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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,285 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 252010

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles


Brake shift interlock does not work on my truck. It can be shifted from park to reverse or park to drive without having the brake pedal depressed. I am taking it the dealer tomorrow for repair.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Oct 152009

Ram 1500

  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that he heard a loud banging noise while shifting from one gear to another with a trailer attached to the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the transmission module was defective. The dealer also stated that there were no remedies and it would be at least a month before one was available. The contact continued to contact the dealer regarding a remedy to no avail. The contact stated that he was concerned about the safety risk involved while driving the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 1,500. The current mileage was 6,350.

- Colfax, NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 162008

Ram 1500

  • 8,500 miles
The electronic transfer case would not engage 4 wheel low. Then would not change to 2 wheel drive. Then when motor was turned off, it would not restart. It had to be towed to the nearest Dodge dealer. Tipm replaced, next time all wheel drive engaged, tipm burned out again. Towed to nearest dealer. They replace tipm again. Said they could not fix the transfer case. They were going out of business and said that I had to take to another dealer. I did, and they stated that Chrysler knew about the problem. I notified Chrysler by certified mail, pursuant to Iowa lemon law notification, email and phone. No response. It is now over 70 days, and numerous phone calls to customer service. I get promises of return phone calls within 48 hours which never are received after 70 days. Customer service will not relay regional service or sales managers phone numbers. They keep blaming the dealership, for not contacting them. Dealership states that their regional and service managers have left Chrysler. They give me the only phone number they have, and it has a voice mail stating that they are no longer with chyrsler. So I have had no return communication from Chrysler period. Total customer abandonment.

- Fairbank, IA, USA

problem #3

May 022008

Ram 1500

  • 1,000 miles


Vehicle after 1000 miles began to hesitate in shifting from low to high, (5 speed transmission). Has gotten worse with additional miles, also, engine will revive up to 3500 rpms without foot on gas pedal. This happens at low speeds. Dodge has been advised of problem but has not solution.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 202008

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While making a left or right turn at various speeds or when the vehicle is idling, the steering wheel sticks. The vehicle has been to the dealer four times and they replaced the power steering pump and the rack and pinion. The dealer stated that they have another vehicle on their lot that is experiencing the same failure. Therefore, they stated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. After having a conference call with the manufacturer, the dealer informed the contact that they would provide him with a rental until repairs were made. The failure mileage was 1,600 and current mileage was 8,018. Updated 07/22/08 the consumer stated there was a delay befoe engagement when shifting the transmission. There was also wind noise. Updated 07/24/08

- Laporte, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 062008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,112 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge 1500. While idling at a stop light with the brake pedal depressed, the engine accelerated and then decelerated back to normal. While attempting to hook a boat up to the vehicle, the contact depressed the brake pedal to place the vehicle in reverse, and the engine accelerated. The brakes were not holding; therefore, he rammed the shifter into park to get the vehicle back under control. This failure has occurred on three separate occasions and was taken to the dealer on each occasion. The dealer stated they would send a technician to inspect the vehicle at his home. As of May 6, 2008, a technician has yet to arrive. The current mileage was 2,300 and failure mileage was 2,112. Updated 6/16/08

- Lake City, FL, USA

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