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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,837 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 212003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 22,112 miles


While driving at 65 mph, the left rear tire exploded without warning. Dealer notified. The vehicle had a left to right movement in the rear and if the speed would have been any higher, the consumer could have loss control. The tires were checked for proper inflation before going out of town. The tire caused damage to the vehicle's pick up bed. The consumer disagreed with what Goodyear found and requested that the tire be returned.

- Tulare, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 082003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,400 miles
The vehicle is a 2002 Dodge Ram sport 4X4 with 28,000 miles with Goodyear Wrangler hp 275/60/20 tires. I have had 12 tires which had to be replaced when they were ruined after going flat from puntures as well as numerous flat repairs. Complaints to both daimler Chrysler and Goodyear yielded nothing but comments of surprise on both their parts with a reminder that there is no warranty on the tires. The Dodge brochure says off road rated tires, Goodyear says excellent off road traction. The tires have no puncture resistance, the present tires have hundreds of cuts, some through to the belts. Last new tire blew with just 100 miles on it. First flat was at 250 miles on vehicle. When the tires are punctured the inner liner splits making repairs improbable. Goodyear is the only manufacturer of that size tire so there are no alternatives. Perhaps the lemon law may help, Goodyear and daimler Chrysler will not. Good news is that I can probably get a job on a nascar pit crew with my new found tire changing speed which may help supplement my income to buy more tires for my truck.

- Avoca, AR, USA

problem #1

Sep 242002

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the two tires on the drivers side experienced tread seperation while the consumer was driving at 70mph, there was no damage to the vehicle. Contacted dealer. Original equipment, 4K miles, P255/55R20, mounted on a 2002 Dodge Ram. Nlm consumer stated that the two tires were on drivers side and dot # M62A hmwr 2002.

- Hugoton, KS, USA

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