10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
7,889 miles

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problem #29

Jan 141999

Ram 1500

  • miles
The passenger's windshield wiper arm motor broke, which may cause visual difficulty. Also, the steering system is very loose, and dealer had to replace the steering shaft. Problem is still occurring. Presently, dealer wants to replace the steering column and other parts. In addition, there are problems with transmission and transfer case which has been replace 3 times.

- West Dundee, IL, USA

problem #28

Dec 301998

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
No summary provided by consumer

- Kingsford, MI, USA

problem #27

Oct 081997

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer experiencing ongoing problems with vehicle on varouis parts. 1. transmission failed to operate at 58,000 mile of wear 2. intake manifold gasket broke, and 3. fuel pump failed to operate. Dealer notified and refused to repair because the consumer did not have extended warranty.

- Rockey Hill, CT, USA

problem #26

Aug 011998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission goes into first gear at a stop position, and won't shift to second, moving the transmission winds. Replaced with new, same problem still exists. Provide further information.

- Kahului, HI, USA

problem #25

Oct 131998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Van 250 transmissioon failure, at 48,000 mi transmission does not shift into 3rd gear. Reverse gear does not ingage until you race the engine in reverse then bangs. Dealer claims upper cluches leaking and transmission has to be rebuilt. This is a heavy duty transmission and it should not go out at only 48,000 miles

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #24

Aug 131997

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Transmission quick cooler line connect recall work not completed due to scheduling problem.

- Gallup, NM, USA

problem #23

Sep 011998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failure. Also premature wear of brakes and always pull to the left.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 151998

Ram 1500

  • miles
The three out of four bolts that are attached plate at the bottom of the clutch are loose. If all bolts separate clutch could drop. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer states bolts need replacing.

- Alpine, UT, USA

problem #21

Jan 061998

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission cooling line couplings problem.

- Willits, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 011998

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • miles
Transmission failure.

- Cherryvill, NC, USA

problem #19

Feb 241998

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Four speed automatic transmission slipped before/after recall repairs.

- Akron, MI, USA

problem #18

Oct 021997

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed after recall repair.

- Chelsea, MA, USA

problem #17

Apr 061996

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission noisy when in reverse.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #16

Oct 141997

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall repair notice sent to consumer, however the dealership refused to make the necessary recalled repair.

- Sterling H, MI, USA

problem #15

Nov 011996

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission makes noise while in reverse gear.

- Big Bear Lake, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 291997

Ram 1500

  • miles
Transmission failure resulted in fire prior to recall.

- Timonium, MD, USA

problem #13

Jun 091997

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Transmission failed times.

- Everton, AR, USA

problem #12

Jan 121997

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle in cold wheater the transmission locks up and will not shift in a higher gear. This happens when going about 30mph. Dealer says that they have no idea what the problem is on this vehicle.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #11

May 071996

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 011997

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Overdrive unit broke, causing sudden acceleration.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

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