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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,683 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.

1998 Dodge Ram 3500 engine problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 102004

Ram 3500

  • miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge 3500. The contact stated that the vehicle would surge between 4,000 and 5,000 rpms while driving less than 50 mph. The dealer adjusted the computer module. On a separate occasion, the vehicle rapidly surged and behaved as if it were going to stall. The contact found a recall letter and the manufacturer stated that there were no open recalls for his VIN. NHTSA campaign id number 98V209000 (engine and engine cooling:engine:diesel) was referenced. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 105,000.

- Marina, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 062005

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Driver was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to dealer. Mechanic determined that transmission and engine needed to be replaced due to wear and tear.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Dec 282002

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck has been nothing but problems replaced many parts for leaks and transmission problems engine light consistently comes on even after repairs. Truck buck when accelerating looses engine power. Would like it fixed I read other complaints and they had the same problem. I put a lot of money into the truck and have not yet been able to fix problem because they cant seem to figure out the cause. Problem has been on going since vehicle was purchased.

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 152003

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,100 miles


My husband ordered this truck in late 1997. We purchased it new and have had numerous problems with the vehicle. The biggest problem we have faced is the transmission. Mid-April 1998 the first problems occured with slippage, the transmission cooling lines were replaced, one month later the torque converter went and repairs were made. Now at 51,000 miles and very little driving for the last 2 yrs (since my husband has been sick with cancer) it has blown again. The front seals are leaking profusely. The rear window was leaking so badly at one point the entire ceiling inside was soaded. The ABS computer went wacky on us early on also. The seatbelt has been twisted since we purchased the vehicle and we have not successfully fixed it. The extended warranty we purchased has gone out of business. I will not likely buy another Dodge ever again. Mercedes takes the cake.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 132004

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
While travel at any speed vehicle stalled and lost power.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 162003

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • 164,000 miles
Owner of vehicle had a routine oil change done. While driving owner noticed that oil gauge dropped, and vehicle was losing oil.

- Iuka, MS, USA

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