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How All 59 Generations Rank

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 Gen Years PainRank
59th Intrepid Gen 2 1998—2004 59.34
58th Ram 1500 Gen 3 2002—2008 55.64
57th Ram 1500 Gen 4 2009—2011 51.12
56th Durango Gen 1 1998—2003 33.45
55th Grand Caravan Gen 5 2008—2017 33.2
54th Journey Gen 1 2009—2017 29.87
53rd Dart Gen 1 2013—2016 24.68
52nd Avenger Gen 2 2008—2014 23.56
51st Charger Gen 6 2006—2016 22.92
50th Durango Gen 3 2011—2017 22.62
49th Durango Gen 2 2004—2009 21.88
48th Caliber Gen 1 2007—2012 21.78
47th Ram 1500 Gen 2 1994—2001 21.43
46th Stratus Gen 2 2001—2007 21.29
45th Ram 2500 Gen 3 2003—2009 20.68
44th Grand Caravan Gen 4 2001—2007 19.49
43rd Ram 3500 Gen 3 2003—2009 19.24
42nd Magnum Gen 1 2005—2008 18.45
41st Dakota Gen 2 1997—2004 18.27
40th Caravan Gen 4 2001—2007 17.96
39th Nitro Gen 1 2007—2011 14.31
38th Neon Gen 2 2000—2006 13.88
37th Caravan Gen 3 1996—2000 13.76
36th Ram 3500 Gen 4 2010—2011 13.69
35th Grand Caravan Gen 3 1996—2000 12.02
34th Dakota Gen 3 2005—2011 10.09
33rd Challenger Gen 3 2008—2017 8.15
32nd Ram 2500 Gen 4 2010—2014 7.47
31st Stratus Gen 1 1995—2000 6.85
30th Ram 2500 Gen 2 1994—2002 5.55
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 2.21
23rd Grand Caravan Gen 1 1990—1990 2.16
22nd Dakota Gen 1 1987—1996 2.1
21st Ram Van 2500 Gen 3 2002—2003 1.12
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 0.85
16th Ram 5500 Gen 4 2008—2011 0.6
15th Spirit Gen 1 1989—1995 0.58
14th Ram Van 1500 Gen 2 1994—2001 0.56
13th Daytona Gen 1 1984—1992 0.49
12th Aries Gen 1 1987—1988 0.46
11th Dynasty Gen 1 1988—1993 0.46
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 0.26
6th Ram 4500 Gen 4 2008—2011 0.18
5th Ram Van 3500 Gen 3 2002—2003 0.0
4th Viper Gen 5 2015—2017 0.0
3rd Viper Gen 2 2000—2002 0.0
2nd SRT Viper Gen 5 2014—2014 0.0
1st Viper Gen 4 2008—2010 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).