10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,571 miles

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problem #28

Feb 122006

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles
: the contact stated the plastic transmission cooler fittings melted causing all of the transmission fluid to leak out very quickly. There is a NHTSA recall, # 97V084000, regarding the power train: Automatic transmission: Cooling unit and lines. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #27

Aug 062004

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
Recall 97V084000 concerning transmission cooling line. While pulling a 5th wheel trailer up a incline at 30 mph vehicle stopped while in motion, and white smoke came from under the hood. Vehicle was towed to a repair shop. Dealer was notified. Dealer informed consumer that this vehicle was not covered under that recall.

- Grand Haven, MI, USA

problem #26

Apr 302002

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission cooling lines failing at the connector when under hot temperatures

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #25

Dec 212001

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles
Consumer states transmission leaks. Dealer found defective cooler line. Copy of reimbursement check for expenses incurred by consumer attached.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #24

Jan 042002

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I believe this is covered in your recall 97V084000 - transmission cooler line to transmission split and or fitting failed causing loss of all transmission fluid. Facotry dealer vaguely referenced recall and I located it on your web site. I contacted daimler/chriysler recall center at 800-853-1403 and they took complaint reference # 9992910 and then told me that there was no such recall on item and your 97V084000 was a technical service bulletin. Local dealer indicates this recall does not show on their database. Some indication that it was over two years old. My insurance had $340 tow bill and I was out $278.43 in repairs. I noticed extreme amount of smoke from under vehicle and was able to stop before damaging transmission other than running out of fluid. I would like to know if there is a recall and what is going on here. Thank you for your assistance.

- North Bend, OR, USA

problem #23

Nov 012001

Ram 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Coolant system inside of transmission was melting gear, transmission was replaced. Consumer states that the transmission was replaced 01-Nov-2001 and she had nothing but problems with it until now.

- Woodland, PA, USA

problem #22

Oct 282001

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling up side of a mountain 25 to 30 mph and pulling a trailer, nylon bushing running from transmission to oil cooler melted, resulting in a loss of transmission fluid. Dealership made repairs to vehicle at consumer's expense. Dealership informed consumer vehicle was not affected by any recall. The consumer stated that dealer said exhaust system caused extra heat, but the main heat source comes from the inside and not from the outside because of the transmission friction.

- Spirit Lake, IA, USA

problem #21

Jul 132001

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving up a hill engine lost power and rolled backward. Then, consumer controlled vehicle and parked it, and saw black smoke. Transmission fluid came out. Problem was just like safety recall on gasoline O, but this vehicle engine was diesel.

- Siverdale, WA, USA

problem #20

Mar 052001

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In 1997 vehicle was taken in for recall 97 V 084 000 repairs. Problem has reoccurred, transmission fluid was leaking. Consumer has contacted dealer.

- Fairview Hieghts, IL, USA

problem #19

May 142001

(reported on)

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles
Auxilliary transmission cooling system hoses that run to the front of the radiator are too short to reach bed of auxilliary radiator, this causes the transmission fluid to leak and lose power and momentum, consumer states all diesel trucks with auxilliary transmission cooler's have this defect.

- Rocky Point, NY, USA

problem #18

Jul 012000

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 mph transmission cooling lines broke, there was a recall on this component but it only covered gasoline models, not diesel. The consumer stated that there were two instances when the transmission connections blew out.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #17

Oct 072000

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission high temperature line connector melted, causing vehicle to lose all transmission fluid. Fluid sprayed on muffler, transmission, and all over the ground. Vehicle stalled in middle of road. May need a new transmission. Consumer believe this failure is exactly the same as recall #722 (97V-084).

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #16

May 122000

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
The throttle cable unraveled, front differential seals leak oil, transmission plastic connections leaked, and an alignment needed T offset bushing.

- Templeton, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 142000

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
Dealer was doing a diagnostic check on the vehicle when temperature exceeded the limit, causing transmission cooling lines to separate, resulting in fluid leaking onto the manifold which caused a fire. Also, recall 99V115000 deals with the same type of problem. However, this vehicle is not included due to VIN.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #14

Feb 061999

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall 97V084 000/transmission cooling line: While traveling on the highway at 65 mph fluid line disconnected from transmission and caused loss of fluid. This could have caused a fire. Dealer notified, and infomed consumer that vehicle was not under a recall.

- Murriets, CA, USA

problem #13

Oct 211999

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission fluid is leaking out.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #12

Aug 191999

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving uphill the quick connect disconnected line from the transmission and transmission melted. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealership. The cooler line press connect and 2 quick fittings were replaced at owner's expense.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #11

May 211999

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving driver saw heavy smoke coming from the back of truck. After stopping truck, driver crawled under the truck and noticed transmission fluid squirting out of the transmission line. Truck was towed to the dealership. Dealer is reparing the truck at owner's cost. Also, this truck was not included in recall 97V084000 Chrysler/transmission cooling line. The failure was the plastic fitting that attaches the trans cooler line to the transmission, allowing fluid to leak out. Fluid was spewing out dangerously close to the ignition..et.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #10

Mar 251999

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
Consumer not notified of recall of transmission cooler pressure line quick connects which from incorrect seating or extreme heat caused fluid loss rrsulting in severe transmission damage.

- Mountain H, ID, USA

problem #9

Dec 111998

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles
3500 pickup while driving up a 7% grade the transmission cooler line came loose and I lost all transmission fluid. The tow truck dealer said there was a plastic snap fitting on this cooler line that often ruptures. When they called in the dispatcher said, " another Dodge?" we had just come down a severe grade. If this had failed on that slope we'd probably been killed.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

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