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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
1,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. a part on the electronic transmission has been changed (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #1

May 172002

Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


I purchased my truck new in May 2002 from Maroone Dodge in Dade County, FL. I noticed the clicking noise right away. The mechanic at the dealer said it was a normal noise due to fact that it was an electronic transmission. Over the years the noise progressed and the transmission slipped several times. Every time I brought the truck in for service the problem in the transmission could not be recreated. And I was told nothing was wrong. In March of 2009 at 208,000 miles I had transmission problems. I found out $400.00 later that it was a problem that should have been fixed years ago. That a part on the electronic transmission had been recalled by Dodge and that was the source of my problem. I was also told that it was good thing that I got it fixed when I did because the next thing that would have happened would have been replacing the transmission. I am sorry that I can not remember what the part is called and I can not locate my repair receipt.

I never received notification of this recall from Dodge. And what makes it worse is that at the time of the recall my truck was still under warranty and was at Maroone Dodge for all the scheduled service work. Dodge wanted nothing to do with me or my truck. They said that it was not their problem and that it had been too long since the recall so they could not fix it. This was Ocala Dodge and Bill Bryant Dodge. So my mechanic at the time took it to a transmission shop he uses. The part was replaced and it cost me $400.00. $400.00 that I feel I should not have had to pay. I did not know that there were time limits on recalls. This is wrong! Dodge knows they have problems with the engines and transmissions on these trucks and they are doing nothing about it. What do they care? Most of those corporate people make enough money that they can buy a new car if the leather squeaks the wrong way. It makes me mad.

I need to get rid of this truck but I do not want a new one. Currently I am looking for an older truck, 1970 to 1980. I can work on those trucks. They have no stinking computers or gadgets that require you take them to a mechanic to fix. Heck, you can tear down and rebuild one of those engines and transmissions in a day. Aaah, the good old days.

- , Oxford, FL, USA

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