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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,280 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 052014

Ram 1500

  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that the gear shifter would lock into any gear. Also, the key was able to be removed from the ignition key althought the vehicle was not in park. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was unknown. Pam

- Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 102007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. While the vehicle was parked without the key in the ignition, the vehicle rolled down a hill. The vehicle crashed into a trailer and both were damaged. There were no injuries. The contact received a recall notice for the ignition interlock after the failure occurred. The ignition interlock was replaced. The parking brake was not engaged. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000 and current mileage was 80,125.

- Shelocpa , PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 242004

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittent while driving 30 mph vehicle stalled. This caused loss of steering and brakes. Dealer replaced turn signal switch, but problem recurred.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 252002

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle will stall without warning. The vehicle serviced several times for this problem, but the dealership can not duplicate, so they cannot fix the problem. Upon further inspection of the vehicle by the consumer, they noticed that ignition can be switched toward the accessory mode without much force. Consumer informed dealership and daimler Chrysler. Ts scc

- Raynham, MA, USA

problem #1

May 062002

Ram 1500

  • 1,401 miles
Vehicle will stall without warning while driving. Dealership indicated that this could be caused by the ignition.

- Raynham, MA, USA

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