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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
119,852 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 052015

Ram 1500

  • 200,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 40-45 mph, the contact heard a loud abnormal noise. The contact noticed that the driveshaft disengaged and detached from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear end and driveshaft had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 292015

Ram 1500

  • 259,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 60 mph, a loud noise came from the rear of the vehicle and the rear wheels suddenly seized. The contact was a certified mechanic, who diagnosed that the rear driveshaft axle failed due to a loose rear axle pinion nut. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 259,000.

- Fiton, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 262014

Ram 1500

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While making a right turn at approximately 10 mph, the driveshaft suddenly detached from the rear of the vehicle and caused the rear wheels to seize. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #3

Jun 192007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,625 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Just had a warranty repair made to a somewhat notorious problem with the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The retainer clips broke and came out of the trac loc differential, causing failure in differential bearings and driveshaft. The Dodge dealer was aware of the many problems, but has yet to recall the notoriously defective part and continued to replace faulty parts with the same faulty parts.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 062003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,490 miles
Starting at June, 06, 2003. 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 series. Warped rotors at 5490 miles, again at 10643 miles. Have been to dealer both times for repairs. Pulsating still occurs after repairs. Braking ability problems still occuring. Brakes locking sometimes when putting in drive to move.grinding and pulsating sensation when turning and braking.ohter problems drive-line vibration -has been in for repairs. Computer printed circuit for overhead console replaced at (2023 miles) keyswitch replaced, left rear tail - light printed circuit, replaced, left rear shock absorber left loose from factory.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 172003

Ram 1500

  • miles
While traveling 65mph on the highway and without prior warning felt vibration due to driveshaft breaking.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

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