5th Aug 2002, 23:47

I had the same transmission problem at 53,000 miles. I took excellent care of the truck (regular service, etc.) I am very dissatisfied with the Dodge automatic transmission. Why doesn't someone sue Dodge for what seems to be an apparent defect? Matt Hedden 502-296-9449.

7th Dec 2002, 16:36

I Have a 97 Ram 1500 and love the way it looks. I bought the truck with 60,000 miles and it seemed to have a problem with the transmission from the get go the transmission went at 65,000 and dodge and the used auto dealer I bought it from were great and help cover some of the cost. unforunatly I had the work done by a local dealer who dropped the ball and the rebuilt transmission went at 68,000 but it had been over 1 year and was off warranty so I have a nice lawn ornament until I can afford to replace the transmission with a new one. Good luck with yours.

10th Jan 2003, 20:19

It's wonderful to see so many people having the same problem =) I had the same problem about 75k miles, luckily the extended warranty picked up the 4k+ bill for the replacement. I've had quite a few problems with my 97 1500, but overall I guess I'm still satisfied with it.

22nd Apr 2005, 12:29

I have a 1997 1500 sport 4x4 with a 360 and I have never had any problems with the truck. Change the oil and filter every 5000 miles. Replace the air filter every oil change and put wipers and serpentine belt on yearly and the thing runs like a champ. I change the transmission fluid yearly and replace filter and it keeps on plugging. Its 2005 and with 177,000 miles I would not buy another truck unless it was a Dodge. Only problem is I wish it was more fuel efficient.

19th Jun 2005, 14:12

We have just bought a 1997 Dodge 1500, 5.9 liter, Automatic, extended cab, short box, 4x4. We have no history on this truck at all as it was bought at an auction. It looks and drives like new with 272000 km on it. To comment on the comment before mine, you should re read your comment as the person was talking about a 1997 in 2005. We have had to replace the battery as it seems to be the original. Other than that all seems well!