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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,437 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 lights problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 102005

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving at night driver noticed that the tail lights, cruise control, and brake lights were inoperative. This caused poor visibility to the driver. Vehicle was taken to a garage for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 092004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,874 miles
First there was an intermittant failure of brake lights then one failed completly and the other failed the following day. I had a close call (rear ended)when I took it to the dealer they knew right away what was wrong, and replaced tail light tree componet, that fixed the problem. The dealer was aware of this and had told me theyhad alot of them failing, iwas out of warranty and was charged full price for diagnostic and replacement parts etc. I was unhappy with the way they treated this safety problem.

- Sky Valley, CA, USA

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