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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
57,500 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. had to a new transmission (1 reports)
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 012007

Ram 2500 SLT V6 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


After I had the truck brought in under warranty for the out of park alarm recall, the truck did not want to shift out of 1st gear unless I really increased the RPM,s. This only happens when the truck is hot (normal running temp). It happened while under warranty, but the dealer could not duplicate it and told me to bring it back when I could duplicate it. I was able to duplicate the problem by getting it hot and going from reverse to drive. This is the only time it would happen. I brought it back to the dealer (Grapevine Dodge in Grapevine Texas), and they told me sorry, you should have brought it in before the warranty was over! The truck was slightly over the warranty period when I brought it back to them with the same problem. I believe when the truck is hot, it still thinks its in reverse after you shift from reverse to drive. When this happens, I shift back into park and the problem goes away. The dealer was no help at all and very rude.

- , Euless, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 282007

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Bought the truck used in 2005 with 24000 miles on it. It has been wonderful until yesterday, when going to town it would not shift into overdrive. Looking for advise as to repairs?

- , Waldron, AR, USA

problem #3

Oct 082004

(reported on)

Ram 2500 2500HD

  • 69,500 miles

will not shift into overdrive all other gears fine(auto)diesel 40 something thousand dollar truck looks like it may need a transmission already anybody know what it could be thats wrong with it

- , Horatio, AR, USA

problem #2

Jul 242006

(reported on)

Ram 2500 2500 HD

  • 70,000 miles

We bought the truck from James Oneal Chrysler in Bremen, GA. We had only had the vehicle for 6 months. When we took to have the transmission fixed the guy told us the transmission had been worked on before. James Oneal Chrysler sold us the truck never mentioning that. We were lied to and I highly suggest that you think twice before buying a vehicle from them. They were also very rude and would not even work with us.

- , Childersburg, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 242003

(reported on)

Ram 2500 HD SLT

  • 19,000 miles

The transmission does not shift out of second gear unless you let off of the accelerator completely and the press back down on it. The transmission makes a grinding noise and banges when it shifts into overdrive. The overdrive off switch is worthless if you are going over sixty miles an hour since it puts the engine beyond the engine redline. The truck cost 47,000 dollars and has been in the shop every month since it was purchased. The dealer says there is no cure for the problem currently. When I contacted the District Service Manager for Dodge I was told " We know there is a problem. You will have to be patient and get used to the problem. The problem has been present now for over eight months.

- , Traverse City, MI, USA

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