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3.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,688 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 082007

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 270,000 miles

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

- the wiring of the headlight harness switch burned on the contact's 1998 Dodge Ram 3500. There was a recall for this failure, but this vehicle was not included due to the VIN. The Dodge dealer refused to acknowledge that the prior years vehicles and this truck were having the same failures and refused to honor the recall. He called Dodge, and they also refused to honor the recall. He had to repair the vehicle at his own cost.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 112003

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,500 miles
Burning odor and light smoke from dashboard. All lights going on and off. Turned of headlights and burning odor and smoke stopped. Went to Dodge dealer to check for recall - manufacturer's recall 819 was for similar problem but only applied to model years 1994 - 1997. This truck was 1998 model. Purchased new headlight switch and replaced the burned switch along with some burnt wiring.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #6

Nov 282001

Ram 3500

  • miles
Consumer exited vehicle, and when he came back the interior of the vehicle was on fire which started in the left front dashboard area. (Ohio traffic report#10-90-733)

- Edwardsburg, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 282001

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

Consumer exited vehicle, and when he came back the interior of the vehicle was on fire which started in the left front dashboard area. (Ohio traffic report#10-90-733)

- Edwardsburg, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 192000

Ram 3500 4WD

  • miles
All instrument guages and warning lights do not work consistantly. At times there is no way to know what speed I am going and how much full I have because the guages are not working. I believe this consitutes a safety problem. I have heard other owners of 1997 model year vehicles were having similar problems.

- Baraboo, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 092001

Ram 3500

  • miles
Instruments panel has failed to work due to circuit board. Dealer was notified, and unwilling to assist due to vehicle being out of warranty/ not covered under manufacturer's recall. Provide any further details on this matter.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 072000

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Thin stream of white smoke emitting from dashboard. Headlight switch shorted out causing wires to burn behind dash. Very close to an electrical fire. Have heard other Dodge pickup owners having same difficulty (at least 3 that I know). Please investigate this problem!

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 011998

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • miles
These are 2 trucks of the same kind we owned that caught on fire in the same way.

- Teague, TX, USA

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