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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,364 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 miscellaneous problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #18

May 182001

Ram 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,549 miles

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

I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel which I bought in 1999 and in May 2001 the dash cracked. I bought a new one but the dealer wants $400 to install it. I understand there is problem with the dashes in these trucks. And a recall is pending.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #17

Oct 152005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
The dash board on my truck is cracking and I am very concerned with the air bag being rendered useless as a result of this and also the dangers to myself and possible passengers due to the broken pieces of dash being thrown around in the event of an accident.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #16

Jun 072006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Dodge Ram 2500 24 valve cummins diesel dash board cracking severely, anti lock brakes not functioning properly, overdrive locking and unlocking around 45 mph. After trying several remedies.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #15

Sep 152003

Ram 2500

  • Manual transmission
  • 86,000 miles

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

Tail gate support strap broke, relative with 1996 Dodge had both support straps break resulting in damage to tailgate

- Wallace, WV, USA

problem #14

Jan 152003

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Clear coat failure on cab and under windows.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 162003

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran a stop sign. The vehicle collided with another vehicle on the side and repeatedly flipped over. The pickup separated from the frame and both landed in separate directions. The passenger was ejected from the vehicle. Neither driver or passenger were wearing seat belts. Both sustained injuries.

- Jerome, AZ, USA

problem #12

May 282003

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

The stabled on the driver side and passenger side stabled harness was stuck and would not come out at all.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #11

Jun 142000

Ram 2500

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #10

Aug 102000

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas gauge and the low indicator light did not came on. Vehicle stopped because it ran out of gasoline. There was false reading of gasoline gauge.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 151998

Ram 2500

  • miles
Instrument panel failure. Dealer/mfr. Notified. Provide further details.

- Mcdonald, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 231999

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles

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

I have had the steering damper replaced several times. It is unknown to me why this happens and the dealer has no answer either. All the components on this vehicle are "heavy-duty". braking is becoming more of a problem as the brakes wear down. The truck only has 21,000 miles on it. The power door locks I have no idea about they just stopped working one day, but, they do work w/ the remote entry. I also noticed the horn actuator is hard to activate due to the hard "leather" for the airbag cover. The driver's door keeps getting missaligned, I have never heard of a vehicle having this much of a problem like it.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #7

Dec 181998

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Check engine light.

- June Lake, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 041999

Ram 2500

  • miles
Fuel pump had to be replaced due to engine dying out. Engine check light came on & then died out. Had fuse replaced due to blowing out constantly. Engine & catalytic converter affected.

- Saint Joseph, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 011998

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Keyless remote malfunctioned.

- Thousand O, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 071998

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
While driving the engine check light stays on. Dealer says that it's the engine check light.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 091998

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Ram 2500, our 12 year old son was riding in the back seat of this extended cab pickup truck and was securely fastened into the 3-point seatbelt behind the driver's seat. When we hit a large pothole, his head snapped back and hit the glass rear window. There is no head restraint or head protection of any kind for the rear seat passenger. He suffered a mild contusion. If this was a more severe episode, or an accident, the injuries would have been severe. We need to have head restraint protection made available to us for rear seat passengers immediately. This is a very dangerous situation that we were unaware of when we purchased this vehicle. Our dealer tells us there is nothing available through Chrysler to fix this problem.

- Danville, KY, USA

problem #2

Oct 231998

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
I was hit head on by a drunk driver on October 23, 1998, and my air bag failed to deploy. I had turned the pasenger side off, bu the driver's side did not deploy.

- Hugo, OK, USA

problem #1

Jul 011998

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oil pressure gauge failed.

- West Fork, AR, USA

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