Just signed up for the forum. My name is Julie and I am from NC. I have always loved the 2nd gen Rams.
I finally got one a few years ago a 1996 SLT 5.9 with tow package. I love this truck (my fav of the 2). It is in rough shape outside but that's ok I have not had any major problems with it, engine or transmission. It has just now started to make a rattling noise in drive, in 1st gear like when you take off from a stop light. It will stop making the noise once you get on down the road. Had someone take a listen to it that knows Mopars and said it could be the throttle body making the noise he wasn't sure. Just alittle over 170K on it. When I bought it, it had around 145K and paid $2200 which I don't think was bad at all. It will be fixed up on the outside and painted someday maybe some mods later on.
I just recently got a 2000 SLT 5.9 4X4 because I need it out here where I live when it rains a lot. It needs some work also. The outside is pretty nice but needs the radiator fixed because it leaks, the whole top dash piece, passenger mirror and a upper console. When I got it the guy said that he had put in a new transmission transaxle, apparently he didn't put it in right. When it goes into 4 wheel drive it makes a clicking noise going straight forward and when you try to turn left or right it is like it is trying to go over a huge speed bump. It has over 155K and paid 2800 in cash along with a trade for my 2000 Grand Prix (which had transmission issues).
I know this is a intro thread so I will post questions about each of them in the help section. Glad to be here.