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5.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,333 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.

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 232006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

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

: the contact stated the vehicle was taken to the service dealer because the check engine light illuminated. The dealer determined the catalytic converter was bad and need to be replaced, but the vehicle was not repaired. Additionally, the dealer informed the contact of a warranty extension on the catalytic converter in the 1500 series with a larger engine. Dt*: the contact stated the latch that holds the child in the child safety seat comes unlatched very easily. The straps become very loose when this happens. The manufacturer has not been alerted. Updated 3/22/2006 - the manufacturer was notified of the problem. A recall had been initiated for this problem but the consumer seat was not included. The consumer sent the consumer a repair kit for the designer 22's which fixed the problem with is seat (22-390-VIN, og2B, 1/28/2004).

- East China, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 202002

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states the catalytic converter is rattling

- Pell City, AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 202002

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gear selector shaft broke inside steering column housing, 3 dealers could not fix the problem because the entire steering column has to be replaced.. zlso, steering column/track bar for front axle, and catalytic converter malfunctioned.

- Pell City, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 081998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving on freeway heard a loud noise; had little power. Arrived home & vehicle was checked. Found the catalytic converter was held by small piece of welding material. Towed to dealer & mechanic repaired catalytic convertor. The problem had reappeared again. Took back to mechanic to repair.

- Duarte, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 221998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Catalytic converter system failed twice.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 241998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Bad fumes from both inside and outside vehicle due to catalitic converter burning up. Rear end is making a humming noise.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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