2002 dodge ram 1500

Old 05-18-2002, 07:09 AM
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Default 2002 dodge ram 1500

Quad cab 4wd. Anybody have good or bad info. on these trucks. Will mostly be used as a daily driver not much towing.
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I took one out for a test drive, the 4.7 V8 is pretty ballsy in the 1/2 ton, sounds kinda throaty!!! The trans works well with that engine, good solid shifts(for an automatic, that is!) , I'm not sure about the towing with that setup, though. It also has rack & pinion steering, and IFS in the front end now(NO MORE Dana axles- Bummer, but I guess they had to yuppify 'em like the other guys) but I'm a 3/4 or 1 ton guy anyway-gotta have that Cummins. The handling is awesome for a pickup, it reacts quickly without a lot of over or under steer feels like it has a low center of gravity. 4 wheel disc brakes with dual piston calipers were also a much neede improvement, the old brakes were marginal. The engine/trans should be pretty reliable, it's been in the Grand Cherokee for 4-5 years. Interior is also pretty sweet, movable pedals and all that jazz, and I really like the black on white gauges. I liked it enough to consider getting a 2003 in the HD(3/4 -1ton) when they come out later in the summer, but I hate giving up ol' stinky (My '95 Cummins 4x4) but I'm pulling 21,300 GCWR-waaaaaay over the rating for that truck, but well within the new truck's tow rating. I must inform you, however, that I am biased, the wife works at a Dodge dealer, so my opinion MIGHT be somewhat slanted, but I am seeing a lot of the 2002's on the road, I believe that they are even better than the old trucks.
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Agree with above comments. We've sold a few (three) from the lot (all 4x4 Quad 1/2 tons - 2 came in on trades for 3/4 tons and one from wholesaler). Sport 4x4 a much better looking package (grill not as nasty looking). Feels like a solid truck.
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I just bought a 2002 Ram 1500 Quad 4x4 in March to tow my 25 Baja Outlaw. I looked for weeks at 1/2 vs. 3/4 ton trucks and finally decided on the 1/2 ton. I really like the ride of the truck and I had read that Dodge upgraded the brakes, frame stiffness, and overall handling for 2002 so I figured it would handle the load. I'm towing about 6900 lbs w/ full fuel tank and gear. I can definitely tell the boat is back there on the road, but the truck handles it fine. I've driven both the 4.7 & 5.9 liter, and I opted for the 5.9 liter and 3.92 rear axle ratio. For any serious towing, definitely get the 5.9 liter. The shift-on-the fly 4 wheel drive is nice when I'm putting the boat back into my gravel storage spot. Hope this helps.
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I've owned a few Dodge Trucks

1997 2500 with V-10
1998 Dakoda with 5.2
2001 1500 with 5.9
2002 2500 with Cummins

Why so many Dodges? My father is retired Chrysler and I am eligible for 3% under factory wholsale price (current truck had a $36,000 sticker - my price was $29,000).

Why so many trucks? I just kept trying different ones as personal needs and towing requirements changed. It took me until my 4th one to realize gas is not the way to go for a daily driver. I kept having a hard time giving up the extra $4000 for a diesel but I finally did and will never go back to gas.

The V-10 towed best of all and the gas milage was only 1-2 less then the 5.9. V-10 is history now. I'd be curious to see how the new Hemi-Magnum does next year.
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Sounds like a great truck. I've owned a 96.and a 97 both 1500's with 360's. I had no problems with either one, my only complaint was the 360 is a underpowered gas hog.
I'm sure you will have no problems with the 1500 but why don't you look for a new 2001 2500 ? It will probably be close the the same price. Or wait until October when the new 3/4 tons come out. Spend the money on the diesel ,you won't be dissapointed.
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