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I am looking at a Ram that is at a local dealership to purchase and thought I would come to the one source online that I know wouldn't give me bS answers like the dealership would.

So here are the details: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7L Hemi V8. It has 203,000 miles on it, remote entry and remote start (looks stock), cloth interior. The body is straight with no dings or scratches. The bed looks intact with no visible damage. Truck was local farm owned, serviced at that dealership.

They showed me the service records tonight, the guy did regular oil changes, the truck has had it's transmission fluids flushed and changed (couldn't see the miles when they did that), and they replaced some sort of front bearing, didn't get the exact name of it.

They are asking $9500 for it, the blue book retail value is $11,000. I know that the dodge motors, when taken care of, can last! But what about the rest of the truck? If any other 3rd gen owners of near the same year can comment on what their experience has been with their trucks, it would be much appreciated!
 

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Sounds like a good truck, and since you're serious about buying it, I'd recommend taking it to an independent shop and having them look it over.
 

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I thought laramie meant it was leather??? price seems high to me :S I bought a 2004 with 63K on it for $9500 canadian. Black quad cab 4x4 with remote start and power locks. Immaculate shape inside and out, came with 33" nitto mud grapplers as well...
 

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I thought laramie meant it was leather??? price seems high to me :S I bought a 2004 with 63K on it for $9500 canadian. Black quad cab 4x4 with remote start and power locks. Immaculate shape inside and out, came with 33" nitto mud grapplers as well...
I'm thinking you got one helluva deal.
 

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Sound good,but i agree take it somewhere and have it looked at. I believe the front bearing you are talking about was a recall they had on the front hub assembly.
 

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i think for a truck with 200k plus thats alot of money to me though :S Get the tranny nice and hot and make sure all gears work and it shifts properly under WOT
 

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Follow Randy's post.:smileup:And can negotiate the price down?
What other Ram's are in your area that you can compare? Check here?http://www.autotrader.com/.
Check to see what needs replacing if you buy it,Tires look good?Shocks,Battery,Original parts or replaced?Front end,Well mechanic will tell you that,But theres some things you can eye over before making next step.
Good-luck with your purchase.
Oh I'm sure theres some form of warranty? 30day or something or no with that many miles?

And like davidonmars just said above me:smileup:
 

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I would say the hub your talking about was the wheel bearing assembly, cost about $400-500 to replace since the anti locking brakes are built into it.Have known a few Rams that has had the right side replaced for some reason it seems it is the one that fails
 

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Hell you might get lucky here lol,With a negotiation.
200k one owner and you can see the Service records from dodge.
CarFax also just in case.


Yea I have an 05 Laramie ,And has just about every option available for that year 1500.
With no issues.
 

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I have an 05 SLT off road, thunder road edition that I purchased a year ago with 140k on the clock and have had zero issues with it and I could not get the previous records for it and it has a trailer brake controller installed. These are good trucks.
 

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I have an '05 Laramie Quad Cab. It has 93k on it and I've owned it for 10k of those. I have changed the front hub on it that has been mentioned. It cost me $175 but I did the work myself. It's an easy fix. Don't let that be the determining factor. I love the truck and I don't see any reason it won't live another 100k easily. I paid 17K for mine. I think $9500 is a little high priced for a 200K truck though still. I also use mine for farm use in NE and this truck is built for it. Also, being mine is Laramie, it has the leather, I would look into that part of it. You may not have a Laramie somehow, which would easily drop it a grand...
 

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ive got 2004 slt all power options including heated mirrors power seats laramies come standard with leather and fake wood trim but you can get cloth seats and no wood trim ive seen them in the 2003-2005 laramies just bought my truck 2 months ago 10,990 at dealership 113,323km truck 4x4 in great shape 100% stock at the moment i was originally looking for laramie with leather but under 150,000 km most were 15,000for 2004-2005 and i seen 3 laramies with no leather.all depends on what they sell for in your imediate area 97-2003 fords in great shape are dirt cheap here 140,000km $ 3,000 its all about desires and demand blue book doesnt tell whole story
 
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