2012 Ram 1500 Undeniably The Least Reliable Half-Ton Truck On The Road
What I’m about to say might sound like biased drivel, but I can prove it. Here goes:
> IF YOU’VE BOUGHT A 2012 RAM 1500, YOU’VE BOUGHT THE LEAST RELIABLE HALF TON ON THE ROAD
I know a few of you are hitting the “back” button on your browser right now, but hear me out. The two major quality and reliability authorities have found that Ram trucks have the worst quality and reliability ratings. There’s simply no logical justification for buying a truck made by Chrysler-Fiat (unless you work for the company and have to buy one) – at least if you’re concerned about reliability.
Chrysler’s 2012 dependability ratings are the worst in the industry. If you believe that Chrysler-Fiat can make a quality truck, either you work for Chrysler or you haven’t heard of JD Power or Consumer Reports.
JD Power’s dependability studies (which rank brands on relatively quality) has consistently put Ram/Chrysler products below average:
- JD Power’s 2012 Dependability Study ranks Ram, Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge dead last in dependability. Ram had 174 problems per 100 vehicles, which is 31% higher than average. Toyota and Ford, by the way, were ranked above average in 2012.
- JD Power’s 2011 Dependability Study ranked Ram with 173 problems per 100 vehicles, but because quality ratings suffered for a lot of manufacturers in 2011, that same dependability rating just put Ram in the bottom 25%. Ford and Toyota? Above average (again).
- In JD Power’s 2010 Dependability Study, Ram was still part of Dodge, so the ratings are worse…190 problems per 100 vehicles. That’s only 23% worse than average. Once again, Ford and Toyota were above average in 2010.
Consumer Reports rates individual vehicles relative to other vehicles in the same segment. For 2011, the Ram 1500’s reliability is “fair,” which is half a black circle. The 2011 Tundra and the F150? Above average.
Diving a little deeper into Consumer Reports reliability ratings, they’ve rated every 2wd and 4wd Ram 1500 built between 2002 and 2011. Out of those twenty vehicles, only two have above-average reliability ratings – the 2008 1500 2WD and the 2010 2WD 1500. Of the other eighteen, three have “poor” reliability ratings and three others have “worse than average” ratings. That means that, all things being equal, you’re about three times as likely to buy a Ram 1500 with below average quality than one with above average quality using Consumer Reports data.
If you’re wondering how that compares to other models, all Ford and Toyota models over the same time span have ‘good’ or ‘above-average’ ratings. GM trucks are rated to be marginally better than Ram trucks, but they too fall behind the Tundra and F150…but we’re not talking about them right now.
Consumer Reports and JD Power are currently the only two organizations that publish reliability data, and JD Power’s data is used by Edmunds.com, US News and World Report, and Consumer Guide. If you don’t think that either of these data sources should be trusted, that’s your business. Just understand that there aren’t any other data sources out there to look at.
According to the only two companies that produce reliability data, the Ram 1500 is the least reliable half-ton truck on the road. Why would anyone buy one?
Seriously – why would anyone buy a Ram 1500 after learning about their poor reliability ratings? Comment below cause’ I really don’t get it.
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