hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,282 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 092016

Ram 1500

  • 75,000 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the damper door, which housed the vehicle's heater cord and defroster control, detached and caused the defrost to no longer function. The contact's visibility was impaired. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the damper door failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Bell Vernon, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 122015

Ram 1500

  • 87,541 miles
Turn signals work sporadically. This is a daily issue. Signal left and the right signal comes on. Signal right and maybe the left turn signal comes on, or maybe not at all. Sometimes turn signals randomly switch back and forth between left and right on their own. Many times turn signals don't work at all. Once the wipers did not work. Hazard lights sometimes do not work. I have had the multi-function switch replaced twice under warranty and twice again since. Still have the issue. I believe this is a safety concern as the turn signals are telegraphing the wrong information to other drivers. Also possibly related the oil pressure gauge in my instrument panel will not work 3-4 times a year. Next time I start the truck it works fine. All this happens when the vehicle is in motion, and when stationary, forwards, backwards, straight, or turning.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #7

Nov 102015

Ram 1500

  • 71,000 miles
Intermittent wipers do not work or work erratically when raining

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #6

Jul 152013

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while in park, the contact noticed that there was power steering fluid leaking underneath the front of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the wipers were activated but failed to function. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was also taken to a dealer multiple times who diagnosed that the wiper motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train) however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Frisco , CO, USA

problem #5

Mar 032006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The windshield wipers randomly stop while in intermittent mode. I have been able to restart the wipers by selecting a non-intermittent position on the control wand. This has happened more that 50 times over the last nine years and each time it was mentioned to the dealer, they said that they have to see it happen before they can find a fix. The original dealer (timberline Dodge, portland, or - out of business due to recession) tried to see it happen and the latest servicing dealer (ron tonkin Dodge - gladstone, or) said they did not know of a problem or fix. Most recently, about a week ago, it happened while driving on interstate 5 while driving at 65 mph in light rain. Once you switch to non-intermittent mode, you can reselect intermittent mode and they work until the next failure. The only common denominator is the failure occurs when it is raining.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #4

Jan 022012

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
The wipers randomly turn on and off or can't maintain lower speeds.

- Brookhaven, GA, USA

problem #3

May 092008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles


I can not see out of my windows on my pick up the tint from the manufacture is horrible for visibility.

- Rozel, KS, USA

problem #2

Nov 232012

Ram 1500

  • 89,000 miles
The wiper delays don't work and shut off on their own. They will turn on when the switch is turned off. They will sometimes work on the delay and other times go full speed only. I live in bellevue Washington where it rains frequently so I rely on my wipers to work properly so I don't get into an accident. I have tried to replace the relay switch (no luck). I have read may posts in forums for Dodge Ram 1500 owners and there are thousands of owners with the same issue but no fixes have been found. Many owners have brought their trucks to the dealership to repair with no luck. This is a safety issue and it needs to be investigated. It is obviously not a simple fix and Dodge should be looking into a solution for all the owners of Dodge Ram 1500 trucks.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 302012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The blend door on the 2005 Dodge Ram goes bad easily. When this happens the ac/ and heater re-circulation is damaged. This causes visibility issues. This is a very common issue. I'm surprised this has not been recalled yet or even looked into.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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