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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,972 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Nov 072016

Ram 1500

  • 165,000 miles

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

An electrical fire started under hood of vehicle. No signs of anything being wrong before the fire and vehicle had been parked and sitting in driveway for at least 24 hours before fire was seen and reported to police and fire dept. Nobody was home when this happened.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #51

Oct 132016

Ram 1500

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving, it was noticed that the charging gage on instrument panel was not functioning. The contact opened the hood to find that the wiring pigtails on the alternator and the bottom of the air intake resonator plenum melted. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic but was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Brooklyn, MI, USA

problem #50

Apr 082015

Ram 1500

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. When placing the key into the ignition, the vehicle started without turning the key in the ignition. In order for the vehicle to be turned off, the key had to be completely removed from the ignition. Warning indicators for the starter key and ignition were illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wireless ignition node failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact to take the vehicle to be repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

- Canton, NC, USA

problem #49

Nov 122015

Ram 1500

  • 87,541 miles

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

Turn signals work sporadically. This is a daily issue. Signal left and the right signal comes on. Signal right and maybe the left turn signal comes on, or maybe not at all. Sometimes turn signals randomly switch back and forth between left and right on their own. Many times turn signals don't work at all. Once the wipers did not work. Hazard lights sometimes do not work. I have had the multi-function switch replaced twice under warranty and twice again since. Still have the issue. I believe this is a safety concern as the turn signals are telegraphing the wrong information to other drivers. Also possibly related the oil pressure gauge in my instrument panel will not work 3-4 times a year. Next time I start the truck it works fine. All this happens when the vehicle is in motion, and when stationary, forwards, backwards, straight, or turning.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #48

May 012015

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (electrical system); 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 manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Woodland, TX, USA

problem #47

Sep 072015

Ram 1500

  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle came to a complete stop and the restarted normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000. Updated 11/09/15 the consumer stated the vehicle has failed several other times. The failure is intermittent. The windsheild wiper motor was failling intermittently. Updated 1/20/2016

- Parkersberg, WV, USA

problem #46

Jul 052006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 14V796000 (power train); however, the parts needed to perform the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure related to the recalls. In addition, the steering wheel vibrated when making a left turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. While driving at low speeds, the vehicle stalled. Once restarted, the vehicle would resume normal operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000.....updated 10-27-15.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #45

Aug 202015

Ram 1500

  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving, the oil gauge pressure decreased as the oil pressure gauge warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the oil pressure gauge failed. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #44

Jul 102015

Ram 1500

  • 132,112 miles
I found out that my Dodge had only the rear passenger side tail light working, no turn signals, the passenger headlight only worked on low beam, and the drivers headlight only work on high beam. I replaced every bulb in the truck and still the same problem. I did some research and found that the integrated distribution center ( fuse box) has been a problem with corrosion inside the box. I looked everywhere for a new one, no luck. I then called Chrysler corporation and they searched the entire U.S. and not one dealer had a fuse box. I was told that Chrysler used this fuse box only in 2005 and they have discontinued the part. I was actually told by Chrysler to try ebay. With all the 2005 Dodge Ram and several other makes and models still on the road, how is it possible that they can just stop making a part vital to the vehicle. How has this not been investigated and a recall issued for this. If the owners of these vehicles can not find a used fuse box then the vehicle becomes a lawn ornament. This is a safety hazard that should be investigated and resolved. I am now paying my monthly truck payments on a vehicle I can no longer drive safely.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #43

Sep 252014

Ram 1500

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. Whenever it rained, the back up lights failed to illuminate and the cover shield of the lights also filled up with water. The lamp warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that this was a recurring failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Salem , GA, USA

problem #42

Apr 012015

Ram 1500

  • 152,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while idling. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 152,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #41

Jun 162015

Ram 1500

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While the vehicle was parked, the contact attempted to roll down the front passenger side window and noticed a smoke odor coming from the window. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 14V796000 (power train); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 87,000. MA 10/15/2015

- Manchester, OH, USA

problem #40

May 082015

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 14V796000 (power train); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #39

Sep 292014

Ram 1500

  • 138,000 miles
This has happened several times. I will be driving the vehicle, and the rpms will drop too low (even when giving the truck gas) and suddenly the vehicle will stall. This has happened going 60 mph on the highway, during turns, and also when coming to a stop. The vehicle does restart immediately, though when I am driving I have to put it in neutral to restart it. I have almost been in accidents due to this issue. I had the fuel intake cleaned thinking that might be the issue.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #38

Apr 192015

Ram 1500

  • 96,000 miles
Truck keeps stalling in drive and reverse. The truck will only run good if its in neutral. The rpms just drop suddenly, but the truck is able to start right back up with no problem. Truck also has had throttle body replaced along with O2 sensors. The engine light keeps coming on and sometimes the engine light would flash for a period of time.

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #37

Feb 252015

Ram 1500

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that when the turn signals were engaged, the opposite one would activate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000. The VIN was not available.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #36

Mar 202015

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V796000 (power train) and 14V817000 (air bags); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 4/21/15cn

- Depauw, IN, USA

problem #35

Feb 052015

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that there was a sudden loss of power steering causing the steering wheel to shake and vibrate intermittently. The contact mentioned that the vehicle stalled several times and the contact was able to restart the vehicle which reset the computer. The vehicle was not inspected or diagnosed by an authorized dealer. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10E013000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #34

Feb 232015

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V796000 (power train), 14V817000 (air bags) and stated that the dealer was unable to determine when the parts needed would become available to schedule the recall repairs. The manufacturer was contacted and was not able to provide a reasonable timeframe for when the parts would become available to repair the vehicle. The contact was not experiencing a failure.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #33

Jan 192012

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Over the last few years, I have experienced problems with my 2005 Dodge Ram truck. Occasionally when slowing down to a stop light or making a left turn from a stop, the engine will cut off. I immediately turn the ignition off and then back on, and the trucks works perfectly after that. I first attributed it to a stall or bad gas, but now believe it is an ignition switch problem. I have contacted Chrysler regarding this, but they are unwilling to inspect my truck without first charging an exorbitant service fee. I feel this diagnostic fee is very unreasonable, as this defect with the truck is a safety hazard to the drivers around me. I have contacted Chrysler multiples times, and am now escalating this by filing this complaint.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

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