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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,002 miles

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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 accessories - exterior problems

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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 182006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

- the contact has a 1997 Dodge Ram with an odometer reading of 70000. On 12-18-06 while driving in dry weather conditions at 25 mph the hood unlatched. The contact was able to move to the side of the road without a crash. The contact found that there was recall (01V040000). He then took the car to the dealer, and they took pictures of the vehicle and sent them to the manufacturer. They told the contact that they were no longer liable for the recall because they notified him, and he did not have it repaired. Updated 1/29/2007 - the consumer would like a response to his complaint. Updated 04/19/07. Updated 05/23/07

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #14

May 012002

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My fiance is the owner of a 1997 Dodge 1500 4X4 pickup. The problem is that we have had the transmission repaired/change 4 times since we have taken possession of the vehicle in 2002. I check the defects for that vehicle on your "defect information" & sure enough there it is. We have had nothing but trouble with this truck since we purchased it. The hood latch is always loose & finally cause the hood to fly up while driving down the road with me & my 2 children. The tail gate has fallen off in the middle of traffic. The drivers door has been replace because the it sags. And finally, the bumper has just about completely rusted away since we've owned it. I feel we got the biggest lemon. I emailed Dodge directly with this same issue & received no response. Hopefully, your Agency can help. Thank you for your time. Angela sayre.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #13

Dec 312004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,770 miles
Driving on a local highway I-70 East bound, the hood latch released without warning. The hood flipped backwards onto the windshield. Nothing has been done or replaced yet.

- Millersport, OH, USA

problem #12

Dec 312004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,770 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving on a local highway I-70 East bound, the hood latch released without warning. The hood flipped backwards onto the windshield. Nothing has been done or replaced yet.

- Millersport, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 022004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
Front hood flew open while driving 40-50 mph, causing damages to the hood and the hood hinges. Dealer was not notified.

- Pascoag, RI, USA

problem #10

Jul 112004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,497 miles
While driving 55 mph hood latch failed. As a result, the driver's visibility was impaired and the vehicle went into an embankment. No injuries reported.

- Oliver, PA, USA

problem #9

Apr 292003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The hood latch broke and caused the hood to fly up which resulted in loss of visibility.

- Cedar Springs, MI, USA

problem #8

Oct 302002

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving 55 mph the safty latch on the hood broke causing the hood to fly up impairing road visabilty.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #7

May 172002

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Hood flew open while driving. Dealer contacted. Consumer had recieved a recall for the latch from Chrysler Corp(recall 01V04)and had taken it to neosho Chrysler, in which they failed to place one on after the consumer had set up the appointment. The consumer wounded up taking the vehicle to hoffer Dodge who then repaired the vehicle.

- Neosho, MO, USA

problem #6

Jun 302001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was going 35mph and hood flew up. Vehicle is not driveable because latches will not catch. Dealer will not assist because there is no recall.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #5

Feb 152000

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 45 mph hood flew open. Mechanic said that latch was defective. Consumer no longer owns vehicle.

- Union Grove, WI, USA

problem #4

Dec 222000

Ram 1500

  • miles
Inoperable safety latch was inoperable, and has been. Hood flew open to 90 degrees, and caused loss of road vision. I had just checked fluid levels and closed hood at home. I drove to a local market, and was returning on a surface street near my home, when the hood unexpectedly opened. I noticed that when I perform my periodic maintenance, and I release the hood, I can open hood without releasing the secondary latch. Now I know the consequences of this, but luckily I wasn't injured. But, my insurance company must pick up the tab at the expense of all policy holders.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 241999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Recall 95V-056 000/hood assembly: Latches. While traveling on the street at approximately 25 mph the hood popped open. If this had happened at highway speed, hood could have opened and obstructed the driver's vision, increasing the potential of an accident. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was not part of recall due to VIN.

- Roselle Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 121997

Ram 1500

  • miles
Hood latch failed however secondary latch held hood down.

- Oak Hill, WV, USA

problem #1

Apr 271998

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Was driving at 45 mph when hood unlatched unexpectedly even with safety mechanism, causing the hood to crack windshield and brackets.

- Burbank, IL, USA

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