10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1996 Dodge Ram 3500:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #67

Dec 111997

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Recall 97V068000; 2 weeks ago the recall work had been performed at auto West Dodge. Now, if the brakes are hit more than six times, the brakes will fail.

- Gratt Bay, CA, USA

problem #66

May 011997

Ram 3500

  • miles
ABS equipped: Upon depressing the brake pedal consumer noticed the front end shimmy. Pedal traveled to the floorboard, resulting in extended stopping distance. Consumer, therefore, released foot from brake pedal to gain control of vehicle. Consumer has contacted the dealer.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #65

Nov 241997

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
When brakes are applied the rear brakes do not engage, causing the front brakes to overheat. When the front brakes overheat the pedal goes to the floor of the vehicle. The dealer has replaced the braking system.

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #64

Oct 211997

Ram 3500

  • miles
While driving at 20 mph the defective ABS braking system malfunctioned causing the wheels to lock up and skid. Having extended stopping distance, causing a frontal impact. The defective driver's side airbag did not deploy.

- South Bound Brook, NJ, USA

problem #63

Oct 131997

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed applied brakes, vehicle steered to left or right. Sometimes vehicle would start to shake, would not stop. Needed to keep pressure on brakes in order to stop. Dealer ships had vehicle in shop 6 times, replaced pads/rotors and did an alignment. This defect can cause an accident.

- Readsboro, VT, USA

problem #62

Oct 171996

Ram 3500

  • miles
While driving on freeway, consumer applied brakes & vehicle pulled left, across 2 lanes. At a much lower speed, pulled right. Took to dealer several times for brake problem & was corrected 75%. was informed normal for truck to pull right. Consumer states that the vehicle is now constantly pulling to the left at any speed.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #61

Sep 081997

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear anti lock brakes failed.

- Jamul, CA, USA

problem #60

Jun 181997

Ram 3500

  • miles
When brakes are applied vehicle veers to the right; also, ABS light and brake lights come on when pulling a trailer. In addition, replaced front brake rotors/pads/calipers.

- Shelbyville, TN, USA

problem #59

Jan 011996

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On any type of road surface, when braking in an emergency situation, the brake pedal goes to the floor and the vehicle does not stop. Condition almost caused several crashes. Front brake pads was replaced at 40,000 miles. Problem still exist.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #58

Aug 231996

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes the vehicle will severely pull to the right. After taking the vehicle in for service five times the vehicle now pulls to the left. Dealer has replaced the brake pads and the calipers with no remedy. Consumer states vehicle has been brought in 2 times more and still problem exists. Vehicle has an intermittent transmission, vehicle won't shift the transmission from 1st to 2nd gear, resulting in red lining the motor and severe jerking in traffic.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #57

Jul 061996

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While trying to stop vehicle and putting on brakes the vehicle wll pull hard in any direction, causing driver to go off the road. Brakes have been replaceed on 4 occasions, however problem still persisted, Chrysler is replacing vehicle.

- Pinetop, AZ, USA

problem #56

Mar 131996

Ram 3500 4WD

  • miles
When applying ABS brakes vehicle shakes violently/pulls to the left.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #55

Apr 291997

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced a transmission overheating problem. Also, vehicle pulled to the left upon braking/front end misalignment pulled vehicle to the right.

- Brookline, NH, USA

problem #54

Apr 141997

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS brake failure, when brakes are applied vehicle pulls to the right, and when coming to a stop, brakes lock up/jerks the vehicle, causing a loss of control.

- Malakoff, TX, USA

problem #53

Apr 171997

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS brake failure, made a loud noise, also, replaced disc pads/rotoes and calipers.

- Edge Water, MD, USA

problem #52

Oct 161996

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the brakes would pull and vibrate. Also, the brakes made a loud noise without applying the brakes. Dealer replaced brakes every 6000 miles.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #51

Jan 291997

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS brakes failed, applied the brakes and the pedal goes the floor, loss of effectiveness, pedal fade, S. in for replacement of master cylinder, bleeding the lines.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #50

May 231996

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When braking pedal sometimes goes to floor, vehicle pulls to left, no accidents. Dealer aligned wheels, replaced shim pack, various speed.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #49

Mar 171997

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes on normal road condtions the pedal went to the floor and vehcile hit a curb. The system has ABS.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #48

May 111996

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Antilock brakes inoperative.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »