Longest vehicle I have ever owned
March 1, 2018
I bought this white, long bed, no frills, 318, auto, AC, PS, 95 Ram 1500, in 1994. I told the dealership I was primarily towing and the salesman said this one would do it. It came with a 3.21 rear end which did not pull a 20 foot boat well (not recommend in the manual either) so I took it back and they swapped in a 3.92 rear gear and that woke it up. I have used the truck to pull my boat during the summer for 24 years putting only 34,000 miles on it to date, Feb 2018. The truck is ALWAYS climate controlled and garage kept so the paint, interior, etc are mint condition. I mean absolutely showroom. The engine bay is the same. During the last nearly 1/4 century, I have flushed the cooling system and the brake system multiple times. The ONLY parts I have ever replaced are the water pump and hoses in 2017. The first battery lasted for 4 years and the second one, a 96 month Duralast, went 17 years. The AC is still charged and working fine.
Now for the less than good: Within a couple of years from new, the dust boots on some of the front steering joints dry rotted and fell off. I installed grease fittings and lubricate them as needed and will eventually install new joints if they every need it before I croak. The center of the steering wheel, airbag plastic got sticky. I put some silicon brake fluid on the air bad cover and that prevents it from ever being sticky.
I bought a similarly equipped 95 Silverado at the same time I bought the Dodge and found the Chevy did everything just a tad better than this Dodge except look as good. I still have the Dodge so I guess that means something.