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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 Power Wagon transmission problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Aug 052005

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 10,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 quad. While the vehicle was parked the contact noticed there was power steering leaking underneath it. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technicians stated the power steering line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The transmission lines were cracked and needed to be replaced prior to repairing the vehicle. The computer in the transmission was reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated upon purchasing the vehicle there were several failures. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #33

Sep 032009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 22,000 miles
Reverse gear did not engage when backing in drive way. Dodge dealer service unable to determine cause during service performed on Sep 3-4, 2009.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #32

Oct 182008

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 32,750 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 05V462000 (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift) and scheduled an appointment with the dealer. The dealer stated that they did not have the software to perform the recall repair. The current mileage was 33,076 and failure mileage was 32,750.

- Ft. Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #31

Jul 302008

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 28,300 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge 2500 diesel pickup. While driving less than 60 mph, the vehicle automatically shifted into neutral. He drove over a slight speed bump and the vehicle shifted itself into neutral. The dealer stated that the entire transmission needed to be replaced. The repairs were going to be made under warranty. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 28,300 and current mileage was 29,000.

- Hoquiam, WA, USA

problem #30

Feb 072008

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles
Truck would not go into gear. Dodge had a tsb for a faulty transmission filter that would crack. This is what caused the problem. Truck was just over 3,000 miles over warranty but Dodge would not cover the repair. Now truck is stalling when coming to a stop but only when I first start the truck up in the morning. Truck will restart no problem. Once I have driven the truck a few miles the stalling problem goes away. This happens everytime I drive the truck after it has been sitting for a while. Check engine light just came on today and truck is a the mechanic.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #29

Apr 062007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 rolled back while parked and hit another vehicle. Consumer states that the vehicle rolled backward and hit the other vehicle. Consumer's insurance company would like reimbursement for paying for the repairs due to a recall sent out regarding the vehicle slipping out of park.*

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #28

Oct 202007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,279 miles

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

Was in my Dodge truck in a parking lot. Started vehicle and pulled forward about 6 feet and felt like I had run over a bottle or can. I stopped the truck, put the truck in park and looked at the indicator to make sure it was in park. With the engine running I began to exit the vehicle and after 1 foot was on the ground the horn started to blow and the vehicle went into reverse. It traveled backwards for about 8 feet before I could enter the vehicle and engage the brake. As it was going in reverse, the door hit a concrete pillar used to support parking lot lights and bent the door forward considerably past the point of normal opening. The door will have to be replaced along with some additional body work.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #27

Jun 012005

Ram 2500 Power Wagon Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge pickup with park problems. Customer states her husband put the truck in park and left it running and it starting rolling backwards. She states that the truck knocked her husband down. The dealer informed the consumer there was nothing wrong with the park gear. The consumer received a recall in the mail relating to the problem she and her husband experienced twice and is requesting reimbursement for the damages incurred to their vehicle as a result of the malfunction. The consumer check the box as being injured, however, the descriptions says he was not injured. Updated 10/03/07.

- Athens, TX, USA

problem #26

Sep 122007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign id number 05V462000 (power train:automatic transmission) applies to his vehicle, but he does not want the software modification work performed as mentioned in the recall notice. The Dodge dealer has been notified. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 25,000.

- Fairdilling, MO, USA

problem #25

Jul 042007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
(1) vehicle stalls without warning while driving it, vibration while applying brakes, humming noise coming from trans and vehicle vibration at 50 to 65 miles an hour (2) these problems nearly caused an accident on 4 deferent occasions, complained to the dealership many times how unsafe this vehicle is and they won't fix the problems. (3) I finally had to pay them to replace the rotors and brake pad front and rear, how the stalling, the vibration, humming from the trans at 50 to 65 still occurs to date and was refused at two other dealerships and turned away.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #24

Apr 072007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,756 miles

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

Transmission came out of park while vehicle was not running. Vehicle was parked on slight incline in a busy store parking lot. About 30-45 seconds after walking into store vehicle rolled across parking lot. Sales woman came and informed me. Needed recall repairs, but vehicle was not running. Campaign was for vehicle running. This the 2nd time this happened.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #23

Mar 192007

(reported on)

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge truck customer states that the dealership refuses to repair or perform the necessary recall installments* the consumer received a recall regarding the out-of-park alarm system.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #22

Jan 092007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 customer took car in for recall and was charged when letter stated modification should be done with no charge. * the consumer stated the dealer charged him because they had to reconnect his xm satellite radio to complete the recall.

- Swansboro, NC, USA

problem #21

Jan 192007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Engine stalls or rough idles whiles coming to brief stops, ie stop signs or red lights. It is usually but not always when I have run the car for the first time of the day within about 5 miles or less, and seems to occur more when outside temps are low. Updated 04/19/07.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #20

Feb 142007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
TL *- the contact called regarding the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that he left the vehicle running and exited the vehicle. He walked approximately 20 ft when the vehicle accelerated in reverse and struck a light pole. There was damage to the driver's door and the front and rear bumper. There were no injuries. The failure mileage was 25,000. The contact had not taken the vehicle to dealer for diagnosis. After the incident, the contact received recall 05V462000 concerning the power train : automatic transmission. Updated 03/30/07.

- Marion, MA, USA

problem #19

Nov 172005

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • miles
Customer has a voq (10170663) and wants a response letter to the question about having to drive an unsafe truck* the consumer stated he placed the vehicle in park, got out of the truck, opened the tailgate and the transmission shifted into reverse. The consumer was able to get out of the way. The consumer stated adding an alarm doesn't solve the problem.

- Grayling, MI, USA

problem #18

Oct 302006

(reported on)

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD

  • miles
Consumer complaint concerning the out of park alarm. The consumer received the recall for the installation of an out of park alarm. The software modification will help ensure that the consumer has properly placed the shifter lever into the park position before attempting to exit the vehicle. The out of park alarm, which is the blaring of the horn, is only linked to the driver's door. If any of the other doors were opened while the vehicle was out of park the driver would not be notified. Recall number 05V462000.

- Beverly, OH, USA

problem #17

Nov 172005

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
(1)I put the shift selector in 'park' got out of my truck, opened the tail gate started to unload cargo (2) the transmission shifted into reverse and the truck tried to run over me (3) I got out of the way and stopped the truck. It has happened many times since then but since I expect and anticipate the incident it is without consequence.

- Grayling, MI, USA

problem #16

Oct 102006

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
: the contact stated that recall # 05V462000 pertaining to the power train: Automatic transmission was a cover up for the diesel park problem. By installing an alarm that only activated when the door was opened does not alleviate the problem. This action by the manufacturer was to avoid fixing the real problem. The service dealer and manufacturer were notified.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #15

May 102006

Ram 2500 Power Wagon Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle type : 2005 Dodge 2500 diesel automatic transmission. Truck was recalled for a problem with transmission not going into park. The fix was to install an alarm that sounds the horn when the truck is in reverse, driver's door is open and the foot brake is released. This is the condition a truck driver would use when hooking up to a boat, utility trailer or a rv. This is not a fix for the real problem but generates more problems by making it very hard to look to the rear out of the door when backing up to make a hookup with out the horn sounding. It is causes a problem in camps sites and boat ramps where backing up and needing to look out the door for safety.

- Benton, AR, USA

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