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.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,169 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 042007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 81,000 miles

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

Oil pan was replaced due to rust. Covered by warranty, with $100 deductible. Apparently Chrysler can't build a pan that will last a full five years. Also, on third set of brakes at 81K miles. Apparently, as soon as I traded my Toyota, I started driving like an old lady. Either that, or the brakes on the truck are substandard. Emergency brake handle broke in less than 1 year. Etc..........

- Dryden, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 012006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
When on the slightest rough surface, this truck jumps and bounces all over the road. I lose all control of the truck when it is jumping. Worse, the brakes bounce and grab when you apply them. Dangerous. Wide spread knowledge of these safety issues. Need a resolution and recall.

- Little River Academy, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 152004

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
While driving 40 mph consumer applied the brakes and vehicle did not stop. The front wheel hub assembly broke on driver's side, causing the vehicle to flip.

- Camden, AR, USA

problem #6

Jul 192004

Ram 1500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving the glove compartment light came on and went off on its own. The light bulb switch rattled while driving. The consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and the mechanic determined that this vehicle was not on recall. The front brakes were bad.

- Shingle Springs, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 262003

Ram 1500

  • 4,500 miles
Two days after purchasing the vehicle brake failed, at 4500 miles while driving at 40-mph. While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor, and there were no brakes at all. As result, vehicle was involved in a front collision. Both times dealer could not find anything wrong with the vehicle.

- Fultondale, AL, USA

problem #4

May 142003

Ram 1500

  • miles
When trying to apply the anti lock brakes. Brakes will lock up, causing th vehicle to have extended stopping distance. Dealer had been notified.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 012002

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 20 miles

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

Consumer stated ABS light illuminated. Which was an indication the ABS was inoperative

- Gallant, AL, USA

problem #2

Jul 072003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving approximately 45mph, had an accident by rear ending vehicle in front. ABS braking system had locked up. This caused the vehicle to skid into the vehicle in front. Air bags failed to deploy upon impact. Front end of vehicle was destroyed. Also, seat belts failed to restrain and driver suffered chest pains from hitting steering wheel, and had to be taken to hospital.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 122002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving and upon pressing brakes, vehicle will lurch about eight or nine feet.this has happened at least five times. Took vehicle to dealer, and problem has not been remedied as of yet.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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