pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,443 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. ask dodge! should be recall??? (7 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 102012

Ram 1500 SLT 4.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 121,000 miles


I bought this truck used, and it has been a major piece of SH*T since day one. When I bought it, (from a private owner) he had just returned from an errand and the truck was warm. We hopped straight in and went for a short test drive. Everything seemed fine. Made the deal and drove it home. Next morning went out to start it and never heard such rattling in my life from and engine.It goes away when it warms up.... kinda. Anyway, had to charge the A/C system, had minor leak on a seal behind the compressor pulley. Added sealer and it's holding for now. But now cool weather is here and the heater only blows cold air. I can hear water going through the heater core, but no heat. Coolant level is full, heater hoses are hot/warm, so what the heck gives? Called dealership, spoke to service manager. Was told that there are little doors on the heater unit that swing on PLASTIC pins that become brittle and break, or may even melt, which allows the door to freeze in whatever position it is in at that time. To repair it the WHOLE under dash unit and half the upper dash have to be removed. What a freaking joke... I am wishing that I never sold my trusty old beater '86 Chevy pick-up!!

- , Cottage Hills, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 022011

Ram 1500 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,393 miles

I just wanna know if its my a c control panel and how to test it. I've bled the air pockets in the radiator hosing. Top and bottom hoses are hot so it is circulating through,and all damper doors have been checked what is the problem

- , Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #8

Jun 242010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Summer of 2010 driving down the road and smelled antifreeze couldn't figure out what the hell the smell was coming from. My girlfriend noticed that the passenger floor board was sopping wet and coming from where the vent is that blows air on the feet. Thanks to knowing some people who work in the auto industry found out the heater core needs to be replaced. Don't have extended warranty any more it just expired like 3-4 months before this happened. Live on social security I cant afford to take it to the shop and get it fixed. After reading ALL the complaints here about numerous problems fixing the heater core I'm definitely not taking the chance of blowing off on paying my bills just so i can get the heater fixed and have it just a few days later do it again. Chrysler YOU NEED TO FIX YOUR PRODUCT. 2003 WAS THE STUPIDIST YEAR YOU BUILT FOR THE DODGE. THE WHOLE DAMN TRUCK NEEDS A RECALL!!!!!! Im now going on my second COLD Snowy winter without heat.

- , Bodfish, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,700 miles


Bought my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT (New). 5.7 engine, It now has 65,700 miles. Beside the most recent heater issue(no heat), I have had to repair/replace bulbs on rear driver side (short?) numerous times, I have had the engine light on at least 6 times in last couple years, Auto Zone showed evaporation leak and recommended I try replacing gas cap. That has worked everytime. The radio works for 15-20 minutes and goes out. Dodge dealer said they could look at for $92 p/h labor rate. MMMM? Not sure I want the radio that bad. Still plays CD's! My dash has cracked within the past year in several locations, Unknown why other than Texas heat but keep it cleaned with Armoral and Sun Shade. Maybe time to sell it?

- , Richardson, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 162009

Ram 1500 LX 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Heat stopped blowing, cold air blowing. Then little air blowing brought to get repaired to Dodge dealership. Blower door melted shut had to replace door, thermostat and heater core. Cost $1200.00 worked for month and blew cold air again let it go till following winter. October 2009 radiator went. Had radiator replaced and once again new thermostat and heater core along will tranny flush. Cost $1500. Heat worked through winter. October 2010 cold air again and then minimal air flow. Currently having it looked at again with no answers. Completely fed up and freezing in Mass.

- , Newburyport, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 032010

Ram 1500 LX 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

In November 2010 the heat would only come on when the truck was running and none when it was idling. took it in to the dealership and they flushed the radiator, checked for leaks, topped it up with antifreeze and said it was fine. Two week later the same problem. No heat when idling only after it started running. took it back in and they did pressure test and verified again there was no leaks and no cooling was going into engine oil. they said there was small bubbles coming from reservoir and needed to remove the heads. They replaced head gaskets and thermostat and evacuated and recharged the A/C. While in they also said they had to replace a seal. $2237 later and now we are into 2011 and guess what. Now it blows cold air ALL the time.

Taking it in tomorrow, but does anybody have a clue as to what the f$#%$ is going on?

Freezing in Canada

- , Russell, Ontario, Canada

problem #4

Nov 012009

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


This seems to be a common problem. Dodge owners unite and complain about this problem.

- , Clinton, MS, USA

problem #3

Jan 072009

Ram 1500 LX 4,7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

heat went out in january 2009 had everything flushed,heat worked for a couple of days. In feb 2009 heat went out again and overheated, cracked the block so had engine replaced. In march 2009, In March 2009, no heat again, had heater core replaced. Heat worked for a couple of days. Didnt need heat during the summer, in june checked the heat , no heat again took back in to be blown out again, worked for a couple of days. End of June took back in and replaced the radiator. and flushed everything again.

Since January of 2009, I have had my truck flushed out around 10 times. Heat only works for 2 to 3 days, and goes out again. I have had the engine replaced, heater core, and radiator replaced.This truck has cost me a fortune, If it wasnt in really good shape I would have never done this. Now I am still without heat living in michigan, (freezing) its the only vechicle I have to drive Besides paying off my truck in 2009 I have put another $8.000.00 into it. Makes you wonder.


Update from Jan 12, 2010: I failed to add, after the engine was replaced, there has been alot of corrosion being blown out of the system, I have talked to many people in the auto industry, and they say it was the right antifreeze, They seem to think the remanufactored engine was not properly dip and is coming from there the place where I had the work done is refusing to listen to all options. I am starting to believe they do not want to honor the warranty, I am trying to save enough money to take my truck to the dealership so they can hook it up to any machines that may tell us something. Need a couple more weeks, at this time my truck is sitting at the shop with no one working on it, and I have to borrow a car. Out of money at this time, gave it all to the repair shop.

Update from Mar 5, 2010: The problem has been solved, but need to get a little bit more money saved, it will be worth it.

Update from Mar 28, 2010: I was told the wrong thing was wrong with my truck, the place were I had my truck told me the heater core could be re=engineered. That is not true (so still without heat) we have drained the antifreeze and still getting alot lot of corrosion out of it, I have had enough. I HAVE FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE SATE OF MICHIGAN against this facility, so I should be hearing something real soon. This corrosion is coming from the engine,someone did not do there job properley. And it is still under warranty, so I am not driving my truck, but locally I will make my warranty last , still have almost a year left, Also I have seeked legal advice on this.

Update from Apr 18, 2010: there was sand found in my engine, the place that put the motor in and the place where the engine was purchased from, are both blaming each other, meantime, neither one wants to touch my truck. I guess legal action will be required. I dint know what else to do.

- , Hazel Park, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 082008

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

The blower fan would stay on when I turned off the vehicle for a couple of days, now it will not work at all. I sure it will be costly to fix. I think there should be a recall.

- , Independence, KY, US

problem #1

Oct 262006

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,333 miles

Just bought the vehicle used on Aug 11 /06. Just starting to get cold out now and when I went for heat there wasn't any? Dealer is bringing in the parts and will go half on repair.

Said I should have bought extended warranty..... give me a break.

Once it is fixed I am going to get rid of the piece of crap and get another Ford!!!!!!

- , Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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