really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,125 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 body / paint problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 032007

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 193,000 miles


The spare tire mechanism that hold the tire under the bed broke. This failure was very dangerous since it occurred while I was driving, my spare tire fell onto the street and rolled. Luckily I was in a 35 mph area, but cars still had to move out of the way of the rolling tire. Had I been on the interstate, it could have been disastrous.

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #7

Dec 012009

Ram 3500

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked he noticed the dash board of the vehicle was cracked badly. The contact stated that the weather was not hot and was not a factor with the vehicle dash board defect. The contact had pieces of the dashboard fly into his eyes. He took the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic and testing. The dealer stated that the owner of the vehicle would have to pay for the repairs. There had been no repairs done at the time of the complaint. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000. The approximate current mileage was 85,000.

- Buna, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 012003

Ram 3500

  • 75,000 miles
Events are that the dashboard began to crack, crumbling small pieces into the electrical wiring, air bag vicinity, and even into the floorboard. Eventually, huge chunks of plastic has fallen into the cavities, impeding braking, and causing concern of fire under the dashboard area. Care must be taken not to touch the dashboard or your hand will go through what remains of it.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #5

May 152008

Ram 3500

  • 155,000 miles


Dashboard cracked and caved in when I hit a bump while driving approx 68 mph on the freeway (I- 15 northbound through las vegas). Plastic falling into the dashboard area disconnected several wires causing the headlights to go out as well as several other electrical accessories. Freeway was well lit enough for me to stop safely and call for assistance.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #4

Dec 182000

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Consumer's vehicle not included in recall 98V-208 concerning the bolts that attach the cab to the frame due to VIN, consumer has been unable to obtain detailed written explanation as to why the vehicle is not included. Nlm

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 222000

Ram 3500

  • miles
Recall 98 V 209 000/high engine idle speed: Vehicle taken to dealer, zangarn Dodge; albuquerque, nm; phone # 505/262-5480 for recall repairs. But, vehicle is still experiencing same problem. Dealer notified, and refused to reinspect vehicle. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Albuquerque, MN, USA

problem #2

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Cab bolts recall.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 241998

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Van leans low on drivers side also loud clanging spring noises when driving and makeing turns. This condition is from factory. Noticed problem 2 days after taking van home from dealer.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

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