Dodge Ram 2500 Years to Avoid

Ram 2500 is the best pickup truck in the heavy-duty truck category in the U.S. Longevity and reliability are the main reasons for the popularity of these trucks. You should look for reliability and hassle-free long-term service as the main concern when buying a truck. However, all Ram 2500 trucks don’t have the same reliability.

There are some good and bad model years of the truck. You should avoid the problematic years and choose from the best years when purchasing. So, which Ram 2500 trucks are the worst? I have covered the worst Ram 2500 model years with the reasons in this article. Before proceeding, you may also want to know about the Ram 2500 generations, which have been discussed in another article.

These are the worst Ram 2500 years with most problems that you should avoid:

  • 2018 Ram 2500
  • 2016 Ram 2500
  • 2015 Ram 2500
  • 2014 Ram 2500
  • 2013 Ram 2500
  • 2012 Ram 2500

Please note that I made the list based on the following aspects:

  • User ratings and reviews
  • KBB owner ratings
  • Edmunds owner ratings
  • Cars.com owner ratings
  • Repairpal reliability ratings
  • J.D. Power reliability ratings
  • Consumer reports
  • NHTSA complaints number
  • Complaints, complaints number, etc.

I have also added two charts at the end of the article containing reliability ratings, recalls, and complaints numbers. Let’s proceed to the brief discussion of the worst years of the Ram 2500.

Ram 2500 Worst Years

2012-2016 and 2018 model years of Ram 2500 trucks are the worst years of the truck. These model years have more complaints and issues compared to the best years. It doesn’t mean they are completely bad. This means they are less reliable, and you should avoid them when purchasing a new or old Ram 2500 truck. Let’s discuss the worst Ram 2500 model years briefly:

Worst Year 1: 2012 Ram 2500

Ram 2500 2012 model years have 418 complaints, six recalls, 44 problems, and three investigations, according to complaints. According to NHTSA, they have 278 complaints, three investigations, and five recalls. Here are the basic problems:

  • Steering problems
  • Fuel system issues
  • Engine problems
  • Suspension issues
  • Body or paint problems
  • Drivetrain issues
  • Electrical problems
  • Exhaust issues, etc.

Worst Year 2: 2013 Ram 2500

Ram 2500 2013 model years have 34 problems, 298 complaints, 16 recalls, and two investigations according to complaints. According to NHTSA, they have 174 complaints, 16 recalls, and two investigations. Some of the problems are:

  • Engine problems
  • Steering issues
  • Electrical problems
  • Interior accessories issues
  • Transmission problems, etc.

Worst Year 3: 2014 Ram 2500

2014 Ram 2500 model years have 469 complaints, 16 recalls, 38 problems, and three investigations, according to complaints. As per NHTSA, they have 319 complaints, 16 recalls, and three investigations. Some of the problems of this model year are as follows:

  • Interior accessories issues
  • Transmission problems
  • Engine problems
  • Body or paint issues
  • Suspension issues
  • Electrical problems
  • Drivetrain issues, etc.

Worst Year 4: 2015 Ram 2500

According to car complaints, the 2015 Ram 2500 model has 281 complaints, 15 recalls, three investigations, and 45 problems. According to NHTSA, they have 196 complaints, 15 recalls, and three investigations. The issues with the model year are as follows:

  • Exhaust system issues
  • Engine problems
  • Drivetrain issues
  • Transmission issues
  • Steering problems
  • Light and interior issues
  • Electrical issues, etc.

Worst Year 5: 2016 Ram 2500

Provided by car complaints, the 2016 Ram 2500 model has 30 problems, 348 complaints, 13 recalls, and two investigations. As per NHTSA, they have 221 complaints, 13 recalls, and two investigations. Some of the problems of this model year are:

  • Engine problems
  • Suspension issues
  • Steering problems
  • Drivetrain issues
  • Interior accessories issues
  • Fuel system problem
  • Transmission issues, etc.

Worst Year 6: 2018 Ram 2500

As per car complaints, the Ram 2500 2018 model years have 50 problems, over 1000 complaints, 7 recalls, and 3 investigations. On the other hand, NHTSA says they have 1469 complaints and seven recalls. This is the most problematic year for the Ram 2500 trucks. The problems include:

  • Brake issues
  • Engine problems
  • Interior accessories issues
  • Steering problems, etc.

Ram 2500 Best Years

These are the best Ram 2500 model years:

  • 2019 Ram 2500
  • 2020 Ram 2500
  • 2021 Ram 2500
  • 2022 Ram 2500
  • 2023 Ram 2500
  • 2024 Ram 2500

You can also check Ram 2500 best years for detailed discussion.

Ram 2500 Complaints Chart

The Ram 2500 is a reliable vehicle. However, some model years are better than others.

Complaint numbers affect a vehicle’s reliability. Therefore, I made a chart containing complaint numbers and recalls from CarComplaints and NHTSA.

The complaint and recall chart is as follows:

 Model YearsComplaints Numbers (Car complaints)Complaints Numbers (NHTSA)Recall Numbers (NHTSA)
Worst Years20181000+14697
201634822113
201528119615
201446931916
201329817416
20124182785

Ram 2500 Recall History

This is the complete recall history chart of Ram 2500:

Recall YearReasons for recall
2012Powertrain, airbags, engine and engine cooling, steering problems, etc.
2013Tailgate latch, equipment, powertrain, engine, cooling system, airbags, electrical system, radio, exterior lighting issues, etc.
2014Steering, tailgate latch, electrical system wiring, equipment, powertrain, wheels, airbags, instrument cluster issues, etc.
2015Airbags, curtain, tailgate latch, steering, structure, electrical system, equipment, powertrain, engine and engine cooling, wheels, steering issues, etc.
2016Window curtain, airbags, tailgate latch, steering, structure, electrical wiring, steering, equipment, powertrain, engine and engine cooling, wheels issues, etc.
2017Tailgate, tailgate latch, steering, electrical system, powertrain, equipment, wheels, engine and engine cooling issues, etc.
2018Latch, steering linkage, back camera, electrical wiring, powertrain, equipment issues, etc.
2019Tailgate attachments, brake, visibility, fuel system, seat belts, structure, rear camera, powertrain issues, etc.
2020Structure, powertrain, service brake, visibility, fuel system, back camera, powertrain issues, etc.
2021Electrical system wiring, tailgate hinge, and attachment, powertrain, brakes, airbags issues, etc.
2022Backover prevention display, electrical system wiring, tailgate hinge and attachments, powertrain, engine and engine cooling, brakes, airbags issues, etc.
2023Steering column, exterior lighting, back-over prevention display, electrical system wiring, powertrain issues, etc.
2024Exterior lighting, steering, back over prevention display issues etc.

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