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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
84,813 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace transmission (3 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 242015

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


Truck was running fine. I hadn't hardly had any issues with it. Went outside last Tuesday to get in my truck and go to work. I started the engine, put it in reverse and gave it some gas and my truck wouldn't move. It is going in gear but the truck will not move at all in reverse. All other gears work, just not reverse.

- , Peterstown, WV, USA

problem #5

Feb 252013

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

First dodge truck i bought & i will never buy another one.Ever since i bought it i could feel the transmission slipping,but after hitting 70,000 miles it went to complete sh*t.First the power steering started leaking..I must say i bought it brand new its a shame that i wanted to stay with my American Made but not sure after this

- , Cary, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 122010

Ram 1500 XLT 4.7 LITER v8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,880 miles

Out driving with the wfie in the Smokey Mountains. We were going up a hill and it sounded like we went over a rumble strip. I gave the vehicle some gas and it the RPM started to spike but the truck was not going anywhere. Come to find out I only had 1st and second gears.

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 082010

Ram 1500 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


When I first began having problems, the stupid f*ckin thing would shift into overdrive at like 15mph.... You ever drove a 5speed and tried to stop in 5th gear?! It's f*cking retarded shaky, and when I go to take off, the truck feels like it has NO BALLS..... So I was shifting it manually from 2nd gear up and when I slowed down same thing. Then one day I'm driving down the interstate, and BAM bitch slams into 1st gear, puffed a little smoke and that was it.. I go up two roads and then she was shifting like a DREAM no manual shifting, had all gears.... Then turn on the next road and surprise surprise, back to only having 1st gear. So I drove the POS around in first gear the rest of the day, until it completely stopped moving.

The linkage moves like it should, but I have no gears. Not even reverse. Been told torque converter, valve body, shift sensor solenoid (for when it was going in overdrive), clutches in the torque converter...... Yet I still have no f*cking clue what the problem actually is.. Trucks been sitting with about $7000 owed on it. F*CK DODGE & CHRYSLER PRODUCTS.

Anyone have any thoughts on this or ever had the same problem?! It sure would be nice to know what is wrong with the stupid thing. And being that I am a girl, I only know enough to get myself in trouble.

- , Springfield, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 172009

Ram 1500 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I bought my truck at car lot in greeneville. It is a 2002 ram 1500 4x4. I have done nothing but spend money on it so I finally thought I had every thing fixed, and my transmission was starting to act up. It only had 70000 miles on it and they said I need a new transmission that cost 3600 so I told them to stick it.

- , Afton, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 152007

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles

Purchased as a used vehicle, it came with a blown U-Joint, which was replaced. A few months later, the transmissions started slipping when I'd pull away, and would eventually engage. Shift changes were often harsh. Eventually, the second gear went out on the transmission, and it had to be replaced. Now it is starting to happen again, and I cannot undergo the expense of replacing it again.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

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