really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,981 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 brakes problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 242012

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 226,000 miles


Pulling out of my driveway my steel brake line on the frame broke at the rear coupling due to rust. This truck was driven on NJ roads and never put a boat in water.

- Erial, NJ, USA

problem #8

May 312011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 81,000 miles
Driving my Dodge truck to work. The brake pedal went to the floor for no reason. Pads and fluid was ok when checked several weeks prior. Limped home on backup brake reservoir. Almost no brakes. Took it to a shop. They found that the brake line on the frame behind the tank (can't see it) was badly rusted and perforated at several spots on several lines. Replaced both lines. Current inspection (2/23/2012) shows brake lines in the engine compartment badly rusted between the ABS brake components. These will have to be replaced as well.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 152011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 68,000 miles
Under solid braking at 20 mph the main hard line from the front to the rear brakes blew at the 45* bend next to the fuel tank.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

Jun 282011

Ram 2500

  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 20 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floor upon engagement. The brakes were pumped repeatedly before the vehicle would stop. The contact stated the rear drivers side brake line was completely covered with rust causing brake fluid to leak. The vehicle was towed his residence. The contact planned to repair the brake line. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 232010

Ram 2500

  • 55,400 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4, brake line directly behind gas tank above rear axle on the driver side rusts/corrodes which causes a major brake fluid leak and causes loss of brakes. This area is hidden from immediate sight by the spare tire and apparently buildup doesn't get washed away in the carwash or when it rains or from road spray etc. I have never seen brake lines rust so bad. They actually look like they swell as they rust and scale. The rest of the vehicles undercarrage is 90% black paint from the factory, but the brake lines are rusting. Manufacturer should have used stainless steel brake line material or at least a coated type brakeline. Loss of brakes is a big safety issue. There should be no warranty period on something like this, they should be the last thing to go on the vehicle. There should be a paid in full recall before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Avoca, PA, USA

problem #4

May 072010

Ram 2500

  • 148,000 miles
I started my truck to head out to answer a fire call (I am a volunteer firefighter). The engine was cold, had been sitting for over 8 hours. At the first stop sign, I pressed the brake pedal, only to have it go all the way to the floor with no resistance and no stopping power. The ABS and brake warning lights came on the dashboard. I pumped the brakes twice, and the system re-pressurized and started functioning correctly. I took the truck back home, and parked it for the weekend. Sunday pm I went to drive it over to the dealership, and when I started it up, the computer codes cleared and the truck functioned perfectly. According to the dealer, Chrysler is aware of the problem, and it only occurs when the truck is cold and within the first 5 minutes after starting. The engineers have no idea why it is happening. Obviously, since I am a volunteer firefighter, I have a tendency to start my truck and go, so this issue is very worrisome to me.

- Thief River Falls, MN, USA

problem #3

Mar 192009

Ram 2500

  • 82,133 miles


Ordered truck new. Has always been well maintained. Had the front left brakeline fail completely without warning. Never a drop of fluid leaked before it had an immediate and complete loss of braking. Very serious failure that normally does not happen in modern vehicles.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 152002

Ram 2500

  • 26,000 miles
Front brakes fail at 20,000 miles +/-. vehicle has 53,000 miles and is ready for fourth set of front brakes. Dealer claims that this is normal wear and that 20,000 miles is normal service life for brakes.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 232003

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,300 miles
Driver stated that brakes failed on vehicle while trying to stop at intersection resulting in crash with another vehicle.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

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