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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,418 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Feb 192010

Ram 1500

  • 67,000 miles


Rack and pinion leaking which is connected to the power steering pump, which uses the same fluid as the rack and pinion--both have to be repaired and replaced. The tie rods are broken and connected to the rack and pinion fluid, which ultimately led to the tierods breaking due to fluid leakage. We are also having problems with the transmission, not shifting into 4 wheel drive--our prior vehicle was also a Dodge Ram 1500, in which we had tie rod issues and major automatic power transmission and power steering fluid issues. Truck just purchased and currently in the shop pending replacement tie rods, power steering pump replacement and any other fluid issues they find to get the components working in synergy.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #13

Jan 022009

Ram 1500

  • 31,256 miles
Driving South on icy and snowpack highway. Oncoming car spun into my lane. Braked hard, moved right, oncoming car spun back towards their lane, continued past car. Watched the car and it didn't hit anything. I accelerated but had no throttle response. Engine had died. The engine has never done this. Put in neutral, started engine, put in drive, accelerated and drove fine. I was going 55 to 60 mph. In drive and 4 wheel drive engaged. The pickup has an automatic transmission. I think it was in lockup and when I slammed on the brakes the lock up converter did not have time to disengage when the tires stopped when I braked. The pickup does not have all wheel anti lock brakes. It does have rear wheel anti-lock brakes. The tires are studded snow tires. I think the roads were slick enough to stop the wheels when braking hard. With all 4 wheels stopped, the torque converter in lock up it would act like a standard transmission and kill the engine. The only way that would have been a problem is if I had to go in the ditch to avoid the oncoming car. In that situation, deep snow in the ditch plus the plow berm, I would have had to accelerate to get through it and keep the pickup from going side ways and possibly rolling. Have you had any other complaints like this. If you have any questions please call. Thanks,

- Missola, MT, USA

problem #12

May 202008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
Engine stalls when braking. Happens frequently when turning corners, due to slowing. Has been happening for several months. Now transmission does not always respond or shifts hard. I have even had to shift on the column.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #11

Feb 072008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles


Truck would not go into gear. Dodge had a tsb for a faulty transmission filter that would crack. This is what caused the problem. Truck was just over 3,000 miles over warranty but Dodge would not cover the repair. Now truck is stalling when coming to a stop but only when I first start the truck up in the morning. Truck will restart no problem. Once I have driven the truck a few miles the stalling problem goes away. This happens everytime I drive the truck after it has been sitting for a while. Check engine light just came on today and truck is a the mechanic.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 162007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,005 miles
After my truck was sitting without starting for a couple of days, it would not go into reverse. I would hit the accelerator and the truck would not move. After a while, it would start to sift into gear with a very loud noise. I also noticed, that when I was coming to a stop, but didn't completely stop, the transmission would hit very hard upon acceleration. I have taken it to the shop three times. The first time I was told that since there was no code, that it was fine. I stated that if it was a mechanical issue, that you may not get a code. For instance, if you lose a tire on the road. The second time, they adjusted the electronic shifter, but it didn't help. The third time, they changed the filter, but only put silicone on the pan with no gasket. I was told that the tranny had a problem with the filter allowing the torque converter to back bleed and that they put in a filter with a check valve to fix the problem. I now have more power, but I am still getting some hard shifting when I slow down and then speed up. The problem started at 20,000 miles.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 042007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
(1) vehicle stalls without warning while driving it, vibration while applying brakes, humming noise coming from trans and vehicle vibration at 50 to 65 miles an hour (2) these problems nearly caused an accident on 4 deferent occasions, complained to the dealership many times how unsafe this vehicle is and they won't fix the problems. (3) I finally had to pay them to replace the rotors and brake pad front and rear, how the stalling, the vibration, humming from the trans at 50 to 65 still occurs to date and was refused at two other dealerships and turned away.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jan 192007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Engine stalls or rough idles whiles coming to brief stops, ie stop signs or red lights. It is usually but not always when I have run the car for the first time of the day within about 5 miles or less, and seems to occur more when outside temps are low. Updated 04/19/07.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

Nov 172005

Ram 1500

  • miles
Customer has a voq (10170663) and wants a response letter to the question about having to drive an unsafe truck* the consumer stated he placed the vehicle in park, got out of the truck, opened the tailgate and the transmission shifted into reverse. The consumer was able to get out of the way. The consumer stated adding an alarm doesn't solve the problem.

- Grayling, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 152005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13 miles
Since day one of purchasing the vehicle in Sept. 2005, I have had a problem with it stalling or lunging forward when shifting (automatic) into drive. It has been to the dealership on at least 3 occasions, 1 with me duplicating the problem. They are unable to fix the problem and do not seem concerned with getting it fixed.

- Glen Allen, VI, USA

problem #5

Mar 292006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,254 miles
: the contact stated after the vehicle was driven, parked, and then restarted, the transmission felt as though it was dragging. The problem was intermittent and occurred every month and a half. The dealership was unable to determine a problem, but replaced the solenoid in an attempt to repair. The problem persists.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 232005

Ram 1500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,897 miles


: the contact stated while idling in the driveway the vehicle jumped into reverse and went backward into a garage. The vehicle and garage were damaged. The vehicle was seen by the dealership and repaired under warranty.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 102006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
During cold weather, you can put the vehicle in reverse and it will not move at all, to get it to move you have to put the vehicle back in park and then in reverse and sort of wiggle the shifting lever. Also during in cold weather the vehicle when in drive wants to take off by itself and you have to press the brake pedal down hard to keep it from taking off into traffic.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 062005

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,400 miles
The contact states after parking vehicle she got out of the vehicle and it popped out of gear and hit another vehicle. At a later time the contact's husband put the vehicle in park and it popped out of gear. The vehicle was taken to dealer to be inspected. He drove the vehicle and the same thing happened, it popped out of gear. However, no repairs have been made.

- Sulphur , KY, USA

problem #1

May 012005

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,522 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 experiencing problems with premature tire wear, rusted components underneath the vehicle, loose front passenger seat, transmission shifting, speedometer inaccurate, and problems with the body paint. The ride height was low in the front, there was stiff suspension, there was a loose strip rubber above the left door, the suspension bar may have been cracked, there was abnormal scalloping on the front tire outside tread, there was an exhaust pipe leak, the exhaust system components showed signs of overheating. The lower portion of the right side steering knuckle showed a visible line that could possibly crack. The engine idling was harsh when moving the shift into reverse.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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