That's fine. It's a crappy motor anyway.
My S-10 wasn't much better...2 alternators, a belt tensioner, and an A/C compressor in the first 40K miles. Fuel pump always whined, and the throwout bearing always made noise. The finish on the Xtreme wheels from the factory damaged easily. Ball joints were done at about 60K. It was better, but not MUCH better. I did love that truck though.Geeze man, my 97 s-10 seems in better shape than your Ram, as long as you don't take the rust into play.
That would be your fuel pump. Most 95-01's do it, and not just S-10s.I got a whine that constantly happens when my truck is running, can only hear it from the outside or when the windows are down. Has always done that since I got it so I don't put much thought into it.
Only mechanical issue I've had with my truck in the almost 3 years I've owned it is the waterpump went out shortly after I got it, and that's it.