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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,667 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 152007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


Excessive cracks have formed in both dashboard pieces. The plastic has become very brittle and sharp pieces are beginning to fall into the wiring underneath. Nothing particular happened that caused it, they just appeared overnight. Conversations with the local Dodge dealer and Chrysler customer service yeilded no assistance. I am concerned of the sharp edges of the plastic falling into the dashboard wiring and causing electrical failures while driving or, in the event of an airbag deployment, shards of the shattering plastic impaling the driver or passenger.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Rack & pinion steering leaking on left side. Transmission rough. No dash lights. Blower motor works seldom. Dangerous and expensive repairs. Seems like these have widespread transmission and electrical problems.

- Little River Academy, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 102004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
Wiring for my 2002 Dodge Ram pickup 1500 quad cab light bulb continously burn out like in a sequence all tail lights. My brother in law has the same vehicle and had the wiring re done while truck was under warrantee because of a short. Is there any record of anthing like this happening?

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

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