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Ram 1500 Classic

Even though Chrysler redesigned the Ram 1500 for 2019, the previous-generation Ram 1500 continues to be sold under the name “Ram 1500 Classic.” Surprisingly luxurious and refined, the Ram remains fully capable of doing dirty work when duty calls. A unique coil-spring rear suspension gives it a smooth ride and the interior is whisper-quiet.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 1500 Classic will be much less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
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Overall Reliability Verdict
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Power Equipment
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Ram 1500 Classic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Went blank, restarted itself for 30 seconds, went blank and kept doing it. Took vehicle to Ram dealer, they had the truck for 6 weeks in order to replace the battery and the entire screen. 5 days of rental truck was paid by dealer, balance of truck rental I paid for and Chrysler turned a deaf ear to my request for reimbursement of rental vehicle cost"

Anonymous, WA (2019 Ram 1500 Classic Unsure 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"At random times, I'll start my truck to find there is no phone paired. I repeat the pairing process and one to two weeks later have to do it again. I've taken the vehicle back to the dealer for warranty service on two occasions, but they had no idea how to fix it and the problem continues to occur."

Anonymous, TN (2019 Ram 1500 Classic Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"It only intermittently works."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Ram 1500 Classic Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Warning lights

"When brake is applied while vehicle is moving, warning message of parking light being out is displayed. No light is out. No yet repaired."

Anonymous, (2019 Ram 1500 Classic Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"At about 20,000 miles a transmission leak developed and could not be resolved. Chrysler replaced the transmission with a new unit saying the original unit had a porous case casting"

Anonymous, WA (2019 Ram 1500 Classic Unsure 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"For years, Hemis have had a problem with the manifold bolts shearing off due to what I believe is the differing expansion/contraction rates of the aluminum block and steel manifold combined with a poor choice of bolt material. In my experience, it has always been the rear bolt on the right-hand side which has sheared off. I've had to drill out and replace two on a previously owned 2016 Ram, one on my uncle's 2017 Ram, and now one on my 2019 Ram. This is a well-known and throroughly discussed issue, but Ram/Dodge has never issued a recall or bothered to fix it."

Anonymous, TN (2019 Ram 1500 Classic Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
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