2022 Dodge Ram 3500 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine & steering problems are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The 2022 RAM 3500 is designed with maximum power in mind. Even the automaker claims it provides
“major pulling power.” While it might provide power, the defective engine and poor steering are already causing problems navigating this big truck down the road.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2022 Dodge Ram 3500

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Power Train
Electrical System
Unknown Or Other
Power Train:automatic Transmission
Fuel/propulsion System
Service Brakes
Exterior Lighting
Vehicle Speed Control
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking

Problems with the Engine

To create this high level of power, one must assume that there’s a reliable engine located under the hood. However, there seem to be problems with this potent powertrain.

Car and Driver points out, “the diesel models don’t handle quite as well around town, and they’re not quick.”

Don’t take their word for it; there are serious issues with the engine. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V798000 states that the Cummins 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine can start a truck fire because of an electrical short. The issue comes back to the solid state intake heater grid relay. It’s such a major issue that FCA USA has told customers not to park their vehicle near a building.

How does someone do that when going home after work? Should they leave the truck down the street and walk home? Aside from the engine, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V925000 talks about further defects that need to be discussed. It turns out that the Ram trucks also have air bag defects that could injure people during an accident. So, whether people are driving or parked, the truck could seriously hurt them. What a way to ensure it’s the best from every angle – best at destroying things and people.

Steering Problems

How does the 2022 Ram truck handle? It turns out not to be a strong suit of this heavy-duty pickup.

Car and Driver further points out, “dual-rear-wheel axle makes tight spaces nightmarish.”

There are also recalls that deal with how the truck handles. NHTSA Campaign Number 22V140000 discusses how the ABS control module can prevent the electronic stability control system from working as designed. To repair it, the software needs to be updated. If the Ram wants to boast of “more pulling power,” maybe it’s time that the company works on pulling its weight to meet customers’ needs. Right now, it’s just a straight failure.

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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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  • Kerby B

    I bought a 2022 3500 ram custom built with my partner and it had 17 miles on it from Jake Sweeney in Cincinnati Ohio with 17 miles on it and it broke down in New York and was towed to Queens New York and my partner was abandoned in front of the dealership that wouldn’t touch the truck all night all alone until I got there driving from Akron Ohio!!! As a Woman in this area was traumatizing! We had to pay $950 to have the truck towed under warranty and still over 30 days later we have no truck, threatening comments about the payment coming up which I paid it as I planned! My partner was hung up on from the Danbury Connecticut Ct Chrysler dealership when asking about the tow, having a standard transmission installed so we don’t have a problem again!! I’ve had multiple dealerships refuse to work on it and said that Chrysler doesn’t want to many people trained to work on the 3500 Ram truck!

  • Edward C

    Purchased 2017 ford f350 lariat 6.7 diesel drw new.. at 112, 000 miles, high pressure fuel pump went out. $8500.00 repair. After much complaining ford covered $4000.00 of repair. At 180,000 miles, front engine cover oil leak, cost $3000.00 to repair. At 200,000 miles, brake hydro boost went out, $450.00 repair. At 250,000 miles high pressure fuel pump went out again. $9000.00 repair. Ford would not help. Truck has been serviced and repaired by dealer. Truck is used in part time hot Shot business and is owned and driven only by 70 year old owner.


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