really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,941 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 042016

Ram 1500

  • 201,281 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at an unknown speed, black smoke emitted from the rear of the vehicle without warning. In addition, when the brake pedal was depressed, an abnormal sound emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brakes, calipers, and rotors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the hub bearing, wheel hub, axle shaft assembly, and driveshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Lastly, the front driver side headlight failed to operate. The head lamp was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 201,281. Updated 06/29/16

- Vulcan, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 012015

Ram 1500

  • 117,000 miles
All of a sudden the truck started shutting off, whether in idle or on the freeway. It would happen multiple times during the day. When shutting off, the truck would loose power steering and brakes. Took to multiple dealerships and mechanics who couldn't find anything wrong with the truck, would never throw any codes, finally spoke with a mechanic who talked to a computer person who stated that we needed to have the computer fixed but it wouldn't be available for 3-6 weeks due to it being on national back order. This needs to be recalled, due to safety issues. You are unable to control the vehicle when you lose power steering and brakes. National back order tells me that there is a problem and Dodge knows about it.

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #5

May 182005

Ram 1500

  • 1,256 miles
Right front brake failed to operate properly veered off road off shoulder of highway power steering suction line came loose steering failed.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 202014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 220,000 miles


My girlfriend used the brakes and the ABS system would allow her to slow down and regain control cause it kept kicking the pedal back with no braking control whatsoever. She hit a guard rail and as the air bag deployed a piece of metal inside the steering column caused approx a 1 1/2 inch tear in the side of the air bag causing to not inflate and causing damage to her neck severally to the point where she needs surgery now to have cervical vertebrae fused together and extreme shoulder pain and unsure of the cause for that now. If this air bag would not have tore and worked properly she would have a soar face right now and not needing surgery. Yes we fully intend to start making inquiries to lawyers starting 3/2/2015 and find a remedy because with all the air bag problems Dodge has had this should have never happened.

- Lyons Falls, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 032013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 125,600 miles
Started up and the ABS dash indicator light stayed on. I took the truck to my mechanics and noticed the speedometer wasn't working. My mechanics found the problem with the ABS right away. They said that a fire had occurred and the entire truck could have caught fire. The ABS controller was burnt and the wires leading from it.

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 092013

Ram 1500

  • 13,450 miles
While drive at the posted speed limit, the drivers side front wheel separated from the vehicle. I lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the center line, crossed over the on coming lane, hit a mailbox, went airborne, crossed a driveway, hit a tree, rolled, hit another smaller tree and came to rest on the drivers side door facing the opposite way I was originally traveling. At the time the hub assembly separated from the vehicle, I was traveling downhill. My daughter was able to crawl out of the vehicle while I had to be cut out using the jaws of life. I was transported to a local trauma one hospital via life air medical rescue. My daughter was transported by ground. She had five chipped teeth while I sustained a tbi and broken knee cap. The vehicle was a total lost but there was no loss of life.

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 192012

Ram 1500

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph and attempting to brake, the vehicle would not respond. The contact was able to downshift and reduce speed. The contact inspected under the hood and found that the brake fluid reservoir was leaking and causing the brake warning light to illuminate. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop where it was inspected. The mechanic advised the contact that metal was used for the brake line, which was of bad quality, and caused the brake lines to become corroded with rust. The brake line was fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The current and failure mileage was 105,000.

- Yardley, PA, USA

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