really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
135,363 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Sep 112009

Ram 1500

  • 60,573 miles


Hydraulic clutch went out, unable to shift gears (standard trans) odom under 60,000 could cause crash due to low speed. And inability to safely stop vehicle.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Aug 122009

Ram 1500

  • 84,000 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 laramie (5.7L hemi). Vehicle passed warranty, began to hear a low hum upon acceleration and deceleration. Hum/whining noise became increasingly worse, led to catastrophic failure of the rear end. Dodge engineers have determined that the rear end in the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 - 3500 truck has an engineering flaw which causes the "C" pins in the rear end to break off and destroy the rear end. This damage has cause some of these vehicles rear ends to seize up and other to literally shear off the rear wheels. Repair consists of total replacement of the rear end in these vehicles. Although there have been numerous injuries and wrecks due to this failure and because Dodge does not recognize this as a major problem, there has never been a recall on any of these vehicles to correct the deficiency. Dealerships will not honor warranty, or accept liability for this catastrophic failure of one of their systems, for full or partial repair costs.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #6

Mar 132009

Ram 1500

  • 55,000 miles
03 Dodge Ram 1500 was in for service, mechanic found clip broken in rear end. Service adviser said the broken clip was problem seen many times, I was glad it was found at this time, rear end could have locked up at high speed and caused a accident. Rear end was replaced with 70,000 mile warranty for $100. I have talked to people that had this problem more than once. The dealer replaces the rear end with the same defective parts. There should be a recall before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Oliver Springs, TN, USA

problem #5

Feb 102006

Ram 1500

  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The vehicle would immediately stall and restart when it was initially started. While driving at an unknown speed on the highway, the vehicle would also stall without warning to the point that the contact would be unaware that the vehicle had shut off. The dealer replaced several sensors; however, the failure still persists. The failure mileage was 68,000 and current mileage was 120,000.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012008

Ram 1500

  • 55,000 miles
The 9.25 lsd rear end on my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 has keeper springs that are notorious for failing and damaging the rear end. The dealer is replacing it but with the same parts. So in all likelihood it will fail again. There are pages and pages of people with this same problem going back to at least 2001 year vehicles.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #3

Jun 252005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab-lsd clip/differential/ rear axle assembly failure. Clips fell out twice with rebuild twice in warranty. First incident around 12000 miles. Currently at 96000 miles. Both times at highway speed with accompanying bang and jolt. Clip runs up in ring and pinion, damaging same along with bearings/races/housing. Noise followed by failure each time. Currently out of warranty, making noise, and found partial clip on differential magnet during oil change. Failure imminent soon. Rear axle assembly now requires third complete rebuild. The truck is used in a light duty manner generally hauling people at highway speeds. This is an inferior part/assembly and have not been able to remedy through daimler Chrysler. This problem is experienced eventually with all Ram 1500 owners that have a limited slip differential in the rear axle assembly.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

May 202005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,754 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 series, 4.7 litre engine and am experiencing a stall out problem when I go to turn a corner. This has happened to me several time. It's a very dangerous and scary situation to lose complete power, steering and braking power. Thank god this has never happened at an intersection or I might not be typing this complaint too you at this time. I thought I was crazy until my husband showed me an article from the toledo blade on May 21, 2005 in regards too the goverment investigating this same problem with the 2004 and 2005 Dodge Ram. Sincerely, charlotte beutler

- Erie, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 202004

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Numerous problems with 2003 Dodge Ram since ownership. The consumer experienced a stalling problem that occurred whenever the vehicle was coming to a stop or idling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who could not diagnose the problem. Power steering fluid leaked due to faulty clamp. The vehicle was leaking transmission fluid due to a faulty output seal at the transfer case.

- Warren, MI, USA

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