I have owned a '95 Dodge ram for the past 8 years it was my grandfather's truck and he bought it new when he passed away my uncle got it and then I got it after that my uncle did quite a number on it. It has been a good truck reliability wise has the 360 v8. The downfall has been the rust and the interior just falling apart. The bed now has holes in it and I had to replace the front cab mounts which was not a fun job. All of this being said it is the only ram I've ever had. I am considering buying a 4x4 ram I'm looking to spend four grand or a little less. I understand it won't be in perfect condition but I do want a 4x4 since we're buying a boat and I'd like to do a little bit of Wheeling with it as well. If memory serves me right they have a solid for an axle? Any issues with that? I know that both Ford and GM of these years are different variations of IFS. I have owned a 4x4 Ford truck with the twin traction beam suspension and I never had any issues with it but I do recall it dragging the front pumpkin a lot off-road. I also have had a 90 k 1500 and it had more ground clearance it seemed like than the Ford but I only had that truck about eight months and sold it and when I sold it the front differential was making noise so I don't know if these are reliable and I just got one that was wore out and done or if they had a lot of issues. So how do you guys like your solid axle by comparison to the other offerings and what should I watch out for? I've heard the transmissions are kind of weak however mine is original in my ram with 188,000 mi on it and shifts fine. I look forward to hearing from you guys and getting your input. Thanks everyone.