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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,717 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #89

Sep 182013

Ram 2500

  • 260,000 miles


I had no control of the steering and the vehicle was violently shaking, I slowed down to a stop, composed myself and drove on, the steering was very hard to control but the shaking only started about 40 mph, I took the vehicle to two shops, had ball joints, U joints, tie rods, steering, shocks, upgraded mopar steering assembly, pitman arm, all replaced, shortly thereafter I received recall notice N62/ NHTSA 13V-528, the instructions stated to mail all original repair documents related to tie rod failure and I would be reimbursed, I received a phone call just simply denying any responsibility with no particular reason other than my mileage, I asked for an email outlining the reason in detail which had absolutely no content of any explanation as to why the claim was denied. I did not receive my original receipts back either.

- Milliken, CO, USA

problem #88

Jan 102014

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2003 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer writes in regards to a replacement part to complete recall. The consumer was informed, he was #19 on a list to receive a part for his vehicle. The dealer stated they were only getting one replacement part, per week. The dealer informed the consumer, the part would be available beginning April 14, 2014. Updated 04/08/14

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #87

Feb 032014

Ram 2500

  • miles
2003 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer writes in regards to dealership taking a causal attitude and unreasonable amount of time to complete recall. The dealer informed the consumer, the parts were not available. The consumer stated 60 days have elapsed since he was warned of the danger of operating his truck without attention to the defect. Also, it was the second time the same part had been suspected of failure. Updated 03/24/14.

- Taconic, CT, USA

problem #86

Feb 112014

Ram 2500

  • 100,000 miles


I received a "important safety recall" stating that left tie rod ball stud may fracture under certain driving conditions causing a "loss of directional control and/or crash without warning". when I took it to the dealer they put me on a list and said it woul be approx. 32 to 64 weeks to get it repaired. They said they receive 1 part every 7-14 days and I am number 32 on the list. I do not think this is within a reasonable time considering that I drive the interstate every day and could "crash without warning" as stated in the recall. Which could cause serious injury or death not only to myself but others on the interstate.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #85

May 262010

Ram 2500

  • miles
TL -the contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated her vehicle was included a recall and repaired. The manufacture issued another recall for the same failure again. Recall NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering) had reasonable amount for repair had surpassed. The manufacture was contacted and placed the contact on a waiting list for the part. The manufacture refused to provided the contact with an estimated time for repair. The failure had occurred while the contact attempted to leave her drive way. The car was repaired under the first recall issued but the vehicle is not currently repaired after the second recall was issued. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000 miles. The vehicle currently has 184,000 miles.

- Polson, MT, USA

problem #84

Jan 062014

Ram 2500

  • miles
Recall N62/NHTSA 13V-528 my vehicle was determined by dealer to have left tie rod replaced as per the recall. It's been over 3 weeks and dealer said could be as much as a month more before they get new part. I called Dodge assistence center 1-800-853-1403 and was told that could take awhile to get parts "??" this part can cause steering loss and is extremely unsafe. I need my truck to work each day. I am logging a complaint to this recall as unsatisfactory as far as time to issue new part to install. Thankyou very much david lyons

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #83

Jan 062014

Ram 2500

  • miles


Chrysler recall # N49/NHTSA 13V-529 I would like to complain about how ill-prepared Chrysler is in handling this recall. I was notified that I could contact a dealer after Jan. 06, 2014 to get my vehicle in for this recall. On 01/06/2014 the dealer told me that Chrysler had not released parts yet and to call back on 01/24/2014. On that date I contacted the dealer again and they ordered parts for my vehicle and that the parts would be on on Jan. 31.on the 31st. The parts had still not arrived. Called again on Feb. 06 and was told that Chrysler was only allowing each dealer that they could only order parts for one vehicle per week to ensure that each dealer in the country could receive parts for this recall. I asked when the parts would be in for my vehicle I was told by the dealer that arrival date was unknown due to the fact that they had a stack of orders 4' thick so I called the Chrysler group recall assistance ctr.. after researching my order I was told by the mfg. That my parts should arrive in another 7-10dys.(Feb 12 - 15). Based on the magnitude of this recall and the dealers across the country, it could take years for them to repair all affected vehicles. Are we vehicle owners supposed to mothball are trucks until Chrysler can ship parts at the rate of 1 per week for each dealer in the country? this response from Chrysler is rediculous!!!

- Magna, UT, USA

problem #82

Jun 202013

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2003 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer writes in regards to steering problems, bad tie rods and a bubble on the steering damper. The consumer stated around June 20, 2013, he began experiencing a violent shaking coming from the front end, while crossing paved railroad tracks.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #81

Nov 012010

Ram 2500

  • 160,000 miles
A few months after purchasing our Dodge Ram 2500, we experienced our first "death wobble" incident on interstate 70 at approximately 65 mph, and occurred 2 more times that same trip. I had the truck towed and brought to an automotive shop. The automotive shop said they could not find anything wrong with the truck but suggested replacing the steering stabilizer. I had the stabilizer replaced and it seemed okay for about 3 days. After the first incident the "death wobble" occurred on a regular basis, any small bump or transition in the roadway would cause the front axle, tires and steering to shake so violently it felt like a large earthquake in the truck. The death wobble will not stop till the truck was slowed down to a complete stop. This seemed to occur mostly at speeds between 45-70 mph. We stopped taking the truck on major roadways as it would be likely to cause an accident at highway speeds. The truck was brought to several automotive shops including Dodge and Chrysler dealerships. All of the automotive shops said that this is fairly common among these trucks as Dodge dealerships told me that basically I was a liar and denied that there was a problem. After doing thorough research I decided to follow the advice of the automotive shops and several specialty 4X4 shops. Every steering and suspension component was replaced including every bushing, bearing and grease fitting some parts were the upgraded mopar linkages and pittman arm and the rest of the parts were oe replacements from reputable high end manufacturers. I also had an alignment performed immediately I have saved every part that I have taken off the truck since I began this journey including receipts for all the work/parts that was performed/installed. Death wobble was gone for about 4 months and the truck was still lightly driven. By month 5 death wobble is back in full force with no explanation.

- Warrenton , MO, USA

problem #80

Jan 012014

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 tdi. The contact stated that he received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering) and stated that the parts were not being made available immediately. The dealer was contacted and the manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The contact had not experiences a failure.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #79

Apr 102013

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 tdi. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle started to shake violently and without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the shock absorbers and steering damper. The remedy failed to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 85,000. Updated 3/12/14 updated 03/21/14

- Perry, UT, USA

problem #78

Jan 312013

Ram 2500

  • 168,000 miles
The known problem with this model vehicle. I hit a bump on the highway at 65 mph. I lost steering control but saved the truck before hitting anyone in oncoming traffic. It happened 4 more times before I could get it fixed. I just received a notice of a recall...too little too late ! I replaced every steering component, track bar and track bar bushings. No, I did not keep any receipts. Please pay attention to the complaints, I know friends who did have accidents due to this problem.

- Miles, TX, USA

problem #77

Jan 182006

Ram 2500

  • 45,000 miles
This pickup has the terrible "death wobble" in the sterring when you drive over a bump pr rib in road, starting unexpted and jerking the wheel so hard that you can not hold the wheel! I plan to buy this pu from my employer and I wanted it fixed by Dodge because it has always had this terrible safety problem from the factory! to verify this, dennis havlak ownes it and his # is 325 895 5792. Thanks, ken malone

- Ballinger, TX, USA

problem #76

Nov 022012

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 77,391 miles
Driving in the mountains on dirt road heard horrible sounds in the front of truck. Noticeably louder and very concerned to driving the truck any more, my two small children and I 9 months pregnant are very lucky. Made to our home 15 miles away. I called mechanic and truck was in the shop next day.

- Plymouth, CA, USA

problem #75

Dec 152013

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering) had surpassed the reasonable time for repair. The manufacturer and dealer were contacted and stated only one repair kit was provided to the dealers per week. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 02/11/2014

- Pelzer, SC, USA

problem #74

Nov 062012

Ram 2500

  • 159,000 miles
After purchasing this truck from the first time owner, I begin to notice at certain times I would experience a violent shaking when going over a bump. After looking online and reading about the "death wobble" I become worried and contacted the dealer. Of course they acted like they did not know what I was talking about. But when you talk to an independent mechanic, they know exactly what you are talking about. In short, I have spent over $2700 getting the front end redone, with no help from Chrysler. I find it completely irresponsible on their part to not do anything to help with this problem. Now.. just last week I get this recall notice on the left tie rod end. I am most certain when I take it in, they will say there is nothing wrong with it.. and send me on my way. This issue and the cracked dash is all a bunch of baloney to which Chrysler should have taken some serious action to help folks who bought a $50K truck in good faith that it was built good..

- Claremore , OK, USA

problem #73

Nov 122013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
November 8, 2013 contact: [xxx] statement: Tie-rod assembly November 8, 2013, auburn hills, mich. - Chrysler group llc will conduct three recalls affecting approximately 1.2 million trucks, though as many as 726,000 may not need repair. The campaigns target an estimated 453,000 vehicles with steering-system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service. Chrysler group is casting the net wider than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair. Any found to have suspect tie-rod assemblies will have those components replaced at no cost to customers. One recall will inspect an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks to find approximately 116,000 repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could become misaligned. This condition could lead to component fracture and steering loss. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Manlius, NY, USA

problem #72

Oct 232013

Ram 2500

  • 75,000 miles
We have previously filed a complaint for the "death wobble" or violent, uncontrollable shaking that occurs after going over uneven roads. The entire vehicle shakes and there is minimal control of steering when this happens until the vehicle has slowed down to almost a stop. The shaking of the front tires is visible on the outside of the vehicle. Today when I was entering the expressway, which has fresh patches of concrete, no pothole or rough surface, my truck starting shaking the front tires and steering wheel violently (death wobble). I hit the brakes to slow the vehicle down. The vehicle started drifting and I realized I had no steering when I tried to bring the vehicle into my lane. When I was able to bring the vehicle to a stop (remember I am on a 4 lane X-way) I found that the steering bar that goes from the pitman arm to the right tire had broken in half. This is a solid 1inch bar and I had not hit anything to cause this to break.. this could have very easily been a complaint lodged with a death occurring.the shaking is a know issue with Ram 2500 trucks with this same front end design (incl 2013), and the Jeep with the same design front end are now complaining of the same shaking. I have owned this truck for 7yrs now, so I know it has not been in any accidents, over curbs, 4 wheeled or any other driving condition that could have stressed or caused the bar to broke.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #71

Aug 152013

Ram 2500

  • 203,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, he executed a left turn and then he heard a loud abnormal noise. Upon further investigation, he saw that the driver's side tie rod was hanging from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis where the contact was informed that the tie rod would need to be replaced and realigned. He was also informed of a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 11V350000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 203,000 and the current mileage was 204,500.

- Rigby, ID, USA

problem #70

Aug 012013

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
At approx. 55-60 mph, the truck began to shake very violently. Applied brake, to attempt to get truck under control; we ended up in the ditch. Myself and my daughter were injured. Luckily, neither of us were injured bad, just bumps and bruises. I had a mechanic look at the truck; he stated there is a problem with all Dodge trucks from 2002-2008. The steering gear box and front suspension are at fault. I contacted a local Dodge dealer. They informed me, "Dodge is not at fault and there are no need for any recalls". they did say they could fix the problem, at almost $2700. They would put a new front suspension and steering box. I feel if they will fix the problem, then they know about the problem. I have searched on the internet about the problem and there are hundreds of complaints. I am asking the ntsb to fully investigate this matter.

- Jackson, MS, USA

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