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Ranking 60 Dodge Generations by Reliability

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Generation Years PainRank (?)
60th Intrepid 2nd Gen 1998–2004 59.55
59th Ram 1500 3rd Gen 2002–2008 56.56
58th Ram 1500 4th Gen 2009–2011 51.88
57th Durango 1st Gen 1998–2003 33.45
56th Grand Caravan 5th Gen 2008–2018 30.72
55th Dart 1st Gen 2013–2016 28.34
54th Journey 1st Gen 2009–2018 27.34
53rd Charger 6th Gen 2006–2010 25.87
52nd Avenger 2nd Gen 2008–2014 23.6
51st Caliber 1st Gen 2007–2012 22.38
50th Durango 2nd Gen 2004–2009 21.94
49th Ram 1500 2nd Gen 1994–2001 21.4
48th Stratus 2nd Gen 2001–2007 21.34
47th Ram 2500 3rd Gen 2003–2009 20.9
46th Durango 3rd Gen 2011–2018 20.28
45th Grand Caravan 4th Gen 2001–2007 19.65
44th Ram 3500 3rd Gen 2003–2009 19.18
43rd Magnum 1st Gen 2005–2008 18.45
42nd Dakota 2nd Gen 1997–2004 18.22
41st Caravan 4th Gen 2001–2007 18.01
40th Neon 2nd Gen 2000–2005 16.3
39th Charger 7th Gen 2011–2018 15.98
38th Nitro 1st Gen 2007–2011 14.97
37th Caravan 3rd Gen 1996–2000 13.76
36th Ram 3500 4th Gen 2010–2011 13.58
35th Grand Caravan 3rd Gen 1996–2000 12.02
34th Dakota 3rd Gen 2005–2011 10.17
33rd Challenger 3rd Gen 2008–2018 7.98
32nd Ram 2500 4th Gen 2010–2014 7.42
31st Stratus 1st Gen 1995–2000 6.85
30th Ram 2500 2nd Gen 1994–2002 5.67
29th Intrepid 1st Gen 1993–1997 5.46
28th Neon 1st Gen 1995–1999 4.78
27th Ram 3500 2nd Gen 1994–2002 3.57
26th Grand Caravan 2nd Gen 1991–1994 3.25
25th Caravan 2nd Gen 1992–1995 3.13
24th Ram Van 1500 3rd Gen 2002–2003 2.7
23rd Grand Caravan 1st Gen 1990–1990 2.16
22nd Dakota 1st Gen 1987–1996 1.89
21st Ram Van 2500 3rd Gen 2002–2003 1.12
20th Avenger 1st Gen 1995–2000 1.02
19th Viper 3rd Gen 2003–2006 0.95
18th Caravan 1st Gen 1986–1990 0.86
17th Shadow 1st Gen 1987–1994 0.64
16th Ram 5500 4th Gen 2008–2011 0.6
15th Ram Van 1500 2nd Gen 1994–2001 0.56
14th Spirit 1st Gen 1989–1995 0.49
13th Aries 1st Gen 1987–1988 0.46
12th Daytona 1st Gen 1984–1992 0.38
11th Dynasty 1st Gen 1988–1993 0.38
10th Ram Van 1500 1st Gen 1988–1993 0.35
9th Ram Van 2500 2nd Gen 1994–2001 0.31
8th Ram Van 3500 2nd Gen 1994–2001 0.27
7th Sprinter 1st Gen 2004–2009 0.27
6th Ram 4500 4th Gen 2008–2011 0.23
5th Viper 5th Gen 2015–2017 0.0
4th Viper 2nd Gen 2000–2002 0.0
3rd SRT Viper 5th Gen 2014–2014 0.0
2nd Viper 4th Gen 2008–2010 0.0
1st Ram Van 3500 3rd Gen 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).