Notes: The 2002 has the well-known and documented problem with their dashboards falling to pieces, but it also has engine failure from oil sludge. That's a doube shot of awful in your morning coffee.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,246 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 282007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,228 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. On September 28, 2007, the contact was unable to open the rear driver side door. The door cannot be opened from the inside or the outside. She has not notified the dealer as of yet. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 20,228.

- Rock Port, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 092005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
The driver's side seat belt retractor continued to fail. The parts were repaired/replaced three times, however the problem recurred. Both seat bet retractors were replaced, however problem still exist. Right rear door lock inoperative. Rattle sound over bumps. Right front sway bar link replaced. The steering wheel has been oscillating almost takes the wheel out of this hands. Dealer found ice in wheels/cleaned wheels. However vibration re-ocurred.

- Niagara, WI, USA

problem #3

Jan 012004

Ram 1500

  • miles
Rear back door locks had to be replaced. Also, the power steering failed twice and the check engine light illuminated.

- Union City, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 182004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The rear doors of my 2002 Dodge Ram quad cab truck will not unlock. The problem has been reported to my dealer on several occasions, but has not been fixed, since it is not covered by a current recall. The truck is out of warranty, and I cannot afford to have the problem fixed (I'm still making $400+ monthly payments on the truck). At this time, I have not suffered any consequences. Possible consequences are that a rear seat passenger (especially a child) can become trapped in the rear seat of the vehicle. A kit/part is available (Dodge part number 5086593aa) to fix this problem, so it is a known problem.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 312003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
As weather gets colder the power locks in the rear of my 2002 Dodge quad cab will not operate. I have to reach in and pull up on the lock manually. Works fine all summer, but as soon as temperature hit about 40 degrees they will not unlock with power switch. I have checked my child safety feature and it is not the problem.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

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