Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Dodge Ram 1500?
The roominess of the cab
The overall package
Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Dodge Ram 1500?
Lower height might be nice, and certainly a 4cyl mode light on the Hemi MDS. Mileage is not great, but it's in line with competitive models.
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Review:
I have an '06 Big Horn Quad Cab 4x4 with the Hemi MDS. It now has 55,000 miles on it, and it is still very tight - no squeaks, rattles or groans. I love the aggressive looks to it, the 20" wheels look just right, and the hauling power of this vehicle is impressive. I regularly tow a 3000lb car on a 2500lb trailer, and the truck doesn't even feel like there's anything behind it. I have the upgraded sound system, the power rear window, anti slip differential, towing package and heavy duty cooling options, so the truck tows effortlessly. I would agree that the shocks wore out very quickly - mine were completely flaccid at 40,000 miles. I replaced them with premium gas shocks, and the truck now rides and handles better than new. I did have some trouble in bad weather as the original tires were near the end of their life, but I replaced them with premium all season tires (Nokian Vatiiva), and have had no issues since. With all the power on tap, the temptation is to be a little heavy on the throttle, but with calm driving habits, I get anywhere around 14 city and 17 combined driving, with nearly 20mpg on a long trip with the cruise control set at 70. The build quality is quite good, but this truck was built during the Daimler-Chrysler years, where quality was vastly improved. I find the controls logically laid out and easy to operate, everything is within easy reach of the driver, and the instrumentation is legible and complete. I don't especially like the white background gauges, but they are easy to see in almost every situation.
All in all, I am extremely pleased with this vehicle, and would buy another in a heartbeat as long as our new administration doesn't put Chrysler out of business. Even if President Obama kills Chrysler, I don't think I'll have need of a new truck for a very long time.
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