: Review: 1991 Dodge Ram W250 4SPD - 56K KEEP OUT



eldorado99
10-27-08, 07:47 PM
Well, I bought a Dodge. What can I say? I have never been a fan of anything Mopar, but I bought this one...

The story starts about 6 months ago when a friend and I decided to buy a 4X4. Myself and a large group of friends go camping about ten times per year and were tired of taking our cars (I never take my Cadillac). Me and another guy with the nickname "Crouton" bought this Ram:

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Engine: It is a 318 CID V8 with 170 HP TBI. It responds with some attempt at acceleration when put to the floor. I can't say it is as bad as I expected, it does move a little faster than I expected. Hauling up the mountain highways of British Columbia, Canada at midnight with a boat in the back, with no exhaust other than manifolds it makes a deafening roar which I can't help but enjoy. It gets better mileage than I expected too, I'm getting somewhere around 12 MPG with about a 1000 pound load in the back. I have been stopped by the police on gravel roads who suspected I was carrying a dead body in the back I think. They left us alone after finding out we we're just up for camping.

Transmission: It's a 4 speed manual from Dodge. There isn't much else to say. So far it has been reliable, the clutch feels nice and crisp for a long throw truck clutch. The Hurst shifter handle it came with does feel nice in your hand. It feels nicer than my Dad's '86 F350 Diesel. Hopefully it will continue to be reliable.

Handling: This is the weakest point of the truck. The handling is downright terrible. I don't really mind though, the truck does what it is supposed to, I didn't expect to be able to go above 90MPH without feeling a little scared.

Braking: The braking is actually much better than expected. When I first got it only the front brakes worked and it was scary to drive. After I got those fixed, for a 3/4 ton 4X4 it stops on a dime.

Features: As you would expect it has very few luxuries. It used to be a sheriffs truck so the luxuries include: 4X4 (Which works very well), Bedliner, and tilt Steering for those fat sheriffs.

Styling: It is a pickup truck and looks like one. Dodge decided to use more or less the same pickup truck design for 30 years. This makes the design outdated and ancient. Lucky for me I like old pickup trucks, even Dodges...

Comfort: Very roomy for a pickup truck. I am not an especially big person at 6'1" and 185 lbs. but it has more than enough room for me plus a 24 pack under the passenger's legs (To be enjoyed at the destination, not before). The seats are very soft and comfortable, but after a few hours in the saddle they become somewhat uncomfortable and unsupportive.

Fun Factor: Ok so this isn't a proper category for a vehicle review, but this is the reason we bought it. Here is the truth - We bought this truck to have fun, it is loud, brash, horrible from a performance perspective, and it hauls a camper and fishing boat at the same time. The logical part of my brain tells me I shouldn't have bought this truck, while the other side of my brain is drinking beer and yelling "YEEHAW!!!!!!" while sporting a mullet.

This truck suits our needs, I have never wanted to buy a Dodge, but a 3/4 Ton 4X4 4SPD manual for 800 bucks? You are guaranteed to have a good time...

Destroyer
10-27-08, 09:47 PM
I actually understand the fun in purchasing vechicles like this. I used to do it all the time. One of my favorites was a primered and lifted '73 Jeep Cherokee w/360 and not much of an exhaust. It used to scare people, lol. I miss buying old beat up rides but it wouldn't fit in with my association and my "gated community" and all that crap :rolleyes: . I actually envy you. :thumbsup:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-28-08, 12:43 AM
Now THAT is a truck! Those old style Dodges, especially the 89-93's, or whenever they had the front end redesign that changed it to the grille you have, is one of the most badass looking trucks ever IMO. It's just so...rugged.

eldorado99
10-28-08, 02:58 AM
I actually understand the fun in purchasing vechicles like this. I used to do it all the time. One of my favorites was a primered and lifted '73 Jeep Cherokee w/360 and not much of an exhaust. It used to scare people, lol. I miss buying old beat up rides but it wouldn't fit in with my association and my "gated community" and all that crap :rolleyes: . I actually envy you. :thumbsup:

Haha, I knew someone here would understand. I have gotten the same reaction from some people about it being scary. We pulled off onto a gravel clearing right before getting back onto the highway from a lake up behind some ATV'ers to check under the hood before the long drive home and they were all staring at us expecting something to happen, they looked a little worried. Also, the exhaust pops really loudly when you gear down for a steep hill (due to lack of backpressure I assume) so you get everyone's attention on the highway too.

One time we were driving alongside a lake to get to another lake and some guys in a canoe were waving their paddles in the air and cheering. The truck certainly does seem to have its own "charisma". My sister says it sounds like a pig.:D

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
10-29-08, 12:28 AM
Woah, shrink the pictures down a little there.

Jesda
10-29-08, 02:44 AM
Its like it came out of a 1980s action film and it just did a chase scene through the woods. I dig it.