3rd Generation (2002—2008) Ram 1500 Problems

This generations ranks 58th 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 518 complaints at an average of 83,586 miles in the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500.
  2. Cracked Dashboard 563 complaints at an average of 85,426 miles in the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500.
  3. Engine Failure Due to Oil Sludge 51 complaints at an average of 104,887 miles in the 2002 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 210 12 27 47.55
2007 205 11 44 47.29
2006 296 16 50 60.12
2005 311 12 25 52.9
2004 434 15 70 56.18
2003 1012 12 68 51.8
2002 1027 12 69 85.43

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