1st Generation (2012—2016) 5500 Problems

This generations ranks 3rd out of 12 Ram generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (33%), suspension (33%), and the wheels (33%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Death Wobble 1 complaints at an average of 18,000 miles in the 2016 Ram 5500.
  2. Alternator Fire 1 complaints at an average of 37,400 miles in the 2014 Ram 5500.
  3. Premature Wheel Bearing Wear 1 complaints at an average of 57,000 miles in the 2014 Ram 5500.

What 5500 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ram model years.

Watch out for the 2014 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2016 1 6 118 0.79
2015 0 7 119 0.0
2014 2 9 150 1.13
2013 0 8 158 0.0
2012 0 8 105 0.0

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