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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 022003

Ram 1500

  • 56,000 miles


The bolt that holds fifth gear in place dislodged and the gear came off the shaft. Vehicle was still drivable in the other four gears but fifth gear was inoperable. Manufacturer and the dealer have been notified.

- Langley, 00, USA

problem #4

Feb 252002

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Locking pinion nut broke, resulting in shaft to fall which caused damage to the pinion gears and spindles. Several mechanics stated that a locking pinion nut should never unlock or break. Thus it's defect caused 1,100 worth of damage and could have definitely resulted in injury.

- Catawissa, MO, USA

problem #3

Apr 262001

Ram 1500

  • miles
We were taveling on hwy. 400 at approx. 65mph, when the driveshaft fell out of the truck, due to a broken bolt head. Being that it is out of warranty, Chrysler doesn't want to do any thing about it. I feel that this is a safety hazard, and should be covered under something other than a typical warranty, since the truck has been well maintained and taken care of. By the grace of god we were able to steer the truck into the median without getting hit.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 252001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 5-10 mph consumer heard loud noise. Vehicle lurched forward, and rear end locked up. Consumer pulled over, and looked underneath vehicle, and noticed driveshaft was missing.

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

problem #1

May 211998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck vibrates between 30-67 mph. Dealer has changed the torque converter, drivershaft, replaced ring and pinion, yoke, bearings and seals. Truck has burned 1/2 qt of oil per 1000 miles since new.

- Hebron, IN, USA

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