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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
132,324 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace all 3 plus the carrier bearing (2 reports)
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 052008

Ram 3500 SLT 5.9L Ho Diesel L6

  • Manual transmission
  • 142,647 miles


Well this is round 5 of replacing all the u joints in both the front and rear driveshafts, I am even using the best spicer greasable u joints available. Still tearing up. Good choice of design dodge..

- , Fordland, MO, USA

problem #1

Dec 112008

Ram 3500 HD 5.9L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

Repair shop said the 3500 uses different ones than the 2500. The carrier bearing is almost $300 alone. Total cost = 1 day in the shop and 3 heavy duty U-Joints and 1 heavy duty carrier bearing...$700 Other option....1 match free, gallon of gas $2 = no more money into this truck! Well over $8k in repairs over the last 5 warranty available since I have too many miles on it now...Stay clear of Dodge Trucks!

- , Richland, WA, USA

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