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7.9

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 23
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,443 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #46

Jul 082005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,590 miles

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

I purchased a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab, VIN [xxx], from fowler Dodge in Oklahoma city. The vehicle was sold as is with engine problems. Upon taking the vehicle to a mechanic, I was told that it will need over $2000 in repairs in order to be safe and reliable. The problems are as follows: #1 engine cylinder has burnt valve, not creating adequate cylinder pressure #5 cylinder has burnt valve, not creating adequate pressure #8 cylinder has burnt valve, not creating any pressure brakes rotors require replacement transmission slipping between 1st and 2nd gear headlights operate in full high beam only, all the time. Faulty headlght switch the mechanic I took the vehicle to has reccommended that I get a lawyer, write to you and Chrysler and give fowler Dodge a chance to make the repairs under good faith. The mechanic also stated that on numerous Dodge Ram maintenance forums, this is a common problem. I have seen these first hand and it is true. I have seen posts with people stating that their dealer told them there was a problem with the cylinder heads which lead to burnt valves, requiring cylinder head replacement. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #45

Feb 012005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
I own a Dodge Ram 1500 sport 4X4 which has 6700 miles on it. At 3800 miles the transmission went out. Mark thomas motors in albany said they will replace the transmission because there isn't a reason for it to have gone out, at no cost to me. At 67K miles both the engine heads were cracked from running to lean and advanced timing. That cost me $1000 and mark thomas motors again adjusted the cost. Althought I have been treated extremely well from this dealership I should not have experienced these problems this soon. Various forums discuss these topics in great detail. Dodge has known of these issues and has never addressed the problems. I'm now waiting for my F250 to be delivered, I'm done with Dodge for now.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #44

Dec 082003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Without warning driving on interstate highway, suddenly engine light came on and truck died. Pulled immediately to side of road when there was a loud bang. Had truck towed and had to have entire motor replaced.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #43

Oct 302003

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,800 miles

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

While driving the vehicle to college it just quit on me. It would not start again. I had it towed to the dealership where purchased and it is still under warranty.the next day they called and told me there was sludge build up in the engine and that it was locked up. They took a oil analysis test and said that we were liable for the damage caused by not having recommended oil changes. I have receipts showing oil changes but I was denied by Chrysler any work done on it. In my experiance of having been around a mechanic the only way an engine locks up is if there are defects in the engine or there is no oil in the engine. There was oil in my engine and there are only 35,800 miles on my truck. Now I am stuck with a truck still making payments on it and I have to replace my engine myself at my cost because Chrysler doesnt want to fix it. I looked on the net and also found another person on there who has filed a complaint saying there was gunk build up. That ODI number is 8015189. If there are any others out there please let me know. I would like to have the problem taken care of before I have to pay out of my pocket for something that the dealership or Chrysler should have to fix because it is still under warranty.

- Indian Mound, TN, USA

problem #42

Jul 232002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Oil gauge malfunctioned, and went dead, not detecting low oil pressure. Dealer found sludge in engine that would build up from overdue oil changes. Consumer stated oil changes were done on regular basis, but not a T the dealership.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #41

Jul 012002

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Consumer states the vehicle has a severe motor knock and valve rattle noise which occurs whenever the motor was under any load, the dealer made one computer adjustment that helped a little and made several suggestions about the types of gasoline to use, consumer states when going up a slight hill again under any load the motor rattle noise has recurred to a noticeable degree.

- Beaverton, CO, USA

problem #40

Aug 082001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, vehicle will stall out without any warning. Dealer contacted.*akdealer repalced ais motor, reset fuel memory in PCM and replaced map sensors. However problem still exists. Prndl is loose. Dealer adjusted prndle.

- New Haven, MI, USA

problem #39

Jun 022002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Vehicle will produce too much static electricity so much that consumer will end up with disc color on his fingers. Contacted dealer, and dealer cannot remedy the problem.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #38

Aug 172001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire in the engine compartment, vehicle is a total loss, claim 04-1299-808.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #37

Jun 172001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced engine fire, recently the vehicle was worked on for an engine oil leak, the dealer is not willing to handle under warranty, the vehicle is a T/L, claim 59-V803-238.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #36

Aug 172001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle caught on fire in the engine compartment and vehicle is a total loss, claim 04-1299-808.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #35

Apr 012001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked when the engine caught fire, claim 22-V517-407.

- Oshtemo, MI, USA

problem #34

Aug 312001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer noticed smoke coming out of the hood and pulled over and opened the hood, vehicle caught fire, claim 16-N191-218.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #33

Dec 142001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked when it caught on fire in the engine compartment, vehicle has had problems with the windshield wiper motor, claim 01-6315-258.

- Birmingham , AL, USA

problem #32

Jun 262001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle suddenly stopped, vehicle had flames coming from the engine compartment, then vehicle exploded, claim 59-V812-056.

- Vernon, NY, USA

problem #31

Nov 182001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Fire started in engine compartment, wiring harness on right side heavily damaged, claim 42-1425-827.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #30

Jun 172001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced engine fire, 2 months ago vehicle was worked on for engine oil leak, dealer not willing to handle under warranty, claim 59-V803-238.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #29

Aug 312001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer noticed smoke coming out of the hood and pulled over, when opening the hood, consumer noticed that the vehicle was on fire, claim 16-N191-218.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #28

Apr 172001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
The vehicle has constant rough idle and sporadic engine miss, quivering, hesitation and sluggishness, dealer has changer oxygen sensor, air filter but problem persist.

- Louisa, VA, USA

problem #27

Nov 182001

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced fire in the engine compartment, damages are to the right side of the engine above the valve cover and the wiring harness on the right side was also heavily damaged, claim 42-1425-827.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

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