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:
37,769 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 122012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 85,075 miles


2002 Dodge Ram 1500 slt 2wd 5.9 V8 (gas) with 86,000 miles. Turn signals have suddenly become dangerously intermittent. Also, occasionally when signaling 'left' the right dash indicator for the turn signals will flash instead. It happened twice today, we turned the signal off then back 'on' and it worked properly. Because this is intermittent we cannot duplicate the problem to determine if the outside bulbs are flashing left or right, therefore we worry they might be incorrectly signaling our intentions to other drivers. While searching on-line for a solution before we determine a repair course of action, we discovered this is common to the Dodge Ram trucks from 2002 through at least 2008 model year trucks, but the dealer did not mention or address it in advance of failure. We paid in advance for a seven year 100% warranty with no deductible, which has not expired. We believe Dodge had prior knowledge of the weakness and could have repaired it during the no-deductible warranty period. The passenger door window switch continues to fail. Its a simple plug-in module and I have replaced it twice with the factory part, and now its intermittent again after less than one year. From the mileage its clear we are not wearing out switches.

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #3

Aug 212006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
: the contact stated the electric windows work intermittently on the passenger side front, the passenger side rear and the driver's side. The dealership has inspected the vehicle three times. The first time there was a switch installed on the passenger door. The 2nd time, the dealership could not duplicate the problem. The third time the dealership determined the master control was defective. The problem still persists.

- Hernando, MS, USA

problem #2

Sep 262001

Ram 1500

  • miles
The clock spring was replaced 3 times, there was a problem with the door locks, speakers, and body scratches. Also no keyless entry as promised when the vehicle was purchased. Also the passenger door regulator was replaced, the roof seam leaked water

- Jamestown, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 272002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles

- Austin, TX, USA

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