definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,980 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 222011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


I own a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 extended cab. I bought the vehicle new. For several years the dash has been cracking and the plastic air conditioning vents are falling apart. I have made no repairs and it needs fixing. Also the rear end is roaring probably from a bearing going bad. Other than this problem, it has been a good truck.

- Pelzer, SC, USA

problem #4

Aug 122005

Ram 1500

  • 39,898 miles
The driver seat belt became unbuckled various times. I have replace the buckle side of it on my own. Also the rear end is making noise right after warranty expired, now I'm supposed to replace it onmy own.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #3

Jan 262004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn is hard to blow. Rear end makes whining noise and it started using 5 quarts of oil between oil changes. I only have 36000 miles on it. They replaced manifold intake gasket at my expense. The fuel gauge does not work right. Luckily I didn't ruin the engine that I know of. I understand there have been a lot of problems with intake gaskets. How long does it take to get a recall on defective parts?

- King, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 012000

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
The ring and pinion gear as well as both outer bearings in the rear axle failed at 50000 miles with scheduled maintainance. I had the vehicle repaired at a local driveline shop because the dealer told me that they would not cover the repair. I was told by the repair shop that they were doing as many as four dozen rear end repairs a month on Dodge trucks and full size vans for the same above mentioned dealer. The only reason they are not doing them any longer is because Dodge decided to start replacing the entire rear axle assembly instead. I was also told that this could have lead to a locking of the rear axle assembly while driving which could have proved fatal.

- Sandwich, IL, USA

problem #1

May 011998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front differential seal leaks oil, causing differential to throw a bearing.

- Glendora, CA, USA

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