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5.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 3500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 072008

Ram 3500

  • 72,000 miles

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

The dash on this truck has cracked and fallen in, exposing the wiring inside the dash to the sun. The wiring insulation is not rated for exposure to direct sunlight (uv exposure) and is decomposing, putting the truck at risk of a fire initiating inside the cab at highway speeds, due to exposed wiring shorting to ground. Dodge refuses to remedy it, despite numerous attempts to resolve the issue with them. It is my understanding that this is a widespread issue, yet the nhtsb has not forced Chrysler/Fiat into a recall, claiming that it isn't a safety issue. Do you need to see death before you act?

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 262010

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Dodge Ram 3500 cummings engine (auto trans) on steering/brake hydraulic assist system the consumer stated on 5 occasions when he went to start the vehicle, he discovered a complete loss of hydraulic power, but the engine continued to run. The loss disable both the steering and braking. The dealer could not find anything wrong with the vehicle, however, the consumer was charged 245 for replacing the brake fluid. The consumer was unable to convince the dealer to replace the power steering pump or any other component in the hydraulic power system. The failure subsequently repeated on two more occasions.

- Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 252000

Ram 3500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was wired to pull a fifth wheel, while driving the computer chip and alternator burned out and shorted out, causing fire, claim 55-S270-703.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252000

Ram 3500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was wired to pull a fifth wheel, while driving the computer chip and alternator burned out and shorted out, causing fire, claim 55-S270-703.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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