For the money, this is an excellent truck. While it does not have Mercedes-like fit and finish inside, it is still very good for a vehicle of this nature. The performance is great - the truck has lots of power. The transmission does make itself noticed when shifting, but this is a truck, after all. The seats are firm - I like them. There is adequate storage behind the front seats of my standard cab truck. I was able to pack 2 large suitcases, a small suitcase, and two small bags behind the front seats, and still have plenty of rearward visibility. The cruise control is wonderful. Coupled with the 5-speed auto and my 3.92 LSD, the vehicle does not constantly downshift when on the highway with the cruise on. This helps to maximize fuel economy. Fuel economy is not of hybrid caliber, but is very respectable for such a big, heavy vehicle with a big, powerful V8. My truck has the 4.7 liter V8 and I average about 18mpg around town and about 21 on the highway. I go easy on the gas pedal, so this helps. I have had the vehicle for a year and have 20,000 miles on it so far. My only complaints are the relatively cheap factory tires - the remedy to this is a frequent tire rotation schedule, which is fine with me. The only out-of-pocket expenses I have incurred are for typical maintenance costs and fluid changes. Nothing has broken, the truck is still wonderful. With all the deals and special warranties available on Dodge trucks, now is the time to buy one if you're in the market for a truck.
My Dodge Ram 1500 has a 6 speed manual transmission and no frills. It's great basic transportation and it looks good. The 6 speed manual transmission adds a little spice to my driving life. I can throw the golf clubs or bike in the back and go. I haven't done it yet, but I think it will be quite comfortable on a long trip.
Great truck, runs good, rides good, very good appearance with low miles at a fair price. The gas mileage is a lot lower than the sticker states which is 15 city 19 highway. In reality 11 to 12 in city and I drive very conservatively. The truck has some knicks and dings but overall other than the poor gas mileage a great truck for the price.