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9.3

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,681.00
Average Mileage:
123,331 miles
Total Complaints:
12 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (12 reports)
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #12

May 022011

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 186,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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blown transmission

piece of crap truck!!!!!!! I put two transmissions in this truck the last one went out at 25,000 miles now In have to spend another 2,900 just to get it fixed, going on number three transmission!!! these trucks suck ass in the years 1996-1999, I will never buy another one. you think dodge would have their sh*t together!!!!!!!!!!!!guess they figured it out in 2000,now I have a problem free durango that is a 2003 year and stuck with a 1996 lemon ram 1500.

- , Anacortes, WA, USA

problem #11

Mar 012006

Ram 1500 LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

TRUCK DRIVEN CONSERVATIVELY BY OLDER DRIVER, SECOND VEHICLE,

MOSTLY HIGHWAY DRIVING. SHOULDA NEVER HAPPENED, PROBABLY STUPID

TO GET IT FIXED - BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY - $900, THEN OH IT NEEDS

SOMETHING ELSE, AND THEN TURNS OUT SOMETHING ELSE IS BAD AND THE

WHOLE THING HAS TO BE REPLACED. $2600

- , Citra, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 232010

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 219,000 miles

i don.t think its good salesmanship to sale a vehicle to the consumer and makr them pay for auto compainies screw ups if we where to do that sort of shafty saling of a vehicle they would have our asses nailed to the wall but its legal for the auto industry to do it

- , Milford Center, OH, USA

problem #9

May 102007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

First gear went out. When the transmission was pulled apart the rear drum bushing was completely gone. The dealer may not have replaced this part. Mr Transmissions rebuilt it this time and I've returned it three times and they still can't get it to shift properly.

I will never buy an automatic transmission vehicle from the Chrysler Corp.

- , Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #8

Dec 042007

Ram 1500 LE 360 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,570 miles

I had bought this truck for my son because I knew that it had just had a complete engine install so I never really drove it a lot. After he complained once about the transmission missing shifting going into second gear I test drove it. I notice that the Temp gauge was at 205 degrees and steady. The transmission began to shift in and out of overdrive and after trying to find the problem and only after two shops could not detect the reason behind the symptoms I found that the water being hot, and maybe other reasons, caused the transmission fluid to gum up and clog the cooler lines cutting off the fluid to the transmission and burning it up. The pump had been working but the shops did not check the return line for pressure, had they done that in the beginning my transmission could maybe been salvaged.

- , Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #7

Nov 012002

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

truck was working fine then the transmission started slipping and skipping to the point that it would hardly move

- , Martin, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 272006

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT

  • 83,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2nd time the transmission failed was at 83000 miles (1st and Reverse Gear). Covered under extended warranty.

- , Arlington, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 272006

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT

  • 35,000 miles

1st time the transmission failed was around 35000 miles (2nd, 3rd, and Reverse Gear), covered by warranty

- , Arlington, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 252006

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT

  • 112,400 miles

reverse gear starting to make noise. 3rd time Transmission has gone out (Reverse Gear again)

- , Arlington, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 102003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 250,000 miles

this is the second time the transmission has gone out on this vehicle

- , Cabery, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 102003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 124,000 miles

piece of crap transmission out again

- , Cabery, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 082002

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT

  • 63,000 miles

Piece of crap! Transmission blew up and electrical system melted.

- , Missoula, MT, USA

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