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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,700 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 152011

Ram 3500

  • miles


At 39,000 miles right rotor became warped behind turning had to replace. A friend had same then happen on same kind of vehicle. Dealer claims maintenance item. Never had to have rotor replaced on new vehicle before. Brake pads we fine. Vehicle about 4omph would pulsate while braking and steering wheel would shake.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 122011

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • 35,000 miles
Driving 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 6.7L diesel on highway at 65 mph and came up to a slow vehicle. Pressed accelerator hard to pass vehicle quickly and the pedal stuck. Hit brakes hard twice, and pulled up on pedal with my foot and then my hand. The pedal itself came up, but it did not disengage the accelerator. Speed was probably close to 100mph when I was about to put truck in neutral, but the mechanism finally released. Had no mat or any other obstruction on the floor to cause the problem. Spoke to the local Dodge dealer but the vehicle is just over warranty.

- Pleasant Hill, MO, USA

problem #2

Apr 202008

Ram 3500

  • 600 miles
Front brakes do not work when first applied. Brake dust is constantly coming off. Tires have been red since I have 600 miles on it. I have taken it to 3 dealers. I now have 13,000 miles on it and front brakes make a noise. Dealers told me it was a common problem but there is nothing they can do because brakes still work. I asked to have the tires replaced when it had 600 miles on it and they would not.. still have a new truck with brake dust all over the front end and getting into the paint.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 192008

Ram 3500

  • 3,200 miles
On a misty morning our truck began to skid as we attempted to accelerate after yielding to exiting traffic on an access road on ih 10. My husband tried to control the skid by steering into it, but we just kept skidding out of control. He purposely remembers not applying the brake in an attempt to lessen the loss of control. We continued the skid across 2 lanes of access road to the right, then spun around 180 degrees and skidded back across 3 lanes of access road to the left. We came to stop facing oncoming traffic after hitting a concrete retaining wall first with the right front of the truck and then with the right rear of the truck. I remember hearing the tires continuing to spin and smelled burning rubber. This caused over $6500 damage to the truck and has caused our insurance rates to increase. After months of discussing the wreck and replaying it in our minds, we have determined that probably, as my husband clinched the steering wheel and tried to control the spin, that the cruise control was engaged and set which made us continue to travel at the set speed instead of slowing and allowing him to regain control of the truck. The cruise control on/off button and the set button are both located on the steering wheel. This is the first vehicle that we have ever had or seen that has the on/off control for the cruise located on the steering wheel. Most vehicles have this either on the blinker lever or even on the dash board. We feel certain that the cruise control was inadvertently turned on when my husband tightened his hold on the steering wheel. I feel that this is an unsafe location for this control. We were very lucky that in our travels across all lanes of traffic, not once, but twice that there were no other cars on the road that morning or this would have been a multi car pile up. No change has been made to the truck's cruise control. We plan to have it disconnected. In attempt to prevent others from having a wreck, we are reporting it.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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