6th Jul 2003, 14:39

I also have had problems with brake fade. I believe it's a problem with the ABS. I have also had problems with the transmission not wanting to shift properly; it feels like first gear is gone; won't down shift if I hammer it. Then I shut the truck off for a while and it's fine. Go figure; a trans problem on a Chrysler...

2nd Apr 2004, 20:06

I own a dodge ram 1500 qc.

Costant problems with ABS system, trans.sensors and leak at thermostat seal.. too bad I still owe 12,000 on this piece of crap.. no prblems until warranty ran out..

4th Aug 2004, 13:50

I have a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Quad 4x4 black on black leather, with the wood grain dash. Bought it with 30,000 miles on it and I have to say it's been the best rig I have ever owned. I hate hearing about how many people out there are unsatisfied or had nothing, but problems. I've had it for 4 years at 98,000 miles, and still running like Brand New.



29th Sep 2004, 11:33

I agree with the guy above. I own a 1999 RAM SPORT 4x4.I've put this truck though the worst conditions possible... never had a problem. At 109000 I did replace the water pump and it is getting it's first serpentine belt as we speak. I know bad maintenance on my part, but a hell of a truck!!

29th Dec 2004, 09:56

The brakes on most cars/truck including my Jeep Wrangler and Dodge 1500 quad cab did this, it turned out the brakes needed bleeding, there was air in the brake lines, hope this helps...

17th Nov 2006, 19:37

Trucks as they age get water in the brake fluid. Tell tale sign of this is fluid that looks like apple cider. The water will cause ABS light to stay on, and ABS system to malfunction. Fix it by flushing your brakes every 50000 miles.

26th May 2007, 13:09

I bought my '99 Quad Cab with about 25k miles on it. Since then I have replaced the air conditioning system probably twice and and am on my third trani. I use it for work and travel a bit sometimes pulling about 3-4k pounds. It has now over 165k miles and I still get 15-18mph over the road on long hauls, depending on the weight. Over all I'm pretty please with it's performance and longevity. I always have it maintained and inspected religiously, but still realize that nothin' last for ever. I don't mind throwing a thousand or so bucks into it each year for maintenance. I've got one more year of depreciation on it and then I might be looking for a Nissan Titan. I've been hearing good things about them.


2nd Jul 2007, 21:16

I own a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport.

It is the BEST truck I have ever owned. It has about 96,000 miles and still runs like brand new. No squeaks or anything. Never had any transmission problems, which surprises me because I have replaced a couple in my dodge grand caravan. Brakes never failed on me or locked up. The thermostat went out once, but it had 94,000 miles on it so that's not bad at all, and only took a couple of hours (including going to the parts store). I love this truck and I will defiantly get another one.

11th Jul 2007, 12:32

I have a 99 dodge ram 1500. It's got 197,000 miles on it and the only problem I've ever had with it was the belts squealing. All I do is turn the engine off and start it back up and it's fine. I've had the truck since it was brand new and it's been through the worst possible conditions and it's still going strong. Every two years since I bought it have had the transmission taken out and looked at and never has there been a problem. Almost 200,000 miles and I've never been happier.

5th Jun 2008, 07:18


I had a 1997 1500 and thought it was a good truck. I traded for a 2001 2500, and have had some issues with it:

Brake pads on rear are for a 1500, and I only get about 20000 miles per set.

At 61000 miles the brakes failed. There is no apparent reason, just that recently you can hear the ABS working on dry pavement when there is no reason for it to be activated. Most of the time the brakes work fine, except for the excessive wear, but every once and a while I am in a situation which is dangerous and requires the brakes to work.

Also on this truck the catalytic converter has gone out.

The transmission lines have rusted out, and may have caused damage to the transmission, and presently the vehicle turns like it is 4 wheel drive when it is not making me fear a very expensive repair is coming.

It is not the worst vehicle I ever owned; that would have to be a 1987 F350

5th Aug 2008, 08:54

As a repair shop owner it sounds like to me most of your problems are coming from shops not knowing how to fix the truck the first time! Not so much the trucks problems. There is no reason for the same problem to keep coming back if it was fixed right the first time. ALL the trucks have the little down falls so its hard to just call out one brand when they ALL have their problems.

14th Nov 2008, 23:56

I have a 99 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Extended Cab Sport. I bought it with 114000 miles on it, and at about 116000 miles I had to put a water pump on it, and a belt pulley on it.

But the biggest thing that I don't like about it that the front end in them sucks; it's really sloppy. My father owned a 1994 2500 with a Cummings in it, and its front ends did the same. But other than that, they're really good trucks.

24th Nov 2008, 01:57

I have a '96 Ram with 91K miles and it's the biggest bank buster I have ever owned. I'm on my 3rd transmission, I've replaced the front left axle, starter, thermostat (still not right) and I'm sure I'll be spending more repair money shortly because my heater isn't working properly. I'll be hard pressed to buy another Dodge P/U.

To the guy that said that Dodge trucks off the most HP and torque, you better check your facts again. The only thing Dodge trucks have going for them right now is the drive train warranty. All I know about it is that it looks good on paper. I haven't read the fine print to figure out how Dodge can get away with not fixing something under warranty.

8th Jan 2009, 18:25

My wife's 97 ram 1500 with 216,000 miles has hardly been touched, except for a new tranny and rear end, which I screwed up and tore it out.

22nd Jan 2012, 22:47

I'm trying to find a truck to buy, and I found a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 quad cab that I'm in love with!!! But... it has almost 200000 miles on it... all my friends keep telling me it's a bad idea, because of tranny problems mainly, and of how many miles it has. So I'm just trying to get some more opinions please?

3rd Jun 2012, 10:59

I have a 2004 Ram 1500 4x4 Quad Cab with the 4.7L that I've had for a week. It's got 124,000 on it, and it's the biggest piece of crap I've ever even driven. So far I've dropped over 2 grand just to get it running correctly.

The front end is making a god awful clanking noise. It's probably my U joints in the front axle.

The check engine light keeps coming on code: P0300 a random misfire. The engine runs smooth, so I don't know why it says it's misfiring. I've changed spark plugs, ignition coils, and I cleared it and it's still coming on. I've had to get a front end alignment and new shocks as well. I blame the dealership honestly.