3rd Generation (2002—2008) Ram 1500 Problems

This generations ranks 59th out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and will be a constant headache to anyone who owns one. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (35%), engine (19%), and the body (6%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Cracks in Dashboard 517 complaints at an average of 83,465 miles in the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500.
  2. Engine Stalls/shuts Down While Driving 91 complaints at an average of 70,736 miles in the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500.
  3. Major Shaking When Braking 7 complaints at an average of 24,523 miles in the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500.

What Ram 1500 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 (?)
2008 209 12 27 47.71
2007 203 11 44 45.1
2006 295 16 50 60.28
2005 311 12 25 52.9
2004 430 15 70 55.37
2003 1005 12 68 51.32
2002 1026 12 69 85.48

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