10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,755 miles

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problem #61

Feb 262001

Ram Van 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine would hesitate before shifting gears. 3rd gear was burning out. Dealer said nothing was wrong with it. Consumer took vehicle into an amoco, and test drove it to find problem. Dealer replaced the transducer and solenoid.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #60

Jun 152000

Ram Van 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Gray, TN, USA

problem #59

Jan 112001

Ram Van 3500

  • miles
Was driving home when vehicle started to slow down, applied more gas, but vehicle was not going anywhere. Motor would rev up. Managed to get vehicle to side of road. Placed vehicle in park and was getting out when vehicle almost ran over driver. Vehicle did not have park/drive or reverse. Vehicle was towed. Was informed, it had no rear end.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #58

Dec 032000

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This is the second time we've had the transmission replaced. Once at 43,832 miles, now at 71,750 miles. Almost caused an accident when we pulled into traffic and the transmission slipped out of gear.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #57

Nov 252000

(reported on)

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The original transmission was replaced under warranty, the vehicle has not been used for any towing or other power train stressing jobs. The second transmission has failed, under similar "no stress" condition less than 20K miles later. A widely accepted industry standard for transmission life expectancy is 7yrs/100,000 miles.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #56

Nov 182000

Ram Van 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Have had to rebuild transmission, also know of others in this same area with the same problem and they are also 1996 models

- Athens, TN, USA

problem #55

Sep 292000

(reported on)

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Frame separated because of improper welding, causing the transmission bolts to separate.

- Sulfer Springs, TX, USA

problem #54

May 302000

Ram Van 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
NHTSA id 97V08400

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #53

Aug 042000

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving gas pedal may be down to the floor, but vehicle won't go anywhere. Took vehicle to dealer, and they found pieces of rubber O-ring, metal slitherings, clutch materials in transmission pan. Consumer took vehicle to dealer, and they said consumer needed a new transmission/front pump, consumers felt this car was 4 years old, and should not be having transmission problems.

- Danielson, CT, USA

problem #52

Jun 252000

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle experience problems with transmission which the vehicle does shift properly and may result in a crash. Also, the engine check light stayed on. But, dealer could not determine the problem.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #51

May 092000

Ram Van 3500 Diesel

  • miles
During failure all of the warning lights flash the transmission goes haywire and the tachometer goes haywire. This truck has been at three different shops, we have changed out the transmission relay, the headlight lamp, serviced the transmisison and still cannot find the cause. In addition, we have replace a radio which has shorted out and the fuel indicator doesn't work. Both of which failed before the truck was three years old, unfortuneately just out of warranty.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #50

Feb 142000

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission locked into 2nd gear and stalled while going 60 mph on the highway. Power steering was lost and getting the van across 3 lanes of city traffic while losing speed was very difficult. Complete transmission needed to be replaced w/ repairs at owners cost. Only 6 months over 3 yr. Warrenty and only 12,000 miles on the 36,000 mile warrenty. Chrysler would not take resposiblity even when we had the van into a Chrysler dealer the month before complaining that something was wrong with the transmission. They returned the van saying there was no problem.

- Materials Park, OH, USA

problem #49

Apr 182000

(reported on)

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will lose power when going up a hill. Dealer has rebuilt transmission, but defect has reoccurred.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #48

Nov 011999

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Last year, when I had made 23 payments on my van, it had been in the shop for 23 times. I drive nearly 100 miles to put it in the shop, so 23 X's 200 miles is a lot of mileage that was put on my van just for repairs. The first week we had the van, we called to complain that we couldn't even take it to carwash, because the windows leaked so badly....then the heater quit working, and on and on and I have had it in the shop numerous times for engine and transmission problems. I just feel like noone cares that I am so disappointed in Dodge and my van.

- Rush Springs, OK, USA

problem #47

Nov 011999

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Last year, when I had made 23 payments on my van, it had been in the shop for 23 times. I drive nearly 100 miles to put it in the shop, so 23 X's 200 miles is a lot of mileage that was put on my van just for repairs. The first week we had the van, we called to complain that we couldn't even take it to carwash, because the windows leaked so badly....then the heater quit working, and on and on and I have had it in the shop numerous times for engine and transmission problems. I just feel like noone cares that I am so disappointed in Dodge and my van.

- Rush Springs, OK, USA

problem #46

Nov 011999

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Last year, when I had made 23 payments on my van, it had been in the shop for 23 times. I drive nearly 100 miles to put it in the shop, so 23 X's 200 miles is a lot of mileage that was put on my van just for repairs. The first week we had the van, we called to complain that we couldn't even take it to carwash, because the windows leaked so badly....then the heater quit working, and on and on and I have had it in the shop numerous times for engine and transmission problems. I just feel like noone cares that I am so disappointed in Dodge and my van.

- Rush Springs, OK, USA

problem #45

Feb 222000

Ram Van 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission failed at 31, 700 mi. It required a major overhaul to return it to operation. Labor costs were $1100 dollars and parts $800. After discussions with the dealer the labor charges were paid by the dealer. Investigation into continuing problems with Dodge Ram transmissions prompted owner to call Chrysler 800 number to complain about $800 payment. Owner was told that since the $800 was paid, no refund could be provided. Owner was told that this determination was final and no appeal to higher authority was possible. Owner personally knows three other individuals with Dodge Ram pickups that had the same problem at the same mileage. Chrysler refuses to acknowledge this defect preferring instead to defer the expense to the vehicle owner.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #44

Jan 292000

Ram Van 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission goes into 2nd when going down the road and won't shift out other. People I know with same pickups have had similar problems with transmission.

- Falls Village, CT, USA

problem #43

Dec 131999

(reported on)

Ram Van 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission will not shift to 2-3 geras normaly, also, ABS brake light comes on at idle.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #42

Dec 101999

(reported on)

Ram Van 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The automatic transmission has not failed. It continually skipps in and out of 2nd gear. When pulling away from a stop sign in first gear, the transmission jumps to 2nd and back to 1st, then into drive. This action is random and occurs more frequently sometimes. It will jump in and out of 2nd gear when ever the vehical speed is low enough to require 2nd gear. The vehical is maintained extremely well. The transmission has had 5 full service filter and oil changes. It has a factory transmission oil cooler. The problems are not related to neglect, or to heat. This transmission drives me "nuts!" in fact it, could disrupt ones attention just enough to result in an accident.

- Eagle, ID, USA

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