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:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,333 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 exhaust system problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 172008

Ram 1500

  • 52,000 miles


2002 Dodge Ram 1500 had a leak in the exhaust system and caught fire. The consumer stated the vehicle suddenly stalled. The fire damaged the undercarriage of the truck, and melted the gas tank and bed liner.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

problem #2

Dec 202001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer states that when coming to a stop there is a strong smell that comes into the vehicle which the consumer can't stand. Nlm

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 152001

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • miles
The factory undercoating was put so heavy and sloppy that when the engine exhaust system heats up the undercoating drips on the exhaust manifold and exhaust pipe "flashing" causing hazardous fumes to enter the cab of the vehicle thru the air condition ducts. I requested a "material safety data sheet" for the applied undercoating from the dealership but haven't received anything to date. The fumes entering the truck are suspected carcinogens and could have long term affects.

- Clinton, LA, USA

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