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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
7,556 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

Jan 162012

Ram 2500

  • 200,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving at any speed, the air bag light remained illuminated and the horn sounded without being promoted. In addition, the contact heard a noise under the vehicle. The contact noticed that the metal parts that held the wheels were corroded and caused the spare tire to detach. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Beachwood, NJ, USA

problem #44

Feb 012005

Ram 2500 4WD 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Horn does not work. It is very hard to make the horn go off. You have to press very hard on the steering wheel. The button is inside of the airbag. If in an emergency you will not be able to honk the horn and will possibly crash.

- Washougal, WA, USA

problem #43

Jan 012002

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Horn fails to sound approximately 60% of the time. Force required and size of activating area on steering wheel were severely overlooked by design engineers. I am a 6' tall physically active male and I have a very difficult time sounding horn (very dangerous)

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #42

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Vehicle was taken the dealer because the horn operated intermittently. Dealership/mechanic informed the consumer that driver's air bag must be replaced to fix the horn. Horn has been difficult to operate since consumer purchased vehicle. Horn has to be depressed on the right spot to work. Vehicle has 55,000 miles when it was brought to dealership for its repair. Chrysler offered to split (50/50) the cost with the repair on horn and airbag assembly. Consumer felt at that time and given that they had extended warranty on their vehicle the situation should be corrected. Vehicle now has approximately 78,000 miles and consumer said that Chrysler has refused to address the matter.

- Sunset, SC, USA

problem #41

Oct 152003

Ram 2500

  • miles
Vehicle failed state inspection due to a defective horn. Consumer reported the defect to the manufacturer.

- Unionville, PA, USA

problem #40

Feb 042003

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The horn difficult to press in to honk if necessary. Very difficult to sound horn while driving in normal conditions. Would be extremely difficult to sound in an emergency. I have need to easyily sound horn to worn animals out of my path and have been unable to due to this problem.

- Brownsville, TN, USA

problem #39

Feb 062002

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Horn buttone (the area you press in the center of the steering wheel) will no press in to honk, due to design problem, due to air bag. There is not way to honk the horn

- White House, TN, USA

problem #38

Jan 182002

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Horn is almost impossible to honk, dealer says it is because of airbag housing and there is not room for horn contacts to work, so no matter where you push or how hard you hit the steering wheel, it will not allow the horn to honk!

- White House, TN, USA

problem #37

Nov 161998

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Horn does not sound when depressed; backup lights lens cover is tinted.

- Lorida, FL, USA

problem #36

Apr 252000

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn is very hard to locate on steering column, and it is very hard to depress to get it to blow. This vehicle has narrowly missed being involved in 2 or 3 accidents because the driver could not use the horn.

- Arlington, TN, USA

problem #35

Aug 111999

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

Horn is located on top of steering wheel where the airbags come out. Consumer cannot place entire hand on the horn to make it work. Only a single point he can press with his finger on the steering column. That is the only way he can hear the horn.

- Fairmont, MN, USA

problem #34

Jan 272000

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
The horn is very difficult to apply. Owner has to add excessive pressure to get horn to function. Dlr says it's normal.

- Harrison, MI, USA

problem #33

Dec 121998

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The design of horn button hardens in cold weather causing difficulties locating horn in a emergency. Occasionally the horn fails to work properly. The cruise control would gradually decrease without brakes being applied. Taken vehicle to dealer to check.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #32

Aug 271999

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn has two small buttons on both side of airbag cover which are too small to locate and hard to press, not allowing driver to communicate with other drivers. Manufacturer states there is no plan to revise horn.

- Tippecanoe, OH, USA

problem #31

Aug 221999

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD

  • miles
Horn difficult to operate; trans shifts out of drive into neutral when driving over bumps and engine is under load

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #30

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn button hard to locate through the air bag. Nlm

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #29

Jan 011999

Ram 2500

  • miles
Many of my friends have the same problem with 1998 Dodge trucks, Chrysler says it is "normal" and will not fix. Horn button was re-designed for 1999 and does not have the problem.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #28

May 201999

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Horn difficult to activate, requires extreme force in very specific location.

- Kuna, ID, USA

problem #27

Apr 071999

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn sensor was difficult to locate in an emergency. It caused a collision in which someone was killed.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #26

May 051998

Ram 2500

  • miles
The passenger's or driver's side seat belt does not retract. Also, you almost have to punch the horn pad to get it to work. The dealership was not able to correct the problem with the seat belt or the horn. Owner has 2 other trucks with the same problems. Please list VIN #S for other 2 trucks.

- Whitewater, WI, USA

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