If you browse around online in search of people’s opinions on the Ram 1500 pickups, you’ll quickly notice a trend. Many owners swear by them and won’t touch any other brand.
Then there are those, like any other brand, who simply hate the Rams and view them as being behind the competition of Ford and Chevy. What we do know is that there are a few common issues on the older trucks to look out for, which we will discuss in more detail later.
- Can you reliably can these trucks well into the hundreds of thousands of miles?
- Do they have a reputation for durability and reliability?
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How Many Miles Can A Dodge Ram 1500 Last
In all fairness, every vehicle has its own set of problems and each case is different, however, what this goes to show is that reliable high mileage is attainable with these RAM trucks. It proves these engines are robust and can take a beating if taken care of properly.
OK, to satisfy the naysayers, let’s next look at some problems these Ram 1500s throw out.
Are Dodge Rams Good Trucks
The earlier RAM models are well known for racking up high mileage. Sure the truck might start falling apart cosmetically, but many owners report that they just keep going. It’s not uncommon to see 200k miles and over 300k miles on the older models still going strong.
And most of these trucks don’t live easy lives. Many of them have lived most of their existence on construction sites and are used in the commercial industry.
Dodge Rams have been known to lose their value faster than the competition, however, if you are BFL (Buying for Life), and are willing to maintain it and keep it running, they can be very dependable.
Many owners have complained about the RUST!!! Yes, these trucks rust and they rust fast. That could be down to inferior metals or something in the production process, we don’t know, but they tend to rust slightly faster than the competition.
Cracking dash pads on the 2nd generation Rams has been a common complaint. 3rd Generation Trucks seem to have that sorted out now. In recent years they have really upped their game in terms of the quality fit and finish.
Hemi 5.7 has been known to develop the dreaded ticking noise. There is no official technical service bulletin or recall from Dodge. It’s always important to check the amount of engine oil and ensure you are using the right type of oil for the vehicle. Read more about that here
5.7 Hemi Life Expectancy (High Mileage Dodge Ram 1500)
Mileage isn’t the beginning and end-all when you are purchasing a used truck. A 20-year-old pickup, for example, can rack up 200k worth of easy highway mileage versus a 3-year-old truck that has 200k miles of hard city and construction site mileage. They both have 200K miles on but one will be significantly more worn out than the other.
Highway mileage is easy miles on the engine, transmission, and drivetrain since most of the time you’re traveling at a constant speed with less gear shifting in-between and stop-starts which places enormous wear on engine and drivetrain components.
That said if the vehicle received regular services and a few oil changes in between throughout the year, it could still turn out to be a very nice truck.
- Most modern gas engines are over-engineered and built to withstand extreme conditions.
- Manufacturers spend millions on R&D to ensure these trucks see plenty of trouble-free miles.
- If your conditions are “normal” and you’ve looked well after the truck there’s no reason why your Hemi shouldn’t see 300k miles or more without major engine and transmission repairs.
Preventative Maintenance Cures All
The service manual should serve as a guide to how far apart the service intervals should be spaced. So if you notice a pattern when transmission oil changes are carried out, say every 60k miles, do your best to continue that maintenance pattern.
Below is a breakdown of the RAM service intervals:
|1st oil and filter change. Top-up all other fluids like brake, anti-freeze, etc. Rotate tires.
|Check all suspension components like tie rods, ball joints, bushes, etc. Brakes should be checked, adjusted, and replaced if needed.
|Engine and cabin filter replacement. CV/Universal joint inspections. Check the transfer case fluid and have the case and axles inspected.
|Top-up transmission fluid, filters, engine coolant, and brake fluid.
|All of the above + inspect and replace all spark plugs and PVC joints.
|Repeat 60,000-mile service. Replace transmission fluid.
|Replace engine and cabin filters.
5.7 Hemi 300 000 Miles
There are other viewpoints on purchasing a used Ram with over 200k miles. Some believe that only the diesel Cummins is a safe used purchase with that much mileage. Sure there will be component failures at 200k miles, but what would cost you more to replace, diesel components or gas components? We all know Diesel is way more expensive to repair than a gas engine.
Many owners have driven Ram pickups for over 2 decades, racking up hundreds of miles well over the 300k mark with nothing but praise for these trucks. Not to mention the many awards and accolades it’s piled up along with consumer confidence ratings, and long-term tests to back up this beautiful beast’s reputation.
Yes, the Ram 5.7 is a robust engine and can endure many hundreds of thousands of trouble-free miles however, expect components to start failing anywhere around 200k miles. If well maintained and driven with a certain level of mechanical sympathy you can exceed 500k miles without major repairs.
Ram trucks are becoming smarter, safer, and more comfortable for both on and off-road use and suitable for roads that are not well maintained or paved. Ram has raised the bar when it comes to durability and ruggedness, and if you see how many off-road enthusiasts are kitting these Ram trucks out for off-road and Overlanding, it’s sure testimony to their reliability and capability.
Below are examples of awards the Ram has received in recent years, giving its owners even more confidence in these trucks:
- 2017 Consumers Digest Best Buy Award
- 5 straight Consumer Guide® Best Buy Awards
A Ram 1500 is probably one of the most durable and robust engines on the market. They have a strong pedigree and have proven to stand the test of time over and over again.
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