Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2002 has the well-known and documented problem with their dashboards falling to pieces, but it also has engine failure from oil sludge. That's a doube shot of awful in your morning coffee.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,630 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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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 132015

Ram 1500

  • 190,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 75 mph, the HVAC blower motor failed to operate without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V078000 (steering). The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Farwell, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 072003

Ram 1500

  • 11,615 miles
Vehicle blower motor fuse was blown on this occasion, and then later dates the ac condenser fan fuse was blown. The 40 amp fuse for the blower motor was replaced to fix the first problem. The condenser fan fuse was replaced at least once, and then the fuse box - where the condenser fan fuse goes - melted so that the fuse could not be replaced. Taking it to the dealer today. Also noticed lots of dashboard cracking complaints. I also have a dashboard that is seriously cracked. Paid to replace the part closest to the window, but the dashboard over the instrument panel was not replaced. Asked dealer to replace it three times, and all three times they said none was in stock. One person told me that they don't like replacing them because of the complexity of the job.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #6

Jul 282010

Ram 1500

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. When the contact turned on the air conditioning, he noticed a noise within the blower. He examined the blower housing area and found broken pieces. The instrument panel cracked when he removed it to inspect. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint but was offered no additional assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 66,000 and the current mileage was 66,993.

- Tampa , FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 192006

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving various speeds at night, the blower would turn on and off automatically and the instrument panel lights failed without warning. The blower eventually failed completely. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 03V078000 (steering:column), in which the instrument panel lights illuminated properly for thirty days before failing again. The vehicle currently needs a new computer. The current mileage was 155,000 and failure mileage was 120,000.

- Holland, TX, USA

problem #4

May 042005

Ram 1500

  • miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500. When switching from defrost vent to panel vent, the panel vent did not work. Venting went to floor. Daimler-Chrysler, I find, issued repair bulletins for this problem in spring of 2002, yet no recall. My repair costs are estimated at 800 dollars.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 182002

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Blower making buzzing noise.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 092003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 41,379 miles
When vehicle is at a stop blower motor blows out warm air. However, when driving blower motor blows out cool air.

- Plattenville, LA, USA

problem #1

Jun 102003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Wiesner Dodge, 26529 S.w. freeway, rosenburg, TX77471 truck was taken in for a recall on the blower motor, the dealer replaced blower motor but was refusing to hook the alarm back up.

- Rosenburg, TX, USA

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