fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,070 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 252008

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


Purchased a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 on a 3-year lease. The vehicle has 24,000+/- miles. During the last of Jan. 2008 the engine in the vehicle started knocking. I took the vehicle back to the leasing dealer on February 4, 2008. The next day or so, I received a phone call from the dealer service rep. Wanting "proof" of oil changes. I explained that I would not be able to provide receipt's since I do the oil & filter changes myself. I am a farmer and have my own pit built specifically for that purpose. I did not hear anything for another week, I called back and they were still asking for service receipts. Finally contacted Chrysler and a representative said they would have an answer within 24 hours. They called 2 weeks later saying they would not honor the warranty because the oil was filled with sludge and that it was my fault that the engine had failed. I disagree of course and will be pursuing this through the court system. Having own a multitude of vehicles in my 64 year old life, I can assure you that a motor should not go bad after 24,000 miles if the oil had never been changed, which was not the case.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 012007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
On my 2005 Dodge Ram with the 5.7 hemi at times will stall at lights I have taken the vehicle to the dealer and they were not able to recreate the concern in 2 days. I went to the dealer and duplicated the concern within 10 miles. The technician told me the transmission fluid was low and added fluid. I drove the vehicle for a day and was stopped at a stop sign, the vehicle lunged forward and stalled. I have requested assistance from dcx and they wanted to flash the PCM. I let them know the PCM was replaced a week earlier for a charging system concern I had. I believe the PCM should have come with the latest software.

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 032006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,800 miles
I lease a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 with the 5.7L hemi. My vehicle has roughly 17,800 miles on it. I am having stalling problems with it. In early November I went outside to turn my truck on to warm it up. I moved it forward about 5 feet and put it in park. When I did this, the engine shut off on it's own. I took me about three minutes to restart the vehicle. Once it restarted, it ran fine and showed no other symptoms of a problem. On December 3, 2006, I was driving home and exiting from the freeway. When I reached the red light, I stopped and the truck stalled out. I restarted it and it ran for about five seconds and stalled again. I put the car into neutral and started it and kept my foot on the gas to keep it running. At the next light it died again and continued to do it everytime I stopped. I took it into the dealership on December 5, 2006. They looked at it and said that they could not find anything wrong with it. The computer did not show any codes and they could not duplicate the problem. It only happens periodically and it did run okay as I drove it to the dealership. On December 6, 2006 I was driving the vehicle and it stalled again at a stop. I am scheduled to take it into the dealership again on December 12 to have them "flash the PCM". the dealer has informed me that their special tech has seen this problem on a few other vehicles and does not quite know how to fix the problem. I have done some research and found that the NHTSA is conducting an investigation for this problem in Dodge Ram and Dodge durangos. I have two small children and do not feel safe to drive them in this vehicle. My wife and I make conscious decisions regarding our childrens safety. Placing them into a vehicle that stalls at will is not smart. If you have any guidance or information that would assist in this matter, it would be greatly appreciated.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 312005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,550 miles
2005 Ram 1500 quad cab 4X4 / 5.7L hemi 1) intermittently stalls at low RPM. After multiple times reporting the issue. No intervention has been taken to correct the issue. 2) drivers seat shimmies back and forth when braking or starting out. Also reported multiple times. One time part of the seat frame was replaced but had no effect on correcting the problem. Also reported directly to Chrysler under their case number kmm3191569V95411L0km.

- Hurdle Mills, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 032005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4X4, 5.7 liter hemi engine, auto trans. 3,000 miles on truck. Engine is loud during idle, almost as if there is lifters sticking and or inproper engine tolerances. Fuel mileage is very poor, 10-12 miles per gallon in city or highway. Window sticker on truck stated 14-city/16-highway when purchased, way off.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

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