really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,875 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 2500 engine problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 042003

Ram 2500

  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact was driving approximately 70 mph when the vehicle experienced an abnormal reduction in engine power. The vehicle was turned off and the battery cables were disconnected. After waiting ten minutes, the battery cables were reconnected and the vehicle resumed as normal. The erratic failure recurred fifteen times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Tombstone, AZ, USA

problem #7

Oct 292011

Ram 2500

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram model R35. The contact was driving 5 mph when smoke emitted inside of the vehicle and flames were visible from the hood. The failure caused the contact to drive into a ditch but there was no crash. The doors failed to open during the failure so the contact escaped by punching and shattering the windshield. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where the mechanic confirmed that the power disruption caught fire. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and the current mileages were 50,000.

- East Jewett, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 292009

Ram 2500

  • 69,000 miles
My 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 is having problems with its vp-44 engine pump. It gets a "dead pedal" and in traffic it suddenly stops. There isn't anything you can do but pull over until it comes back on. This isn't a good thing in heavy traffic, especially on a 4 line road in the left lane. This almost caused an accident with a speeding semi (he almost rear ended me!).

- Albert Lea, MN, USA

problem #5

Nov 082004

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles


While driving 30 mph, the engine stalled due to "engine sludge". the consumer pulled over and had the vehicle towed. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The cause was not determined.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 142002

Ram 2500

  • miles
The vehicle stalled on several occasions. When the vehicle stalls, the consumer is afraid of being rear ended. The dealer can't duplicate the problem.

- Townsend, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 212004

Ram 2500

  • 49,000 miles
The vehicle stalled while driving at 55 mph. The consumer managed to pull over and had the vehicle towed. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The cause has yet to be determined.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 152002

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
A/C "warms up in heavy traffic or at light. Blows cold while moving down highway only. I have had it to 2 different dealers and both say that Dodge put an inadequate blower/compreesor in the vehicle for its size. One dealers "'solution" is to run A/C blower on low so that the air "won't warm up so fast"

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Feb 102004

Ram 2500

  • 14,000 miles
Vehicle idles roughly. Dealer is aware of the problem, but has not resolved the problem.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

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