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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,833 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 transmission problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 052014

Ram 1500

  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that the gear shifter would lock into any gear. Also, the key was able to be removed from the ignition key althought the vehicle was not in park. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was unknown. Pam

- Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

problem #5

Aug 072010

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was exiting the vehicle when the gear shift selector independently moved from park and the vehicle began to roll backward. The contact was able to apply the emergency brake and place the vehicle back in park. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle would only start when in neutral. The contact was able to locate a recall for the failure (NHTSA campaign id number: 07V555000 -power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Column shift) but was told by the dealer that his VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Chillicophe, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 072008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My dealer, united Dodge of las vegas, is unable to remedy a recall, (G28) park shift lock defect, in a reasonable amount of time(over 9 weeks) due to Chrysler Corp. Only sending two parts a week.

- N. Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Jan 262008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The vehicle was serviced for an ignition shift park interlock recall, but a NHTSA campaign id number was not found. When the vehicle was retrieved from the dealer, the gear was able to shift from park without the brake being applied. The gear was shifted back into park and the contact exited the vehicle. The vehicle then began to roll backwards. The contact was knocked to the ground by the door when he attempted to jump back in the vehicle. He was also run over by a tire. The vehicle rolled through a yard and a ditch before crashing into a fence. The contact sustained back injuries and abrasions on his foot. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not taken back to the dealer because they wanted to charge just to inspect the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 157,000. Updated 06/05/08.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 262002

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Transfer case is leaking, vehicle has been taken into dealership five times already for transfer case leak, but solutions do not work. *akconsumer received no help from the dealership. Consumer is requesting replacement of vehicle. Also there was a noise coming from the front of vehicle, the passenger quad door will not open with the inner handle, the lock rods were out of adjustment.

- Coospay, OR, USA

problem #1

Jul 022002

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
As a state trooper, I have had a rancher explain to me that three of his 2002 Dodge 4X4 trucks have had the transfer case and drive axle "explode". one incident sent a part through the floorboard of the truck into the cab. Could these incidents be associated with the June 13, 2002 recall on brakes? the conversation came up when I told the rancher of my newly purchased Dodge pick-up truck. Thank you.

- Denver, CO, USA

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