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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
124,276 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012015

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 216,000 miles


At road speeds while using cruise, the trans will down shift at slightest resistance be it an incline or head wind. If overdrive is off it does not do it. It will also do it when cruise is not engaged, just not as much.

- , Homeland, GA, USA

problem #3

May 212012

Ram 1500 Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,541 miles

2002 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission shifts into 1st, 2nd and then nothing!!

I actually love the truck!! Its beautiful, Atlantic blue pearl coat, 4x4, Quad cab, leather interior, 4.7 liter engine, and it ran sweet until today when it felt like I hit a bump and then when I started to go it wouldn't shift pass 2nd gear, when it shifts into 3rd it won't go, its like its in neutral almost. If you gun it a little it will take off a little bit, but not very much. I just bought this Truck 3 days ago on Friday for $10,400 and I am just praying that the dealer pays for the fix.

Online it says that it is a Transmission speed sensor and its only $30 tp fix it. I sure hope so!! If anyone else has had this same problem, please email me and tell me what it cost you and what was wrong with it, Thanks,

- , Massillon, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 102011

Ram 1500 SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I have taken it in and they tell me there is no code coming up I have to wait for the light and politely chance my oil and charge me and smile. But still its reving up and going nowhere. I just look like the jerk who is racing everyone. I would really like to get this problem fixed. Since I am a women they tell me your just hearing things its ok. I mean really can I get my truck fixed please!! I do love it.

- , CHICAGO, IL - Illinois, USA

problem #1

Aug 272007

Ram 1500 1500SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,565 miles

Bought the truck with 100,000 km's. Great gas mileage ~21 mpg. Noticed that as I drive it the RPMs quickly surge up than back down. At the same time the transmission down shifts and than quickly shifts back up. No codes have ever come up. Have taken it into a reputable transmission shop, nothing wrong, doing what the computer is telling it to do. Took it to dodge dealership twice, acknowledged that something occurs, but unable to correct problem. So far spent ~$2500 on fuel pump, injector cleaning, new wiring harness, tune ups, throttle body cleaning...., still no solution.

- , Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

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