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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 2
Average Mileage:
15,928 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Oct 272003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


Brake rotors warped for the 3rd time in 13K miles.....very dangerous because there were no puddles or hard braking involed as the dealer trys to pin the blame on driving habbits and weather....what happens when im towing"??"

- North Smithfield, RI, USA

problem #5

Oct 052003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003, Dodge, Ram 1500, hemi, 20" wheels, warped rotors. Rotors replaced at 7000 miles. Warped rotors reduces stopping power and therefore increases stopping distance. I believe this is an issue that really needs to be addressed because it can lead to accidents as a result of stopping distance.

- Chicago Heights, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 262003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Warping rotors on 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L. There is a long history of problems with this trucks rotors here is just one example from a Dodge truck web site the link is

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152003

Ram 1500 9-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


2003 Dodge Ram 1500, hemi, 17" wheels, warped rotors. Rotors replaced at 3000 miles. Warped again at 9000 miles, will be taken in soon for replacement...again. Rotor warping is unsafe as it reduces stopping power and therefore increases stopping distance.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 202003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab with just over 6,000 miles on it. At around 5,000 miles the brake pedal started to vibrate under braking and vibration could be felt in the steering wheel. About 200 miles later the brakes started squeaking. Currently, I suspect the front rotors to be warped and have seen multiple complaints online by other Ram owners with similar issues.

- Dresher, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 162003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
Defective rotors - 2003 Dodge Ram pick-ups the brakes on my 2003 Dodge Ram P/U began vibrating at around 17,000 mi and got very bad to the point of taking to dealer at 21000 miles. Dealer would not acknowledge known customer problems. There is extensive documentation online in Dodge truck owner sites, about this common problem.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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