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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
146,230 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace injector pump (2 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 2500 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 012014

Ram 2500 SLT 5.9L

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles


For the third time in five years the Bosch VP-44 fuel injection pump in this truck is once again dying. I love the Cummins engine but the injection pump that feeds it is worthless, not reliable and far too expensive.

Truck had 110,000 miles on it when the first pump went out, then installed a overhauled (no new ones available for any price) pump that lasted about 20,000 miles. Last one went out at 130k miles so installed another overhauled pump.

Now at 160,000 miles the pump is going out again. This is after spending about $1000 for additional fuel "lift pumps" and filters (to make sure the fuel is clean) and a big line and large draw intake to the pump to make sure that the VP-44 gets enough fuel and does not overheat.

I have a gauge and monitor on the fuel system and it sits at 17-18 psi all day long and yet here we go again, another pump toast. When do we get to have a class action lawsuit against Dodge and Bosch over this? Sorry but this truck is not reliable and apt to stop anywhere and everywhere out on the road.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 282008

Ram 2500 SLT 5.9L Cummins

  • Manual transmission
  • 132,460 miles

The truck began to run rough at 90,000 miles but seemed to get better as it warmed up. Problem is the low fuel pressure resulted in poor lubrication. Dealer wanted to charge $4000 to fix it, claimed it was rare, but numerous problems on line and an independent mechanic knew exactly what the problem was without even seeing the truck. This was a design flaw and easily fixed with a simple LED to show if fuel pressure is low due to a dirty fuel filter.

- , Edmond, OK, USA

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