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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,387 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 engine problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Mar 281999

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Automatic transmission jumps in and out of overdrive, the speed control does not fuction properly as well. When the truck had 2,987 miles on it the original transmission destorted by itself, a new one was installed and 2 recalls performed (788 and 799). Ever since that time the truck has been to the original dealer twice for repairs and to a local dealer for repairs. As of last week Chrysler motor Corp. Believes there is a problem with the computer that is causing both problems, but will not give me a time frame when the program fix will be available. In the meantime I have been told to drive the truck because it is still under warranty, and if the transmission should destory itself again the Corp. Will replace it. I purchased this truck to pull a horse trailer and I cannot use it for the purpose in which was intended for.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #10

Sep 231998

Ram 2500

  • miles
Speed control (cruise control) was engaged when vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own. When going uphill, would maintain speed. Was cresting the hill when it picked up speed.

- Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #9

Feb 051999

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cummins diesel engine; intermittently while the cruise control is activated cruise vehicle accelerates unexpectedly up to 15 mph. When turning off cruise control, it will unexpectedly turn on. Dealer readjusted the cruise control, but problem is reoccurring.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #8

Aug 141998

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer was driving, pulling a 24ft pontoon boat, traveling 20mph on wet pavement, hit brakes and the truck started going faster, 5-6 times. Hit brakes, went down hill, right side of road into ditch, truck turned over twice. Totalled truck and boat. Police arrived to scene, turned the key and truck roared. Accelecerator was stuck. Dealer was not contacted yet. Manufacturer will sent investigation team, cannot duplicate the problem.

- Lafayette, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 011998

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Speed control adds an additional 7 to 12 mph when it is set. If set at 65 it will go to 72 to 77 before stopping. It stays at 72 to 77 mph for 5 to 10 minutes and then will drop back to the original setting of 65. This is a very dangerous situation and is common in all '98 and '99 Dodge Ram. Dodge must do something to fix this situation.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #6

Jan 211998

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD

  • miles
Vehicleloses accelerationand has gasps in the gas pedal upon acceleration.

- Moscow, ID, USA

problem #5

Oct 051998

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

Had cruise control on at 60mph. Road wet/slick. Vehicle started hydroplaning. Made funny noises. Lost traction. Spun around & front end hit guard rail. Air bags did not deploy. Driver has bruises from seat belt. Passenger not restrained. Hit windshield. Emergency room treatment.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #4

May 011998

Ram 2500

  • miles
While driving uphill or at high altitude, the vehicle surges or decelerates which may cause an accident. Manufacturer is aware of the problem, but there is no solution to the problem.

- Oxford, AL, USA

problem #3

Oct 291998

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
Recall remedy did not correct the problem. The vehicle continues to accelerate at high speeds. Recall number 98V20900.

- Copopaxi, CO, USA

problem #2

Jul 011998

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel throttle body failed.

- West Fork, AR, USA

problem #1

Feb 171997

Ram 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's wife experienced acceleration after shifting gear into drive. Vehicle went out of control, causing consumer to strike a tree. Also both air bags did not deploy. Dealer/manufacturer notified.

- Colchestre, VT, USA

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