1.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,631 miles

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problem #7

May 282018

Ram 1500

  • 199,418 miles
Driving my vehicle down a city street I started to approach a stop sign. As the vehicle came almost to a stop I heard a scraping noise and then the vehicle abruptly stopped. When I pressed the accelerator pedal the engine would rev and the truck would act like it was in park while in "D". I got out of the truck to inspect and found my driveshaft was no longer attached at the rear of the vehicle, to the transfer case. No abnormal noises were heard prior to this, or any running issues that would have indicated a problem. The truck will not move in forward position, but will roll backwards in neutral. Once I was able to remove the driveshaft from the transfer case and inspect, I found that the pinion nut had backed off and was still encased inside the rear flange attached to the driveshaft & U-joint. Fluid had been blown out and covered all of the rear axle and differential. I was able to roll my vehicle in neutral backwards out of the roadway. We hauled vehicle home using one of our other vehicles and a trailer with a come-A-long wench. Vehicle is still not repaired at this time. I have contacted Dodge directly at the dealer as well as through their customer service chat. Both instructed me that nothing could be done at this time. It was suggested that I fix the vehicle and that if a recall was released at a later date then reimbursement could potentially be issued. The reason I contacted Dodge was due to the fact that this is a known issue with model years that are slightly newer than my vehicle. A recall was issued for almost 300K vehicles for this exact same complaint. I feel Dodge should have done further investigation into how long they had been using this particular design for their rear differential pinion nut and extended the recall further.

- East Bend, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 092014

Ram 1500

  • 183,000 miles
I was driving down a dirt road at about 35mph. The rear end of my 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 sport 4X4 started grinding. I started slowing down and the rear drive shaft hit the pavement. I came to a stop and looked under my truck. The rear drive shaft was hanging and the pinion gear was pointed up towards the bed. I tried to move the truck farther off the road and the rear end was froze up. Once I got it to a mechanic we discovered that the pinion nut had backed itself off the pinion gear, causing the pinion gear to get wedged in the other gears.

- Helena , MT, USA

problem #5

Apr 102013

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number 13V038000 (power train) however, the contact was unable to have the vehicle repaired because the part was unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the remedy part to become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Park Hill, OK, USA

problem #4

May 052012

Ram 1500

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was making a loud, abnormal noise. The contact was attempting to pull over to inspect the failure when the transfer case exploded. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic and as the vehicle arrived, the drive shaft detached from the vehicle. The mechanic was unable to provide a cause for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 180,000.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 152001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Overdrive module and torque convertor both failed at 59000 miles. Had vehicle back to dealer around 34000 for a vibration in the transmission and they stated nothing was wrong, that was the beginning of the torque convertor problem. Dodge won't stand behind their products and an automatic transmission should last 150,000 miles or more without a rebuild.

- Etters, PA, USA

problem #2

May 152003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
1.body jumps at different speeds unable to steere.2.odometer reading didn't move for approx- 1st 200 miles.3.engine knocks. 4. shifting linkage and gears grind. 5. transmission slips and front axle grinds. 6.salesman said I was approved and did qualify for any vehicle in the lot with $10,000 down.called finance company after purchase and was approved for the vehicle I originally wanted.7.brakes need to be replaced all the way around. Thank you, tom & deb aleto

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 252002

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Transmission started slipping in overdrive. Took to dealer was told nothing was wrong. 1 1/2 weeks later. On christmas. Stopped at stop sign. Went to go and had no foward gears. Luckily there was very little traffic. Vehicle was towed to dealer. Still waiting for a response.

- New Richmond, WI, USA