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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,571 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.

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2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 012006

Ram Van 1500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


: the contact stated the driver exited the vehicle after putting it in park with the engine running. The vehicle began to roll backwards and a bystander got in and put the vehicle in park. There was minor damage done to the driver side door. The vehicle was not inspected by a mechanic. There is a NHTSA recall, # 05V462000, regarding the automatic transmission; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. Updated 7/25/2006 -

- Barrington, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 032004

Ram Van 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The consumer placed the vehicle into park, while exiting the vehicle the door knocked the consumer to the ground. The vehicle continued to roll into a creek. The consumer stated that the gear was in park, however she was not sure if it came out of park. The manufacture will be contacted.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 032002

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Complaint involving 2002 Dodge Ram truck. (nar) the consumer has experienced ongoing problems with vehicle and requested that the dealership repurchase the vehicle.

- Quitman, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 282003

(reported on)

Ram Van 1500

  • miles


Consumer noticed after placing vehicle in park vehicle started rolling backwards.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 042003

(reported on)

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
The vehicles steering, transmission and suspension failed.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202002

(reported on)

Ram Van 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission shifting erratic, climbing grade will not shift down to lower gears and then hard gas will cause it to downshift, but then immediately return to lower gear. When overdrive turned off, cannot get to downshift at all.

- Johnson City, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 252002

Ram Van 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed and with no warning the transmission will slip from 2nd to 3rd gear and will make a loud noise. It will be hard for consumer to control vehicle. Dealer notified.

- Houston, TX, USA

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