2021 Dodge Ram 3500 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain and structure problems among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

In the world of HD trucks, there are only a handful to choose from, but the 2021 Dodge Ram 3500 claims to be “America’s longest-lasting heavy-duty pickups.” It’s hard to understand how this claim can be made when looking at the defective powertrain and faulty structure.

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Powertrain Problems

The powertrain is what makes or breaks a pickup truck. In this case, it’s such a piece of crap that even top automotive publications are speaking out about it.

Car and Driver says, “Diesel rivals have more modern transmissions.”

How can anyone expect Ram to make a decent transmission when the company hasn’t even perfected the engine yet? It wasn’t that long ago that the company was facing class-action lawsuits because of poorly built engines. Now, there are other recalls showing how poorly built these 2021 Dodge Ram 3500 trucks are. For example, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V163000 states that some trucks have an electrical short in the Solid State Intake Heater Grid relay that can cause a vehicle fire. Would it be that terrible if the truck burnt up in flames? Probably not because it would remove one more lemon from the streets.

2021 Dodge Ram 3500 Complaint Summary

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Electrical System
Power Train
Fuel/propulsion System
Unknown Or Other
Vehicle Speed Control
Exterior Lighting

Problems with the Structure

The Ram truck company is struggling to make any vehicle that holds up under pressure.

Car and Driver goes on to say that the “largest models are cumbersome in traffic.”

Yet, there are more pressing concerns to think about. As another example, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V398000 proves that the company has no business making vehicles. This recall says that some flanged lug nuts were over-tightened from the factory which is causing wheel separation and broken wheel studs. It’s funny to see the wheels fall off a vehicle on TV, but not so funny when it actually happens in traffic. It looks like the Ram manufacturers need to get back to the basics.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • john j

    hyundai recall was performed on my daughter veh , WRONG,,,and dealer or major company, wont make good

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