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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,392 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 drivetrain problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #16

Feb 132016

Ram 2500

  • 200,000 miles


I entered the highway in my Dodge Ram 2500 2008 truck, while I was at 50 mph my truck started making growling noises from the engine and I heard explosive noises from the bottom of the truck. My speed dropped to 25 mph and I could see from my side mirror car parts exploding off the truck on the highway in front of other vehicles while I was in motion and driving. This a highway at speeds of 70 mph so I had to move over to the service lane luckily I was in the right lane but I barely avoid a large petroleum truck from crushing my truck which would have been a homicide because he was blowing his horn and could not stop in time. The car dealer claims they are investigating its has now been 4 days and I have not heard anything yet called Chrysler manufacturer waiting to hear back about what caused this to happen to my truck. I only know some of the parts damaged on the truck

- Hebron, OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 012015

Ram 2500

  • miles
Steering recall- vehicle initiates into the death shake when speed exceeds 55mph on a turn. Transmission problems- vehicle has problems shifting normally by shifting straight into 4th gear when shifting into drive and will drive sluggishly

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #14

Dec 012014

Ram 2500

  • 215,990 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the rear end pinion nut failed and there was an unknown substance leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 215,990.

- Mesilla Park, NM, USA

problem #13

Aug 172015

Ram 2500

  • 138,000 miles


Tipm (total integrated power module) failed while driving vehicle. Vehicle lost engine power, power steering, and brakes. -ton trucks are very heavy and are near impossible to turn and control without power steering and do not stop without power brakes. I was able to maneuver vehicle to the side of the road with minimal damage to the body. I was lucky to not cause a bigger accident and lucky not to injure myself or anybody else. This tipm failure is very common with Dodge vehicles and I am disgusted how Chrysler-Dodge has conducted themselves in regard to recalls and warranty. Had I been towing a trailer on the highway I would have certainly caused an accident. I fear this tipm failure will result in loss of life if it hasn't so already.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #12

Nov 042013

Ram 2500

  • 79,000 miles
The heater works on occasion from Nov 13 till I replaced it in May 2015, now its August 2015 and the heater has completely stopped working. I live in Alaska and a heater is a huge deal. Also during an oil change noticed the tie rod is all gooped with oil. Have an 09 1500 that the tie rod broke on. Curious if my 08 is gonna have the same issue. The rear differential is leaking oil all of a sudden as of June 2015 after hauling my 24 foot trailer 1200 miles. When I put the truck in 4 low and drive it makes a huge clucking sound doesn't turn very well either. It feels like my steering is about to go out. I can't drive up my driveway without digging wholes in the gravel. I bought the truck used November 2013 and feel like I got a lemon.

- Homer, AK, USA

problem #11

Feb 102015

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 79,950 miles
Vehicle has a vibration starting at 50 mph that appears to be due to a drive component. Diagnosed and replaced the drive shaft rear U-joint. Some play also found in the left front U-joint (4WD) that was replaced 8 months ago. This is the third time in 4 years that U-joints had to be replaced on this vehicle.

- Oak Harbor, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 112015

Ram 2500

  • 177,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 75 mph, a loud abnormal sound emitted from the vehicle as it decelerated. The contact had to merge over to the side of the road. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the uv joint locked and the transfer case fractured without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for further inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering). The dealer was unable to confirm when the part would become available to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 177,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 012014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 22,150 miles
I was driving past my house, I put the drive train in 4 wheel drive and when I stepped on the gas pedal the throttle went wide open. I tried to steer clear of all obstructions but when I hit my driveway the truck went sideways and it rolled down a culvert and ended upside down. The truck has been declared a "total loss". I sustained minor cuts and bruises but came out ok. I downloaded the obd2 data from the computer after the accident and it showed code P0731 G pend gear 1 incorrect ratio"?". I have not been able to find any history of this problem in the 2008 Ram data.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #8

Apr 222009

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 10,688 miles
2008 Dodge Ram 2500 6.7L 6spd...driving home from work and starting hearing a clunking sound. Made appointment to drop off at dealer. Dealer said the spare tire was loose and reinstalled. Picked truck up drove home started to clunk again. Check the truck out myself and found transfer case bolts broken off. I was not going to waste fuel to take it back, installed bolts myself. At about 22,000 miles clunking again, found bolts broken again. Made appointment dropped off to have repaired. Truck now has 88,500 on it and I've replaced the bolts about 7 times now. Seems like every 10,000 to 15,000 miles they break. Will be replacing bolts again. It feels like the rear end is sliding out when you make a turn when the bolts are broken.

- Gibbsboro, NJ, USA

problem #7

Apr 122013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the transfer case on the vehicle exploded while they were traveling 70 mph. The contact was able to pull over without incident. The contact spoke with the dealer and was not given a reason for the failure. The failure mileage and current mileages were 103,000.

- Sentinel, OK, USA

problem #6

Mar 122013

Ram 2500

  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while traveling 70 mph, the transfer case failed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Ada, OK, USA

problem #5

Nov 262011

Ram 2500

  • 59,500 miles
Heading to town to take 2008 Dodge Ram to the dealership to have looked at for stalling at idle and no foot pedal response. Shut truck off and restarted now I have throttle.. anyways headed to dealership to have these thing looked at. Im on the interstate cruise control set at 70mph. I go over a slight dip on the interstate than experience what feels like two blown front tires. The entire truck is shaking violently. Its all I can do to hold onto the steering wheel. The truck feels like its going to fall apart. I get on the brakes start pulling to the side of the road at about 10miles an hour this violent vibration stops. This incident was the scariest incident I've been through. I inspected the truck nothing visible wrong so I continued on to dealership with no problems.. 15 minutes later I stopped shaking. Told service man at dealership what just happened and he says oh you just experienced the death wobble.. are you serious they have a nickname for this and are still selling these vehicles at 40,000 a piece. I refused to sign the work agreement and left the truck there. I will not pay to have this truck fixed. This vehicle is a serious danger to the driver, passengers and any other vehicles on the road. After research I found many other incidents of what I have described. Go to youtube and type Dodge death wobble. Vehicle manufactures should be responsible for there product. Concerned and productive United States citizen..

- Blackfoot, ID, USA

problem #4

Sep 062011

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram. The contact was traveling 35 mph when the driveshaft detached and caused the rear wheels to seize. The vehicle then spun out of control, almost filliping. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the vehicle was being inspected. The failure mileage and current mileages were 40,000.

- Bonaire, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 042010

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2008 Dodge Ram. Consumer expresses discontent with several problems with vehicle the U-joint, tie rod, steering linkage and axle all had to be replaced. The consumer stated most recently, the check engine light illuminated.

- Ellsworth, ME, USA

problem #2

Jun 192010

Ram 2500

  • 42,000 miles
This is the second time this problem happened in 7 months. I was sitting at a light and started to accelerate, the exhaust brake engaged and prevented me from moving forward. I was able to move by slightly depressing the accelerator a little at a time. When I approached my next traffic light, the engine RPM dropped to 500 and then shot up to 1200 rpms. When this happened the truck lurched forward and almost hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk. It also put me half way into a busy intersection. There were multiple close calls that could have caused injury or death. The truck is currently at the dealer again but I am very concerned about this issue. It seems I am not the only person this has happened to.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282009

Ram 2500

  • 29,000 miles
When the truck is started and put into gear, the truck will roll about 10 feet and then take off. The driver has to stand on the brakes to get it to stop. The problem is intermittent and tends to occur after it sets for more than 8 hours. It only happens during the first 3 -5 minutes after startup. If driver is unaware of problem it could easily lead to damage to others as it requires a great deal of force to get the truck to stop.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

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