My 2000 Ram 1500 Dodge truck was a great runner. No Problems at all. Good
gas mileage. Just a damn fine truck.
Then the service engine light came on.
Took it Shottenkirk Dodge on Broadway in Quincy, IL.
The service manager said the code said it was a transmission problem.
I have a drive train warranty, so no problem.
THREE MONTHS LATER.
When I went to get it the first time and started home, it would shift 1st to
2nd ok but, when you went to slow down, there was this clunk like it was
trying to shift up or down. THEN, when I went to speed up from 40 mph it
started to shudder.
After several times in the dealership, sometimes for a couple of days,
sometimes for a week. They would change the shift patterns so the shudder
would move up paqst 60 mph. But, when they did that, it screwed up the shift
1st to 2nd ok. 2nd to 3rd ok. 3rd wouldn't shift in 4th until 53 mph, and at
52 mph it would downshift to 3rd.
After 3 months, SHOTTENKIRK of QUINCY IL. gave me my keys and said they
couldn't fix it.
So, I drove it that way for 3 or 4 months when another Dodge Dealer, LITTLE
JESS DODGE OF EDINA MISSOURI contacted me about a new truck. When I told him
about my problem with SHOTTENKIRK of QUINCY, IL, Little Jess said they could
fix the problem.
6 solid weeks later, he sent the truck to another dealer and told me I could
go there and pick it up.
NOW, the truck is worse than before. LITTLE JESS said they rebuilt the
Now, from 1st to 2nd up to 15mph. But in 2nd, you have to go faster than 35
mph for it to shift into 3rd and at 30 mph it will downsfit to 2nd. It will
stay into third until 45 mph and under 40 mph it will downshift to 3rd.
It will not shift into 4th until 53 mph and under 53 mph it will downshift
When it is in 2nd and you speed up to say 32 or better and you let up on the
gas it will clank and shift into 3rd and if you give it any gas, it will
downshift back to 2nd.
The gas mileage has gone down 20%.
I contacted DODGE Company and they said they can't get into any disputes and
refuse answer any emails.
I guess I will end up trading back to a CHEVY.