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.

5.0

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,367 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 082006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,300 miles

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

: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked in the driveway; the vehicle was running for about 30 seconds when the contact heard a pop and noticed there was a fire under the hood. The fire department was called and extinguished the fire. As a result, the vehicle was totaled. The fire marshall determined this was a product liability case. There were no problems with the vehicle prior to the incident. The contact used the cruise control twice a year.

- Souderton, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102005

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at night driver noticed that the tail lights, cruise control, and brake lights were inoperative. This caused poor visibility to the driver. Vehicle was taken to a garage for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 252004

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,800 miles
Sunday morning, I started my truck. The truck warmed up for nearly 30 minutes prior to my trek home. I then drove the truck for nearly 90 minutes prior to reaching interstate 95 in houlton. When I started driving, the temp was 16. When I entered the interstate, I set my cruise control to 85. After traveling for nearly 80 minutes, my truck rapidly accelerated without warning. I tapped my brakes in an attempt to disengage the cruise control. This did not work. I then pushed the cruise control buttons on my steering wheel, in an attempt to turn off the cruise. This did not work either. I pushed on the accelerator thinking that it was stuck. This made no difference. The truck was accelerating without warning or reason. My truck accelerated to 95 mph, and was continuing to climb. I had to do the following in order to get my truck stopped. I had to force the brakes on, which was the not very productive. I was able to slow the truck to 65 mph before placing the truck into neutral. After placing the truck into neutral, the engine raced out of control. The tachometer was maxed out. The engine stalled, as I rolled to a stop. After collecting my self and attempting to calm my wife down, I started the truck up. The accelerator was still stuck and the tachometer was past 7000 before I could get the truck shut off. I started the truck three more times and the above still occurred. I then slowly pushed the accelerator to the floor a couple of times with the truck, off. I then started the truck and pushed the accelerator to the floor. The truck then came out of what ever was going on. Outside temp 0. this really concerns me. This was a very scary event, and thankfully we were on the interstate in remote northern Maine. If this occurred in or around rural Maine it would have and could have been fatal. William smith 18 fern way rockport, Maine hrswks412@adelphia.net

- Rockport, ME, USA

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