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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
49,206 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.

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 212010

Ram 1500

  • 107,000 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at various speeds, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. Immediately after hearing the abnormal noise, the vehicle began to vibrate violently and caused the contact to crash into a retainer wall. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. After the incident, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was confirmed that the rear axle pinion nut was loose. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train) after the failure occurred. The contact stated that notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags) was never received. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Woodstock, KS, USA

problem #4

Apr 062015

Ram 1500

  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 30 mph, a loud noise emitted from outside the vehicle. The contact noticed that the rear axle disengaged from under the vehicle. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train) however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- Topmost, KY, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 55 mph, the power steering failed. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a concrete embankment and rolled over several times. The vehicle burst into flames, which were extinguished by the fire department. A police report was filed and indicated that a fractured rear axle caused the failure. The crash caused a fatality. The vehicle was towed to a salvage facility. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown...updated 09-09-14

- Warner , OK, USA

problem #2

Dec 182005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while making a right turn in 2005 Dodge Ram the rear driver's side tire came off and went under the vehicle. He had the vehicle towed to a dealership, and they would not look at the vehicle because he did not buy it there. The contact paid to have it towed to the dealership where he purchased it. The manufacturer sent a field representative to inspect the vehicle. He found a broken axle, which caused the tire separation. The manufacturer refused to fix the vehicle under warranty. Therefore, there have been no repairs made to the vehicle. The contact stated the vehicle had never been off road, and there were no pot holes where the incident occurred. He has pictures of the location where the tire came off.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 042005

Ram 1500 10-cyl

  • 30 miles
2005 Dodge Ram srt left rear wheel broke away from the axle resulting in a rollover and the air bags did not deploy.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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