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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
156,353 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace radiator (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 172012

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles


I was having a coolant leak and found out the thermostat housing was leaking and now find out the radiator was leaking on both of the plastic ends. It wasn't leaving any puddles but was leaking under load while driving.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 172012

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,060 miles

I keep smelling coolant and the reservoir is lower.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 032009

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

After reading all the complaints, I feel lucky to have gotten over 150,000 mi. on the truck. (not that lucky)! List of problems: Heater core went out, then condenser fan went out, then the heater core again, then the radiator went (sludge) all scheduled maintenance was on time and performed by the dealer. Now the truck is blowing white smoke from the tail-pipe (sometimes), sipping anti-freeze and water at about a gallon a week, engine sometimes decides to die at stop signs. I think that when the engine over heated last year it cracked the head gasket. Toyota or any other maker, here I come

- , Montgomery, TX, USA

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