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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,380 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #115

Jul 142012

Ram 2500

  • 65,000 miles

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

When driving if you hit a dip in road or bump, the truck violently shakes also know as the death wobble. You have no control until you slow down under 40 miles per hour. Sometimes it continues to do it after that, so you have to drive under 40. I have about hit a bridge and other cars. Other drives get very scared as they can see my truck shaking. It happens all the time. The dealership claims my truck is not in the recall. Doesn't have a particular part they look for underneath. But know one can explain why my truck shakes like this. So far since we bought it, we can only drive in town. To dangerous to drive at higher speeds. Someone is going to get seriously hurt

- Boone, IA, USA

problem #114

Jan 092013

Ram 2500

  • miles
I know have two recalls on this truck. First one is about 1.5 year ago and still not fixed steering. The second one is the air bag and Chrysler dose not have part for that what is the max time for the recalls? I think over a year is way to long for a safety recall.

- Elbert, CO, USA

problem #113

Aug 172005

Ram 2500

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving at 65 mph, the contact drove over a pothole and the steering wheel began to vibrate. The vehicle was taken to multiple dealers and independent mechanics who were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #112

Jul 212014

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles

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

2003 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle shakes uncontrollably while driving and steering leakage recall notice. The dealer informed the consumer the steering box and transmission pan were leaking. The consumer experienced the vehicle shaking for a second time.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #111

Apr 022015

Ram 2500

  • 180,000 miles
The 'bump' associated with an overpass expansion joint on highway I-515 induced 'death wobble' into the truck causing a loss of control. The loss of control almost caused an impact with other vehicles that were close. The dealer nor the manufacture will assist in correcting the issue. The dealer service manager says that install the 'upgraded' linkage package cures this most of the time (for $1,600). This appears to be a know safety issue that NHTSA and Dodge are ducking. Dodge upgraded the linkage in 2009 and totally redesigned the system in 2014. The vehicle is all original and in good working order. Help.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #110

Jan 012014

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received a notice for NHTSA campaign number 13V528000 (steering) in January 2014. After contacting the dealer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be provided. The VIN was not available.

- Pine Vally, CA, USA

problem #109

Feb 112015

Ram 2500

  • 173,000 miles

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

Driving truck down freeway. Hit a bump and whole truck started to shake slowed down and shake went away

- North Branch, MN, USA

problem #108

Dec 162014

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V528000 (steering) and 14V354000 (air bags). The contact stated that the part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform when the part would become available. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #107

Sep 172014

Ram 2500

  • 130,000 miles
Dodge is refusing to cover recall notice N62/NHTSA 13V-528. I presented original receipts and documentation as requested since I already had to pay to repair the "tie rod ball stud". I received a phone call informing me that they would not cover the recall since I had the truck repaired with "after market parts". I do not agree with this. I should be compensated due to the recall. The parts failed and I replaced them last December. I then get notice that the parts were bad. Why would I put the same parts back on if they failed in the first place? I put "better" after market parts on. No where on the recall does it say that I am supposed to have used "mopar" parts. Please look in to this. I feel they are avoiding responsibilty.

- Spring Lake, MI, USA

problem #106

Feb 012014

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Po Box 129, KY, USA

problem #105

Jul 172013

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 129,000 miles

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

First episode of the Dodge Ram "death wobble" in July 2013 approximately 2 weeks after replacing tie rods. Occurred one more time in early August 2013. Didn't experience again until August 2014 while on a trip in upstate New York, four occurrences in 3 days. The latest occurrence was this past Saturday, twice in the same day.

- Learwater, FL, USA

problem #104

May 292013

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2003 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle tie rod recall notice and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer reimbursement request denied, because he did not use mopar parts. The consumer stated when the tie rods failed, he was in his driveway. The tie rod assembly was replaced twice.

- Calais, ME, USA

problem #103

Aug 012014

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2003 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer writes in regards to left tie rod recall notice. The consumer stated after waiting several months and receiving several recall notices, the dealer was not able to obtain the parts to fix the problem. Recall # 13V528000.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #102

Aug 082014

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering) 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 not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Drenerton, WA, USA

problem #101

Jul 032013

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While traveling on the highway and normal speeds and you hit a minor bump, wheels will shake violently with no ability for driver to recover steering. The only recourse is to let the vehicle slow down and then pull over. This is know as the death wobble and can be viewed on youtube. Dodge has denied the problem but yet you can buy an entire new steering assembly from Dodge for $300. I have spent over $4000 trying to fix this issue. This has happened to me over 10 times and no longer put my family in the pickup and will no longer use it on the highway..a simple tierod recall will not fix this and there is enough people having this problem that the NHTSA should force Dodge to finally correct this design flaw, before we get killed.

- Glen Oaks, NY, USA

problem #100

Dec 202013

Ram 2500

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle drove roughly and then began to wobble violently at 45 mph. The vehicle began vibrating intermittently at any speed. The contact was forced to grip the steering wheel with both hands and apply excessive pressure to the brake pedal to ensure the vehicle came to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed to several dealers multiple times for repair, but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Crescent, OR, USA

problem #99

Apr 202014

Ram 2500

  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 35 mph to make a right turn, the front end of the vehicle was shaking violently and the steering wheel seized causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained major injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 13V528000 (steering) after the incident. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 139,000.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #98

Jul 012014

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to service the vehicle under the recall. The contact was on a waiting list and the manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #97

Jan 062014

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received a recall notification related to NHTSA campaign id number 13V528000 (steering). The contact stated that the repair was not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated parts were not available. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer has not been contacted.

- Sonora, TX, USA

problem #96

Nov 042013

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact own a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 13V528000 (steering). The contact stated that she had contacted the dealer and the manufacturer numerous times and they did not have an idea when the parts would be available for the repairs. The repair was not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Napa, CA, USA

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