hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
161,000 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 192013

Ram Van 1500 6-cyl

  • 161,000 miles


Some Dodge Ram vans have a latent defect in the frame that is very dangerous. As far as I can tell, there is no recall even though the internet is littered with complaints, incidents and accidents due to failure of the frame in one spot. I believe that the ac runoff is vented directly into the frame which, over time results in the eventual failure of the frame at the point where the suspension and steering are located - this results in loss of control of the vehicle. There is no easy way to correct this problem short of replacing the whole frame. Dodge denies that this is a problem and blames this defect on road salt and conditions. This would be a valid assertion if the rest of the vehicle had rot problems elsewhere on the vehicle. Including the much more volatile body parts, which are in some cases, still solid and in good condition. This problem is prevalent in several years of this model truck. This problem is easy to check for and needs to be addressed by Dodge simply because the vans are getting older and this problem will be occurring more frequently.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

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