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The Following WEB pages are devoted to educating the consumer on the
"NEW DODGE RAM"
On the left is a link to a story about my 1996 Dodge Ram and the problems I had with the transmission. Below are other links, stories, and Email I have received with similar problems.
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RICK'S DODGE RAM AUTOMATIC TRANS PROBLEMS PAGE
What vehicle has the "best" automatic transmission?
The 518/618 transmission has been a real money-maker for transmission shops, with many, many, of these transmissions failing more than once, through the life of the manufacture's warrantee. It is not, at all, uncommon for us to see many 1997 Chrysler trucks, with very low mileage, in a given month, all getting rebuilt transmissions. Between you and me, I would not want to pay $30,000+ dollars for a truck, knowing that I would be battling transmission problems, for the lifetime of the vehicle. Transmission failures vary, with Chrysler full-sized trucks (We have one now, that failed at 4200 miles.... Not 42,000, mind you....), but typically, we see transmission failure around 40,000-60,000 miles.
by: CHARLES (CMD71357@AOL.COM)
Subject: FORDF-550 VS DODGE CUMMINS
I HAVE OWNED BOTH A NEW 1996 2500 DODGE, AND A 1997 3500 DODGE, BOTH WHERE SOLD WITH LESS THAN 25,000 MILES, DUE TO MANY LITTLE PROBLEMS, LIKE LEAKING AXLE SEALS, TRANSFER CASE PROBLEMS,TRANSMISSION SLIPPAGE, AND GENERAL POOR FIT OF BODY AND INTERIOR PARTS. POOR SERVICE FOR DODGE, ALSO LEAD ME BACK TO FORD. THE NEW 1999 F-550 CREW CAB IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRAVEL THE COUNTRY, PULLING A LARGE FIFTH WHEEL TRAILER AS I DO. INTERIOR ROOM IS GREAT. THE MILEAGE IS NOT AS GOOD AS THE DODGE, BUT IT RUNS CIRCLES AROUND IT, PULLING OR NOT. I SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN THE WESTERN U.S., AND THE DIFFERENCE IN THE MOUNTAINS IS NIGHT AND DAY. I AM A ASE MASTER CERTIFIED MECHANIC, AND KNOW THE FORD WILL LAST PAST 400,OOO MILES, AS I HAVE CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE DONE IT WITH ROUTINE MAINTANCE.
DODGE RAM - REPEATED TRANSMISSION FAILURES
My '95 2500 RAM w. Cummins engine, 4WHD and Club Cab, needed a new transmission after 9,000 miles, and again at 18,000 miles, and now at 28,000 miles the exact symptoms are appearing for one more replacement. Going into D or R from standstill the vehicle is "bucking".
I have been doing some searching today about MY tranny problem. I have a 96 Ram 1500 and have EXACTLY the same problems that you describe. I cannot find help anywhere. Have you had any success?
More Chrysler Transmission Problems
I purchased a brand new 97 dodge fullsize conversion van, otherwise known as 97 Dodge Ram Wagon. At 63000 miles the transmission went. At our expense, a chrysler dealership installed a rebuilt chrysler transmission, and of course it had their 12000 miles/12 month warranty in which it made it through that period, despite the fact that we sensed problems that were brought to the attention of the dealership, which were denied to exist during the warranty period. NOW 1.5 years and at 115000 miles this transmission is on its way out! Lets see 36000.00 for the new van, 1800.00 for the new trans, and now another 1800.00 for a trans.
More Email - Dave Pierce Wrote 6-13-01
Wow this sounds familiar. so far I've replaced the rotors, ball joints and shocks. All this and I just went over 100K, now I'm looking for catalytic convectors for the 3500 Dodge Ram. If I would of known Hmmm would of bought a FORD. So what kind of cats did you have to buy for your truck, Dodge wants $500 a piece ..NOT!!!!
Follow-up on 6-18-01
Seems to me if dodge would fix these damned problems my pocket book would remain healthier. I jus spent $700 this weekend to fix my exhaust. since I bought the new dodge it's all I can do to pay to keep it on the road. well this sucks jus thought I'd let you know BTW those rotors run $300 a piece, I've changed them already plus every thing else that you've done.
Now I have a ignition problem.
More Email - Larry Wrote 5-25-01
I have a 1996 with the 360 engine. I have 92000 and at around 72K the same thing happened to my tranny. Luckily I had a 75K warrantee and only had to put out $100.00. The story continues. My problems started when I bought the truck with 32K. The shifting under load was always rough and when I took it to the dealer, they said it was normal for this to happen. I had return lines replaced twice and they still leak. Around 84K, the tranny started overheating and I was left stranded on the side of the road. The dealer told me they would help with the cost because I have had so many problems. They said the cooler was probably stopped up so I had it checked before it was taken to the dealer. It was pumping fine through the cooler but when they called me, they said it was the cooler and I was charged for a new radiator and a rebuilt tranny. I told them I wanted the old cooler and when I went to pick it up, they told me they blew a gob of stuff out of the cooler. Right!!!
I had to wait for a pump that was on National back order for that tranny and I believe that was the cause of the failure and not the radiator. I want to be part of your class action. By the way, after having the tranny rebuilt for the second time, the erratic shifting has quit.
Huh?? Makes a person wonder.
More Email - Joe Richardson 3-26-02
I saw your entry in the Rick's Dodge RAM transmission web site. I own a 1997 Dodge RAM 3500 diesel that has 60k miles and I'm now on my third transmission. Dodge told me they will not pay anything on this third transmission. I don't feel any truck should go though three transmissions in 60k miles. Especially since I have followed the Dodge maintenance schedule to the letter. If you have any additional information regarding this matter I would like to see it. I am putting together information for my attorney to sue Dodge. I in turn would be happy to share the outcome of any court proceeding with you.
More Email - Susan Everhart - 3-16-01
I also own a 1996 Dodge Ram only the1500 series. I only had 50,000 on mine when I started experiencing trouble putting it in drive and not moving. When I put it in reverse, it clunked and shook the truck. I was told this was normal by the dealership. About two weeks later on my way to work I noticed it was not shifting into 2nd gear. I put it in neutral and back into drive and it was okay. At this time I took it to the dealership and they replaced a gear in the transmission. It didn't do anything for about a week and then I was going home from work and on the expressway going 70 miles an hour it just went out of gear and I was coasting in the middle lane. Fortunately, there was not any traffic at the side and I pulled over. I put it in park, then drive, and it went forward. I continued to drive home but all the way home the transmission was slipping. Again it went to the dealership where the transmission was rebuilt. We wouldn't want them to give a new transmission. It still will clunk when I put it in reverse but again they say this is normal. I have replaced the harness wires 3 times and when you ask the question why so often you will get different answers. Some say they should never burn out, some say things happen. My ABS light has come on each time along with the check engine light so you are at their mercy because no one else is equipped to check the vehicle. As a matter of fact I just had that happen again on 3/13/01. More things have gone wrong with my truck since the first time I had to take it in to the dealership. I also have had my torque converter replaced twice. I have never heard about the drum that is a factory defect but I would like to know more about it. I understand your frustration especially when they keep doing the same things over. So far I have had the fuel injection system cleaned 3 times the last two times only four months apart. I ask the question why so often? I think they guess at what is wrong. I know you can only take legal action if you take your vehicle back for the same problem 3 times.
I do enjoy my truck and I hope to enjoy it for a few more years. I may look into this drum failure problem and I will in fact take action because I don't feel safe knowing that my transmission could go out again seeing that no one could say we have fixed the problem.
I found your website because I was looking for information about problems with the fuel injection system on the dodge. I do know for a fact that the 1995 2500 series Dodge has the transmission problem also.
More Email - Stephen Ouelette Wrote 3-1-01
I have 1995 Dodge Ram p/u which is suffering from many of the same problems you have experienced.
* Cat Converter
* Lower Ball Joints
* Valve Job
and the two things that really worry me;
* consent "pinging" noise while accelerating
* the 2nd gear/reverse issue you raise in your web page
I'm going to try selling the son-of-a-whore this spring as soon as the snow goes.
More Email - Garypbpd@compu-type.net wrote 7-02-02
Faxed four receipts one of which was for the Thursday before the Friday showing where I had the Oil changed at Autotire. I told them unless I was planning on long trips I changed the oil myself. They asked for the receipts of all the oil I bought and filters. I do not keep receipts (who does?) Then they stated it must have been a low grade of oil. I use 10W30 Valvoline. Talked with several higher ups all the way to Chrysler/damiler with no luck. They had the balls to make me pay the shipping charges both in and out for the new motor they had ordered before releasing the truck to my tow company after putting motor in the bed. Lawyer sued them, awaiting a court date.First and only Dodge I will ever own. Anyone have similar problems please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you
Email - Mike Young - email@example.com - 9/8/2002
I stumbled across this site while researching transmissions because of my dodge problems. I'm just hoping to get out of this nightmare as soon as possible. Thanks, Mike.
Email - Ronipizza@aol.com - 17 Sep 2002
I am trying to locate Dodge so we can file a complaint. My husband & his family have owned Chrysler products all their lives and swear by them. We finally made a decision to purchased a tow truck and tried the new 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. With only 17,000 miles on it the ABS lights started to come on. Took it to dealer who said it was still under warranty, then said found nothing wrong & just reset it. It started again, and I started feeling pulsating in the brakes-again took it to dealer. Well I was told that there was just a faulty ABS switch, which they replaced, but that the pulsating was the front rotors. Cost $178 plus $68 labor. Told them to forget it my husband would handle. Charge $33 for looking. Took them 45 minutes, but they'd be nice and change 30 minutes. Now we will be taking this to one of our last of the back yard mechanics-cost just under $200. I understand that they are using a cheaper form of rotors and because our of our mild winters, salt got to them.
I complained to my sales person who said this was just a wear & tear Item, but if I decide to let them do the repairs, he will get me a discount on the "Dodge" original replacement. Of course I told him-"Isn't that the problem I have now?"
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 24 Sep 2002
Dodge is trying to void my warranty on my 2000 Ram 2500 Diesel that blew up at 80K. Transmission went out a month before at 78K. What a great company. I am going back to Power Strokes!!
Email - Tisha McDaniel - 29 Oct 2002
Email - email@example.com - 08 Nov 2002
I am seriously considering suing Dodge.
Email - Jim Roberts [firstname.lastname@example.org] - 22 Nov 2002
Hello I am the not so proud owner of a Dodge Ram 2500 Turbo Diesel 4X4. I am putting in the third transmission. I have 105,000 miles on the truck. I never tow anything. I drive my truck in Los Angeles! I am also faced with replacing the turbo on the Cummins Diesel. At 5K miles past warranty coverage. I have spent $10k on repairs in 2002. Let me know if I can prevent anyone else from buying one of these money pits.
Email - Dwight Perkind - 15 Jan 2003
I have a 1997 Ram/Cummins 4X4 and have had the following problems:
1. Repeated breakage of serpentine belt about every eight to ten thousand miles.
2. Power steering failure.
3. ABS brake failure.
4. Explosion of fuel pre-heater.
5. Alternator failure.
6. A/C compressor failure.
This truck has been meticulously maintained and has about 78,000 miles.
Email - email@example.com - 20 Sep 2004
I bought a 2004 Dodge 3500 Q/C Laramie in Edmonton Alberta Canada in Nov.
of 2003. It currently has 63000 km on it. So far the following defects have been
repaired, replaced, or have been left not rectified. - all four doors have wind
noise - not rectified - included box liner floats when driving - not rectified -
high beams provide insufficient illumination and are very hard on the eyes - not
rectified - cup holder broke -replaced - ashtray broke -fixed it myself -
instrument cluster fried - replaced - recall on tranny cooler line - replaced -
windshield wiper fell off - replaced - immense amounts of rock damage and body
damage due to what I believe is a poor body design and cheap, weak dual fenders
with insufficient framework for mounting mudflaps - painted truck all the way
around under the body line at my expense - ongoing horrible fuel consumption and
lack of power - not rectified - injector problems twice, once removed and
cleaned, once replaced, now problems recurring-
blown tranny - replaced - power steering
pump - replaced - fuel lift pump - replaced - torque converter - fixed or
replaced - transfer case - fixed or replaced - front and rear brakes, calipers,
bushings and sleeves replaced - u-joints replaced - leaky fuel cap - replaced
but not rectified - cd player quit - fixed - speakers or wiring
fried - fixed - To add to this, my after market products and service I received,
was in the nature of something you would see on the comedy network. However, I
do not find it funny. I have submitted a letter to the dealership I purchased it
from and the dealership that I had a good amount of horrible service work done
at. I am getting worked over hard and am wondering if there are any Canadian
connections you can hook me up with that may help me or any suggestions would be
great. I have my own delivery business in the Alberta oil patch and this truck
has put me on the ropes. Or any testimonies of similar problems with the year
and model would at least add some weight to my concerns. My maintenance record
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 20 Sep 2004
I have a 1997 RAM 1500 4X4, 360, auto, towing etc, etc.
The trans went @
11,000. Plenum gasket went last year @50,000. Now it's running
real rough, and is "popping" when I step on it, and almost dies. Other times, I
step on it hard, and get gets up and goes. I have 70,000 miles on it. A
diagnostic check says nothing is wrong, and the "check engine" light is NOT on.
Any idea what's wrong with my truck?
Email - email@example.com - 27 Sep 2004
DODGE RAM 1500 63000 MILES NOW NEW TRANS.
noticed slippage at about 53k miles. changed filter and oil. even put in synthetic oil at last fill. I was driving and noticed engine revving and not going. I could hear a rattling meshing noise. Now I am having a jasper trans put in at my expense of course. has any one else had this problem and is there any recourse from dodge/mopar. i think the only way it lasted this long was from maintenance. Will be looking for a ford soon, Matt
Email - Harold.Ketola@hti.htch.com - 13 Oct 2004
Your story sounds all too familiar. I have a '98 dodge ram 1500. I
purchased this vehicle new and I have been the only one to drive it.
The major issues I
have had with the vehicle are the catalytic converter (plugged and left me on
the side of the road) and the torque converter (also left me on the side of the
road). Many, many other problems as well. Now it's back in the shop with both
engine heads cracked and a burned valve. The cost of ownership of this vehicle
has been outrageous. My question is: I'm wondering how many others
have had this problem with the heads? The dealer called for parts and whoever
they called are all out. I think this is also an indicator of a common problem.
What is amazing to me is that both heads are cracked. A coincidence? I don't
think so. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I also
got the line that these issues are not covered and I have to foot the bill. One
thing is for sure, I will never own another Mopar product ever again.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 28 Oct 2004
Great web site !!! I'm really scared about my Dodge.
I thought it was just me having all
these problems. Who would have guessed.
Email - email@example.com - 28 Oct 2004
I own a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Van Mark III,
we have put in 3 Transmissions so far,
The damn thing has had 4 Transmissions !!! What can I do??? IS
there someone I can call??? It has been 5 months since we put the last one in
and I'm sure it will not be the last. I just happened upon this web sight, and I
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 20 Sep 2004
Just something I thought you might like to see, might make everyone feel a
tiny bit better. Bought my 01 Dodge Ram 1500 in SC 2 months before I got orders
to AK. Needless to say, it's a 2WD. Dodge refused to cover any repair expenses
for my transmission even though I had brought it in for the same problem while
it was under warranty due to (same as mentioned in your site, 2nd gear slippage,
2nd gear sticking at WOT, constant cruise shutoff and complete refusal by my
transmission to go over 70 mph). After teardown and inspection they said I had
"burned up" my transmission while hauling a 3000Lb trailer from SC to AK. Just a
thought... shouldn't a truck equipped with a tow package be able to handle that?
Well, it didn't and it cost me $115 for a second stall test (had it done in TX,
but they had to do it again to be sure???) $600 for teardown and inspection.
After quoting me $3500 for repairs (not including the prior expenses) I
tactfully told them to stick their quote where the sun doesn't shine. They threw
my transmission in the back of my truck and refused to reinstall it even though
I had already paid for it.
So add in the price of a tow truck. Had a new (not rebuilt) transmission installed 8 months ago ($2200 for TC, Trans, and installation). Truck is now dead in the parking lot with about every transmission problem you could think of thanks to Dodge not actually diagnosing the problem. Erratic shifting, delayed shifting, odd grinding noises, power loss, you name it, it's got it. Best part of it all... in AK resale values on 2WD trucks are halved. Total cost so far $3500, purchase price of the truck, $17,000.
Can't trade it, can't sell it, can't even set it on the desk as a paperweight... worthless. Sadly, as a devout Dodge lover since I was 15 I believe I'm done with Dodge. Even if GMC or Ford have problems, they're affordable. Seriously, how can Dodge say anything about not performing scheduled maintenance if you're too broke from repairing to get any maintenance performed. As an aircraft mechanic I'd just like to tell all Dodge employee's who fly it's a good thing we actually do what we're paid to do... Planes don't get stranded on the highway, they crash. Well, that's my story so far...
Link - http://www.donotbuydodge.ca - 03 Dec 2004
My wife and I have been having TONS of problems with our Dodge Grand Caravan and I have put together a site to tell our story and to document our problems. Please take a look - http://www.donotbuydodge.ca
Email - email@example.com - 11 Dec 2004
I have the same problem with my 96 2500 8cly. It just started doing it a few weeks ago. I also have a noise coming from the transmission, Like a transfer case sound noise. The truck goes into dodge on Monday.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 20 Nov 2004
Thanks for your web page. I have a 2002 4dr RAM 4wd.
It has been plagued with problems,
including 2 major drive train overhauls (heads and block) If I hit
a pothole or other road deformity, it violently veers requiring drastic counter
steering - I've almost lost it a couple of times. Today, it was violently
bucking and the engine light started flashing. A year ago, I requested the Dodge
regional rep evaluate the vehicle, given its history and problems. He never
called and repeated attempts to get in touch with him failed.
The dealer was not
interested in my problems, and apparently neither is Daimler Chrysler. I filed a
complaint with NHYTSA today, given the most recent developments about my plagued
drive train. I would like to get rid of the truck and buy a ford, but given the
history will be taking a hit on trade-in value. I have the
Chrysler customer number & will call them Monday. I also have their special
investigator number. I'm taking it to the mat this time, although I am prepared
for the corporate run-around. I am concerned for my family's safety & these
clowns could care less.
Email - STP667@CABLESPEED.COM - 30 Nov 2004
I HAVE A 1999 3/4 TO CUMMINS DIESEL 4X4. ON A RECENT TRIP TO IDAHO, THE DAMN
THING WOULD NOT GO INTO OVERDRIVE. STILL WON'T. POS!!!
THE TRANNY SHOP I TOOK IT TO AT 37000
MILES FOUND METAL SHAVINGS AND CLUTCH MATERIAL IN THE PAN. THEY TOLD ME IT
NEEDED REBUILT. I NURSED IT ALONG TO 63000 MILES AND HAVE NEVER TOWED A DAMN
THING WITH IT! DODGE SHOULD FESS UP AND ADMIT FAULT AND FIX ALL OF
THEM OR REIMBURSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD TO HAVE THEM FIXED.
Email - email@example.com - 01 Dec 2004
You guys are all lucky. My 21 year old son just purchased his first new
vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Quad Cab 4WD Hemi.
The transmission completely self destructed after 2 weeks and 1800 miles. The dealership is going to fix it "good as new". What a joke!
I insisted on a new transmission. I know they can figure out how to replace failed components and get it running again, but I'm not at all sure they can find the root cause of the failure.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 29 Dec 2004
I could cry a river or strangle the MOFO'S with the piece of crap truck I
bought in 1998. Brand new 98 Dodge Ram 3500. The smartest thing I did was buy an
Nothing but grief since. Between
downtime and wandering when the next time she was breaking' down. Ford or Chevy
from now on! Tim
Email - email@example.com - 07 Jan 2005
Thanks for operating your site. I have a 1996 Ram 4X4 that has always been
babied and well maintained. I use it for basic transportation, not for
It has driven me crazy for years and I
never knew how common the problems were. Itís a piece of junk and a money pit.
The A/C went. The transmission went. And now Iím fighting my way
through oil sludge problems. I just finished a major repair on the intake
plenum. And thatís just the major stuff. I donít even track the small repairs.
Repairs are part of owning a Dodge. I have friends that get 250,000 miles out of
a Ford or Chevrolet. I canít get 250 miles out of my dodge without an expensive
repair. I HATE MY
Email - Daniel.Antisdel@co.Hennepin.mn.us - 19 Jan 2005
I also have had
to replace my transmission on a 2001 dodge 1/2 ton 4X4 @ 68,000 miles.
I also have experienced "pinging" under acceleration and no it's not bad gas.
going to have to dump this thing soon.
Email - PATRIOTPLUMBER@AOL.COM - 07 Feb 2005
AS A LONGTIME OWNER OF 4 DODGE CARS, 2 PLYMOUTHS, 4 DODGE VANS A 1 JEEP(POST
AMC BUYOUT), SINCE 1991 I HAVE NOTICED A PROGRESSIVE DECLINE IN THE QUALITY OF
THEIR PRODUCTS. SINCE THE DAIMLER MERGER I HAVE PURCHASED 3 NEW DODGES,
MY NEW 1999
STRATUS SEDAN TRANNY FAILED IN 2003 WITH ONLY 20,OOO MILES DRIVEN
(TORQUE CONVERTER) INSTEAD OF FIXING THE PROBLEM THE DEALER CHANGED THE SPEED
SENSORS AND FLUID FOR $290.00, I PAID THE BILL AND WENT INTO THE SHOWROOM AND
BOUGHT A STRATUS COUPE (MITSUBISI) A MUCH SMOOTHER DRIVETRAIN. I REPLACED A
TROUBLE FREE 1997 6 CYLINDER RAM VAN WITH A
2001 V-8 RAM VAN AND HAVE HAD TROUBLES
EVER SINCE. NOW I HAVE TO REPLACE BRAKE PADS EVERY 9-11K MILES,
THE TRANNY ONLY SHIFTS WELL IN NEAR ZERO TEMPS, WHEN COLD, THE REST OF THE TIME
IT SHUDDERS, BUCKS, AND WHEN KICKS DOWN IN PASSING GEAR HANGS THERE EVEN AFTER
ENGINE FUEL CUT OFF UNTIL I SLOW DOWN 20 MPH THEN KICKS HARD INTO THIRD, I HAVE
A HIGH PITCHED WINE FROM THE REAR END AND THE LIMITED SLIP ONLY WORKS PART TIME
IN SNOW, THE REST OF THE TIME MY REAR TIRES WEAR FASTER THAN THE FRONT. WATER
LEAKS INSIDE WHEN IT RAINS AND COLLECTS UNDER THE FLOOR MATS THIS HAPPENS WHEN
PARKED. MY GUESS IS THE GERMANS DON'T CARE ABOUT LONGTIME CUSTOMERS BUT NEITHER
DID THE OLD CHRYSLER.
SO WITH 40K MILES ON MY VAN IN 5 YEARS I
HOPE TO PAY IT OFF BEFORE IT FALLS APART COMPLETELY. I WILL BE
HAPPY TO COMMENT ON MY OTHER DODGE CARS IF CONTACTED, J.L. JONES, PATRIOT SEWER
AND DRAIN CO.
Email - Smaxnsusan@aol.com - 17 Feb 2005
I have a Dodge Ram
1500 Quad with only 50k miles---also
told by dealership that my transmission needed to be overhauled--said that
torque converter was falling apart and material was being distributed throughout
transmission. They only want to replace torque converter and front pump and all
seals...for 1400.00! The mechanic also said that they see this all
the time. This truck has been 4 wheeling twice and has carried about 3 loads of
gravel in it it's whole life!
I love my truck....but if I knew then what I know now...I would have bought a chevy or GMC!!
Email - Bill Savignano - 21 Feb 2005
Don't be a VICTIM don't buy DODGE!
2000 Ram Quad with 4 rear ends and counting, all repaired at dealer with quality Mopar Junk
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 05 Mar 2005
John, I have a 2003 Dodge Ram w/ Hemi. It had less than 30000 miles on it when the incident happened. I was making a left hand turn when the whole back of my truck dropped. Turns out the brackets that hold the rear wheel to the outer axle and the axle shaft broke. My truck was sitting on my 20" rim. It has been sitting in the dealership for 2 weeks with no decision from Dodge. I have been doing a little research and have found that DCX is aware of this problem and choosing to screw the consumer. I don't have a forum to deal with this issue as you do. The other sites I have been looking into do not have the information anymore. Hmmmmmm. If you are still maintain info on this site, maybe you can post this issue. If you go to the NHTSA site there is at least 11 filings. Someone is going to get killed. I have pictures and can give a detailed report if you would like.
Email - email@example.com - 08 Mar 2005
Came across your site, my husband has a 1995 ram 1500 and is experiencing
the truck has 70,000 original miles he has babied this truck. Is there a way we
can go against dodge? they are wanting 2.500. to rebuild. Please
let me know.
Email - MJFortress@aol.com - 21 Mar 2005
I've got a '96 2500 with the Cummins engine. And, yes, it does nearly jump out
of its skin periodically when over 45 mph. Any control over the vehicle when
this happens is purely coincidental.
Email - JLRMEP@aol.com - 25 Mar 2005
I was searching the web to see if anyone else has had problems with a
Dodge Ram Van 2500 transmission blowing early and I came across your website.
Our van has just over 60,000 on it. We've had other smaller Dodge vans in the past and were always happy with them. One almost hit 200,000 miles before we sold it.
We are having to replace our transmission with a factory rebuilt one at the tune of $2600 (including labor).
Anyway, I was wondering if you had pursued a class action suit against Dodge/Chrysler?
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 31 Mar 2005
I have a 99' dodge 1500. The tranny is doing the same thing with me. It has a hard time shifting from second to third (auto). I am assuming the only way to resolve this is to have it rebuilt.
Email - DiannBertalan@msn.com - 07 Apr 2005
Email - email@example.com - 11 Apr 2005
I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT. The clips in my rear differential
broke. Dodge wants to charge me 1300.00 to fix the problem. The truck has
45k miles, I have owned it for one year. The clips are on back-order. I am
in line behind 80 people waiting for this part.
The estimated time of delivery is 2 months. The truck is not driveable. I am
waiting to fix it or I can pay another 1000.00 to buy the whole rear
differential carriage, which they conveniently have in stock. I am sure I
will fix the problem, then run into some transmission problems. I would love
to sell and by a ford or maybe a chevy. I will never buy Dodge again!
I hope this website makes it to the public's eye.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 21 Apr 2005
Doing some research on the web about my 1999, 2500 v10 dodge ram I came across your site. I had my transmission done last year at 60,000 miles also. I did not complain too much, just sucked up and spent the 2500. to have it replaced. Well, this year at 70,000 miles my engine has blown. To replace the long block the dealer wants 10,300.00!! How do they expect anyone to pay for that? I have tried without sucess to deal with Chrysler, but they are being difficult. Let me know how it is going for you, because I would be interested in a class action suit for the transmission.
I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd SLT.
I have had the same 2nd gearing slipping transmission problems as eveyone
else. It first went out at 35,000 miles, warranty repaired it, went out
again at 70,000 miles, of course no hope from the dealer this time.
All freeway miles, I have never towed anything except my checkbook to the
repair shop. Also had brake problems, catlytic converter went out, and now
it is burning oil due to a vacuum leak in the intake manifold.
2004, Dodge 2500 Ram - 10 months old, 21,000 miles.
Faulty factory wiring harness causes
fire under the dash. Dodge refuses to warranty any of the problem and to
"take it to my insurance company." All Dodge trucks can have
the same problem.
Share your fire story with me.
Am pushing for factory recall. Send ammunition.
Email - Roykennimer@Cox-internet.com - 12 May 2005
Cummins runs out of fuel having 3/4 of a tank. New hoses, filters, even a
new fuel module in the fuel tank hasn't helped. A three gallon
can of fuel in bed of truck gets it back going!
Email - email@example.com - 14 May 2005
And my response...
Iíll bet you thought I would never respondÖ. But hey I want you to know I did get your email. You are correct normally I would not publish your email as the WEB page is for those that have had problems to alert others on their experience. I do get a few emails now and then such as yours informing me of a good experience with their Dodge product, but I gotta tell ya It is at least 10 to 1 against. But I will put this up as soon as I have some time.
Iím sure there are WEB pages where people just list what a great product Dodge has, but many more like mine as well.
I am now on my second New Ford. I traded in my F350 w/7.3 Diesel (39,000 miles) for a New 04 Excursion w/6.0 Diesel (15,000 miles now). Not a single problem on either of them. My Dodge Ram was nothing but problems. Dodge refused to assist a customer (me) who suffered a Transmission Failure just over the Warrantee expiration has led to my hard feelings. I do understand all makes have good and bad ones now and then. It was the attitude of Dodge that has most of the people that send me email upset. If Dodge had better customer service they would have more repeat customers.
Thanks for stopping by the WEB page Iím glad you are having a wonderful Dodge experience, I wish I had!
Email - Jaxhoss5403@yahoo.com - 16 May 2005
I was just looking around on the internet, pricing a new tranny. I found your
website and I was blown away. I have the exact same problems to the T.
I have replaced
the cats, muffler, ball joints, the hub assembly on front, brakes. And now I am
getting a funny noise just driving at slow speeds, let alone when braking.
Have you found any resolution to this.
My husband and I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4. At 42,000 miles while in
another state we
lost the torch converter. To fix that was 2500.00. Now I bet you can guess what
happened next... I lost the transmission yesterday. I am having a
hard time getting this covered under the warranty that was given to us when we
had the truck fixed the first time. DODGE SUCKS!!!!
John, Thanx for having a place to complain to. Dodge doesn't want to
hear it, that's for sure. We own a 2001 Dodge Ram 4x4. Purchased in
September of 2001.
We have replaced 2 transmissions
now. One in October of 2003 and now in May of 2005.
Mileage is 72,000. The most this baby has had to pull is a fiberglass
bass boat 3 hours round trip. This baby doesn't even make it 2 yrs
before its next transmission replacement. What crap. I told my husband
to buy a chevy.
Website is great...we have 2003 dodge ram 2500. when towing up a
slight grade when shifting down it goes into neutral and I have to ease
back on the throttle before it goes back into gear. The air conditioner
freezes up, anyone else out there with the same problems... Dodge dealer
can not find any problem and cant fix it .
have had it in the shop 5 times for same
I came upon this site in search of what might be wrong with my dodge ram.
Now that I read these stories my truck has had to replace the same exact
things since I've had it.
I have a 1994 Dodge Ram V8 magnum 4x4 regular cab short bed and it loves to
be in the shop getting fixed and wasting allot of my money.
the problem in it now is it waste a ridiculous amount of gas, I don't know
why. When i gas it half throttle it stalls for about a second and then takes
off real slow. I have duel flow master exhaust pipes on it and day by day
they start to sound more and more like they aren't even there, Its like my
truck has lost all its power. It takes me about 5 to 6 seconds just to get
to 60 mph, when I first got it it took about 2 to 3 seconds. I just got an
oil change and new catalytic converters, universal joint, tie rod, track
bar, transmission filter (something like that, shop said it was clogged),
engine belt, lower radiator tube, and some more things I cant remember. my
truck only has 49k miles on it and I don't go off-roading for fun or race it
down the street so I'm just sick of all these problems coming up. It makes
me wanna slap whoever makes these trucks.
Hi, I bought a 2001 Dodge Ram short box quad cab SLT. I bought it with
126,000kms when I hit 130.000kms I took the truck to a warranty service centre
for front end noise I also got then to change the oil while the truck was up on
the hoist. I usually do my own oil changes but warranty stipulates that I get
the oil changed professionally while I was still covered 4 days later my engine
blew a piston rod through the oil pan not any oil to be found I towed it back
into town was at camp with the family, sent them home in a cab. Brought it back
to where the oil change was done the mechanic told me the next day after looking
at it that I through a rod due to bearing failure...really how does that happen?
"Isay' he said the the previous owner didn't keep up with the oil changes and
sludge built up in the rod bearing. its been two weeks I've been without TRUCK
warranty wanted to ship a motor with over 200,000 kms I argued that the engine
only had 130,000kms and did not want one with more so they got back to me saying
they found a motor with 70.000kms that was a week ago. I bought the truck 6
yesterday I stopped in and talked to the mechanic he examined he was having some difficulties installing the motor, and that my air conditioner will not work cause he had only 10lbs instead of the operating spec of 70 lbs... bullshit I said right before the engine blew my wife told me to turn the ac off it was to cold.
Anyways that's my story as it stands presently. My intuition tells me I'm in for more problems and that this is just the beginning of my Dodge nightmare.
I have just relived MY nightmare over and over again after reading all your
posting about dodge problems.
We own a 2000 Dodge 1500 4X4, that is
beautiful to look at simply because we can't keep it mobile enough to even get
it DIRTY. At 70K miles the trany failed, same story as the others,
wouldn't shift from 2nd - $2000. At 72k miles the rear end went out. Front end
at 85K..and just this week..are you ready 115k..both rear and front lower and
upper ball joints, all four universal joints, the muffler system (the complete
system) is completely rusted out and is now rigged with wiring as well as both
tail pipes being GONE. Today, we noticed a puddle under our "baby", the
transmission casing is cracked from top to bottom. We are at a stand still. It's
been 14 months since the last trany was put in and of course time makes it "out
of warranty", contrary to the fact that we have only put 35k miles on it. It has
never towed ANYTHING, maybe we just washed it a little to rough. We named it the
"TROUBLEMAKER". If anyone can give me any info about who to contact at Dodge or
if there is a class action law suit I would greatly appreciate it.
65,000 miles, my 2000 dodge ram 1500 4x4, transmission went. Not just one,
but both. It cost $3300 to repair. I was out of warranty so figured what
could I do. I paid. Six month later, my A/C went out and about 4 months
after that the final blow. Engine seized.
Larry71@GameBox.net - 24 June 2005
Hi, 1999 and 2000 Dodge Rams, 1500 and 2500, respectively; Both had
cracked heads @ 60,000 mi; 25 hundred $$'s each to repair and no
reimbursement from dealer or factory. They had vehicle two weeks. Guess
that's pretty quick.
On one vehicle, dealer decided to be helpful and replaced burned-out third-brake-light bulbs: tried to charge $100.00 dollars for diagnosis and repairs on third-brake-light! Rip-off artists and butchers.
They are a joke, unprofessional mechanics standing around doing nothing while people are made to wait and are disrespected w/ brush-offs, rolling eyes, and gruff attitudes, This is in every Dodge dealer I've been in: California AND Arizona. I used to like Dodge. And years ago I was a dealer tech by trade.
Save GM and Ford: The LAST and DYING American auto manufacturers.
firstname.lastname@example.org - 24 June 2005
I fully agree with you're response about dodges customer service I own
01 2500 4x4 quad cab it has 37000 on it my dash is falling apart, my trans
is starting to slip, and I've already replaced front rotors I called Dodge's
hotline about my dash and was told to take it to the nearest dealer. I went
to Glendora dodge I was also told to call them from there. The service
writer came out took my Vin and said he would not call, he had a policy he
had to follow, he would call me first thing in the morning to see what he
could do. Service opens 7 so at 10 I called, he said Dodge's Corp computers
were down and would call me as soon he knew something. He called in 5
minuets he said they would not help, I called the hotline again they told me
they would do nothing that they had go off what their rep said out here in
Ca at the dealership how could he say anything if he never looked at it the
shop where I took my truck for brakes told me we couldn't even turn the
rotors they were already spec
this is not right to spend $33,000 for a pile
of junk I've owned dodges since 1984 and will never buy another,
any ways I'm looking for people with the same problems for possible class
email@example.com - 1 July 2005
My son bought a 1995 dodge 1500 pickup used about 4 months ago.
it went up in flames after it had just been parked! It began with smoke out
of the steering column and then flames that totaled the car! I
am trying to see if anyone else has had a similar thing happen with this
year and model. Thanks
Marymmat1113@aol.com - 1 July 2005
Sorry you found the WEB page to be misleading. Many find it just what they wantedÖA place to post the trouble they are having with Dodge. Itís more of a place to vent than to look for help. Anyway, I have got one idea for you.
Recently I purchased a Superchips Max MicroTuner for my 6.0 Powerstroke. It has the ability to act as a DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Code) reader. The book lists thousands of codes and what they mean. The reader will show you codes in memory and can also reset the DTCís. I have attached a sample page of the 20+ pages of codes. I do not know what they offer for the Dodge, but may be worth looking at. One side benefit, I used it to put a performance tune on my Powerstroke and picked up 2 MPG in the process.
Well I feel very qualified to discuss this truck that I have now owned since
1999. Its now July, 2005 and here is my story.....
First thing wrong after only 12k was the brakes went bad. Not just the pads but the dealership had to replace the whole front end including the idler arms. OK, now I have gone through 7 complete sets of brakes, that includes rotors also. I have 165k on it and I have been told by Chrysler that there is nothing wrong with the brake system. Well that is so much bull that the dealership is beginning to smell like an outhouse. Fact is that Chrysler has know about this issue for years and only now, several years after the fact is willing to speak openly about its engineering failure on it's design. Next topic, My transmission went completely out at about 30k.......OK, no news here. Seems like just about everyone that has had one of these piece of sh_ ts has had similar problems and stories if not worse. So, lets recap..... Bad, really bad brake system and then the very expensive transmission is horrible for the task. Now lets talk about the electric fuel pump, fuel filter and ultimately the fuel injector pump problems. Yip, just had to replace the very expensive fuel injector pump, electric fuel pump and fuel filter. But this was just after I had to replace the number 5 fuel injector line because it mysteriously developed a small crack in it. This was a mere $160.00 item not to mention how freaking hard it was to remove and reinstall. Oh, by the way the previous fix...the injector, fuel pump and filter cost me just over $2,200.00 to fix.
And to top this off, the Cummings company spokesman told me that had I been changing my fuel filter on every third oil change these fuel related problems may never have happened. Now......let's see.... I kind of was pissed off that at NO time in the past 5 years has the dealership ever ONCE suggested or told me that the fuel filter needed to be changed on a regular basis. Seems to little ol me that Chrysler and it's dealership should be doing this. AND, it seems to me that if they did inform the customers about this issue (know issue) that they would be loosing a huge amount of service/rework in each of the hundreds of dealerships each and every year. Which we all know, is where the dealerships get the lions share of their profits. Oh, another thing, had there been a pressure indicator (psi) located either before the fuel filter and after the electric pump, or just after the fuel filter, I would have known that the electric pump was not working correctly or the fuel filter was not either or worse, they both may have been not working correctly. In any event, this would have a been an easy and must less costly event had the dealership informed me and thousands of other truck owners of A: the possible problems associated with the fuel system, B: the definite huge cost of not properly taking care of the fuel system, C: and the most obvious idiot proof fix, which is to have had a gauge or indicator light/warning the owner of low PSI output from the electric fuel pump. I really think adding a $20.00 device on a $40,000.00 truck is something that all of us owners could have afforded to live with at time of purchase. Or a transmission temperature indicator also.
Any one that knows
anything about Transmissions should know better than to buy a Dodge
There all junk and have always been. Step up to a six speed.
Oh, no, My worst fears have been confirmed, now I join the
Transmission troubles group,
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500Quas
cab, and OverDrive went out this week with 38,688 miles, the
truck is currently at the dealership for the past two days and just got the
call today that they have to pull the Transmission to see what the issue is,
currently under the $100.00 deductible for the repair still pending what
firstname.lastname@example.org - 18 July 2005
Hi y'all hope I can help. I own a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 4wd w/ the
have to say I am lucky enough to only have had the transmission failure. Yes
about $3000.00 to repair. Now this is what I have found out.
Number one. Do
not take to Dodge. Go to a shop that actually works on trannys.
2) When the tranny starts slipping in and out of gear, this is caused by the
throttle control sensor in the transmission. The part is cheap and anyone
can replace it. DO this first but it must be done immediately! At least do
not drive it till replaced. Babying it will not help. This constant slipping
in and out trashes the weak torque converter. (The real problem). The torque
converter is built at it's limit to handle the stock detuned Cummins. ( this
engine can put out easily 500 hp but truck can not handle it) 3)The torque
converter overheats because of slipping causing internal damage which of
course finds it way to the trany and of course ruins it. 4) When rebuild is
needed. Replace the converter with an $800 dollar install a hand built
converter out of Phoenix, AZ I'm sorry but can't remember the name of the
company but these are made to handle any kind of power you throw at them.
Also have the valves opened up and a shift kit added. These can be tuned to
shift anywhere you want them to. Good Luck!
I have a
dodge ram 1500 quad cab 2000. I am on transmission #5 they have replaced
everything but the engine. My air conditioner did not work so
they replaced that. Turned it on first time my heater core blew up. I think
I could make a whole lot of lemonade with this truck.
Every friend I have who bought the
ram 1500 has replaced this transmission. Wonder why no recall
on this truck.
Email - email@example.com -
18 July 2005 I have a 1998 Ram 1500 Quad Cab and have put a
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 18 July 2005
I have a 1998 Ram 1500 Quad Cab and have put anew cam shaft and lifters at 50,000 miles.($1300.00) Have replaced pinion bearings($500.00), had the front end redone($1000.00), now I need more front end work done a year later for inspection, the tranny is on the way out. I HATE DODGE!! Will never buy another.
Email - email@example.com - 19 July 2005
Recently drove a '96 Cummins 2500. I hit a bridge joint and the truck became a bucking bronco and threw everything off the seat onto the floor and I nearly lost control.Sounds like what mjfortress posted on your site. Any ideas on why this happens and if there is a remedy?
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 21 July 2005
Love it!! I'm trying to find other people who have had problems with 2001 Dodge Ram Brakes. I'm having to have mine done every 6 months. That is ridiculous!! I swear it's such a money pit!!
Email - email@example.com - 26 July 2005
Hello to all,
My son recently purchased a new 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. He went to the car wash and water flooded his back seat from the back slider window. Yes, the window was closed!!! Has anyone heard of this problem. Please let me know. Thanks, Jeanie e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Email - email@example.com - 29 July 2005
I have a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 w/103,000.
Over the past several years my
dashboard started to crack now I do not have one. My father in-laws
truck is a 2000 it is starting to crack. The paint is bubbled and
starting to flake.
I contacted Chrysler and the y said nothing could be done.
I also tried to get an alignment
recently and over a $1000 dollars worth of work that needed to be done.
Thank You let me know if you heard of any one else with these problems
Email - Pamruler@aol.com - 31 July 2005
Thank You for your web site. I hope that you can help me with my 2001
Dodge Ram 2500 4x4. I bought it with 9000 miles and when
I had 23000 miles on it I had to replace the whole transmission,
it was under warranty at that time.
Again at 35000 miles I had to
replace the transmission, At 60000 miles, Again I had to replace the
transmission which was not covered under any warranty. At 74000 miles it
was back in the shop with transmission problems. At 89000 miles it was
back in the shop with transmission problems. At 94000 miles the
transmission has went out again.
It is not under warranty. I have called the Dodge dealer ship and they
will not help me. They have told me that there was never a call back on
the year 2001. It is hard for me to believe that. I still owe quite a
bit on the truck and If I did not want to protect my credit, I would let
them come and get it.
I will never never buy another dodge.
I had a 1999 dodge 1500 4x4 and I trade it in for my 2001 because of the
transmission going out, I wished now that I had looked into the problem
more at that time. For the record, Only Dodge dealerships has been the
ones who has replaced my transmissions. I feel like I deserve some help
from the dodge to fix my problem with no charge.. Can you help me in any
way of whom I need to contact that will help me on this problem.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 1 August 2005
I purchased a 2004 Dodge Quad cab with the Hemi back in November 2003. At once I had minor issues, the rack-n-pinion seal went out and was replaced, the 6-disc CD changer was overheating and had to be replaced, a wad of black electrical tape got stuck in the fan and was removed which caused a great vibration in the dash, the speakers were blown when I got the truck were installed and then were hooked up with the wrong polarity.
My truck was with all the options:
Laramie package, Heated leather seats, 6-Disc CD changer, the Hemi engine, the 20" mag wheels and all the whistles and bells...........................
On June 24th, 2005 I was towing a trailer to California with all my personal items from a 1 bedroom apartment. The trailer was rated to 500lbs, the hitch and the ball were rated to the same as well as the tow package on the truck which was a dealer item. While traveling through Wyoming the left rear tire seared off at the axle causing the truck to careen out of control, and to roll 3 times totaling my truck, the trailer, and most of my personal belongings.
Safeco, my insurance company, stated that the wheel had a crack in it after investigation. Chrysler has sense sent me a letter stating that they did not find anything wrong with their product after a independent investigation......
I have been totaled screwed through this whole affair. My insurance has gone up and Chrysler has nor wanted to replace anything...much less my vehicle which I did like but was a piece of crap from day one.
My truck is totaled from back manufacturer, and I am out around $10,000 in payments and TTL over a year and a half period.
What is my recourse besides suing Chrysler which is like suing the government?
Please call or email me at email@example.com .
My career is a safety engineer which I am currently employed with a heavy construction company, and have been in the field for 13 years now. Never have I been so left out in the cold from a product and I want to get the word out to others not to buy Chryslers 2004 Quad-Cab 1/2 ton pick-ups.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 2 August 2005
I have a 2001 dodge ram 4x4 and after replacing my transmission, transfer case, and brakes three times (in the past 2 years) i have decided that these were the least of my problems!!! While driving 35 miles an hour down a straight road, my right front tire came off my truck without warning! The amazing thing is that the lug nuts, hub, rotor, and main brake line were all still attached to the stock 1500 Ram rim! The tire managed to roll out from underneath my truck and, once I was done sliding down the road, hit the passenger door which will now not open. What a piece of shit!! The dollar amount for this recent adventure has not yet been established. Has anyone heard of any similar incidents? I would love to read about other dodge problems!!!!
Email - email@example.com - 5 August 2005
This is a great site! I have a 99
dodge ram 1500, 4X4 going to the dealer tomorrow. It has a 5.9 engine
with a automatic tranny, mileage is 45.300. Three times I have hauled a
trailer with (2)Quads.
Every time I hit as bump in the road, and am not under heavy load the
tranny goes into a neutral position, and the rpm's jump up, I can't use
the cruise control because the tranny keeps jumping in and out of gear.
Has anyone else had this problem? If so please let me know what kind of
excuse I should be ready to defend against. I have a 86 Toyota 4X4 with
158,00 (hard) miles, and have never had any problems like this (even the
A/C ) still works. I guess that's what I get for "Buying American"
Please advise (anyone) Rick
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 9 August 2005
My son bought his first vehicle...2002 Dodge Ram Cummins 4X4 w/ 64,000
miles. Opted not to go to college as he now had a truck payment!! AT
71,200 miles (just out of the extended warranty,
Tranny goes out. Dealership
wants over $4500 to fix in parts alone.
Any ideas to help a 18 year old out other than following in his dads
footsteps (Ford Lover).
Email - email@example.com - 9 August 2005
I seem to have made the mistake in buying a used 2001 ram slt quad cab 4
wheel drive. It was a beautiful truck with 47000 miles on it and it ran
The first few months were great
but as the weather got warmer the truck started to turn to shit.
It seemed like every other day I heard new rattles, squeaks and god only
knows what other sounds I was hearing. My rpms started to race up and
down while at an idle and then it started to jump up every time I ran
over a bounce. The rpms would also go up and down when I used the cruise
control. My dealer checked it out and told me that their were not any
codes and there was nothing wrong. They had no problem charging me 69.95
to tell me that. I took it to another garage and got the same story. The
the u-joints on the left front went bad and needed to be replaced. A
week later I now have oil being throw around the inside of the left
front wheelhouse. Now, another week later, another new problem.
Three times now the truck started to buck and shimmy and pop. It had no
power and also no check engine light came on.
I'm afraid to drive it.
I took it to my mechanic and no codes again. I even put an aftermarket
diagnostic computer in the truck to see if anything would show up while
I was driving and the truck was really running bad. But nothing shows
up. I am at the end of my rope with this piece of junk. The most
sickening thing is the fact that when the mechanic is around the truck
runs half decent and when they hook up to the computer and it gets
reset, it runs like new. So I guess I have to keep on driving it till it
gets even worse and leaves me stranded. If anybody has any ideas other
than selling it, I would love to here from you. I'm sure that when I do
trade it in and the salesman takes it for a ride, it will run like shit.
Email - AndrewDantzer@Freightliner.com - 10 August 2005
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 11 August 2005
to anyone with a 5.2L (318Cubic Inch) V8 engine in a Dodge Ram,
Dakota or Durango. I have a 1996 Dodge Ram. I've had 2 occurrences
of the type of oil pump failure documented in many reports on the
To start off, I change the oil & filter every 3000 miles. The first failure was at approx. 92k. miles. I was 200 miles from home when the oil pressure gauge went to zero psi while stopped at a red light. Pressing slightly on the gas pedal bought the pressure back to normal so I kept on driving. Another 200 miles of driving with this condition (not too smart in retrospect) and the engine seized.
$4,800 later I had a factory rebuilt engine installed and the truck ran great again. That was 2.5 years ago. 46,000 miles later (last week) I was on my way home from another business trip and noticed the oil pressure guage was low (40 is normal, it went down to 25-30psi). I stopped and checked the oil level, no problem. Upon returning onto the highway the pressure was normal for the next 20 minutes, then it went back down to 25-30psi. When I got home I changed the oil and filter, same problem. I then pulled the oil pan and replaced the oil pump ($23.99 at NAPA). Everything now appears to be back to normal. Upon inspecton there was no sludge in the oil pan, the old oil pump looked to be in good condition and did not measure out of spec.
There appears to be a design flaw with this type of oil pump. I hope this post helps others to recognize and deal with this problem. When I had the engine replaced (after the first occurrence) the Dodge service advisor told me this type of failure was uncommon. I've since discovered the internet is full of posts regarding this problem and how owners are being blamed and denied warranty coverage (due to supposed lack of maintenance, etc.).
It also appears Dodge/Chrysler lacks the good will and common sense to treat their customers with integrity. In the short term they'll save money but I suspect it will cost them plenty down the road. They'll not be getting more of my business, consumers get the final word...
Damage Resulting = $4,800 for the replacement engine (1st occurrence).
$23.99 and about 6 hours of my time to replace the oil pump (2nd occurrence).
Email - email@example.com - 11 August 2005
Hello. Great Site.. Thought I would join the growing list of Dodge
owners with problems. I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4, purchased it (big
mistake) with 55,000 miles, since then had nothing but issues with the
the entire front end has went out, from ball joints to universal joints, you
name it it has broke...lots
of money wasted. About a month ago
the air conditioning stopped
and now when driving it is making a weird rattling noise, that nobody
seems to be able to fix,
oh and here's a shocker I am
starting to have transmission problems..
seems like everyday there is a new problem with it, today's problem
something leaking from under it, cant wait to see what that is..
as soon as I can consider it sold.. never will a Dodge sit in my drive
We bought a 1995 Dodge Dually and it has about 75,000 miles andwe have had the transmission rebuilt two times, once with a new Suncoast Converter and then 2 brand new transmissions. Unfortunately no warranty, and still shifting problems. We have been told it's normal, it's electrical, it's sensors, it's heating and cooling, and we still don't have any answers or a good running truck.
I own a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 with a Cummins Diesel engine.I have had to replace 3 injector pumps; one covered under warranty. The electric lift pump fails without any indication or warning, then starves the main injector pump; a 2100 dollar part! Bought this truck new and overall, like it but buyers of used ones BEWARE!!! Be careful when buying a used diesel with the 24 valve cummins engine. If you need a replacement lift or injector pump, try diesel specialists in Florida at www.dieselspecialists.net. They are MUCH cheaper than Dodge and have good service.
I have a05 diesel automatic that has a Buzz or Vibration that seems to come from the rear end or drive shaft.(similar to a bad U-joint) it starts when my speed reaches 70 mph or higher. The Buzz resonates in the cab and vibrates in the steering wheel. My dealer denies any vibration and says there are no bulletins on this. (they just dont want to deal with it!) I have checked, balanced and rotated the tires. Anyone with knowledge of this would be greatly appreciated..
We have a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel with and automatic transmission.While running, it spontaneously slips out of park into reverse. Yesterday, it did this at a horse show and backed itself over two posts and into a building. It did a lot of damage to both the truck and the building. Has anyone else out there seen this problem?
I bought a 2004 Quad-Cab Pick-up from Royal Gate Dodge in Manchester, MO. with only 5 miles on it. During a relocation trip to California I was towing a twin-axle trailer and traveling through Wyoming whenI noticed a vibration. I slowed to 60 mph, and then my left rear wheel seared off at the axle putting my truck into a spin and throwing me into the center of the expressway. During the rolling of the truck (3 times) my truck, trailer, and all my personal things were destroyed and totaled.
After getting with dodge they performed an independent investigation and finally sent me a declination letter stating..... "they found no fault in their product and for me to get with my insurance company".
I had problems from the start. Dodge replaced the leaking rack-n-pinion, the 6-CD changer was overheating and replaced, the front two speakers were blown when I got it, and several other little issues kept the truck in and out of the dealership for several months. They tried to not provide me with a rental car, but I was irate at that point and they conceded.
The truck was under warranty with 28,000 miles and Dodge did not even bother to help me with a vehicle to get to work after being stranded in Wyoming and having to rent a uhaul truck ($650.00 + tax). Dodge not only does not stand behind their product, but also their warranty.
I just want to say:
Dodge puts a piece of crap out to the consumer and does not want to do anything about it, even when a consumer is almost killed due to their defective lug nuts.
I had to pay for everything through my insurance which has gone up.
If anyone has had this problem that we can sue Dodge for putting out defective products please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another consumer totally screwed by Dodge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I will never, repeat never, buy another xxxxing product from Dodge/Daimler/Chrysler.
I feel a need to discuss this truck that I have now owned since 1998. It is
a DODGE RAM 3500 4wd with Cummins engine. Its now August, 2005 and here is
First thing wrong after only
We bought a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 2WD. So far we have had the truck for 8
I own a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD, I just purchased it 1 Month Ago,so far I have replaced the pitman arm, idler arm, front & back shocks,upper & lower ball joints,tie rod ends, front springs, rotors, endlinks calipers,pads,the steering box is bad, and the air conditioning was jacked up. I thought maybe the truck had been abused but I guess it's just because it's a Dodge. Now that the suspension is straight I am putting a chevy 350, + a 350 turbo tranny in it, I guess I should have just kept my silverado
MY RAM IS A 2001, HAD IT ABOUT 18 MONTHS NOW. WELLHAD TO PUT A NEW TRANNY IN, WHATS NEW THERE. FOUND OUT MY REPAIR GUY TOLD ME THAT DODGE IS MAKING SHIT TRANNYS. GO FIGURE. SO HE REBUILT MINE WITH STRONGER PARTS HOPE IT HOLDS. NOW THE BALL JOINTS AND THE U JOINTS ARE SHOT. FOUND OUT DODGE HAS A RECALL ON BALL JOINTS FOR DAKOTAS AND DURANGOS BUT NOT RAMS!!! WELL WITH THE COST OF GAS AND REPAIRS IM GOING BROKE. THIS IS A JOKE OF A TRUCK