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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,381 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 262012

Ram 1500

  • 95,000 miles


Ventilation no longer will change from top vent to lower vent.

- Flanders, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jul 302012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The blend door on the 2005 Dodge Ram goes bad easily. When this happens the ac/ and heater re-circulation is damaged. This causes visibility issues. This is a very common issue. I'm surprised this has not been recalled yet or even looked into.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 152012

Ram 1500

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving in a snow storm at speeds of approximately 5 mph, the defrost system suddenly became inoperable. The vehicle was moved off the roadway and left at the site because the defrost system would not clear the windows. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 87,000. The VIN was unavailable...updated 01/16/2013 the consumer repaired the vehicle. The plastic hinge on the defroster. Updated 1/28/2013

- Jackson, WY, USA

problem #5

Aug 012012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 34,000 miles


Driving at approximately 35 mph one of the defroster vents broke and fell into the ductwork. Later that day noticed the dash had cracked. As this problem has just started on my truck I have seen from other Dodge Ram where this will progress and the dash will fall in, damaging wires and circuits. This is a potential fire hazard as well as possibly causing systems such as headlights, etc. To stop working when needed most. Dodge informed me that if they looked at the dash, and I decided not to pay to fix the dash, they would charge me $85 for their time. That is not acceptable on so many levels. Dodge should be forced to do something about this.

- Lamar, SC, USA

problem #4

Mar 212010

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 30 mph she turned on the air conditioner and noticed that there was a minimal amount of air coming out of the vents. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where she was informed that a flap within the air vents was blocking the air flow. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Pleasanton, TX, USA

problem #3

May 242010

Ram 1500

  • 155,000 miles
I just bought a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 the air control box door broke so the air only blows out the vents no defrost it gets hard 2 see when it rains and is humid.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 192008

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,050 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quadcab lwb. While driving 65 mph in below zero temperatures, the pvc return system causes the vehicle to squirt oil into the engine. As a result, the defrost system becomes clogged and fails. The windows were unable to defrost and left oil residue on the windshield. The failure has caused severe eye burnings, stomach pains, and choking of the occupants. The manufacturer stated that there was no mechanical failure and no parts available. They were unable to determine and correct the failure. When the parts arrive, the repair will cost $400. The manufacturer also advised the contact to drive in temperatures above zero degrees. The failure and current mileages were 70,050.

- Milawaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Dec 082007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 1500, defrost door in heater/HVAC housing broken, not allowing for 'full' defrost of the windshield. Difficult in colder climate (Michigan) to keep windshield clear. Repair tops $700 with only $50 in parts. Chrylser will not assist with the repair however they have a tsb dating back to 2003 identifying the problem.

- Williamston, MI, USA

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