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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 272005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,500 miles


Entire gauge cluster failed. Headlights and running lights came on with the switch in the off position. Turn signals, emergency flashers and brake lights did not operate. Electric locks did not operate. It has happened twice. The first time it corrected itself after checking all of the fuses. The second time it was taken to the dealership. The dealership has diagnosed a internal short in the gauge cluster with an expected repair cost of $900.

- Crete, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 042003

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving at 30mph vehicle caught on fire, flames came out the dashboard. Dealer notified.

- Norcross, GA, USA

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