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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
125,488 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced radiator and antifreeze resevoir (1 reports)
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152011

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,308 miles


Just another costly problem within a month. Just had both upper and lower ball joints replaced 2 weeks ago and now the radiator needs to be replaced. I will report on that and several other problems later.

- , Marco Island, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 252010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,155 miles

Driving home, the alarm bell starts to ding. I look and temp gauge is rising fast. The resivoir is empty and radiator is starting to steam from left edge. Put truck on trailer and took to mechanic.

- , Conway, AR, USA

problem #1

Nov 042010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L VR

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

I replaced my radiator in '08 with an upgraded unit. 6 months later, it goes out again. It's under the parts warranty, so it gets replaced for free, but it's a pain. A few months later, it goes out again. Once again, free. A few months later, it goes out AGAIN. Parts guy refuses to warranty any further. Mechanic suggests it's something in the head. I am not dropping anymore money in to a dodge. I will keep adding stop leak till it falls apart.

- , Decatur, GA, USA

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