really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,972 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

May 022011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


When applying left turn signal, often the vehicles right signal activates, very dangerous as other drivers may make adjustments based upon your signaled direction. Often applying the right signal, will not produce any activation at all.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #11

Mar 012011

Ram 1500

  • 18,000 miles
When I turn on my left turn signal my right turn signal blinks. Some times my wipers won't come on or stop running. I am told that the multifunction switch needs to be replaced. This is definitely a safety issue.

- Indianapolis,, IN, USA

problem #10

May 022011

Ram 1500

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact noticed a problem with the windshield wipers which stopped functioning on delay. They would stop in the middle of the windshield when he deactivated them. He later noticed that the left turn signal and the left headlight failed to function. A warning code illuminated on the instrument panel; however, he was unable to identify the code. The contact called an automotive parts store who stated that the problem could have been caused by the multi-function switch. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current mileage was approximately 150,000. The failure mileage was approximately 147,000.

- East Otto, NY, USA

problem #9

Jul 052010

Ram 1500

  • 25,000 miles


2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup slt turn signals malfunction intermittently. Right signal will blink when left signal is activated and vice versa. Have had problem for approximately (1) month. Dealer indicates no recall or service bulletins issued. I ordered used replacement multifunction switch from E-bay. Still deciding if it is something I want to attempt on my own. Others on internet have had similar problems and found that replacing this part resolves the problem.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #8

Jan 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Vehicle is stalling and losing complete loss of power, very hard to steer vehicle. Occurs usually at low speeds, while turning or just driving straight. I have to place my vehicle in park & restart my engine. This has happened twice while I was turning in traffic & nearly collided with other vehicles with 3 small children in the car. I have requested for this to be diagnosed and researched several times by mechanics, but the defect has never been duplicated, resulted in a diagnosis, or resolved by a mechanic. It randomly occurs and just occurred again today in traffic, while turning left on an inside lane. I had cars behind and next to me. I had to come to a slow stop, but was unable to turn the wheel enough to remain in my lane, almost causing an accident. I feel this can result in a potentially fatal accident and want to report this immediately. I don't know what to do aside from seeking legal counsel at this point.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #7

Mar 302010

Ram 1500

  • 19,950 miles
Engine quit at low speed. Applied brakes, went to neutral and was able to start car.I use tis truck to pull a fifth wheel, since this happened don't trust if this happened with the trailer there will be three dead bodies. Will get rid of this truck don't trust it. Dealer siad there is nothing they can do about sincs it it intermitten.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #6

Sep 012009

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Upon starting my vehicle it doesn't immediately respond to pressing the gas pedal. When it does get going the vehicle stalls and shuts off at the first slow down I make. This happens every morning. I have done nothing to fix the problem yet because no one can tell me what is causing it.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 052007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,800 miles
The contact owns the 2005 Dodge Ram pickup 1500 series. The vehicle stalled when approaching a traffic lights and stop sign. The vehicle stalled while driving 10 mph. The engine shut down and the vehicle lost power. Occasionally was able to restart the vehicle immediately. Otherwise, it took 3-5 minutes to restart the vehicle. There were no warning indicator lights present when the vehicle stalled. The road conditions were not a factor. The dealer was uable to diagnose the failure. The current and failure mileage was 17,800.

- South Charleston, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 252007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,660 miles
2005 Ram 1500 decelerated while in cruise control on an upgrade. After several seconds the vehicle kicked down and raced the hemi engine. This was with enough power to push me into my seat. It exceeded the set speed by 7 mph and then returned to normal cruise behavior. Upon exiting the highway I stopped for a light at the end of the exit ramp. While waiting for the light to change the engine attempted at stall and then raced the engine up to 2500 rpms, then back to stall. This occurred three times before returning to normal idle. Wilson Dodge in torrington ct is finding no codes in the computer to explain the erratic behavior of the vehicle.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #3

Sep 092006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
(2) failure and its consequences and are that we are purchasing a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 series truck that has been taken back to the dealer union Chrysler Dodge in union, SC for service due to the engine will cut off while driving.....it has been taken back several times for this problem and the mechanic cannot seem to locate the problem.....it was a near call the other week when the truck cut off as crossing a railroad track---what would the consequences would have been with it cutting off on the track-----lost of life and limb.......

- Union, SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 252006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My vehicle is a swb quad cab 4X4 1500 6 ft bed. I was traveling at 30 -35- mph going through a slight right curve when the engine shut off and I lost all power in the vehicle (in traffic) I put the vehicle in neutral and restarted the truck at about 20 - 25 mph and continued on. The trucked had been running for about 20 min before it happened. The second time I was leaving work and pulled up to the automatic gate and stopped to wait for it to open and the truck just died. It had only been running for about 2-3 min.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 212005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
My 2004 Dodge Ram was in the driveway and had not been used for at least 24 hours. An electrical fire started under the hood on the drivers side and totaled the truck. The fire also damaged the driveway and surounding area.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

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