2nd Generation (1994—2002) Ram 3500 Problems

This generations ranks 27th out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (55%), transmission (8%), and the fuel system (5%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Won\'t Change Gears 2 complaints at an average of 76,000 miles in the 2002 Dodge Ram 3500.
  2. Power Loss 2 complaints at an average of 112,000 miles in the 2002 Dodge Ram 3500.
  3. Transmission Failure 3 complaints at an average of 127,628 miles in the 2002 Dodge Ram 3500.

What Ram 3500 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 46 7 70 16.31
2001 37 14 82 6.85
2000 11 11 100 1.44
1999 11 14 118 1.57
1998 9 18 141 1.28
1997 16 12 103 3.49
1996 6 15 94 1.13
1995 0 17 96 0.0
1994 0 23 95 0.0

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