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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,080 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 102005

Ram Van 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,500 miles


I have a Dodge van 1500 with 22000 miles. The tie rod ends failed, and the ball joints are in the process of failing. I replaced the tie rod ends and will have to replace the ball joints soon.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 252006

Ram Van 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 107,995 miles
: the contact stated while driving at 65mph the front end of the suspension in the vehicle dropped down. This in turn caused the contact to loose control of the vehicle. It slid into a guard rail, there was no warnings prior to the crash. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop and then towed to the dealership. The manufacturer has been alerted, no repairs made.

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #9

Jun 242005

Ram Van 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Was pulling a trailer at 45 mph the vehicle started fish tailing. Without the trailer at 55 mph the vehicle will fish tail. Took the vehicle to Chrysler, and found that it was shaky. The tie rods ends, ball joints, and the check bar malfunctioned on the front of the vehicle. Almost had a wreck. This happened on 24, June 2205. The consumer stated the vehicle was poorly designed, the front of the vehicle was too light for the weight of the engine. There was no grease fitting for the ball joint. The rotors were replaced.

- Richland Center, WI, USA

problem #8

Oct 252001

Ram Van 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,380 miles


The steering wheel was hard to turn while driving at a low speed. The vehicle wandered across the road. The vehicle has been to the dealer on three separate occasions. The dealer replaced the steering box on two separate occasions and made some other repairs, however the problem continued. The consumer stated the brakes would grab, however the mechanic informed the consumer that was the way ABS worked.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #7

Aug 152001

Ram Van 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Truck wanders all over the road with constant need for correction by moving steering wheel back and forth. Also steering wheel is not able to be moved when truck is at a standstill, power steering pump does not put out enough power to turn if truck is not moving.

- Fortuna, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012002

Ram Van 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Track bar affects handling and safety of vehicle, I have heard of many complaints of this part.

- Arcanum, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 202000

Ram Van 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles


Steering problem. Vehicle has a severe wander problem. Front end has been aligned and recently a new track bar installed, but vehicle still continues to demonstrate the wandering problem. This condition causes an unsafe handling problem although I have not had an accident.

- Valier, MT, USA

problem #4

Aug 302001

Ram Van 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
The truck wanders left and right while going down the road. Since new, the steering has seemed "vague". the play in steering wheel can be 4" before turning the truck, this may vary. The steering seems "rubbery". I have had the front wheels aligned two times. The dealer can do no more; they have done a great job of bringing the truck into "specs". a square "linkage tube" was replaced, which provided little or no improvement. The problem persists, constant correction is required to maintain a semblance of a straight path. This problem must be repaired before one of the many complainants runs off the road.

- Chandler, OK, USA

problem #3

Nov 122000

Ram Van 3500 4WD

  • miles
Problem #1: front suspension bottoming out on speed bumps, and at low speed bumps. Vehicle frame is smacking down on top of axle. Front suspension bushings wearing out prematurely. Problem #2: driver door mirror glass loose. Dealer installed new mirror, still loose, ordering a second mirror. Problem #3: engine shakes at start up and while idling. Also gas mileage has not improved.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 222001

(reported on)

Ram Van 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While vehicle was being driven it would not go straight, but continously pulled to either right or left which has resulted in a collision. Dealer replaced steering box three times, and track bar, and steering pump, which did not corrected problem. Dealer replaced steering box 2 times, power steering was lost when brakes were applied.

- Chewelah, WA, USA

problem #1

May 012000

Ram Van 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle wanders into another lane when letting go of steering. Applying brakes and vehicle pulls to the right. Manufacturer & dealer say that vehicle is within specifications. The parts aren't available for corrections to take place.

- Lindon, UT, USA

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