really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
100,143 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. engine replacement (2 reports)
  2. replace the head/heads (1 reports)
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 022010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Dodge neeeds to acknowledge this 4.7L engine is defective everyone seems to be having the same problems check engine light, oil pressure, power steering pumps, radiators/ cooling problems and Dodge refuses to do anything about it. Why don't they do a complete recall on all engines??? I will be glad to tell you what the mechanic at the dealer told me the motor is junk direct quote, also the motor they want to sell you for $5,000 dollars plus still has the same problems!!!!! I was informed that this is the only motor that will bolt up in this truck, for the same amount of money i can get a crate 347ci engine, adapter for the transmission, and custom motor mounts made which would be the best fix in his opinion for a reliable and better performing truck fixing all the problems they are having out of the 4.7L....

Why did i spend this much for a truck that is going to continue to be unreliable, because out of all the other trucks this is the only one that can truly handle being used as a truck, the truck is suspension wise the best on the market trust me i work my trucks, and this is the only one that can take it oh yeah except they forgot to tell me the truck was built to outlast several of there worst engines ever!!!! I would purchase another truck from them but it will have to be a cummings(the one engine that you can trust) my other Dodge with the cummings is a 1998 3500 and has almost 500,000 miles and the most expensive fix was just the injector pump. THE 4.7L IS JUST PLANE CRAP THERE IS NO MONEY IN THE FIX ONLY IN THE NEVER ENDING REPAIRS!!!!

Update from Jul 29, 2010: Found a company that has fixed the oil flow issues with the 4.7L motor comes with a four year unlimited mile warranty they will deliver the crate motor yo your mechanic cost of motor and installation came to $3598.42. They have fixed the problems that dodge doesn't acknowledge and have a better warranty for a much better price (to good to be true?) I will keep you posted as of now the truck runs better than when i drove it of the show room floor and gets better gas milage, i have alread pullled a 34' travel trailer 890 miles round trip no problems what so ever and averaged at 19.2 mpg on the hwy, before i was getting 11 mpg no matter what. Happy to say i think i have found a good solution to the problem and ended up with a better, stronger, more reliable truck!!! KEEP YOU POSTED.

- , Greenback, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 132009

Ram 1500 SLT 1500 5.7L Hemi V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

I was driving down the road Tuesday heading to work and all of a sudden the truck started acting like it was running out of gas, and when i got to the stop sign it just died and didn't want to start back. The dodge place Hughes Johnson in Ozark Alabama told me that it was a valve that went out and the only solution was to put new heads on it or replace the motor and the truck only has 72000 miles on it.

- , Ozark, AL, US

problem #1

Dec 312008

Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,429 miles

While driving down the road truck seemed to lose power. Looked down at gauges and noticed a light flashing for about 10 seconds. Truck stalled out and I pulled over to the side of the road. Tried to start and engine would not even turn over. Called tow truck and took the truck to the garage. Tore the engine completely down. Found it had dropped the third valve back on left side. Called numerous places for another engine(not many around) found one for $2300. with 113000 km. No guarantee. Called Chrysler Corp, no help since truck was not at a dealer. Currently in the process of re- building this one. Hopefully it will cost less than a used engine. By the way the engine never made a sound and all fluids were full. Has anyone else had this problem?

- , Elgin, NB, Canada

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