Sold under the full-size sport utility vehicle category, the Ramcharger was produced by Dodge from 1974 to 1993 in North America and from 1999 to 2001 in Mexico. Within these periods, the Dodge Ramcharger produced three generations of high-performance models, which were used for various purposes like rallying and other performance driving events. The third and last generation of Dodge Ramcharger boasts of its powerful engine with 5.9-liter and 5.2-liter Magnum V8 options. Although the Dodge Ramcharger is no longer being manufactured today, those who want to buy second-hand models of the vehicle should still take note of these common problems encountered in most Ramcharger models.
Probably the most common problem of Dodge Ramcharger models is engine misfire. This can be signaled by failure in revving up the engine, significant delay when you start the vehicle, and intermittent loss of engine power. Other signs include occasional bucking and surging as well as unpredictable idles during low-speed deceleration. There were also complaints about annoying noises produced by the engine. The Ramchargers that suffered from this problem had to change their timing chain and sprockets with double-roller chains to reduce and eliminate the lifter noise.
A safety recall due to problems with the braking system was recorded in 1984. The trouble has something to do with the service brakes and the air supply hoses and piping. According to the reports, the front brake hose may have been twisted during its installation. This may lessen the Ramcharger's braking efficiency and promote premature wear of the front brake hose. Approximately 700 vehicles were affected by this recall.
During the same year, 8,800 Ramcharger models have been recalled due to the vehicles' underbody shields. Reports said that the frame and members of the underbody shields did not pass the impact test requirements set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard item number 301 on fuel system integrity. Because of this, the fuel tank of the Ramcharger may develop fuel leakage in cases of rear-end collisions.
In 1982, a safety recall was issued by the Chrysler Corporation due to faulty ignition switches. The ignition switches of 1,725 Dodge Ramchargers were replaced because the originals may have been distorted. Some of the complaints regarding this issue include failure in starting the engine and unwarranted movement on vehicles with manual transmission in cases when the parking brake is not engaged.
Another recall was recorded in 1982 regarding the Ramcharger's suspension system. Approximately 4,000 Ramcharger vehicles were recalled because of cracked clamp bolts, which may cause the lower ball joint to separate from the steering knuckle. Complaints were also filed involving the fuel gauges of certain Ramcharger models. The defective gauges show readings that are lower than the actual fuel level.
Ramcharger owners also complain about the unusually smaller folding seats of the vehicles' last few models. These seats were located in the cargo area, and these were not really comfortable especially during long drives.