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8.8

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,986.00
Average Mileage:
92,384 miles
Total Complaints:
37 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild transmission (20 reports)
  2. replace entire transmission (6 reports)
  3. not sure (4 reports)
  4. replace transmission (2 reports)
  5. oversize fluid pipe, ext fluid cooler (1 reports)
  6. replace solenoid (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jun 302004

Ram 1500 1500LT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

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

I own 2001 dodge ram 1500lt had too rebuild tranny around 75000 miles it seems like they engineer them to start breaking down so they cost u money. I am a tow truck driver i tow alot of them because of that problem

- , Highlandville, MO, USA

problem #16

Dec 192008

Ram 1500 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,526 miles

got tired of the lemon sold it buying a ford tomorrow. Will never buy a dodge again they are junk. owned fords in the past always good vehicles.

- , North Battleford, saskatchewan, Canada

problem #15

Mar 232005

Ram 1500 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,992 miles

it was taken care of under warranty with a little bit of griping since warranty ran out 2 weeks before but the transmission went out again at 165000 and the diff went out at 155000 km none of this under warranty of course

- , North Battleford, saskatchewan, Canada

problem #14

Aug 222008

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L V8 360

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,688 miles

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

i guess it was inevitable with the crappy ass transmissions they put in these things, but it still pisses me off that it died on the highway where the speed limit is 60 with heavy traffic and i got first gear up to 30 with out red lining it

- , Grasonville, MD, USA

problem #13

Feb 022004

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT

  • 47,000 miles

i elected not to purchase the extended warranty because i put a lot of miles on my vehicles (50k-60k/yr). the trans started acting up at about 36k. not going into first gear, not coming out of first gear. this trans is the a518 automatic w/overdrive. at 47k the cel came on. i took it to the trans shop for an overhaul, torque converter, front planetary, and some other things. 2,300 dollars. an article at jasper engines and transmissions website began "due to the high failure rate of these transmissions from to lack of lubrication". i'm writing Chrysler next and i better get some money back. the trans shop was familiar with the problem and sold me a remedy.

- , Springfield, PA, USA

problem #12

Aug 012007

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Transmission was flushed about 30 days before it failed.....transmission never worked extremely hard....tows occasionally, but within it's capacity....no plowing, light cargo

- , Bourne, MA, USA

problem #11

Dec 222007

Ram 1500 1500 Quad Cab 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

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

Ok this one really pissed me off. I have 108000 miles on this truck and the transmission completely sucks. It won't shift out of first gear. There were metal shavings in the oil pan too. Rebuilt transmissions run about 1200 dollars and a new one is 4500 dollars. I'm 16 years old and I don't have a job how am I supposed to get this fixed. Dodge SUCKS and they need to stand by their products.

- , Paxton, IL, USA

problem #10

Jan 022008

Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

PISS ON DODGE YOU CANT AFFORD EM! SPOKEN FROM A FORMER DODGE LOVER!!!!!!!!! I HAVE ALWAYS TALKED CRAP ABOUT CHEVY BUT IM GONNA BUY ONE ,OR A FORD OR A BICYCLE LEAST IT WOULD BE MORE RELIABLE!

- , Lake Worth, TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 252008

Ram 1500 Quad Cab 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

To put this calmly and peacefully as possible. Dodge Rams F*&$ing suck. I have recently purchased a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. Test drove it and everything seemed great. Real eye candy really. Very nice (looking) truck.Well about 800 miles later started hearing a god awful rattle from the transfer case. Then just like that it locked up. Still drivable I took it to the shop. Well before I got there the transmission decides to kick the bucket as well. Lost all gears but 1st. So the mechanic looked it over and decided both the trans a transfer case were gone. Both had substantially large pieces of metal in the pans. So as calmly and warranty starved as could be forked over a $2500 check. Received a warranty on trans so was happy that I would be covered in that aspect. Well today i finally picked it up and drove it home. Went down the highway great. Was thrilled at the fresh responsive trans and lack of noise that once surrounded me. While exiting the highway, I began to accelerate off the ramp and 2nd gears slips completely out and then violently jerks back into gear. Thinking that maybe it was fresh and everything needed to be broken in a little I shrugged it off. Well the next stop light same thing. So I got concerned. While traveling roughly 45mph I heard a whistle/ whopping noise from the trans. Within 3 seconds BAM!!!! My rear wheels completely lock. Panicked I hit the brakes and they release. Grinding and crunching is all I hear and trans pops out of gear. Surprised and shocked I slowly put it back into gear and everything seemed to be working besides the noise. Well about 1 minute from home BAM!!!! Real wheels lock and I loose all gears . Then they release. Then it got stuck in Overdrive and I had no power to get down the road. Suddenly something finally popped and released the gear and i was able to make it home.. I got out to the smell of burning trans fluid. I look underneath and fluid it dripping from the belt housing. This was after 30 miles on a Rebuilt Transmission. So tomorrow Im getting towed back to the shop for more than likely a new transmission. Im covered under warranty But Ive been without a truck for 2 weeks and now the wait begins again. My advice for all is not to get a Ram unless its a 5 speed. The Autos have serious problems and Im not the only one as you can see. I would rate the truck a overall D-. I love the exterior and interior. But its all eye candy. Good Luck to All.

- , Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #8

Dec 302007

Ram 1500 1500 Sport 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

The tail cone was cracked. So they couldn't just rebuild it. It needed a new one.

This happened because I lifted the truck 6" and I am waiting on dodge to get the

caster camber bolts so it can be aligned. Had to cut off the old bolts.

- , Anderson, IN, USA

problem #7

Jun 202007

Ram 1500 1500 Sport 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

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

My truck just started slipping a little. So I looked at the ex. warr. and it was up in

2,000 mi. so had it rebuilt.

- , Anderson, IN, USA

problem #6

Jan 102008

Ram 1500 1500 Sport 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Just to add to the cracked transmission the converter just went out.

Found out by check engine light.

- , Anderson, IN, USA

problem #5

Jul 182007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Bronze 5.2LV8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

Transmission went out 71,000 miles right after warranty expired

Called Dodge dealer no help got screwed

Cost me $950.00

- , Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 102007

Ram 1500 5.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

In May 2006, 77,000 miles, transmission failed and was rebuilt. in 11/2006, the overdrive failed causing the transmission to fail so they rebuilt it again. TODAY++++++++++++ failed again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Exactly one year later from the last rebuilt, they said there are flakes and the tranny is failing. I'm not doing anything stupid w/ my truck, what gives?

- , Boulder Creek, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

First gear just completely went away - Extended warranty expired just a few months before. Go figure. This is my first and last #$%^ing Dodge.

- , North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #2

Sep 232007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT 318 MAGNUM

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,682 miles

I have had this truck for 2 years its been a nightmare. I have had to replace the transmission once already and now I just found out the solenoid keeps cutting in and out. Now they have to rip the tranny out and redo it again. I love my truck but this is costing us a fortune. Can anyone give me some ideas on what to do?

- , St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

Jan 182007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 360

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

Whining noise started, then won't go forward or backward. Of course Dodge or Chrysler can't help me, they quoted around $1500 to rebuild transmission, Remind you my truck only had 38,000 miles on it never ran hard or never any hard core 4 wheeling. Not to mention the $500 they charged me for a rear spring around 27,000 mi and a right front u joint another 136.00 just a month before the transmission went out. Never again will I own a Dodge. And I hope any one else thinking of purchasing a vehicle thinks twice before doing so

- , Findlay, OH, USA

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