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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,667 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace oil pan and gasket (4 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. patched it with a fiber glass patch kit (1 reports)
  4. run the truck into the river (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 122011

Ram 1500 1500 4x4 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


I take very good care of my vehicles, always washing and waxing. I change oil and filter every 3000 miles with Mobile 1, I couldn't believe how badly rusted the oil pan became after only very few miles. I kept watch on it until one day it started leaking. I started looking for a new oil pan and gasket and found out there wasn't any available. Every place I called said they had to order it. I called the Dealership and they had to order it also. The Dealership price was lower than everyone else so I told them to order it. They told me I was # 375 on the waiting list to get one. They had ordered 400 oil pans the week before. If they knew this was a problem then I think they should help with the cost of replacing it. When the new oil pan came in Dodge called me and let me know. My wife picked the parts up for me.When I opened the box I noticed the pan was painted black but I could see spots that were bare metal. The paint job was very poor workmanship. This pan looks like it would rust out faster than the one that's on the truck now. This was my first Dodge truck an maybe my last. I also have the 2 piece drive shaft which goes through

u-joints every 2 years. I only drive it about 8500 miles a year. I never had these problems with Ford trucks.

- , Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #6

Jul 092008

Ram 1500 SRS 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

Small problem, fixed ok. I was just surprised to see others having the same problem,,,thought it was just me.

- , Tilton, United States, USA

problem #5

Jul 192010

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I went out to check the oil one day before going to town and it barely had any in it. my husband had just changed the oil about 3 weeks prior then every 2-3 days I was having to put 3-5 quarts of oil in it. This damn truck is really a pain in my azz....

- , Kinder, LA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012010

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


this was crazy !! when i went to the dealer to get the parts they told me this was a problem ? / / well parts wont be in till 7 / 1 /2010 !!!!!! i cant wait till then i use my truck for work!!!!!! then i went checking and found them on mopar one 1 800 428 0517 i hope they have it in stock and can ship it to me and get me back on the road .dodge is a great truck never seen this one coming

- , Salem, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 012009

Ram 1500 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I see this is happening to many. Dodge replaced my transmission pan while still under warranty. It's a problem they know about and should be a recall.

- , Clarence, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 222009

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,671 miles

Where can I get a replacement oil pan, preferably cast aluminum?

What an absolutely ridiculous problem to encounter. Apparently the "engineer" who came up with this design and material choice was right out of school. Anyone who has ever crawled underneath a car, especially a 4 x4 truck, could see this potential problem from a mile away.

- , Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

problem #1

Feb 202009

Ram 1500 Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

an Oil pan rusting so bad that the oil is pouring out of the back of pan..1 quart per month.. seen the pan getting flaky rust on the sides after it came out of warranty and have been doing my own oil changes... dealer never notice a thing. cleaned it up and put a coat of paint... that only allowed it to last another couple years before it started leaking.. that was my Christmas present 2008 nice oil spot in my driveway... now its so bad can keep driving leaks so much will blow it up if taken on a long trip.

- , New Baltimore, MI, USA

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