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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,000 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 192003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


When vehicle is put into a particular gear it will not respond. When the gear shift is put in park it is really in neutral. When in drive it is really in reverse. When changing gears, reading in the dash board is not synchronized with the shift from park to drive. Truck was repaired 4 time but with no avail. Consumer feared that it was the electronic gear indicator. This is because when vehicle was in park, consumer's wife witnessed that the back-up light went on.

- Pardeeville, WI, USA

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