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. Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice, and it's lately become the first truck in its class to offer a diesel.
Alerts
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard from 2013.
Road Test

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. Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice, and it's lately become the first truck in its class to offer a diesel.

All Ram 1500s now come with an efficient, slick-shifting eight-speed automatic, a pickup-truck exclusive. Most get a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that delivers seamless power and still returns a class-average 15 mpg overall. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard, aiding fuel economy and a significant savings over the Hemi. It does an admirable job motivating this big truck, as long as your towing needs are modest.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leaks from the rear window down into the interior since new"

Edward L., NY (2016 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

"THe ram cargo doors leaked when it rained - Took it in 2 times - still has slit leak when going through car wash"

Carl C., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"sun roof leak they cannot seem to fix. Has been in three different RAM dealerships 5 different times for a combined 32 days and they still no resolve"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Ram box water leak when it rains"

Carl S., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Seal on windshield was leaking when it was raining. Dealer replaced windshield. No more leaks."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Over 40 mph drivers side window noise"

Narvil L., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Air whistles in around the drivers side window. Taken to dealership 3 times and they say it does not leak. Two different employees at two different dealerships admit that this is an issues with RAM Trucks, but they will not admit it to customers"

Tracy T., OH (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"the truck has a leak, the dealer has not found the leak. it fogs and freezes inside the windshield in the winter."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Ram 1500 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Squeaks or rattles

"drivers side rear door rattle when radio is on"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Passenger mirror rattles and makes noise. Took it into Thr dealer and was told that's within expectations"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Loud noise emanating from headliner in back of driver's head. Dealership, at first, claimed it was my imagination. After my repeated insistence, they took down the headliner and, incredible as it may seem, there was a bolt loose and rolling around between the roof and the headliner"

Seamus M., NH (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"sun roof had major rattle"

William T., AB (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Wind noise

"Wind noise around the back doors started about a year after purches."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Front, passenger window has significant wind noise. It is slightly less noisy if the side view mirrors are pulled in. The Dealership has been unable to fix."

Monica M., TX (2016 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

"Wind noise from drivers window"

Tony O., NY (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Irritating noise driving down the road"

Ed F., TX (2016 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

"serious wind noise from left front door. First repair was not successful, waiting for second try"

William T., AB (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Wind whistles around window/door on drivers side. Taken back to dealer 3 times and they say it does not leak. Two different employees at two different dealerships admitted these models were known for that issue, but won't admit it to owners"

Tracy T., OH (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"It just seems noisier than it was at freeway speeds"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The emission system canister filled up and had to be reset at the dealer on two occasions. This happens only when there is local driving and no highway use. It works fine with occasional highway driving."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"EGR replacement as well as another time for a Particulate filter replacement."

John R., WA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Fiat/Chrysler has admitted to defeating emissions system, similar to Volkswagon, recall has occurred."

Dane C., CA (2016 Ram 1500 SLT 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Was throwing codes due to bad CAT. Replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Electronic problems that don't have a space to discuss: window control failure - repaired twice ignition failure - issue unresolved electronic control of tailgate latches - multiple failures, unresolved"

Anonymous, KY (2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"The diesel engine seems to occasionally cause an exhaust issue that makes driving the vehicle impossible. It has gone to the shop at least 3 times for this problem, and still recurs."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ram 1500 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"the exhaust filter system plugged, the truck would not accelerate, it took 20 days to get it repaired."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Ram 1500 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Diesel Particulate Filter was replaced at 7000 miles, normally good for 40,000."

Dane C., CA (2016 Ram 1500 SLT 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Fuel gauge/sender

"the sender failed, which required removing the fuel tank and fuel pump. It was covered under Dodge warranty."

Nick C., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Gauge failed and it was due to a faulty fuel pump sensor. replaced under warranry"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Tied in with the fuel gauge problem. replaced the fuel pump under warranry"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Took to dealership with emissions code. Took 4 attempts over time to fix. Turned out to be a pressure indictor/switch."

Tim G., MT (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Engine Maintainance Light stayed on. Dealer found faulty O2 sensor"

Michael W., TX (2016 Ram 1500 Lone Star 3.6-L V6)

"O2 Sensor went. When it was replaced The EGR went and the technician could not get them the O2 Sensor and EGR to communicate for about 3 weeks."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Intake tube sensors threw a code causing the truck to go into limp mode. It took dealer 5 days to determine and fix the problem. Under warranty, the intake tube, connecting rubber collars and sensors were replaced."

James B., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"The truck has a problem with “sensors” per FCA. These sensors have been replaced three times in less than three years, but FCA states the sensors are faulty all three times. The mechanic believes the turbo for the engine is inadequate and causes buildup that burns he sensors out. This is an ecodiesel engine and it is totally junk."

Roger P., TN (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Gas Vapor sensor"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Randomly get the P24AE engine code and warning light. Dealership can't find the problem"

Richard N., MN (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"fender flares loose"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Ripples on weather stripppng/ or covering behind the front door window and ,in front of the rear door window , on both sides (passenger and driver side). Dodge replaced all four of them under warranty"

Craig P., FL (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"body molding over rear wheel on side of truck. glued on and came loose. replaced by warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"The wheel arch mouldings are coming off due to failure of the 2 sided tape used to mount."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Head liner was loose and squeeky"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint chips the easiest of any vehicle I have ever owned. The first car wash I took it to [new] the paint peeled .And has continued. The Ram dealer said there was nothing they could about it."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Peeling paint within a month, poor adhesion to primer"

Thom K., MO (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Tiny spray overshoot or debris on hood and top"

Henrik M., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

"Cheapest paint of any vehicle on the market paperthin"

Ed F., TX (2016 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

"Paint is weak.. Scratches very easy, not a tough paint system"

Steve N., TX (2016 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"The door handles faded within six months and the plastic that cover that covered the trailer hitch bolt crumbled and fell apart"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

"The paint has chips and faded places behind the passenger seat rear window. The dealership has stated that they will repair it but have not made any attempts to schedule a time to bring the vehicle in for repairs. Each request to schedule this repair I have been told that they do not have the proper equipment available to fix it."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ram 1500 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Painted trim piece that is placed where it will come in contact with diesel fuel, warps from contact with diesel fuel"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Portions of the cab roof have little or no paint."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 3.6-L V6)

"Paint has tiny flaws (specs) or pits on hood and top."

Henrik M., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"Small rust spots in many locations on body since new"

Edward L., NY (2016 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

"Small rust spot on rear bumper"

Tony O., NY (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"rust on rocker panel and front lower box"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Ram 1500 Express 3.6-L V6)

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 freezes up

"Display screen would either turn solid green or scramble the picture. Dealer was able to make repair."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Display screen goes blank

"Display goes blank or fuzzy snow during reverse camera mode. Sometimes it went all green without backup"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The radios and gps systems are a piece of junk. The radio has been a pain since I purchased the vehicle. It no longer receives Sirius radio and the GPS will take you on the craziest route and miss your destination by miles."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"The Uconnect interface for linking Internet radio apps (Pandora, Slacker, iHeart Radio) periodically looses it connection. Requires to re-log into Uconnect to re-establish connection so the apps work. Also when the Smartphone sleeps the music stops streaming until the phone is re-awaken."

Craig W., MD (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"the navigation system could not retain memory and did not update the current location and sent me directions to my destination based off of another location"

Chris S., OH (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"OCCASIONALLY THE SCREEN BLACKS OUT AND THE NAV SYSTEM IS TOTALLY INCORRECT"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Neither of my phones would connect to the in-car radio. When i had the GPS replaced, that seemed to have fixed the problem. The dealer stated there was a problem with the hard drive retaining its memory. The entire radio was replaced"

Chris S., OH (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"The vehicle looses pairing with my Samsung Galaxy. This has happened 4-6 times. I've asked both Verizon and Dodge to help resolve the problem. Although it seems to work for a while, it suddenly stops and the steps I personally take on the phone and in the vehicle to resolve don't always work."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ram 1500 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise control switches failed"

T L., VA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"cruise control malfunctioned but repaired after taking it in to dealership"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Cruise control stopped working switch on steering wheel was replaced and problem resolved"

Larry M., NV (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Voice control commands

"fREQUENTLY WON'T DIAL BLUTOOTH NUMBERS, BUT THE PROBLEM IS INTERMITTENT SO THE DEALERSHIP WAS UNABLE TO REPAIR"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 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

"quit working no warranty,,needed a 180 dollar switch plus labor,,,"

Melvin D., (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"control would not engage intermittent"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"The button to turn on the cruise control would not work intermittently."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"the cruise control on/off switch failed"

David N., MI (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"center brake light out water problem"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Driver side downward facing courtesy light on side mirror stopped working. Was fixed one stop dealership."

Kevin L., MN (2016 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Headlights

"headlight intermittent failure. Dealer replaced radio (!) per MFR which didn't solve problem. Headlight fully failed and they replaced"

Spencer F., MO (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Interior lights

"LED interior lights flicker with almost a strobe type pattern occasionally. I've had to replace multiple LEDs with conventional bulbs."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

"Sun visor mirror light passenger did not work . Put a new one on warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
USB port

"The USB port for charging when the vehicle makes intermittent contact. It’s been replaced under warranty and still doesn’t work."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"replaced compete entertainment system, problem is back again."

Gary W., FL (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

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.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"It appears bushings ent bad after 4,000 miles."

George F., TX (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"I had issues with the air suspension system which requires 2 trips to the dealer, the last time to install a new compressor on warranty and charge the system with nitrogen. No issues since and the smooth ride is great!"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"The right front side of the vehicle sat to low. When the dealer re-charged the system the issue was corrected but a day after, the condition re-appeared. It took 2 more trips to the dealer before they discovered a slow-leaking air line. The problem was finally solved."

Gary G., NY (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"In cold weather the air suspension controller went defective. Also after repair, when cold the main fuse blows."

Richard N., WI (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Air suspension uses a compressor that draws ambient air, moisture forms and in very cold weather it will not operate, causing a very hard ride. Once weather is warmer doesnt happen. Dealer says nothing they can do. What they need is a dryer on the comprssor outlet"

Richard B., ON (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Shocks or struts

"Right front strut was leaking. Thought this was a little premature. Was covered under warranty."

Jim G., MN (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"factory air ride suspension has been problematic, two rear air ride air bags have been replaced."

Dane C., CA (2016 Ram 1500 SLT 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"when slightly loaded truck road in a jerky fashion. Change rear end stabilizer bar because of possible bad bushings."

George F., TX (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"No serious problem. The front wheel bearings were replaced under warranty since the kilometers driven were just under the limit of 60000k"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Ram box drivers side would not lock by remote & water leak"

Carl S., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Passenger rear seat heater will turn on without pressing the switch. Once on, the on/off switch works intermittently to turn the heater off"

Martin M., VA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Locks and latches

"The door handles faded within six months and the plastic that cover that covered the trailer hitch bolt crumbled and fell apart"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Both RamBox covers developed fiberglass cracks around locks"

Gregory Y., MI (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Just scratches easy"

Steve N., TX (2016 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Windows

"Both driver and passenger window fell of track on at least three ocasions"

George D., WI (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"On three occasions 2 times with the driver window it fell out of its track during cold weather. Repaired under warranty but I am concerned about it happening again. The clips disconnect at the bottom of the window when it freezes in the track and then falls down at random times when the vehicle is parked."

George D., WI (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Rotary shift knob was replaced"

Glen K., CA (2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)
Rough shifting

"periodic hard downshift"

Thom K., MO (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Slow down almost to stop, hit gas and the trans hunts and slips"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"HARD DOWN SHIFT INTO 1ST GEAR"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"Slips trying to pick a gear after a rolling stop."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"down shifting inappropriately on acceleration causing very rough ride"

Ronald H., NE (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"The big problem is 9 repeat trips to two dealers and they could no fix the problem. Sad when the maker of a product can't repair it. I had to pay for repair for broken wire that stoped the transmission from shifting the day after I got it home. Highway driving city streets"

Dennis R., WY (2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Catalytic converter system went, required three visits to dealer for replacement of parts in sequential order. Now is fine. All under warranty."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Failure of DEF pump"

Anonymous, KY (2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Exhaust manifold

"Manifold leak upon starting when cold. Replaced the gasket and bolts."

James M., NV (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Happened to all 4 of my Rams. 2003,2019,2014 and 2016. You would think they could figure out and correct the issue."

Gary W., FL (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"The bolts on the passenger side that mount the exhaust manifold to the engine loosened or broke."

Hartwig J., IL (2016 Ram 1500 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

"A wheel speed sensor failed which caused loss of cruise control and every AWD/4-wheel drive function. I really needed AWD/4-wheel on a trip to rural NY during heavy snows."

Gary G., NY (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"Dealer balanced the tires, then replaced the tires, then replaced the drive shafts. Dealer also swapped tires and wheels from a known good truck. None of this fixed the problem. I am in the process of taking them to Lemon Law as the dealer has had the truck three times for a total of about three weeks and the truck still has a vibration problem"

Ralph R., FL (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Transmission in this model has more electrical/electronic control than in previous 2009 Ram 1500 I owned. '09 ram had a better control with a mechanical lever engagement. The newer control on this 2016 Ram often won't allow the the truck to move when Drive or Reverse is engaged. When this happens, I need to set the control back in Park, slam the door, & then reengage Drive or Reverse. Newer trucks should be more user-friendly, not less."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Acute undiagnosed total shut down of engine/systems resulting in threat to life and property. It is impossible to predict when/what circumstances the engine shuts down. It has shut down several times in high speed San Diego traffic. It has shut down idling in the driveway...... (huge frustration) Fiat Chrysler has not been forth coming or made a good faith effort to repair or replace the vehicle. It is possible this problem exists in other vehicles. However Fiat Chrysler is making very aggressive attempts to squash any reports and deny any liability."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)
Traction control

"Traction control sensor will illuminate and warning appears on screen to inspect traction control. The warning light will then go out on its own"

Martin M., VA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Check engine light indicated a failed glow plug. Techs could not replace so had to replace head, glow plug and electronic control module.2 weeks without truck."

W S., AB (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"miles the engine it spun a main rod bearing and blew up. I was without the truck for two months for fiat Chrysler to decide to replace and then make repairs"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Turbo or supercharger

"Mechanical failure in intercooler hose, most likely manufacturer defect, at 5000 miles, caused CEL and low power mode."

Dane C., CA (2016 Ram 1500 SLT 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"the dual climate heating valve was not closing all the way and this was under warrenty"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.6-L V6)

"inside temperature will go real cold or real hot depending on if you are using heat or A/C"

Richard N., WI (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Drivers side vents not switching to heat or defrost, floor vents not working."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Engine would not start after I filled up tank."

Robert A., NC (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Engine computer

"I have an EcoDiesel that was a part of a nation wide recall to update the computer program. Since the program has been updated the truck has experienced the following issues: Issue 1: Fuel mileage. I have tracked my fuel mileage every tank since the truck was new. I consistently averaged 25-26 mpg on interstate running 75-80 mph; but after update the best I have done is 23 mpg with the average being between 21-22.5 mpg. The around town mileage is about the same at around 19 mpg. Issue 2: Cold start up accelerator pedal lag. On cold start, you can count to seven sometimes before the truck will go, with the pedal to the floor. I have been almost hit three times. To safely pull out, turn or merge, the distance needs to be 2 to 3 times as much as it needed before. This is by far the most upsetting issue to me! It is outright dangerous! The truck will not go even though the accelerator pedal is pushed all the way to the floor. When it finally does go (after about 3-4 sec) the tires will spin and if the roads are wet it cause the back end of the truck to slide into other lanes. AGAIN I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW DANGEROUS THIS IS! Issue 3: Traveling at highway speed the truck constantly shifts from 8th to 7th gear and back to 8th. The truck now struggles to maintain 8th gear under any load and keeps downshifting to 7th. You do not have to be towing for this issue to be experienced. My truck unloaded traveling at highway speeds constantly shifts from 8th to 7th to the point that if there are any hills I will simply shift the truck to 7th gear and leave it until the road is completely flat when I will then shift it back into 8th to prevent it from the constant shifting which is irritating."

William G., SC (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"At 8,500 miles, I took my truck in for its first oil change. When I left, I noticed a low droning sound in certain accelerating conditions, and then significantly more engine noise in the cabin during heavy acceleration. Took it back to the dealership and they said the truck has a problem with its MDS system, but there is no fix for it. No way to repair it"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"AGM Battery Failed. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Electronic ignition

"My son's truck: Truck has repeatedly turned off without warning in variety of circumstances (e.g. in high speed rush hour traffic, parking lots, idling at traffic signal, on rural roads). Multiple attempts by dealer to Dx and fix. Unable to fix. Fiat Chrysler initially said rodent damage caused problem, this proved to be a false-cause. Now Fiat Chrysler says the vehicle was abused because there was a small amount of dried mud inside the engine compartment (we have photos - a very small amount of thin layer of mud splash from rural road). Fiat Chrysler black box dump after one month shows the vehicle shutting down several times without apparent cause, according to Fiat Chrysler. Fiat Chrysler has frozen the warranty so dealers cannot continue to pursue the search for the root cause, which I suspect is a firmware problem in silicone - and consequently will be very difficult to discover. My son has spent over $1,000 on rental vehicles, he is now forced to drive this dangerous truck because Fiat Chrysler is unwilling to declare the truck a lemon and provide a new vehicle. This is a dangerous vehicle, and except for the fact that my son is a Naval aircrew special air rescue swimmer (ie. trained to manage emergencies) there were two instances in high speed rush hour San Diego traffic that the truck malfunction would have caused injury &/or death had it not been for his ability to function under stress..... I would like Consumer Reports to use its considerable expertise and activism to examine this instance. Please contact my son (he is back from deployment, but still flying) ALEX KASPROW 352.672.1634 [cell] amkasprow@gmail.com"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Parking brake

"Parking brake seized on, would not release. Problem was entrance point of cable into brake hub, corroded. It was fixed on warranty"

Richard B., ON (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Rotors

"Rotors warped, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WV (2016 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"In the ((dealer)) 9 times in 14 mo. lost 6 weeks of down time re-programed modem repeatedly replaced the valve shifting body engine over rev shifting clutch slamming at the end of over rev. cruse control sticks quits shifting. I finally fixed the truck my self bought a Ford F 150 no more problems in 8,000 miles"

Dennis R., WY (2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"blown fuse at 50,000 miles on heating fan caused intermittent overheating."

John C., CO (2016 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
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