really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,485 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 012014

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles


To whom it may concern, these rubber brake lines almost killed me barreling thru a downhill red light. Fixed bad part, then hit guard rail, damaged front grille, bumper and fender when the other line popped while driving. I was told this is a notorious problem with Dodge trucks. I'm not as angry about the filler neck which rotted and filed tank w rust chunks, replaced fuel pump. But I think more ppl need to B aware of this brake problem with these trucks, as far as I'm concerned, this is incredibly dangerous, and I might scrap it because it's problems 120K mile truck I can't even get 700$ for after the $ I've invested to keep it safe. I think the brakes need to be recalled with these trucks. Owners like me just let them sit because they rosy so easy their not worth fixing anymore, I regularly maintenence my vehicles, these are expensive to keep safe, thank you. Scott kimball.120K 98 Ram

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #11

Jun 022014

Ram 1500

  • 93,000 miles
I was driving on a busy downtown street when I turned a corner at approximately 10 mph. As I turned I felt an awful jar. I was pulling a 12' empty trailer. I looked in my rear view mirror to see my trailer lift up about 3-4 ft. It stayed on the ball hitch but bounced terribly. I also saw a tire rolling across the road fortunately not hitting any other car. I pulled over and checked around my truck. I accounted for all 4 tires on my truck and the two on my trailer. I thought I must had run over one laying in the street. Then I noticed my spare was missing and saw the metal piece where cable goes through laying in the road. The cable broke off which dropped the spare into the road which my trailer ran over. Had I been going faster or on a busier highway there probably would had been more damage. Only damage I incurred was my trailer mesh floor broke weld and now it is bent frame. I am not looking for a recall must at least make people aware to have this cable checked periodically and replaced if needed.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #10

Apr 042013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 the hole dash is falling in cracks all over with a few big holes I've seen that this is a Dodge issue that Dodge has not fixed or has not made attempted to fix.

- Hughesville, PA, USA

problem #9

Dec 142013

Ram 1500

  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while reversing from a residential garage, the front end of the frame fractured. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the frame was completely corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 115,000.

- Higganum, CT, USA

problem #8

Jul 262013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph in reverse, he noticed that the steering wheel had become abnormally loose. The contact attempted to drive forward but he turned the wheel right and the vehicle went left. The contact then exited the vehicle and noticed that the sub frame was rusted. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 11-04-13 updated 11/8/2013

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #7

Aug 012009

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 127,000 miles
Dashboard has been disintegrating the last few years. Whole chunks have been falling through, including where the VIN plate is located. I'm not happy because I have always used a full windshield sun shade. Date when it started is approximate (a guess).

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #6

Oct 012011

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the dashboard fractured into pieces. The contact also stated that both side view mirrors fractured down the middle when the defrost system was activated. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 152010

Ram 1500

  • miles
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 & 1999 Dodge Ram 2500. Cracking dashboard on 1998 and 1999 dashboard has completely fell out.

- South Carolina, SC, USA

problem #4

Jun 132010

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dash on 1998 and 1999 Dodge Ram cracked. Pcs could come loose and cause a wreck. Also paint is defective paint. Just like the problem Ford had with there car and trucks.

- Shelby , NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 182008

Ram 1500

  • 82,825 miles
My 1998 Dodge Ram has a very large and fast growing crack on the dash, that just appeared one day. If it falls apart any more it can cause all types of electrical, steering problems and possibly could cause a vehicle fire.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 172004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The dash cracked from the center where it meets the wind screen all the way across the dash going out of sight where the dash rolls into the airbag compartment. A few weeks later the wind screen cracked from the same orgin when it got wet.

- Calera, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Console lid.

- Tulare, CA, USA

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