definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,349 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 lights problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 102002

Ram 3500

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact began to notice a burning plastic smell from the headlight area when the headlights were turned on for an extended period of time. The failure occurred five times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership but no repairs were performed; the failure was repaired by the contact. The current mileage was approximately 220,000. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Hillards, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 132006

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,744 miles
Plastic headlight lenses have become cloudy in my 1998 Dodge Ram 3500, reducing the amount of light substantially. The dealer where it was purchased wants to charge me $186 to replace them. This is a safety issue. Dodge used inferior materials in the manufacture of the truck and they should replace them free of charge. They are familiar with the problem, so it is not an isolated incident.

- Reseda, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152003

Ram 3500

  • miles
While traveling at night, both headlights would go out. Dealer notified.

- Cavalier, ND, USA

problem #2

Oct 212002

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Headlight "winked" off and on several times then quit working, they returned to normal operation after about 10 min.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

May 012000

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Three times within past year; may/ November 2000, and May 2001 headlights/ dashboard lights went out while vehicle was in operation. Dealership has examined vehicle, and could not determine cause of this defect.

- Cameron, LA, USA

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