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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,600 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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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 092006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 70mph, a smoke smell was noticed in the cab of the vehicle although no flames were visible. The contact pulled the vehicle over and removed the motor to the electric seat which melted. There is a NHTSA recalls, # 04V185000, 98V207000, regarding the ABS module and the fuel supply tube. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs.

- Tasley, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 052005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Dodge diesel lift pump failure.

- Hampstead, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 182004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 132,000 miles
I drove the truck as normal and the block developed a crack in the right side the failure is the water jacket of the block that keeps the cooling fluid inside the engine. This means I am not able to drive the truck without filling the cooling fluid every 300 miles. This is a 53 block many people have had problems with these!!!!! I contacted Dodge and the say there is nothing they can do. I will need a new block/engine...$6500 for a new one..$3500 for used.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles
1998 Dodge truck ate the injector pump when the fuel pump failed. This can cause sudden loss of power, brakes and steering if it happens at high speeds or when carrying large loads as I do when on the job.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 011998

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the problem with this vehicle is that when traveling at a 17 degree decline the engine started to leak oil out of the breather tube because of the tilt. Dealer has been contacted.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

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