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Dodge Ram Pickup 1500, Truck
Mar 30, 2002 (8:14 am)
You join many of us that are thrilled with our Ram purchase. I was not a dodge person in the past. As a matter of fact, the only other dodge I have ever owned was a caravan. It took me a while to warm up to the dominant grill on the new Ram but now I love it. The body style is great and the interior is as good as my mercedes that I traded it. It does get me to the gas pump more often than my mercedes did. Has anyone put nerf bars on the Ram and are they not compatable with mud flaps? I would love to see some photos.
Mar 30, 2002 (7:19 pm)
I think mine was built at that plant. It was built in the St. Louis area. I'll have to check for sure. Can you tell me more about the problems?
#15 of 62 QC From Fenton Missouri
Mar 30, 2002 (10:48 pm)
My truck (1500 QC SLT Sport 4x4) was assemble at that plant and I have not experienced any problems. In fact I'm very pleased by the quality and engineering.
Weld problems? What exactly is the supposed defect(s)? Just sounds like a rumor at this point. Let us know if you have any solid information.
#16 of 62 Weld problems
Mar 31, 2002 (7:55 am)
The welds were breaking on the rear differential and being repaired by an outside company ( sorting company ). The company takes care of some of the quality problems, this reduces cost because the workers are not union. The parts and or trucks are taken off site and inspected, I don't know who did the actual repair. I got this information from a quality engineer who works for the outside contractor.
Apr 01, 2002 (2:46 pm)
gottscdj . e-mail me at mark.carfangadelphia.com and I will send you pics with nerf bars and mudflaps. They work great together.
#18 of 62 Breaking Welds
Apr 01, 2002 (5:16 pm)
We looked at a new RAM 1500 today. I couldn't see a weld bead on the rear axle assembly. There are some casting marks, but no visible signs of welding anywhere.
#19 of 62 breaking welds
Apr 01, 2002 (8:58 pm)
was it on a truck manufactured in St. Louis, MO.?
#20 of 62 newramfan.........................
Apr 02, 2002 (9:02 am)
I don't know. This was one of the new RAMs in the company parking lot. It just happened to be the closest one to us. I looked at another one this morning. The rear axle assemblies are cast iron units with the typically pressed in cast iron axle tubes. Where would there be a weld on a cast iron housing?
This one isn't making any sense to me.
#21 of 62 I had never owned
Apr 02, 2002 (4:50 pm)
any vehicle besides a GM before either, but after the the 2000 Silverado I had I knew it was time for me to look else where. So after selling my Silverado I was in no hurry to replace it at the time I had no idea Dodge was going to build a new truck. I had heard from a friend that they were going to so I kept an eye out for it. When I first seen it I liked the looks of it, but after driving it I knew what I was going to buy. I love this truck more every time I drive it. It is simpley the best truck I have owned period for the same reasons that all new Ram owners know period. Even if I was to have a problem our two, but I don't think I will.
P.S. My truck was also made in Satillo Mexico.
#22 of 62 WELD PROBLEMS
Apr 02, 2002 (6:07 pm)
OK I have the scoop on the weld problem I inquired about the other day. I just got off of the phone with the engineer that was in charge of this and he told me the concern was a weld that connected the flange to the housing. the best I can tell it is where the axle goes into the differential there must me some sort of sleeve that is welded to the differential housing. Anyway he said to the best of his knowledge, and going by memory the affected trucks had a VIN between 112,000 and 124,000. This took place last fall or early winter and my friend said he thought there was a lot of hoopla over nothing. Sorry if I upset anyone or caused any panic. From what he said there is really nothing to worry about. By the way he is ordering a new RAM 1500 so it must be a good truck. Also I am getting ready to buy a new RAM1500 4.7L Quad.