What It Was Like Living With A 2007 Ram 1500
Me and my dads short but sweet ownership of a brilliant truck.
Recently after just 3 years of ownership we are having to sell the Ram to a junkyard after blowing the engine up. Now I know what your thinking, no it wasn't the trucks fault, we were at the beach and went through some water that was way to deep drowning the engine and breaking 3 piston rods. In fact the truck itself never did anything wrong in those 3 years of ownership despite having well over 200,000 miles on the odometer. So what was it like owning this fantastic and capable truck?
The truck was a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Lone Star edition, it had the 5.7 Hemi rated at 345hp and 375lb-ft of torque, ours was also 4-wheel-drive which made it great for going down trails to get tools and parts to the Jeep when needed. It was also a quad-cab which meant it wasn't a full crew cab but still had 4 doors and seats 5 somewhat comfortably. With the 5.7 it has a towing capacity of 7,200lbs which was good enough to tow our project vehicles from A to B.
How it was to drive
As you'd expect it was powerful and acceleration was quick and easy and so was emptying it's tank... as it only got 14mpg despite being able to go into 4 cylinder mode at times, which turns out doesn't really do anything. As it was 4 wheel drive with an aggressive limited slip differential and some decent all terrains it was pretty good offroad, able to get over fairly difficult terrain easily. Towing came with ease, the Hemi didn't struggle one bit towing whatever we needed it too, though the gas mileage went from terrible to awful dropping to around 12mpg. The A/C blew cold and the interior was spacious and comfortable, and despite being a nearly 6,000lb truck with leaf spring rear suspension rode quite nicely.
When we got it the truck had been owned by one person it's whole life and was extremely well maintained. The owner even kept a record of all the maintenance done to the truck, that is why with 200,000 miles on the odometer it ran like a peach. Outside of some small oil leaks that you'd expect from a truck this old it ran great... that is until we blew the engine up but that wasn't the trucks fault. Sadly during our ownership a massive hail storm hit and damaged what was a perfectly straight body. But all in all the truck ran great in it's time with us.
I remember in the Summer of 2019 the week of July 4th we took it to Colorado and went up Pikes Peak and saw some of the most beautiful scenery ever imaginable. It had no problems going up and down the mountains, but on the way back the fuel pump went out in the middle of nowhere New Mexico so we had to tow it to a small town called Las Vegas New Mexico (Any film buffs here may remember this was the place were the original Red Dawn was filmed) and changed the fuel pump with some basic tools in a motel parking lot. Because we had to lift the bed to get to it we lifted it with rocks, which was pretty sketchy but not quite as sketchy as the drug addict who was asking for some acid. But in the end this was my favorite vacation I've ever been on, and this truck took us there.
The Ram was a great truck, it served every purpose we needed it too whether that was towing, off-roading or as daily driver. I am very sad to see it go and am even more saddened to see it go the way it did, as this truck never did anything wrong for us. I highly recommend looking for one of these if you are looking for a capable used truck.