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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,237 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Sep 052006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

: the contact stated the vehicle was in park and without changing gears went into reverse and crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to a service dealer to address the problem and a police report was not taken.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 012006

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge 2500 consumer received recall for gear shifter. Mechanic did not repair the issue. The consumer was informed by the manufacturer that the recall had been completed and nothing else could be done. The consumer stated the original defect had not been corrected. The consumer noticed that the vehicle was becoming more difficult to shift into park and sometimes when he opens the door while backing up the horn does not sound. Therefore, the original safety hazard still exists. The consumer assumed the dealer was going to adjust the shift linkage, but he soon discovered, they had done nothing to the shifter.

- Oakdale, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 182006

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Dodge refuses to fix a problem for which there is a service bulletin #2101605 I have been three times to get something done. The dealer says I am not covered by the bulletin, but that I do have the problem. The dealer called Dodge and they will not approve the repair. They say it is okay to have a 4 to 10 second delay in the transmission being operable when shifted into gear. The engines revs up and the truck rolls, until it finally catches into gear. I have 24,000 miles on my 2005 Ram 2500. I told them (on the third visit July 18) that I became aware of the issue being known about after some one told me it was a common problem. Dodge said they were unaware of it up until I provided proof otherwise. I need my vehicle fixed. My problem is getting worse. What good is my warranty when they will not fix a significant defect?

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #11

Apr 302006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

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

On April 30, 2006, while parking my camper in my driveway I shifted the transmission in to (park); set the emergency brake; left the engine running; got out of the truck to go set a chock on the camper tires and left the door open (note that I have had the recall work performed which activates the alarm should the door be open, the engine running, and the transmission engaged in reverse). It took me approximately four to five seconds to get to the passenger side of the camper to set the chocks when the alarm activated indicating that the transmission had slipped into reverse. Therefore; not only did the transmission fail to properly stay engaged in the park position but the alarm feature also failed to warn me when I got out of the truck. Let me elaborate on exactly how the problem was identified and continues to occur with my specific truck: First of all; it doesn't happen every time but when it does happen; the position indicator (the square marquee that encircles the current gear position) is not illuminated around any gear position, prndl, but specifically not around park or reverse. As the operator, I have to make a very deliberate action to push the shift lever in to the park position and visually confirm that in fact the transmission is in park, as indicated by the marquee. However, given the situation I mentioned above while parking my camper ¿¿ I am not convinced that the transmission will stay in the park position. DCC¿'s solution of installing an alarm to warn you of dangerous situation; does not remedy the problem. And, as I mentioned above, this alarm doesn't always work either. DCC needs to immediately find a solution to their design defect before someone else is either injured or killed.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #10

May 012006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 slipped out of park in to reverse. The consumer stated the recall work had already been performed, however, the vehicle still slipped into reverse, the alarm did however activate, but it didn't warn the consumer before he exited the vehicle, which was suppose to activate once the consumer left the door open.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #9

May 012006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,775 miles
: the contact stated a recall remedy was performed. NHTSA recall # 05V462000, regarding power train: Automatic transmission. The remedy that was performed is a horn blowing alarm alerting the vehicle it is not in park. When the vehicle is in reverse and the driver's door is opened the horn blows to alert the driver. Also, when the vehicle is in park and the vehicle is exited, when it is put into reverse and the door is closed the alarm will sound until the vehicle is put back into the park position. Updated 06/12/06.

- Conewango Valley, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 102006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles

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

: the contact stated while using the tow haul button, the button engaged into the wrong gear. This was especially hard to maneuver when declining and towing a trailer. The vehicle was speeding up instead of down shifting. It was taken to the dealer for inspection; however, the dealer determined the vehicle was designed that way and operated correctly.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 282006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge Ram with diesel and automatic transmission. Received a recall notice March 28, 2006 that will add alarm function if driver door is opened, engine running and vehicle not in park. This is not a fix to a problem reported by others that the vehicle will inadvertently shift into reverse with the shifter indicating "park". if there is a problem with the shifter mechanism, it must be fixed. Many drivers backup the last foot or two with drivers door open when connecting truck to a trailer. The proposed fix in the recall makes the vehicle less usable. I would not have purchased this new truck if I had been aware of the "rube goldberg" bandaid patch rather than fixing the shifter problem. I would encourage NHTSA to disapprove the current recall and demand that the problem be solved with a functional shifter mechanism. I consider the fix proposed by the recall to be totally unacceptable and refuse to have it incorporated on my truck because it makes connecting to a trailer more difficult and time consuming. I have not had a problem with my truck but now always set the parking brake when getting out of the truck because of uncertainty of the shifter.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 202006

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked, the gear shifter indicator jumped into reverse and ran over the contact and crashed into a fence. The contact received minor injuries; however, the police were not contacted since this happened on private property. The damage to the fence was additional property damage. Two days later, the contact received a recall notification on NHTSA # 05V462000, concerning the automatic transmission. The manufacturer was alerted about the accident and sent a representative to investigate. The investigator determined the transmission had gone in reverse and was the cause of the failure. The investigator rechecked the vehicle after this recall work was performed and deemed the vehicle "unsafe". the investigator stated the alarm patch that was placed on the transmission to alert the contact that the transmission was again going into reverse, was a short term repair and the vehicle would have the same problem again. The contact is unpleased with the repair that was made and very afraid to drive the vehicle for fear of safety.

- Brookport, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 282006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2500 Dodge Ram diesel 2005 has a factory recall for not going all the way into park although seems as though it is in park. The dealership is too far away for me to drive there and they are not providing me with any assistance in getting my vehicle to the dealership to have this recall repaired. I have no means of getting my vehicle to the dealership for repair of this defect. I have noticed this problem with my vehicle before receiving the recall letter in the mail.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 272006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

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

: the contact stated a NHTSA recall # 05V462000, concerning the automatic transmission was received. However the vehicle did not have the problem associated with the recall. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealership because the contact does not approve of the manufacturers remedy.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 142005

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,700 miles
I purchased a 2005 Ram 2500 in July. I had a similar problem with mine jumping from park to reverse. No people were hurt, but it destroyed the entire side of my pickup. When it jumped from park to reverse the truck went across the street and hit another truck. This issue happened a few time before, but I was in the truck these times. I think Dodge has a serious problem to take care of before someone gets killed. Now my truck has been in the body shop longer than I got to drive it. Hope Dodge is going to take care of all of us. An independent investigator has looked at my truck and Chrysler is supposed to contact me with the results of his investigation.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #2

May 282005

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle is a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 quadcab 4X4 swb. The contact stated that the vehicle jumped gears. It jumped from park to reverse while the engine was running.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #1

Apr 122005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
With the car running, the gear went out of park. Without warning the transmission interlock with brakes is satisfied and allows the transmission to shift to another gear. The consumer had an accident. The dealer said he could not find a problem. Manufacturer could not find a problem. Parking interlock logic is faulty. Truck is a Ram 2500 quad cab 4X4. Chrysler complaint file #13477159 emma martel at 248-944-7038

- Erie, MI, USA

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