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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,286 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 engine problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 302012

Ram 3500

  • 168,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph and attempting to brake, the vehicle hesitated to come to a full stop. The contact released the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated independently. The electronic throttle control warning light was also illuminated. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic who advised that the failure was related to the electronic control throttle. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue however no further assistance was provided. The VIN was unavailable. The current and the failure mileage was 168,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 152008

Ram 3500

  • 101,000 miles
Cruise control malfunction - 2003 Dodge Ram 3500, cummins diesel, manual trans. Sept 15th, 2008, 9am I left my home at 3:30 am on my way to denver for work. I used the cruise control through the town of glenwood springs at 55-60 mph or so, then made my way into the glenwood canyon at just before 4:45 am, which has a posted speed of 50 mph. There was a construction project in the first tunnel in the canyon, so I tapped the brake and slowed to about 40 mph, in 6th gear. As I excited the construction area, I hit the 'resume' button for the cruise and the truck began to accelerate (approx 4:47 am). Soon I was going over 70 mph and accelerating at full throttle. I tapped the brake and the cruise did not turn off... I hit the brake again, harder this time in case I didn't use enough pressure the first time. Again, nothing. At this point the truck is running at 80+ mph and I'm coming up on a semi in the slow lane, same lane that I'm in. I had to swerve around the tractor-trailer, while at the same time attempting to shut the cruise control off, back on and off again, trying to stop the truck. As I get past the tractor-trailer I'm running well over 80 mph and I'm starting to panic. I start pumping the brakes over and over, attempting to control the trucks speed around one of the canyon corners. After 30 seconds the truck stopped it's full-throttle attack. I exited the canyon and kept driving for another 10 minutes or so, then pulled over on the side of the freeway. The engine was running at 2000 RPM. I drove to the next exit and parked. Eventually the RPM's dropped to 1500 and I shut it off. I do not feel safe in that truck at all. My wife drives the truck more often than I do, it really scares me to think if she were driving when this happened. This issue was reported to Chrysler on the 15th of Sept, 2008. Chrysler case# 17902313 trucks there was a required update on the ECM which was done and currently no recalls on this VIN#.

- Fruita, CO, USA

problem #5

May 152006

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
: the contact stated while going over a hill at 5 mph the vehicle jumped out of gear and accelerated without warning. The dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Liberty, KY, USA

problem #4

Apr 032006

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

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

When towing with the vehicle it does not respond when pressing the gas pedal. Have to pullover let truck rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before truck will move when gas pedal is pressed.

- Capitan, NM, USA

problem #3

May 122006

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle is initially started, there is a hesitation when the accelerator pedal is depressed. This is intermittent and the dealership has been unable to determine a problem. The computer has been checked for codes and the wiring was checked.

- Logansport, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 152004

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The vehicle lurched forward in every gear except in neutral when depressing the clutch when starting the engine. The dealer replaced the clutch, but problem recurred. The transmission was hard to shift, the clutch control was defective due to the slave cylinder bleeding back into the master cylinder. This caused the vehicle to lurch unexpectedly.

- Clawson, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 162003

Ram 3500

  • miles
When accelerating at various speed vehicle would hesitate, causing a distraction to consumer. Dealer had been notified.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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