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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
141,312 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Dodge Ram 2500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 042015

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


The power steering pump failed while driving on a mountain road. I was unable to steer the truck, and also unable to stop the truck, as the power steering pump also supplies power to assist the brakes.

- Middletown, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 022014

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Brakes failed when applied. ABS and brake warning lights came on with very little braking. After hard braking application the tires locked and slid about 5 inches in damp backtop and hit a car stopped at a light. Had plenty of time to brake but no or very little braking action. Later inspection showed that one of the brake lines rusted through and lost pressure. This is the second time this has happened. These trucks are prone to brake line rusting. Driver seemed to be fine and drove away after exchanging info. He later claimed injury.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 312012

Ram 2500

  • 195,888 miles
I was driving today and while coming up to a stop sign I applied my brakes only to find out I had none. The rear brake line that runs on the drivers side corroded really bad behind the gas tank and blew. Luckily there were no other vehicles around or else an accident could have happened. After doing some research, I find this is a very common problem on these vehicles.

- Wind Lake, WI, USA

problem #3

Aug 282012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 154,000 miles


While moving forward from parked, the brake pedal went to the floor. The truck rolled into a fence. Upon inspection under the truck, brake fluid was covering the frame rail under the bed, behind the fuel tank. Upon researching the problem, it was discovered that multiple vehicles have experienced brake line corrosion in this same area.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 242012

Ram 2500

  • 129,329 miles
The brake line that runs from the master cylinder to the rear brake on the drivers side has rotted out and busted. This is a common problem on these Dodge Ram trucks. I have cars from the 1960's and the brake lines have not rusted at all and this truck is 11 years old. This happens a lot on these trucks and im sure this is not the first complaint against them. Maybe a recall should be ordered. Thanks for your time.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 032011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 125,654 miles
I was driving and someone pulled out in front of me and stopped and I went to hit my brakes and they went completely out. It was the rear main brake line that runs behind the gas tank. The next time I was coming down a hill to a stop sign with some steel in the bed and a different brake line after the one behind the gas tank blew out and sent me through the stop sign.

- Blairstown, NJ, USA

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