really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,532 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #66

Jun 032005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Transmission has gone bad on 2001 Dodge Ram. Week later engine needs to be replaced because of "oil sludge". have seen same problem documented on other sites about Dodge engines.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #65

Jun 012004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Transmission is getting too hot. Consumer went to dealership who said they have had similar problems, but there is no recall. The transmission was repaired for this problem once already and the problem is occurring again.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #64

May 052005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 68,500 miles
Vehicle has 70,000 miles and on highway cruising about 65 mph the transmission was slipping about 3 times a minute. I have done transmission maintenance at 68,500 miles. And the first gear was not working correctly and has not change ever since and.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #63

May 082005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,864 miles


1)2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 quad cab normal driving unexpected event 2)transmission failure truck would not move in any gear was without car for 1 week 3)rebuilt transmission at a cost of $2,192.80 which I had to pay to the dealer which sold me the truck and I had it for 5 months and didnt even put 8,000 miles on it it had 56,000 miles when I bought it at $17,000! when transmission failed it had 64,000 miles on it. The front end is also loose and the steering is not right im afraid I may loose my steering and needs repair. And I feel very unsafe to drive it.

- Wurtsboro, NY, USA

problem #62

Apr 112005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 6,500 miles
Transmisson: Third time in for repiar. 1. transmisson connector went causing loss of all fluid while traveling on highway; 2. linkage needed to be tightned would not shift. Problems starting.. unknown problme with 4 wheel drive and transmisson overheating.

- Breckenridge, CO, USA

problem #61

Nov 102002

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,300 miles
I took my truck to a dealership to have the transmission looked out before the warranty of 36,000 went out and they stated there was nothing wrong with it.then when the transmission had 50,200 miles the transmission burned up..I had to pay 3200.00.I called daimler Chrysler in bonham.tx and spoke to a mechanic and stated it I could find the cause and if it was a manufacturing problem they would pay to fix.then when we did find it was a manufacturing problem daimler Chrysler backtracked and stated was not their problem.

- Gainesville, TX, USA

problem #60

Feb 012005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


I own a Dodge Ram 1500 sport 4X4 which has 6700 miles on it. At 3800 miles the transmission went out. Mark thomas motors in albany said they will replace the transmission because there isn't a reason for it to have gone out, at no cost to me. At 67K miles both the engine heads were cracked from running to lean and advanced timing. That cost me $1000 and mark thomas motors again adjusted the cost. Althought I have been treated extremely well from this dealership I should not have experienced these problems this soon. Various forums discuss these topics in great detail. Dodge has known of these issues and has never addressed the problems. I'm now waiting for my F250 to be delivered, I'm done with Dodge for now.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #59

Feb 082005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 650,450 miles
An engine warning light came on my 2001 Dodge Ram so I took it to dotson brothers Dodge dealership they told me it was the transmission and that they had a service bullitin the problem was that during manufacturing a plate with a hole to small to let fluid to pass though was installed this causes the tourque converter to lock up and become damaged they told me that it would be safe to drive this was on wed Feb 2 on tues Feb 8 I was coming home from work when the transmission failed reducing my speed dramaticly I narowly missed being rear ended luckly the car behind me was able to swerve around me after sitting with the truck in park for a few minutes the transmission engaged and I was able to continue home.

- Carlisle, KY, USA

problem #58

Dec 302004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I started having problems with the transmission at 36,000 miles. At which time the local Dodge dealer said I needed transmission sensors. I paid to have it fixed since they said it was not covered under the warranty. At 70,000 miles I now need a new transmission on this new Dodge Ram truck. I have never abused the truck, and only towed once a light horse trailer. I have not had the truck repaired because it costs $3,000 I don't have. My truck payment is $500 a month currently.

- Lisbon, OH, USA

problem #57

Jul 012004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 1500, transmission failure started at 45,000 miles. Had to replace the transmission at 53,000.

- Northfield, VT, USA

problem #56

Nov 102003

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


The vehicle slipped out of gear and the body separated from the chassis on the passenger side front.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #55

Jul 062004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I purchased my truck in Sept 2000. After six weeks and 1100 miles I brought the truck back to the dealer stating that there was something wrong with the transmission. (it made noises and shifted very harshly.) the dealer said that they checked it, and that there was nothing wrong. At 36,000 miles the transmission blew. There were no gears at all - no forward no reverse. Thankfully it happened close to home on a quiet road so no one was hurt or involved in an accident. The dealer re-built my transmission. When I drove it after that a grinding/chattering noise was occuring - I brought it back to the dealer. I left it there for a day (never got a call from the dealer) when I called them I was told that there was nothing wrong with the trans.. they had taken it for a ride and heard no noise. I returned to the dealer to take one of their "technicians" for a ride and they in fact heard the noise I was referring to. They have now had my car more than twenty three days. (not in a row. I have had to bring it to them on four different occasions, and again take the "technician" for yet another ride) I am writing this now because I believe I am entitled to a new transmission and the dealer says no and keeps trying to rebuid the old one.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #54

Oct 142003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge 1500 w/a 5.9 V8. At around 58000 miles transmission started to go out. Took it to a shop, and they told us it was the torque converter. We replaced the transmission, and yet the problem still occurred. I am an hard core Dodge buyer, but this is starting to turn me off Dodge all together.

- Fort Riley, KS, USA

problem #53

Aug 252004

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Transmission was defective. Consumer picked up the vehicle from the dealership after they repaired it. While driving 65 mph consumer heard a loud clanking noise and the rpms shot up from 2000 to 7000 rpms. Consumer almost lost control of the vehicle. Consumer eventually pulled over to the side of the road. The transmission only had 1st and 2nd gears, and had to drive in second gear only.

- East Freetown, MA, USA

problem #52

Jun 012004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,713 miles
Had to have the transmission rebuilt, water pump replaced, ignition problems which lead to a burnt computer box. All of this was suppose to be under my extended warranty; which they dropped when I told them that I had 2 drivers. This was always under a business contract. Never heard again from the warranty co. Except to say that I was cancelled. Dodge Ram 1500 are junk vehicles.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #51

Sep 082003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Total transmission failure, no slipping no warnig, truck just would not go had 60000 miles this caused me and my mother and little child to walk on dangerous highway for help.repair cost 1800.

- Lovelady, TX, USA

problem #50

Jun 032004

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle the automatic transmission failed. The dealer indicated don't fix it just get a new vehicle.

- Ozawkie, KS, USA

problem #49

Apr 162004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a Dodge Ram 1500 that I just purchased 7 months ago used and guess what the transmission is gone and this truck only has 37, 000 miles on it. I believe that Dodge knew this piece of crap was no good. I feel like the dealership that sold it to me might know something about it. But I am fighting with the dealership and Dodge now to put a transmission in it. The dealership never offer extended warranty because they thought it had a 70,000 miles warranty and it does not. Tell me I didn't get a lemon. I used to be a Dodge/Chrysler person after this I will never look at another one.

- El Dorado, AR, USA

problem #48

Apr 042004

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission problem, hesitates changing into high gear, {I/E}engine lugs down.was told when taken in for service, it was because it is only a 6 cyc.I`M not satisfied at all.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #47

Mar 122004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
At about 20000 miles experienced abnormal shifting dealer replaced valve body on 3/12/04 started experiencing abnormal shifting again now vehical has 50000 miles no warrenty took it to transmisission shop and they had to rebuild valvce body torque convertor and transmission at a cost of $2600.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

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