really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,001 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 suspension problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 262016

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 80 mph, the pinion nut detached and caused the rear axle to lock. The vehicle ran off the road and got stuck in mud. The vehicle was towed by the contact's family. The dealer stated that they were not able to repair the vehicle due to the fact that it was not included in a recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- St. George, UT, USA

problem #5

Jan 292015

Ram 1500

  • 259,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 60 mph, a loud noise came from the rear of the vehicle and the rear wheels suddenly seized. The contact was a certified mechanic, who diagnosed that the rear driveshaft axle failed due to a loose rear axle pinion nut. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 259,000.

- Fiton, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 102011

Ram 1500

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated the dashboard on the vehicle was cracked open. The contact stated the gauges are currently working, but the dashboard and instrument panel was broken. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but the dashboard was not covered under warranty. The contact stated there was also a problem with rear differential which was wearing out the gear, but the dealer was unable to pinpoint the cause. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 61,000.

- Mount Joy, PA, USA

problem #3

May 082011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 58,004 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated while driving 50 mph on a gravel road the rear suspension bounced causing the vehicle to crash in an embankment and roll over. The vehicle was destroyed. There were two other occupants in the vehicle who were bruised and sustained back injuries. Everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed by the insurance company. The manufacturer had an adjuster inspect the vehicle; however, the manufacturer did not advise him of the results. The failure mileage was 58,004. Updated 06/16/11 updated 06/24/11

- Iliff, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 012005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Dodge 1500 dropped down on the right rear of the vehicle resulting from problems with the rear axle housing. The consumer lost control of the vehicle and it spun around 5-6 times inn the road. The tire, rim, axle and housing ended up under the truck.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 012004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I own a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 2W/D. I have been in discusions with engineers from Dodge who told me the leaf spring vendor produced the wrong spring rate but Dodge put the springs on anyway. The dealer calls the bounce at 65 mph "normal". I informed them that the 2 times I have taken my son on the freeway in the truck he has thrown up... they said "normal"! know this; the engineers know what the company did, the company knows, I know, and now you know. Go and complain to your dealer, it's the only way this will go to a service bulletin. On another note, there is a service bulletin to get your rotors replaced for free, they grab incorrectly and cause the shuttering that warps rotors.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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