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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,525 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 152003

Ram Van 1500

  • 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 #3

Jul 012000

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Seat belt control module caused current draw that depletes battery. Disconnecting the module stops current draw but deactivates the seat belts.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 072000

(reported on)

Ram Van 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver seatbelt will locks up without applying brakes/with or without the key in igniton, or if the consumer is sitting still or moving, causing consumer to be trapped against seat. Dealer has replaced seatbelt, but defect is still occurring. The dealer is unwilling to correct the problem. The unpredictability of when the belt will lock makes it particularily dangerous.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 291998

Ram Van 1500 4WD

  • miles
When system failed, we were unable to put seat belts on due to computers loss of programing. This is not only unsafe, but illegal in this state and many others.there sould be a default to a mechanical locking system, not just go inop. And leave us in a very unsafe situation.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

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