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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,600 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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2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 052013

Ram Van 3500

  • 44,000 miles


While driving van, heard a loud bang in front end. Noticed that front sway bar brackets broke off frame do to frame rot. After further inspection, upper a frame brackets are separating from frame mounts due to frame rot. Also, frame connecting front bumper and radiator so rusted that I can push a screwdriver through frame.

- Succasunna, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 042009

Ram Van 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 55,000 miles
Dashboard has broken up like a jig saw puzzle.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172011

Ram Van 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 116,000 miles
Multiple cracks in the dash have occurred, forming sharp edges and points that are hazardous in case of hard stops or accidents. The manufacturer refuses to acknowledge danger, stating this is a cosmetic issue, but the sharp, hard plastic is indeed a safety hazard. A mandatory recall and replacement of the dash plastic should be ordered.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 152005

Ram Van 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
While driving down a hill the brakes went out. The contact was able to get it safely off the highway. This occurred on August 15, 2005. The contact took vehicle to a mechanic. They said that it was due to the way that the van was built. He said that it caused the battery to leak and burn a whole in the brake line. The vehicle is still at the mechanic's shop. The contact was concerned that someone else could have an accident due to the problem with the vehcile's structure.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 112002

Ram Van 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is pulling to right at all times, taken to dealer 3 times. Dealer did alignment, did not remedy the problem. While driving vehicle parted to the right. Consumer applied brakes and attempted to maneuver vehicle to avoid a light pole, however vehicle would not stop nor turn thereby hitting a tree instead. Consumer sustained minor injuries. Dealer found right front caliper frozen and would not release. Right front brake caliper replaced. Center console latch inoperative. New center console lid replaced.

- Greeleyville, SC, USA

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