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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
120,251 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #13

May 292015

Ram 1500

  • 130,000 miles

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

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle shifted gears abnormally. The check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that an O2 sensor malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V312000 (air bags), but the part to do the repair was not available. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Bedford, IN, USA

problem #12

Jan 072016

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V312000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. In addition, the dashboard fractured above the passenger air bag department and the check engine warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of this issue. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 03/15/16

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #11

Dec 192015

Ram 1500

  • 158,000 miles
On 12/19/15 I was driving I75 North,140 miles before atalanta ga my truck made a big bang and the engine just stopped on the spot including everything, steering. I made it safely to the side of the road don't know how. There was no indication, check engine light nothing just a bang. My car insurance won't fix it Dodge will not be accountable either part malfunction they say, I guess I am responsible for it since I build the truck right. I am out of a truck I still pay on it, no car or transportation I tuck care of my truck I guess I am to post to be held responsible for a part I did not manufactured right. I am happy to be alive at this point. There is a big whole in my engine the mecanic sad a part in the engine came loose and bolted out and left a big whole in it great www.torquenews.com/397/two-fatal-flaws-ruining-Chrysler-engines-catastrophic-breakdowns

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Sep 212015

Ram 1500

  • 150,000 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 60 mph, the vehicle vibrated. Additionally, the steering wheel independently moved left to right and the contact had to hold the steering wheel firmly in order to steer the vehicle properly. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled and was able to restart. The contact stated that the anti-freeze warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V770000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Los Angelos, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 132015

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles
Incident occurred while driving on the 91 freeway in ca. All of a sudden the engine cut out, and ground to a halt. I repeatedly tried to restart the truck but to no avail. The engine would not turn over.I was trapped in the fast lane unable to make my way to the soft shoulder. Fortunately the hazard warning lights were functional and I was able to apply these to warn other drivers. Eventually a tow truck was deployed to get my out of harms way. It was a very scary moment and I was very fortunate not to be hit. The following day I got the truck towed to a garage where they checked it over and the only thing they could find wrong was a fuse had blown that controlled ignition unlock/run start function. The garage was not able to find what would cause such a failure and now I am reluctant to travel on the freeway. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

- Fullerton , CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 122015

Ram 1500

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver when making a right turn. Additionally, when the brake pedal was depressed, the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 152015

Ram 1500

  • 188,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 188,000.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #6

Aug 062014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
While driving on the freeway at night the headlights, tail lights, blinkers, 4-ways, brake lights, and tail lights went out and when slowing down to pull over the engine stalled. The engine started back up to get to the side of the road and stalled again with no warning. The truck now stalls at all stop lights and stop signs and is not giving any codes. The truck now has a large draw and kills the battery shortly after turning the truck off. The truck is still in the shop and so far the FCM, pdc and some wiring has been replaced but the power draw persists and the engine stalling still persists. Researching the issue on the internet this is a common problem on this vehicle and has been for quite some time. This is a very dangerous issue and needs to be addressed.

- Hackensack, MN, USA

problem #5

Jan 102014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 135,700 miles
When I was pulling on the highway from entry I was depending on my cars engine when I was trying to accelerate car first jump then shut of completely and as a busy highway route 80 I was almost got run over by a trailer good thing I'm experience driver car stall out and didn't start for easy 1 minuet at this time I was on side of the road after that day car randomly stalls out I try to understand what's the problem it doesn't give me any related code also cruise control is when U set a speed and you slow down with the button but sometimes car will take off faster engine has multiple design errors that makes the engine fail out of nowhere.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 172012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Vehicle cut off while making a right turn, no power steering, no engine response.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #3

May 152013

Ram 1500

  • 93,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the engine stalled as the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the spark plugs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Belfont, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 142012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
The truck has a issue when starting up. It feels like the truck is not getting fuel, giving a high RPM and a feel like the engine is going to cut off and it does. This also happens when taking off at a stop light, going around a curve, and starting to move the truck. I have been to dealer and like always, can't find wrong in truck. I have replaced crank, map, air, speed, tps and nothing works. I also replaced O2 sensor, plugs, coil packs, battery, air filter, replaced throttle body, and purge. Nothing works. Why doesn't Dodge see there is a issue and find a solution. There are many Dodge Ram with this issue. If Dodge wants people to buy there truck then help fix the issues with the other Dodge Ram's. oh I also called Dodge Corp and of course they haven't heard of any issue. That I can't go by!!!

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252012

Ram 1500

  • 78,563 miles
While pulling out into busy traffic my truck lost power and I had no acceleration. After about 30 seconds the vehicle kicked back in and took off. This has occurred multiple times, at random, with no warning. I have had it in the shop and repaired the throttle positioning sensor, and treated it for water in the gas. Neither one of these solved the problems, and they have no answers for what else may be wrong. This is a dangerous situation that is not unique to my vehicle. I have read many other cases online for the same problem. I do hope that Dodge issues a recall and finds a remedy before someone is seriously injured or killed.

- Carroll, IA, USA

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