Dodge Dodge Truck 1997

Dodge Dodge Truck 1997 model

Dodge Dodge Truck 1997 Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
AIR BAGS
11/09/19981
 No deployment of air bag during vehicle collision.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
12/28/2008820001
 For several years i have been experiencing a sudden loss of my headlights while driving my 1997 dodge ram 1500 with 82000 miles on it. i noticed that i experienced this problem much more often when operating the high beams for 10-15 minutes. i took it in to a service shop on two occasions but they could never diagnose the problem. on 12/28/08, i began smelling an electrical smell in the cab and the headlights suddenly went out. i pulled to the side of the road and turned the truck off. after 10-15 minutes, the headlights worked again. the next day i discovered that there had been a recall issued (#819) for 1994-1997 dodge ram 3500 series for this exact problem. however, because my truck is a 1997 ram 1500, the dealer says the recall doesn't apply and they refuse to fix it. the recall notice describes the exact problem and the fact that it is safety and fire hazard. the dealer says that since it is not in there recall database they are not obligated to repair it and that i must fix it and they will notify me later if it does get recalled. they told me to keep my receipts. the cost is one thing but what really upsets me is the hazard this problem creates and their response to it! *tr
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING
 Numerous incidents of connector/wiring failure resulting in meltdown.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - INTERIOR/UNDER DASH
105/01/1997
 Wiring harness in the dash failed resulting in vehicle fire. mjs
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
05/05/2003134000110/03/2000
 Engine will randomly stall. only discernible pattern is the vehicle is operated more than 45 minutes, however episodes are very sporadic. engine will restart only after a wait period of 20-30 minutes (then runs fine). engine code is a misfire, however after diagnostics multiple shops and dealer unable to diagnose problem. will continue to trouble shoot, as sporadic engine stalls are disconcerting due to its safety impact. *jb
05/22/2000107/01/1997
 Head gasket failed at 36000 miles. water pump seal failed at 47000 due to pitting and corrosion of aluminum housing. transmission problem has been intermittent and normally occurs after extended driving - transmission clunks when downshifting between 2nd and 1st gear. has hestitated when shifted into drive. electrical problems have been common and increasing - unexpected windshield wiper activation, unexpected electric door lock and car alarm activation, most recently ignition failure during initial attempts to start in the morning.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE - BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
01/05/20047
 1997 dodge grand caravan, 3.3l engine. serpentine drive belt consistently slips off or shreds while driving on wet roads causing loss of power steering and eventually all power to operate the vehicle. only a small amount of water, 2 deep puddles, can cause this. it is very dangerous. so far, belt has come off and/or shredded 7 times from 8/02 - 1/04. never had a problem before. we have replaced the tensioner pulley 3 times after it had either broken or suddenly became misaligned. no one can explain why this is happening. there have been numerous complaints of this problem. please do something before a serious injury or death occurs. thank you.*ak
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - HEADLIGHTS
12/28/2008820001
 For several years i have been experiencing a sudden loss of my headlights while driving my 1997 dodge ram 1500 with 82000 miles on it. i noticed that i experienced this problem much more often when operating the high beams for 10-15 minutes. i took it in to a service shop on two occasions but they could never diagnose the problem. on 12/28/08, i began smelling an electrical smell in the cab and the headlights suddenly went out. i pulled to the side of the road and turned the truck off. after 10-15 minutes, the headlights worked again. the next day i discovered that there had been a recall issued (#819) for 1994-1997 dodge ram 3500 series for this exact problem. however, because my truck is a 1997 ram 1500, the dealer says the recall doesn't apply and they refuse to fix it. the recall notice describes the exact problem and the fact that it is safety and fire hazard. the dealer says that since it is not in there recall database they are not obligated to repair it and that i must fix it and they will notify me later if it does get recalled. they told me to keep my receipts. the cost is one thing but what really upsets me is the hazard this problem creates and their response to it! *tr
OTHER
05/22/2000107/01/1997
 Head gasket failed at 36000 miles. water pump seal failed at 47000 due to pitting and corrosion of aluminum housing. transmission problem has been intermittent and normally occurs after extended driving - transmission clunks when downshifting between 2nd and 1st gear. has hestitated when shifted into drive. electrical problems have been common and increasing - unexpected windshield wiper activation, unexpected electric door lock and car alarm activation, most recently ignition failure during initial attempts to start in the morning.
PARKING BRAKE - CONVENTIONAL
 *** disregard any requests sent from me. *** they were sent in error. meant to hit cancel button rather than continue/send. again, disregard all requests sent by john ellis from disa eur 30403 box 159 apo ae 09131. your charges are too high for research on a minor problem. *** do not process requests from me ***
POWER TRAIN
101/28/1997
 Transmission fails.
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
05/22/2000107/01/1997
 Head gasket failed at 36000 miles. water pump seal failed at 47000 due to pitting and corrosion of aluminum housing. transmission problem has been intermittent and normally occurs after extended driving - transmission clunks when downshifting between 2nd and 1st gear. has hestitated when shifted into drive. electrical problems have been common and increasing - unexpected windshield wiper activation, unexpected electric door lock and car alarm activation, most recently ignition failure during initial attempts to start in the morning.
03/17/200106/01/1997
 Transmission will not shift out of first. when it is reverse it idles rough and tries to die. when it is in reverse it whines. *ak
STEERING - GEAR BOX (OTHER THAN RACK AND PINION)
05/01/1998
 When driving the van the steering randomly veers to the left or right and requires constant correcting. it is difficult to keep in one lane. the chrysler dealer has adjusted the steering gear box as close as it can and the conditions still exists. they have not been able to relieve the problem but acknowled that the condition exists even though the parts are to specification. my wife and children feel unsafe driving the vehicle and i am under great stress while driving. i am afraid that this condition could lead to an accident with passing or oncoming traffic.
STEERING - LINKAGES
08/14/20041
 Ball joints are totally worn out and could have failed causing an accident. vehicle is unsafe. this truck has had very good care taken of it and should not have worn this bad on a vehicle with this few miles on it and with the care taken of it. *ak
309/01/1997
 2 tires - treads striped off: causing $3200 damage, didnot blow out tires( dot number: tire size: lt245r7516 )
STRUCTURE
09/15/20061300001
 1997 dodge ram has dashboard cover cracked in several places. pieces have fallen down into the dash among the internal wiring. this is not just a cosmetic problem. if the pieces themselves do not short out the wiring and cause a fire, the jagged edges could potentially cut open an airbag upon deployment causing a bag failure during a crash. *tr
SUSPENSION - FRONT
08/14/20041
 Ball joints are totally worn out and could have failed causing an accident. vehicle is unsafe. this truck has had very good care taken of it and should not have worn this bad on a vehicle with this few miles on it and with the care taken of it. *ak
05/01/1998
 When driving the van the steering randomly veers to the left or right and requires constant correcting. it is difficult to keep in one lane. the chrysler dealer has adjusted the steering gear box as close as it can and the conditions still exists. they have not been able to relieve the problem but acknowled that the condition exists even though the parts are to specification. my wife and children feel unsafe driving the vehicle and i am under great stress while driving. i am afraid that this condition could lead to an accident with passing or oncoming traffic.
SUSPENSION - FRONT - CONTROL ARM - LOWER BALL JOINT
05/01/20020404/30/2002
 It was requested that dodge dakota owners log information as to if they have excessively worn ball joints and / or failures. i am an engineer at an equipment manufacturer and believe this is a failure due to excessive wear at low mileage. my 1997 dakota slt has 70,000 miles on it now and since i do not drive it much i was hoping there would be recall before it was necessary to replace the joints.a number of cab plastic issues which were design changed (year or two later) and not recalled, misc items breaking - drivers window switch plate, automatic gear selector handle cracking, ash try pivot point (non-smoker - broke when i tried to clean it!). not to mention the 3.9 l issues of poor acceleration / response due to what it sounds is a production tolerance issue with throttle position sensors. finally the transmission shift points and clutch fill times do not seem to have much time spent on them. the positive and negative grading of the truck is horrible due to numerous shifts, no (or not enough) anti-hunting time for holding a downshift. i am providing my information as to further add to the database of consumers that feel something needs to be done about these poor design issues.*ak
08/14/20041
 Ball joints are totally worn out and could have failed causing an accident. vehicle is unsafe. this truck has had very good care taken of it and should not have worn this bad on a vehicle with this few miles on it and with the care taken of it. *ak
SUSPENSION - FRONT - CONTROL ARM - UPPER BALL JOINT
05/01/20020404/30/2002
 It was requested that dodge dakota owners log information as to if they have excessively worn ball joints and / or failures. i am an engineer at an equipment manufacturer and believe this is a failure due to excessive wear at low mileage. my 1997 dakota slt has 70,000 miles on it now and since i do not drive it much i was hoping there would be recall before it was necessary to replace the joints.a number of cab plastic issues which were design changed (year or two later) and not recalled, misc items breaking - drivers window switch plate, automatic gear selector handle cracking, ash try pivot point (non-smoker - broke when i tried to clean it!). not to mention the 3.9 l issues of poor acceleration / response due to what it sounds is a production tolerance issue with throttle position sensors. finally the transmission shift points and clutch fill times do not seem to have much time spent on them. the positive and negative grading of the truck is horrible due to numerous shifts, no (or not enough) anti-hunting time for holding a downshift. i am providing my information as to further add to the database of consumers that feel something needs to be done about these poor design issues.*ak
08/14/20041
 Ball joints are totally worn out and could have failed causing an accident. vehicle is unsafe. this truck has had very good care taken of it and should not have worn this bad on a vehicle with this few miles on it and with the care taken of it. *ak
TIRES - TREAD/BELT
10/06/20001
 Total tread separation from tire. *ak (tiresize: lt245/75r1)( dot number: tire size: lt245/75r1 )
VISIBILITY - REARVIEW MIRRORS/DEVICES - EXTERIOR
211/26/1997
 Mirrors simply folds back to the vehicle body at hwy speed. the rearview side mirrors are not usable on highway driving. replace both mirrors still do the same thing.
VISIBILITY - WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER
05/22/2000107/01/1997
 Head gasket failed at 36000 miles. water pump seal failed at 47000 due to pitting and corrosion of aluminum housing. transmission problem has been intermittent and normally occurs after extended driving - transmission clunks when downshifting between 2nd and 1st gear. has hestitated when shifted into drive. electrical problems have been common and increasing - unexpected windshield wiper activation, unexpected electric door lock and car alarm activation, most recently ignition failure during initial attempts to start in the morning.
WHEELS - LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS
01/20/2001406/01/1997
 Changed tires(rear) 84xxxx miles/ three studs broke on each side. nuts not cross/threaded. retire engr. said that it looked like metal fat.*ak

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