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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,750 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 092003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles


The auto transmission linkage that connects to the frame bolt sheered off. When this occured the vehicle remained in the gear it was in at the time of the failure. The cause of the failure is undetermined. The bolts shearing off the frame caused the linkage bracket to fall off the truck frame disabling the transmission from being shifted.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Aug 072001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle in 5th gear, it popped out of gear. When trying to put the vehicle in 5th gear, it went into neutral. Dlr says it needed a kit to be remedied.

- Cle Elum, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 041999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Transfer replaced w/in 4 mths of purchase, transmission now does not wish to is questioning

- Sioux City, IA, USA

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