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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 012013

Ram 1500

  • miles


1998 Dodge Ram 1500. Consumer writes in regards to straps holding gas tank that caused fuel pump damage. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled. It was determined the fuel pump needed to be replaced, due to rust.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 282009

Ram 1500

  • 260,000 miles
1998 Dodge 1500 fuel line break its the crossover line between the fuel rails on the 5.2 ltr engine a small rubber line. Because I drove my truck 3 miles to a car wash to wash lawnmower on trailer didn't wash truck didn't smell gas started truck to get gas at station drove it 1 block to station turned truck off and at that moment I herd a whoomping noise and then white smoke and flames came out from under the hood on the passenger side between the windshield and the hood big flames then black smoke I had barley had enough time to unhook trailer ran to drivers side black smoke was coming out of the cab put truck in neutral and pushed it away from gas pumps then called 911. From the time I got to the gas pumps and the fire department put the fire out was 15 min and it completely gutted the cab and engine compartment. The fuel rail crossover line is the only way that I figured the fire started on the passenger side because the fuel and return fuel line is on the drivers side. I'm afraid if this would of happened driving down the road with passengers somebody could if gotten seriously hurt.

- Callender, IA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012008

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram. While driving 20 mph, the contact heard a loud bang that sounded like an explosion. He looked in the rear view mirror and noticed that the entire rear of the vehicle was in flames. The flames quickly engulfed the driver's side of the vehicle. He managed to maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road and attempted to extinguish the flames. The fire department was called and extinguished the fire. The vehicle was towed to a local service station and a large hole was found in the fuel tank. The mechanic stated that the entire fuel system needed to be replaced at the estimated cost of $3,500. A police report was filed. The failure and current mileages were 160,000.

- Pogo-Pheo, AS, USA

problem #5

Dec 012001

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumers vehicle ran into a trailer on his property and ABS was defective, also brake drums were rusted, dealership was aware of problem. Consumer stated that headache bar and fuel tank, tires, fuel filter, steering stabilizer, front shocks, rear shocks, air filter, rear axle seal and fluid, rear transfer case seal and U-joints in rear drive shaft failed and replaced.

- Tower Hill, IL, USA

problem #4

May 012001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Electrical system is not operable. Park lights wouldn't come on, and consumer smells like an electrical fire. There is a fuel leak leaking from back of engine.

- Cumby, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 262000

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Before fuel would be 23 miles per gallon. But, now 18 miles per gallon after a recall was made.

- Corinth, MS, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The truck does not run over 60 mile per hour with out buring a lot of fuel.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 131999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer was pumping gas and the trush burst into flames, burning half of his body, and there was a fuel leakage.

- Newhall, WV, USA

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