Ranking 60 Dodge Generations by Reliability

Each model can be grouped into generations – a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Once something major is changed, say a brand new engine, automakers typically desigate a new generation.

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems. If a problem trend pops up in the first year of a generation, you can bet on it showing up in future generation years too.

Is our generation data perfect? Nah. Truth is manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins. And because they hate clarity, they'll even let certain generations last longer in different countries. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

In other words, we do our best to keep our generation data as accurate as possible so we can predict problems and help you out. Use it as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
60th Intrepid Gen 2 1998—2004
59.69
59th Ram 1500 Gen 3 2002—2008
56.77
58th Ram 1500 Gen 4 2009—2011
52.3
57th Durango Gen 1 1998—2003
33.52
56th Grand Caravan Gen 5 2008—2018
30.99
55th Dart Gen 1 2013—2016
28.63
54th Journey Gen 1 2009—2018
27.37
53rd Charger Gen 6 2006—2010
25.84
52nd Avenger Gen 2 2008—2014
23.65
51st Caliber Gen 1 2007—2012
22.44
50th Durango Gen 2 2004—2009
21.94
49th Ram 1500 Gen 2 1994—2001
21.34
48th Stratus Gen 2 2001—2007
21.34
47th Ram 2500 Gen 3 2003—2009
20.91
46th Durango Gen 3 2011—2018
20.4
45th Grand Caravan Gen 4 2001—2007
19.69
44th Ram 3500 Gen 3 2003—2009
19.26
43rd Magnum Gen 1 2005—2008
18.45
42nd Dakota Gen 2 1997—2004
18.22
41st Caravan Gen 4 2001—2007
18.01
40th Neon Gen 2 2000—2005
16.3
39th Charger Gen 7 2011—2018
15.99
38th Nitro Gen 1 2007—2011
15.01
37th Caravan Gen 3 1996—2000
13.76
36th Ram 3500 Gen 4 2010—2011
13.58
35th Grand Caravan Gen 3 1996—2000
12.02
34th Dakota Gen 3 2005—2011
10.17
33rd Challenger Gen 3 2008—2018
8.09
32nd Ram 2500 Gen 4 2010—2014
7.42
31st Stratus Gen 1 1995—2000
6.85
30th Ram 2500 Gen 2 1994—2002
5.78
29th Intrepid Gen 1 1993—1997
5.46
28th Neon Gen 1 1995—1999
4.78
27th Ram 3500 Gen 2 1994—2002
3.57
26th Grand Caravan Gen 2 1991—1994
3.25
25th Caravan Gen 2 1992—1995
3.13
24th Ram Van 1500 Gen 3 2002—2003
2.7
23rd Grand Caravan Gen 1 1990—1990
2.16
22nd Dakota Gen 1 1987—1996
1.89
21st Ram Van 2500 Gen 3 2002—2003
1.2
20th Avenger Gen 1 1995—2000
1.02
19th Viper Gen 3 2003—2006
0.95
18th Caravan Gen 1 1986—1990
0.86
17th Shadow Gen 1 1987—1994
0.64
16th Ram 5500 Gen 4 2008—2011
0.6
15th Ram Van 1500 Gen 2 1994—2001
0.56
14th Spirit Gen 1 1989—1995
0.49
13th Aries Gen 1 1987—1988
0.46
12th Daytona Gen 1 1984—1992
0.38
11th Dynasty Gen 1 1988—1993
0.38
10th Ram Van 1500 Gen 1 1988—1993
0.35
9th Ram Van 2500 Gen 2 1994—2001
0.31
8th Ram Van 3500 Gen 2 1994—2001
0.27
7th Sprinter Gen 1 2004—2009
0.27
6th Ram 4500 Gen 4 2008—2011
0.23
5th Viper Gen 5 2015—2017
0.0
4th Viper Gen 2 2000—2002
0.0
3rd SRT Viper Gen 5 2014—2014
0.0
2nd Viper Gen 4 2008—2010
0.0
1st Ram Van 3500 Gen 3 2002—2003
0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).