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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 082002

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • miles

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

Transmission was in neutral, parking brake was set. Vehicle was stationary for approx. 1 min. While I removed my things from the interior. As I was walking away from the vehicle (about 30-40 ft) I heard the brake "pop" turned around and the vehicle slowly started to roll backwards until it hit a pole. This happened in a private parking lot and was reported to Corp. Security, but no police report.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 312001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was in reverse, attempted to drive back in reverse, but vehicle was still in drve. Consumer slammed on brakes, and went back to reverse, and drove. But vehicle was stil the same. Consumer had to turn vehicle off to get it correctly into gear. Service manager referred the consumer to to another mechanic, who had to replace steering column.

- Aliquappa, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 102001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Transmission gear can be pushed into drive without putting foot on brake first. Concerned because consumer has small children. Consumer was not informed of this feature prior to purchase of vehicle.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 281999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Vehicle has no interlock safety mechanism. Vehicle can be placed into gear without applying the brake. The dealer has been contacted.

- Baker, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 201999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Owner's child was able to switch gears from park to reverse without application of the brakes, and the vehicle took off and hit a fence. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Aug 181999

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked in driveway and engine running with children in back seats;.all of a sudden a loud sound was heard and the vehicle rolled out of driveway into a tree. Three injuries were sustained, including minor cuts & bruises. Dealer notified. Can NHTSA provide additional information.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 061999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is running in park, and by itself the vehicle will jump out of park into neutral or drive, causing a potential safety hazard.

- Strasburg, OH, USA

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