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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
134,703 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012009

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,109 miles


valve spring broke causing the valve to drop down. This resulted in 90% of the piston in the bottom of the oil pan. It would have cost more to fix the engine than buy a NEW engine.

- , Blountville, TN, USA

problem #2

Mar 132007

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Oil light came on and took to my shop, said the catalitic converter was screwed and caused my engine to overheat so badly the engine needed to be rebuilt or replaced. Dodge house in Temple Tx told me this is a common issue with this year truck

- , Temple, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 102003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 94,000 miles

had this truck in the shop 5 times for oil light coming on, they said nothing was wrong, then the dam thing blew up

- , Cabery, IL, USA

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