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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
106,400 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. ask for government bailout (2 reports)
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 162010

Ram 1500 LS 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


My wife bought this as a Christmas gift and I have tried to take care of it, but stuff like this really hurts. She worked hard to pay for it and now..

- , Lithia Springs, GA, USA

problem #4

May 232005

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

2nd dodge to have clear coat come off. one a 2001 dakota had repaired about 900.00 and this 1998 ram. they should be responsible for poor quality

- , fort pierce, Florida (FL), USA

problem #3

Feb 212010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles

When I purchased the truck it had the clear coating problem, so I actually don't know when it happened. It is such a let down. I love my truck....but to have this major defect is so sad....

- , Lebanon, OR, USA

problem #2

Mar 042012

Ram 1500 Sport 360

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

My beautiful lifted bright red dodge ram short bed Sport model is now red with elephant titty pink polkadots. When it's dry, the flaking clear coat looks as if someone poured oatmeal down both sides. The front doors look like someone has puked out the window. It's coming off in sheets. Big sheets. When the wind blows it starts snowing big chunks 5,6,8 inches long! I'm just not very proud anymore. I wish I had bought another brand.

- , Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152002

Ram 1500 318

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

its a wonderful world we live in the great us government ( u know for the people by the people ... ha ha ha) who can pick other countries problems out from the other side of the world and can give large corporations tax breaks incentives and even our money to them in the form of bailouts??? for what surely not to assist the consumers but to use in most cases as they wish dodge chrysler what a piece of work you are all the complaints i've seen on this website alone you should be bankrupt!!!! do you guys know what a repeat customer is ... not likely ... i only wish i were computer savvy enough to be able to send copies of all these unresolved problems to everyone who was even thinking of purchasing one of your products in the future.... and to all who read this wake up and smell this stinking thinking thing they call democracy my dodge looks like a spotted red turd and no dodge wont assist they say its normal wear ass look at foreign made products they must not respond to normal wear like american made chrysler dodge's do sorry 2 go on but come on people it time to do something all dodge owners paint a large lemon on your vehicle. at least that paint wont peel off. barron powell mathews virginia

- , North, VA, USA

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