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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,978 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

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 072016

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


2003 Dodge Ram 1500. Consumer writes in regards to light switch still not working after repairs. The brakes and rotors were replaced. Also, the left front axle seal was starting to leak.

- Vulcan, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 212011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
While driving came up to lights and the engine stalled had no steering and no brake put engine in park restarted and drove on this has happened numerous times in nd out of traffic. When pulling hard to the left or right the engine will begin to stall did this while truck was sitting in front yard. Had a tune up done and went away for a while but now it is starting up again.

- Ozark, AL, USA

problem #7

Feb 052010

Ram 1500

  • 43,000 miles
I was going over a bridge on 144 in tulsa Oklahoma when I felt my right wheel starting shaking real bad so I started to pull over to the side of the road, when all of a sudden the wheel just fell off with the brake and rotor intact. I had just purchase this vehicle 2 weeks earlier and only had 43,000 miles on it. I had to get a wrecker to take it to a specialist in broken arrow where he had a Chrysler representative come look at it and stated that model had a defect in it and should not have happen at that mileage. He said there was no wear and tear on the tires to prove wore out parts. Also my concern if there is a defect in this type of truck why hasn't it been recalled. If this incident had happen during 5 O'clock rush hour this could have been very serious if not fatal. What does it take to get things like this taken care.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #6

May 072005

Ram 1500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that his vehicle has a jake brake mechanism that leaks while idling or decelerating. He heard the leak near the engine compartment. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that it was an exhaust leak caused by the jake brake system, but stated that this was a normal occurrence for the vehicle. Carbon monoxide fumes are also entering the vehicle. The contact has not filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 10,000 and current mileage was 34,000.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #5

Mar 272005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
When brake pedal is slightly depressed it has a lot of shaking, also second time the truck is in for engine light and electronic thottle module.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 112004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Vehicle shakes really bad when braking and is hard to stop if you have to stop quick.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 152003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


Warped rotors at 8000 (replaced under warranty) and 18000 miles on 2003 Dodge ram1500 quad cab 4X4. I am now on my third set of rotors on the above truck and still only have 23000 miles on the truck and again appear to be having rotor problems. This causes the veichle to hop when stopping and vibrate excessevily.

- Ashley, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 212003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,800 miles
Truck shakes when brake applied.

- Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 082003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
While driving under any braking conditions and when depressing the brake pedal vehicle would vibrate heavily. The dealer replaced the pads and disc brakes.

- Gordon, TX, USA

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