The Reliability Quotient of Dodge Pickup Trucks, a.k.a, RAM Trucks



Over the past decade, RAM or Dodge Ram pickup trucks have maintained a steady rise in sales, with buyers gravitating towards their features, engine options, and style. The vehicles have always had a mixture of reviews, ranging from the worst to the best depending on their model years. To answer the question you are probably asking now, we dived deep into some consumer-based forums to understand more.

The not-so-good reviews

Based on the ratings provided by people on ConsumerReports, the model years 2001-2003 have been the worst for the Dodge RAM 1500. The 2002 iteration was riddled with several trouble spots, including faulty cruise control, riveted rear axle, transmission overheating, defective spark plugs, and head gasket leaking.

The models after 2011 were branded under RAM. Not-so-satisfactory reliability once again spiked, with the 2014 model exhibiting an unprecedented amount of interior problems. The most commonly reported issues included air and water leaks, malfunctioning of in-car electronics, and faulty cruise control. 

The Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 faced the same kind of backlash for reported faults with fuel leakage and engines. However, improved models were observed with RAM after 2015.

The good reviews

Despite its reviews pertaining to poor reliability, the RAM 1500 models after 2014 made it to the list of the “Most Reliable Pickup Trucks of the Decade,” put up by ConsumerReports. So did the 2500 and the 3500.

Pickup trucks under the independent banner of RAM offered various configurations and impressive torque. The 2018 model is able to generate 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque when powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and tow between 8,510 to 10,620 pounds, depending on its configuration. 

The RAM 2019 has an additional eTorque system, paired with the same engine, which gives it a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds. The latest addition, the RAM 2020, has the option of an EcoDiesel engine, which increases both towing and payload capability, along with better fuel economy.

In conclusion, Dodge trucks are some of the best you can buy at the moment. To make a better judgment, visit the Empire Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM dealership in West Islip, NY, to know more. Serving the cities of Brightwaters, North Babylon, and Bay Shore, Empire is the #1 source for all your Empire Dodge RAM queries.

Source: Empire CJDR of West Islip