tube style bumper up front as opposed to replacing with the stock plastic bumper 'cover'.' So far I'm only finding the big heavy duty ranch hand type bumpers that are made to mount a winch on. I don't need anythg that heavy duty or spendy.
Any one have a source for the type of bumer I'm looking for?
Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:44 PM
If not, maybe it's a good excuse to buy a welder and some tubing and build your own?
Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:27 PM
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:03 PM
The great part about welding is, if you screw up, just cut and grind and start all over again! Way more forgiving than working with wood.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:00 AM
Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:48 PM
My welder friend said to buy any bumper I like that is about the right size and we would cut and weld the brackets back to fit my truck. The lighter, tube style bumpers are still far and few between though...I must be looking in the wrong place.
If I can get a good enough deal on the CL stocker, I'll do that for now and keep looking for the tube set up.
Glad to be back in a full size!
Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:34 PM
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:59 AM
Unless it has a trans temp gauge no, they don't have any monitoring other than a PCM fail for the trans which will set off an SES or whatever Chrysler uses (Yellow Lamp). If you have an iphone/smartphone there are PCM/OBDII/CAN scan cables available in a variety of flavors which offer varying degrees of reporting. Additionally you can borrow an obdII from any Autozone or O'Reilly for a hundred and fifty deposit or so to read the codes (if any).
And yes the tranny is the weak spot for Dodge. I'm sure someone with more experience will chime in here, but the autos are soft and don't stand up well to Cummins equipped Trucks AFAIK which is the extreme end of towing so your mileage may vary. The Shop we use refuses to work on them due to the cost of current software mostly, but there are a "few" more complaints.
That being said I'm sure with careful maintenence, its' being a gasser and a half tonner to boot you made a heck of a buy that will serve you well as long as you aren't pulling more than you should and don't attempt to make it a one tonner. As far as welding goes, look at our avatar....someone got mighty handy maybe you can find someone too.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:00 AM
Yep mine had the dash problem too.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:03 PM