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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,690 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Aug 312005

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles


2005 Dodge Ram 3500 with cummins turbo diesel. This particular model has a "tow-haul" mode that will not lock the transmission out of overdrive. If you are descending a hill and you so much as touch the accelerator then the truck automatically shifts into overdrive and sends you speeding down the hill. The "tow-haul" mode also downshifts the transmission into second gear at 50+ mph and that can also spell disaster while descending a hill on a cold day. My fist experience with this was earlier in the week while traveling to Tennessee. We had to tow our 8000 lb race trailer over mt. Eagle and encountered both situations while descending the hill. This is an extremely dangerous problem that needs to be addressed immediately. The 2004 model and the new 2006 models both have an overdrive "lockout" to keep this from happening and I'm not sure why it was neglected on the 2005 models.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 282005

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Dodge represents the 3500 Ram I purchased to be a heavy duty tow vehicle capable of safely towing nearly 16000 lbs. Upon my purchase I quickly discovered that they have removed the basic overdrive lock out feature found on most if not all vehicles in this class of automobile. The computer program and transmission controls will command this vehicle into overdrive regardless of terrain or load being towed or carried at the time. Bottom line if you touch the gas while going down a grade pulling a 16000 lb trailer you will find yourself in overdrive lacking any way to bring the vehicle under control other than the brakes. Plenty of complaints are available to be see at this forum has several postings concerning 2005 tow haul mode. The discussions can be found in the 3rd generation drivetrain discussion board.

- Bailey, CO, USA

problem #7

Jun 202005

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,800 miles
Dt when putting the vehicle into park it will jump into reverse. On one occasion the vehicle rolled away, and over top on the consumer, across a street, and hit a parked vehicle. Consumer had cuts and bruises on his knees from avoiding the rolling vehicle. On other occasions, could not get the key out of the ignition when it shifted into park. Did this intermittently. This has happened a dozen times. This happened around January 15, 2005. Had not contacted the dealer. An engineering firm was sending someone to look at vehicle.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #6

Jan 052005

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


Dodge Ram with cummins diesel engine. The consumer was unable to decelerate when letting off of the throttle. Had one minor fender bender, and a near miss as a result of feeling as though the motor was still pulling. No repairs, but has been to dealer twice. Contacted Chrysler, who stated this was programmed into the computer to do this due to the automatic transmission which magnified the problem. Had no plans to change this design. Currently this is still a problem.

- Birmingham, IA, USA

problem #5

Mar 102005

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,729 miles
2005, Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 quad cab 5.7L, 3.92 gears intermittently stalled. I previously owned an almost identical 2003. It had a 4.7L / 3.55 gears. So far the truck stalled twice while idling in front of the mailbox. Once while idling waiting on line to pick my child up from school. Once while idling waiting for money at an atm machine.

- Hurdle Mills, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 132004

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle popped out of the drive gear into reverse on its own, causing it to run into a library. Dealer was contacted by consumer but could not explain the occurrence. Vehicle is a Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab 4X4 (not on products list).

- Whitesboro, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


The gear popped from park to reverse on its own. Manufacturer will be contacted by consumer. See also 10111594.

- Dupont, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 172005

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 3500 cummins deisel with automatic transmission transmission failed at only five thousand miles. Dealer replaced front pump, complete overhaul of trans., replaced torque converter twice, and replaced valve body before success after eleven days in shop. Service dept. Advised they don't know what caused trans. Failure.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Dec 272004

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gear popped from park to reverse on its own, causing the vehicle to hit a parked car in the rear. Took vehicle to dealer for check up 3 times, but the cause was undetermined.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

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