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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,974 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 012011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


My 2002 Dodge Ram has a bad blend door controller. What this means is that I only have cold or warm air coming out of the vents in the front part of the dash and am unable to switch the air to defrost the windows. Dealer says it's an $800 fix. The problem is that when my windows steam up I have to use a towel to wipe the windshield as I am traveling 70 mph down the freeway. How safe is that. Dodge needs to fix this safety issue!!!

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 092009

Ram 1500

  • 57,000 miles
Wiper module failure/ loss of visibility / safety issue from water intrusion into module causing corrosion and wiper module/ motor failure.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 292006

Ram 1500

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. In warm weather conditions, the air conditioner system becomes inoperative. Also, in cold weather conditions, the defroster does not work properly. The failure causes impaired visibility in inclement weather and could result in a crash. The dealer stated that the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 03V078000 (steering:column). The contact would have to install a wiring harness overlay at the cost of $800. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer referred him to the dealer. The failure mileage was 71,000 and current mileage was 88,000.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 012008

Ram 1500

  • miles
Windshield fogging up on inside due to leaking hand holds. Resulting in visual problems along with excessive moisture under the dash pad causing cracking. Along with safety concerns with passenger side air bag working properly when needed and any other electrical problems arising from the moisture. Dodge is aware of this problem and has done nothing to correct it such as a recall. I feel they must be held accountable for the defects.

- Jefferson City , MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 112005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,868 miles
My sun visors have broken numerous times. Both sides (passenger and driver) have been replaced at least three times each. They lose their spring tension and hang down and create a safety hazard when my wife and I drive, because they will not stay up and out of the way. My vehicle only has 30K miles on it, I am the original owner. 8jb

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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