5.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,333 miles

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problem #21

Nov 032007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,999 miles
My dash is cracked on my 1996 Dodge Ram.

- Lillington, NC, USA

problem #20

Aug 302007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500. The dashboard has multiple cracks and pieces are starting to fall into dash cavity. I know of other Dodge owners that have experienced the same problems, as this does not seem to be a year specific problem, but it does seem to be a Dodge specific problem. I have not learned of any other pick-up owners of other manufactures whose dashes are cracking and caving in. This problem could lead to other safety issues as direct sun light is able to access other electronics and wiring systems.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #19

Jan 152007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dashboard falling apart, cracking and large holes exposing wires and dashboard electronics.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #18

Jan 152005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Peeling paint off of cab of truck. Extensive in area of center to drivers side. Appears that paint has blistered and exposed under coating. Observations indicate that Dodge Ram truck models 1500,2500 &3500 for years 1994,1995,1996 & 1997 affected. Average estimate to repair ranges from $700 to $1500.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #17

Jan 102000

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Paint started peeling off in 2000, and by 2003..it was peeling off in chunks weekly. Now in 2004, there is hardly any paint on the hood or the top of the cab with other peeling on the other parts as well. The rockwall, tx Dodge dealership's rep said he would take care of the defective paint job, and we'd pay $700 toward the paint job. After that estimate, we held off getting it painted because of moving to Mississippi, so I went to the howard wilson Dodge dealer in flowood, Ms. That dealership's rep would not do anything-0. this is not right. Why would the Texas crysler rep say yes, that the paint peeling off in chunks was an inferior paint job, but the Mississippi crysler rep says he will do nothing. I would not need to be painting it at all, if it weren't for the defective paint job.

- Flowood, MS, USA

problem #16

Jul 152003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Air condition works off and on the paint on the truck is blue.it has been coming off for some time.first in small areas and now longer. Looks like a bad sun burn.don't think it was done right at the manufactors.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 152003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,992 miles
Cylinder head's are cracked, causing truck to damage head gaskets. Overdrive on the truck went out so truck wouldn't shift.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 152003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Paint is coming off in huge spots. Starts as a small faded area then starts peeling. Transmission stalls in second gear and takes a while to shift to third.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #13

Apr 012003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Paint is popping off top of cab in big patches, now is beginning to spread to hood and other parts.

- Lavonia, GA, USA

problem #12

Dec 092002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving, the interior light fell on consumer almost causing an accident.

- Valhermosa Springs, AL, USA

problem #11

Dec 151999

Ram 1500

  • miles
This problem was stated to two dealerships and niether would act upon them even though there was a recall on the 95 model for the same problem.

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 172000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Sent email from same E-mail address

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 252000

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle experience problems with transmission which the vehicle does shift properly and may result in a crash. Also, the engine check light stayed on. But, dealer could not determine the problem.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #8

May 092000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
NHTSA recall 00V107000 and manufacturer's recall 872. No parts are available. Can't order, and doesn't know when they will receive them.

- Opelousas, LA, USA

problem #7

Feb 142000

Ram 1500

  • miles
Original failure took place on Nov 26, 1997. The oil light came on and oil pressure droppped to zero. The oil pump was replaced under warranty. Then, on Jan 21, 1999 the same scenario happened again. This time the oil pump, connecting rod, crankshaft and gaskets were replaced at my expense as the vehicle was no longer under warranty nor were the parts that had been replaced. Finally, on February 14, 2000 the entire scenario took place again. The oil light came on and oil pressure dropped to zero. It appears that the oil pump will agin need to be replaced. At this point, the dealership is trying to say it is a lack of maintenance and should be repaired at my expense. My concern is that the vehicle has been maintained and that after 3 failures there is a definite problem with the vehicle. The vehicle is currently at the previously mentioned dealership awaiting repairs and the response from Chrysler Corp as to whether or not they will do so at their expense. Any help you can provide would be greatly a

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 131999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
No summary

- Wayne, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 091998

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving the oil light came on, and the engine cut completely off. Engine has to be rplaced.

- Freindship, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 011996

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gauge indicator failed.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 111997

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
The check engine light comes on while driving in high altitudes.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Jul 081996

Ram 1500

  • miles
Bug shield replaced.

- Cooperstown, NY, USA

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