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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,268 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 082011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 127,746 miles

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

Driving on highway approx 65 mph, steering wheel vibrating, slowed vehicle down as pulling off exit tire tread from right front passenger side of vehicle shredded. Tire tred is still haning on tire.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 282008

Ram 1500

  • miles
Cooper discoverer at tire, completely shredded, while going under 65 mph, ..."lt, 265/70, R17, design #9804, dot.up.ah.0414803/30480-2, R-15065, load range 112/1090-was on a well-maintained 2002 Dodge Ram pickup, tire bought new. Owner kept required air pressure constantly- checked air every few days,36,000 miles on tire-occupants seriously injured when vehicle rolled 3X.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Aug 212008

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The vehicle has falken tires, size 305/40R/22 (na). While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact heard a loud noise. Suddenly, the rear passenger side tire blew out without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and the tire was replaced. Recently, the tread on the sidewall of all four tires was cracked. The tires have not been replaced. The dot number was unknown. The failure mileage was 85,000 and current mileage was 85,243.

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #11

Mar 152003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

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

I brought my truck to the dealer because it pulled to the right and shuddered at 75mph. I had already had 3 alignments on it since I bought it. Dealer said it was due to the tire wear. Tires wore out at 27,000 miles. Dealer was shocked; it?S a new truck the tires should have lasted 40,000 miles. I got new tires but the truck still pulls right and now it is starting to shudder at 65mph. I have had a pull problem since day one. I have also noticed that the raido lights and all dash lights go out when the key is turned to the rear and giggled a bit. I am bringing the truck in to the shop again this week. I hope it can be fixed.

- Carthage, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 042003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
My 2002 Dodge pick up has a cupped left front tire causing a severe vibration. The tire is a Goodyear Wrangler LT275/70R17. After taking it to the dealership they found nothing wrong with the suspension and alignment. They contacted Goodyear and were told that the tire on the truck is too aggressive and that the recommended rotation interval should be 5000 miles. The service manual recommends rotation at 7500 miles normal driving. I rotated at 6000 to coincide with my oil changes. The dealership said that Goodyear offered to go 1/2 with me. The cost to me would have been $210 mounted and the dealership could have the tires in that afternoon. I had gone to a Goodyear establishment 2 weeks prior to this visit to complain. They told me the same story that the tire is too aggressive and needs to be rotated at between 4000 and 5000 miles. They offered me 2 new tires at the same deal. The difference being was the same tires were $180. They would have to order them as the local warehouse had none in stock. That leads me to several questions: 1. why did this new vehicle have tires on it that are "too aggressive"" 2. why do I have to pay for tires that I have been careful to maintain and rotate at the specified interval in the service manual? 3. why is there no notification to the owners stating that the rotation interval needs to adjusted"

- Hamlin, NY, USA

problem #9

Nov 242003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 6,000 miles
Problems with tire equipment on 2002-2003 Dodge Ram trucks. The consumer owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, he stated in wet conditions, his vehicle hydroplaned excessively mainly because of the large tires and the design not displacing water at speeds of 30 mph.

- Sparland, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 012003

Ram 1500

  • 23,000 miles

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

Consumer complained that this brand new vehicle was sold with used tires. Consumer went to the vehicle parked in the driveway and discovered that front right tire was flat. The vehicle was taken to a tire shop for repair. The tire shop technician informed consumer that the tire had been plugged before. The dealer denied that the tire was plugged in his possession.

- Laytonsville, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 012003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The consumer noticed all four Goodyear, invicta tires at 12000 miles were wore out prematurely.

- Lake Cormorant, MS, USA

problem #6

Jul 012003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The tires on my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 sport model apparently cannot be balanced by the Dodge dealers I have visited in the orlando area. The tires are Goodyear P275/60R20. The truck vibrates and the steering wheel shakes at interstate speeds (65-75 mph). Not only is this terribly annoying, but I believe it may be a dangerous defect. The truck only has 14K miles.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #5

May 142003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving 60 mph, the rear driver's tire experienced a blow out.

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 232002

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

None

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 102002

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle hit a bump losing contact with the road and jumped into another lane, the vehicle also hydroplanes while being driven in rainy weather, the dealer has been contacted about these problems.

- Applegate, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 142002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
There are no snow tires for weight of vehicle.

- Rutland, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 132001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tires would not stand gravel roads. If tires hit a bump on oil or concrete roads tires will break. Good year Wrangler, tire size 28570R17, dot # not available. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated that tires will not stand up on gravel roads. Dealer did agree to replace tires. The dealer replaced the bad tires.

- Belgrade, MT, USA

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