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2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,727 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 engine problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 122015

Ram 2500

  • 166,577 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, a strong burning odor of coolant emitted inside the vehicle. The temperature gauge increased rapidly as the engine overheated. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where coolant was dispensed into the reservoir. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic where the head gasket was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 166,577. Updated 02/10/16

- Packerel, WI, USA

problem #11

Aug 102015

Ram 2500

  • 45,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the engine warning indicator was intermittently illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions until the engine warning indicator was consistently illuminated each time the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags), 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 approximate failure mileage was 45,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 202015

Ram 2500

  • 189,000 miles
Diesel exhaust pours into my cab if I turn the air conditioning on. Dodge dealership said it was a common problem.

- Saint Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 312012

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

While on vacation in wv, I began having steering issue where the truck would drift left and there became an overabundance of play in the steering wheel. Since then it has become difficult to drive. I repeatedly took the truck to my local dealer and called but there was no recall on my truck. There are recalls on Ram 1500 megacabs and Ram 2500's but not on a Ram 2500 megacab"??? I have had my suspension replaced, my steering looked at six time at a local shop and it is still not driving as it should. My engine compartment liner is also burned where a metal hose has come in contact with it and melted through it. This is plain to see when the hood is up and yet my truck is not part of any recall for this either. Since my truck is not listed on any of the recalls, am I eligible for the buyback"

- Mooers, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 222015

Ram 2500

  • 46,674 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 40 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the oxygen sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,674.

- Randle, WA, USA

problem #7

May 142015

Ram 2500

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the engine compartment silencer failed. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 08V641000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the VIN was not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Rockland, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 302014

Ram 2500

  • 65,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that when attempting to drive more than 55 mph, the vehicle shook violently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Clayton, DE, USA

problem #5

Oct 272011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 34,000 miles
Purchased our truck in June of 2010 from a local Dodge dealer. The truck only had 23K and seemed to run okay besides getting crap gas mileage. In late October 2011 the check engine light came on but when we started it up the next morning the light was no longer illuminated.the light stayed off for about two weeks but then the vehicle started running poorly. It would randomly lose power when beginning to accelerate and make a sound almost like a backfire. The first couple of times it began to pick up speed after the initial hesitation but shortly after that the check engine light came on again and it wouldn't go above 10mph. We pulled off to the side of the road and turn it off. When the truck was restarted the light went off and it ran normally again. The truck was taken to the dealership the following day and we were told that even though our truck had less than 40K miles on it, the warranty had expired two weeks previously and they would not cover the cost to diagnose or repair it!!! we did not have the $ to do anything right then so out of desperation I began researching what could possibly be causing the issues with hopes of finding an inexpensive fix that we might be able to do on our own. This is when I learned that Chrysler had issued two recalls, G30 - replace the oxygen sensor module & J35 - reprogram/update the ECM. Neither of these were mentioned to us at the dealership when we brought the vehicle nor when we brought it in with these issues and were turned away. I did find out that the re-programming and update had been completed on the truck 5/24/2010. However, I have also since read about many owners continuing to have the same issues after the required "fix" had been completed just as we have. We're left with a truck that's a hazard to drive and pray that it doesn't cut out in front of oncoming traffic while trying to get out onto a road or even worse.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #4

May 302013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 59,472 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while looking under hood, the engine caught fire. The fire was extinguished. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 59,472.

- West Field , MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152008

Ram 2500

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the vehicle would not respond to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised that the turbo would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the contact continued to experience the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a second time. The technician then stated that the particulator system would have to be replaced. Additionally, the exhaust system was leaking coolant. The technician advised the contact that the egr system would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 13,000.

- Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 282012

Ram 2500

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge 2500. The contact stated that the exhaust pipe overheated which caused the bed of the truck to melt. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who filed a report and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Halifax, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 022012

Ram 2500

  • 76,000 miles
2 things have happened. At a normal idle in park, the vehicle after about a minute has surges (a quick high rev) then once the rev stops the truck engine light flickers and sounds like it wants to stall. In another case, while sitting at a red light the truck has a rough idle that causes the truck to shake. This has happened numerous times. I have not taken the truck to the dealer for fear that it would cost alot of money to have this checked out.

- West Covina, CA, USA

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