pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
109,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace head gasket (1 reports)
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 062012

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


sitting in traffic and noticed engine heating up, pulled of and checked and found low coolant, let engine coo down and went to parts house and added 1 gallon of anti freeze, could not find any leaks whatsoever, no water in oil, no cracked heads or blown head gaskets, drove for another 6-8 months and didn't have any problems. then it happened again and I added another gallon of antifreeze and again no leaks found, cannot find where its going.

- , Vicco, KY, USA

problem #1

Feb 132009

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Truck started to use water. Radiator would be empty after only a week of driving. No visible water dripping under truck from radiator, hoses, etc. Mechanic checked the truck out and said it could be a blown head gasket, so I put it in the shop and told him to find the problem. $1,200.00 later he told me it was a blown head gasket and it was repaired. 3 days after I picked up the truck the check engine light came back on and it started to use water again. This happened in March. I took it back to the mechanic and he said it was a problem with the 2003 engine and would keep blowing the head gasket. In order to fix this problem I would need a new engine. Is this my only choice? I suppose after 135,000 miles on this engine it isn't covered under any warranty. Too bad, cause I really love this truck!

- , Cleveland, TX, USA

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