really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,459 miles

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problem #5

Aug 162007

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,275 miles
During a routine stop at red light on 55 mph road the metal brake line ruptured where it is routed along the frame between the gas tank and frame. Rusted through, no way to inspect. Dealer reported this was a common failure on Dodge pick-ups. During this stop the pedal went to the floor, able to pump and get a little front brake, and the ABS and brake lights came on in the dash assembly. I crimped the line added brake fluid and limped to local dealer for replacement. Dealer knows about problem so Dodge has to know and should change material or routing of brake line. George the consumer provided a repair invoice. Updated 09/05/07

- Orma, WV, USA

problem #4

Jul 192004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the glove compartment light came on and went off on its own. The light bulb switch rattled while driving. The consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and the mechanic determined that this vehicle was not on recall. The front brakes were bad.

- Shingle Springs, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012002

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 20 miles
Consumer stated ABS light illuminated. Which was an indication the ABS was inoperative

- Gallant, AL, USA

problem #2

Jul 072003

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
While driving approximately 45mph, had an accident by rear ending vehicle in front. ABS braking system had locked up. This caused the vehicle to skid into the vehicle in front. Air bags failed to deploy upon impact. Front end of vehicle was destroyed. Also, seat belts failed to restrain and driver suffered chest pains from hitting steering wheel, and had to be taken to hospital.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 012002

Ram 2500

  • miles
Previously reported on 10/22/02, ODI# 768732, and again to webmaster on 10/25/02. Vehicle has been taken to dealership where purchased for repairs to no avail. This is the 4th time that it has been in the shop for the same metal to metal "clanking" noise in the front left and right side of the wheel area. The noise only occurs when the vehicle has been in reverse and the brakes are applied and then forward and the brakes are applied. After continueing in a forward motion it does not make the noise when brakes are applied. This 4th time that it was in the shop, the brake calipers were replaced and it is as if nothing had been done as the noise is still present. With this being a metal clanking noise, I feel that it could be a serious safety problem if something actually breaks. I am now to continue driving the vehicle until an other appointment can be made to bring the truck back to the dealership for more "guess work". and when they have a loaner vehicle. I have owned the truck for a little over a month and it has been in the repair shop for about two weeks and the problem can not seem to be fixed.

- Tuscola, TX, USA