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Dodge Ram Owner Experiences

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,027
edited September 16 in Dodge
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  • newramfannewramfan Posts: 22
    My screen name is newramfan. I am a 29 year old male and I live in Missouri. I am new to the website and happened to stumble across the "Owners Club" for Dodge Ram owners. I have had my 2002 ram 1500 for about 6 months now and am enjoying it immensely. It is a 2wd quad cab and is pretty well loaded. It is graphite in color with the dark slate interior - cloth. I tried out the leather but didn't care for the feel. It seemed like the seat depth (front to back) was shorter and not as supportive. The 20" wheels really make the truck. To date the only problems I've had are 1. the back door locks won't unlock completely when it is cold out, and 2. the drivers side seat seems to have a little play in it so that when I come to a stop or take off it slides about a half an inch or so. I got the 4.7 engine with auto tranny. So far (after 4000 miles) I've had no trouble with the tranny. I was fortunate to get the extra powertrain warranty while it was being offered as well as low % financing. There lot's more to tell, but it can be done at a later time. I look forward to meeting other members and hearing their stories.
  • magillamagilla Posts: 75
    I go by Magilla (good grief, what if that were really my name? - talk about getting a butt kicking everyday!) on the board. I've got a '02 Ram Quad, 4.7L, 5-sp, light silver, and park it in Phoenix. Got a great deal on my mayor from Performance Dodge in Glendale, AZ. Looked at many dealerships (and couldn't believe the tactics at some like Earnhardt), but Performance was terrific. Definitely a difference in a 5-star dealership. Anyway, the only MINOR problems that I've encountered so far are: 1) A slight rattle in the dash/windshield area on the driver's side (not checked out yet), 2) a very slight and erratic rattle in the driver's side door panel (sounds like the locking lever rattling now and again), and 3) a squeaky clutch pedal on depression on 4 occasions when it was cold out. Otherwise, it's been perfect. I'll give Performance the opportunity to correct these minor problems when I take it in for the 1st oil change next week. Love my truck.

    And, hey Karen, how about calling this the Mayors Club?
  • Lamar here from Montgomery, Alabama. I have an '02 Quad. Purchased it in early March from Randall Noe Delaerships in Terrell, TX. Got a great deal. Worth the 625 mile drive. Mine has the 4 Speed Auto, 4.7, Graphite, 17" Chrome wheels, SLT, cloth, bedliner, bug deflector, keyless, CD....as well as a few other options. As many of you who read these postings know, I paid $21,200 for mine. Stickered for $26,800ish. I have had no problems. Currently at around 2000 miles. Gas mileage is around 15.7 in mixed driving. I am starting to see more Quads around town, but they are rare.
  • 3 weeks I purchased my new Ram in Springfield, MO. It is black w/ a bright grill, quad cab, graphite seats (I also liked them better than the leather), 5.9 V8, and towing package. Last weekend my Mayor broke down and has been out of commission for 7 days now. It has 800 miles on it. They discovered that the computer and wiring harness burnt up. They have not given me another vehicle to drive and they have no idea when my truck will be fixed. I was extremely happy before this problem, but now am worried I will continue to have problems!! Hope all continues to go well for all of you!
  • newramfannewramfan Posts: 22
    Unfortunately you have had some bad luck. Was your QC built in MO or in Mexico? Mine was built in St. Louis, MO. I purchased mine at Shottenkirk in Quincy, IL, but they did a dealer trade with a dealership out of Paducah, KY. Were there any clues leading up to your problem that the rest of us can keep an eye out for? I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune. The "No Loaner" thing is one of the downfalls to buying a Dodge. They should at least offer discounted rentals or something. Good luck on the return of your new Ram, and best wishes for no more trouble.
  • There were absolutely no indications leading up to this problem. It worked one day, and it didn't the next. My truck was built in Michigan. They told me it was being built in St. Louis, but were wrong. Can't wait to get it back!!!
  • newramfannewramfan Posts: 22
    that it wasn't a St. Louis factory, but hope it's not a problem with the Ram in general. Wish there were some clues to watch for. Maybe you'll get your Ram back this week. Good luck and I hope you have no more troubles.
  • Hello from Virginia. I just picked up my 02 Quad Cab Ram last week. Ordered it from 1 click auto brokers. PS, PW, Power Locks, Auto, Power Mirrors, SLT, Air, 17" chrome wheels. I got the 1$1500 rebate and 5.9 financing to go along with it. $25880 sticker price, I got it for $22100 without a trade in and no haggle. It was great. I'll never buy a car or truck from a dealer again. :@)
  • Hello from Virginia. I just picked up my 02 Quad Cab Ram last week. Ordered it from 1 click auto brokers. PS, PW, Power Locks, Auto, Power Mirrors, SLT, Air, 17" chrome wheels. I got the 1$1500 rebate and 5.9 financing to go along with it. $25880 sticker price, I got it for $22100 without a trade in and no haggle. It was great. I'll never buy a car or truck from a dealer again. :0)
  • btate2002btate2002 Posts: 64
    I'm Brad from South Louisiana. I just turned 18 yesterday! I have a black 2001 Ram regular cab (V6, Auto) that I got new in August of 2001 and I love it! Glad to see a Ram Owners Club!
  • saltysacksaltysack Posts: 12
    Hello ChryslerBlues; Very sorry to hear of your problem. These sort of things happen when the insulation fails on a wire bundle because it was not installed properly and the wire bundle rubs with vibration until there is a short and if it is a hot to ground, it can burn before a fuse fails. If the failure s in an electronics module, it is usually early life when these fialures happen. Either a poor solder joint, stressed component, or component damaged at install. It is important for the dealer and Daimler Chrysler to take this seriously and give you and explanation of what happened. I would get the name of the "zone or area" manager who works for Daimler Chrysler and ask them to give you an explanation and to arrange a loaner vehicle. My one concern so far with the Dodge Quad Cab 2002 is that some of the wire harnesses under the hood look a bit amateurish, wound with tape instead of heat shrink or plastic shell. Wiring may be a problem in the future under long use and hot weather.
  • brnzbkbrnzbk Posts: 33
    I picked up my RAM yesterday, here's the lowdown:
    4X4, 1500 SLT SB, 4.7L, Auto, Security pkg, Chrome 17" wheels, sliding rear window, Towing Pkg, 3:55 Limited Slip, Premium Cloth, P265 WOL, Running Boards, Patriot Blue / Navy interior. I have to take it back to the dealer tomorrow, my brake pedal sometimes fades to about 1/2, maybe some air in the line. Other than that I love my truck.
  • wsmoorewsmoore Posts: 14
    I have had my Ram for about 3 weeks now. It is an 02 Quad Cab SLT 4x4.
    It is Atlantic Blue, has the 5.9L, automatic, towing package, skid plate
    package, limited slip differential, 17" alloys with the OWL all terrain tires,
    sliding rear window, and fog lights (plus all of the power goodies that come
    with the SLT package). I have added remote keyless entry, wheel well liners,
    and a 6 disk cd changer. I plan to get the bed LineX'd soon. I have put
    about 1000 miles on the truck, am getting about 11.5 city, 16 highway,
    and the truck is great!!!
  • brnzbkbrnzbk Posts: 33
    Where did you get your CD changer (after market?) and where did you mount it? Also are your wheel well liners trim or something inside the wheel well.
    I would like to dress up my truck and have been thinking about chrome or aluminum trim for the wheel wells, I don't know if Mopar has any such accessories for the RAM.
  • wsmoorewsmoore Posts: 14
    I bought a Kenwood CD Changer from Crutchfield, with an adapter to connect
    it to the factory radio and make it compatible with the changer controls. The
    changer and adapter together cost $281.00 with shipping. I mounted the
    changer under the driver's seat, facing the back seat.

    The wheel well liners are just the mopar liners for the rear wheel wells. They
    are black plastic, and go inside the wheel wells. They provide a more
    finished look. You can see them on the mopar site - www.mopar.com

    It sounds like what you really want is wheel flares, and you would probably
    have to go aftermarket for those, I don't think mopar has any yet...
  • redramqcredramqc Posts: 4
    My name is Jon. I live in Nashville TN. I picked up my Ram last week. It's a Quad Cab, 2wd, 4.7 engine, auto trans, SLT package, 20" wheels, and most of the other typical options. This is my first truck, and I love it so far. Everyone who sees it for the first time, their comment is always "wow, its so big". I don't drive much, I've only gone about 175 miles in a week, lots of short trips, so I'm not expecting much mileage wise (about 14.1 according to the computer).
  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23
    After 3000 miles I cannot say enough about my new mayor. 1500QC 4.7L manual 4X4 short bed. I had to special order this brute because of the options that I wanted. I ordered atlantic blue with 3.92 gears and premium seats with towing package, sport with 20" wheels. It drives like a charm and it took a while to get the mpg into the acceptable range but the last tank gave me sticker numbers 17.5 hwy and 14 city. I've added an Access Cover soft tonneau along with Aiwa cd/mp3 player with polk speakers to upgrade the sound system.
    The power seem adequate but for anyone thinking of 4.7 engine I would suggest shorter gears for the extra oomph! Not a single problem yet. I will soon be adding cold air induction along with headers and free flow cat back. I'll keep you all posted on the improvement.
  • My name is Mike and I'm ramming here in Fresno, CA. I just got my black 02 QC last week and I really love it Love, love, love. It's a 4x4 5.9 SLT with 20" rims. I used to own a 00 Jeep G Cherokee. It gave me a lot of premature problems and I am already anticipating some of them on my new Ram. Through time, I've learned to live with all the problems that come with owning and loving a Chrysler. I spend a lot of time just staring at it. I finally found the car that I would keep and drive until the wheels fall off. I can't wait to drive it on snow up in the mountains.
  • I purchase my first Ram ext cab in 96'. Traded it in for a new one in 00' and when the 02's came out I traded my 00' in for one. Looks just like the one in the Mayor of Truckville ads. Got all the toys and leather. While I do like the Ram trucks I am having some concerns about the new 02 and would like to know if others are experiencing the same. Strange whining noise from the transmission when put into reverse when cold and a crackling sound when put into reverse when cold or after having been driven and left to sit for about an hour. The final assembly point was Fenton Missouri not Mexico like my 00'. I have the 5.9L v-8 and the 46RE transission.
  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    Good afternoon all! I'm Lee Stewart, and I picked up my '03 2500 Cummins HO QC SB about 3 weeks ago. I've loved every minute with my new toy. She's been to the shop (Manassas Dodge in Virginia) once on the fan torque recall (mine was fine) and the dealer was very quick and efficient. My truck has the Laramie package and I'm really enjoying all the little bells and whistles, but the best part is pushing the long pedal and feeling like I've got a space shuttle booster strapped to the bed. She's not quite as nimble as my old Integra, but for 4 tons of steel she's plenty maneuverable.
  • mralanmralan Posts: 174
    Just purchased a 2003 Ram 1500 ST reg cab shortbed with 4.7L/auto tranny. I've never owned a Dodge product before, but use a Dodge 2500 as a work truck that's been trouble free for about 60k miles.
  • Hello all,

    Purchased my 02 RAM QC 1500 Sport back in May 02. Got a great deal on a demo, heck I was selling them I thought I should get one too. Not in the car business anymore but still loving my RAM. Atlantic Blue Pearl, 17" painted alloys, 3:55 anti spin diff, 4.7L, multispeed auto, slate grey leather, power everything, 7spker infinity sound package. I've got more toys than I've ever had on a vehicle before and absolutely love my Ram. I've experienced and seen alot of what I've read on this website. Fairly low mileage, problems with power door locks, and a whole lot of people who can't say enough about their new Ram. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has made any performance improvements to their Ram and be happy to answer any questions I might be able to answer, I sold a few of them up here in the Dallas area and know a little bit about them.
  • Where in Dallas?? -- I bought my 02 quad 4x4 from Grapevine Dodge July 02. Love the truck, and the gas mileage ain't that bad for a mammoth truck. I've got the 4.7 - 5 speed manual trans. Getting around 16 to 19 MPG around town, out to the lake, etc. Where can I get a good deal on a camper shell?
  • amoralesamorales Posts: 196
    Name is Andy. Been driving pick-ups since '61. Just bought my first Dodge truck, a Ram 1500 HEMI-EXPRESS Laramie club cab with the ground effects, 20 inch wheels, 5 sp auto. Am breaking it in now, so far 120 miles. Always wanted a HEMI, since '63

    Regards to all
  • hello my name is John i bought a new 2002 dodge ram Quad Cab in June of 2002.Well here's the scope I would like to put a good grille gaurd on the front of my truck, does anybody that has a 2002 Quad Cab have one on there truck? and what kind should i get that will look good.thanks hope too here from somebody soon. glad to be a part of the dodge truck ram team.
  • roper2roper2 Posts: 61
    Hi im dennis from Texas have a 2002ram lonestar reg. cab 4.7 auto and love to drive it.This is my first dodge.Very impressed.
  • iwphilliwphill Posts: 48
    I've had my 1500 reg cab V6 manual short bed since early June (1850 miles), and so far, it's excellent. The vibration which I noticed early on seems to be smoothing out now. This is my first Dodge truck, and hoping it will last a long, long time.
  • I just purchased a 2003 Ram 1500 Hemi regular cab with 17" tires and I got to say this truck is bad to the bone. At 70 mph you get into it and before you know it your pushing 100 mph. I had a 2000 Ford F150 and there's no comparison. Haven't burned a tank of gas yet but I know if I don't keep my foot out of it the mpg will not be to very good.
  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    Yes, I'd venture to guess that the reason the Hemi trucks aren't getting very good mileage is that it's just so much fun putting your foot down! My Cummins Ram is exactly the same way - I should be getting 18 - 20 mpg, but that wouldn't be as much fun.
  • #noname#noname Posts: 58
    I want to put a liner in my 2003 Dodge 1500 short bed, but can't decide which one would be better. Spray-in are drop-in. If I put a spray-in would a bed cap be better than wrap over with the spray-in. Any input would be appreciated.
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