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4.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,835 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 192006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,230 miles

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

Broken valve spring on 5.7 ltr. Engine; despite a "technical bulletin sb-10000-442-8271, dated 4 Nov 2002, (on this website)" stating "replace springs and sell unsold vehicles at auction", they further claim no knowledge of this tech bulletin. I contacted Chrysler on several occasions about this concern and they told me that they knew nothing of this problem and I am an ase master certified technician so I have connections at other dealers whom I spoke with and they told me of this problem with the 5.7 hemi engines. Dropped a valve shattered the piston and scored the cylinder wall so the engine was just scrap at this point.

- Pottsboro, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 2X4. Clutch was replaced at 36000 miles, and motor was rebuild at 46000 miles, both times under warranty. Each time I' had the oil changed there appeared to be a white substance building up on the oil cap as if it was condensation. I now have 88000 miles and have a "ticking. Like a valve sticking, and continues to have this white substance. When it rains or I go through a puddle of water the belt starts to slip and all power is lost.

- Tenaha, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 102004

Ram 1500

  • miles
2003 Dodge Ram hemi stalling issue. I just read an article saying you were looking into the stalling issues on Dodge Ram. I didn't see where the 2003 hemi 1500's were in the study but wanted you to know that they have stalling issues also. On multiple occations my Dodge has stalled since I purchased it in Dec. 2003. Most of the time it loses power and stumbles to go anywhere when I go from reverse to drive. I have to shut it off and then restart it to fix the problem. I have called and even brought the truck in to get it checked but the Dodge dealership said they didn't find a problem and didn't do anything. I know it is a know issue and hope something gets done about it asap.

- Greenwell Springs, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 182004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,960 miles

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

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 stalls upon coming to a stop. Sporadic behavior. Dealer can't get vehicle to stall. Vehicle stalls 3 - 4 times per month. I ran a search on the internet and found many other people with the similar problem occuring on the 2003 and 2004 hemi engines in the Ram and durango vehicles. The vehicle doesn't display an error or check engine light.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 192003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,820 miles
Broken valve spring on 5.7 ltr. Engine; despite a "technical bulletin sb-10000-442-8271, dated 4 Nov 2002, (on this website)" stating "replace springs and sell unsold vehicles at auction", carlin Dodge of col. Springs is still selling defective trucks "as new". they further claim no knowledge of this tech bulletin.

- Usaf Academy, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 062003

Ram 1500

  • miles
The consumer was self inspecting the vehicle and he noticed the fluid level was reading low.

- Apex, NC, USA

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