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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,992 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #35

Jan 172001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Major transmission repair/overall needed. Overdrive remained on, fluid heated up quickly. Repairs bill over $1890. Vehicle has 46,000 mile and only 2 1/2 yrs old.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #34

Nov 172000

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Leesburg, TX, USA

problem #33

Oct 201998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I really enjoy this Dodge ram1500, but I feel that since it is out of warranty it will not hold up to my expectations. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #32

May 122000

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I have contacted Chrysler too many times about these problems, especially the brakes, which I admit is an intermettent problem. However I have demonstrated the problem to the service manager at riverhead Dodge. No repairs were ever made. Apparently after searching on the internet I find I am not the only one who has these same problems. How many people have to be hurt before Dodge does something about this" does this have to evolve into another Firestone problem before anything is done"

- Wading River, NY, USA

problem #31

Jun 152000

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmision failed with no warning, I.e. slipping.

- Arlington, TN, USA

problem #30

Mar 161998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has antil-lock brakes. When consumer applies brakes brake pedal goes to the floor, and there is pulsation within the brakes. Also, transmission doesn't have speed/gears slip, and there is a leak underneath the hood.

- Oakhurst, CA, USA

problem #29

Jun 132000

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving consumer shifted indicator and it failed to work properly. Could not locate what gear transmission was in. Pops out of gear intermittently when gas pedal pressed. Also, whenever applying brakes, vehicle would constantly increase in speed. Took to dealership & each time test driven, but nothing could be found. Transmission was replaced 3 times for faulty gear shifting. In addition, fuel tank assembly was replaced due to problem with transmission. Ongoing problems.

- Sabastian, FL, USA

problem #28

Apr 182000

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tranamission failed due to incorrect installation at factory.

- Mattawamke, ME, USA

problem #27

Dec 161998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Transnmission out of adjustment causing shifting problems. Mjs

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #26

Dec 091999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced failure of the transmission while in 5th gear as described in tsb#21-10-98, prior to repair. Mjs

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #25

Jun 091998

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Transmission leakage at the band adjustment. Mjs

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #24

Feb 081999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Have had many recalls on this truck, now transmission problems. Just don't know what to do.

- Roosevelt, UT, USA

problem #23

Jan 242000

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has a broken park rod which is a part of the park gear. When vehicle is placed into park, it will keep rolling. Dealer has been contacted.

- Strafford, NH, USA

problem #22

Jul 281999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
"as far as I am concerned the truck is a piece of junk, the truck is currently in service for 4 days so far this week for all the above problems(this is the reason I do not have the VIN number), on top of the already accumulated 25-30 days of service. The Chrysler corporation has been notified, as well as my state's attorney generals office, oh and by the way I need 4 new tires as well, after only 25,000 miles."no safety defect listed within summary.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #21

Dec 011998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
My 1998 Dodge Ram equipped with an automatic transmission shifts into neutral when hitting hard bumps in the road. Chrysler district manager says all Dodge Ram do this and I ought to drive a little slower. The ABS brakes have also fairled on a steep decline. The noise from the front end was horrendous and the wheels continued to roll with no effort to stop. Also the front end of this truck cannot be aligned. Dodge has attempted to correct the problem by installing aftermarket ball joints, however problem still exists and I have gone thru 3 sets of tires. If all Ram trucks shift into neutral then all should be off the road as mine is. I have received several calls from other owners having the same problem.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #20

Feb 201998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Since the truck was new, it has been jumping into neutral when we travel, down bumpy roads. The dealer was contacted, Chrysler Canada has been contacted, my insurance company has been contacted, Transport Canada has been contacted, and I would like to know if you have recieved any reports reguarding this problem. If you would be able to E-mail me with any information that you have it would be gratly appreciated. Thank you very much for helping me out.

- Gillam,Manitoba,Canada, AK, USA

problem #19

Jul 011999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Transmission does not shift out of low gear until engine is at about 2000 RPM and occasionally will not engage at all when accelerating from a stop.

- Mayport, FL, USA

problem #18

Sep 271999

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
With engine running, you can shift into gear just by pushing down on shifter. Engine can be started in any gear.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #17

Sep 211999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently while driving vehicle jumps out of gear, and the over rive light comes on. Dealer is inspecting the vehicle. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Terryville, CT, USA

problem #16

Sep 211999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently while driving vehicle jumps out of gear, and the over rive light comes on. Dealer is inspecting the vehicle. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Terryville, CT, USA

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