definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,701 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #18

Aug 242011

Ram 1500

  • 87,000 miles


I have a 05 Dodge Ram 1500 that stalls when slowing down to stop or take corners. When it stalls you loss power steering which has cuased me to almost be in mulitple accidents going around corners. This is a major issue and muliple people and model years have had the same issue.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #17

May 012009

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
When the truck is at a lower idle speed like 5 or 10 mph such as at a stoplight or stop sign, it will stall. This happens about once or twice a week pretty regularly. Another way it will stall is getting onto the freeway at about 30 to 40 mph the truck will stall and just shut off. The power steering shuts off along with the interior lights and radio. This forces the driver to have to pull over on the freeway and can really cause an accident. This has happened to me three times in the last 3 years. I changed the egr valve and that was supposed to fix the problem but even with no codes or engine light on, it is still stalling at stoplights and low RPM situations. The local Dodge dealership cannot find anything wrong since there is no codes coming up. Also reading the problem on websites such as carcompaints.com, it seems this problem is alot more common than I ever thought and surprised it has not been a recall yet.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 082009

Ram 1500

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated when placing the vehicle in drive or reverse from a cold start, the vehicle would stall and there was an unusual increase in engine rpms. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or inspection of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 59,000 and the current was unknown.

- Ludlow, MA, USA

problem #15

Mar 032010

Ram 1500

  • 72,000 miles


My Dodge Ram 1500 with a hemi engine has stalled numerous times while slowing down to make a turn at an intersection. When the engine drops down to about 1200 RPM, it just quits without warning, killing the power brakes and power steering mechanism in manual. This truck is over 6000 pounds, adrift, half way through an intersection. Twice I have nearly run over a small vehicle stopped at the intersection. Yesterday I went off the road. Someone will be hurt in one of these instances. I have read numerous posts on this engine problem. Dodge needs to recall this truck and fix this problem.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #14

Oct 272009

Ram 1500

  • 67,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pick up truck. Rough engine noise and stall. Engine under 70,000 miles and engine replacement necessary. Talked to several mechanics, including Dodge, and the hemi 7 engine has leakage issues. It ruins the engine. Dodge refuses to cover the damage. It has cost me over $6,000 including towing.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #13

Oct 262007

Ram 1500

  • 26,000 miles
Engine stalling: Initially it started off as a shutter when the vehicle turned. This was reported but consequently no action was taken because the mechanic could not feel it for himself. Several complaints later, the mechanic finally felt it and ordered a part(throttle body). That was done but the problem still remained. A little after the part was replaced, the engine started to stall when we would turn. Reported that to the dealer but again, nothing was done because the mechanic said the vehicle was fine. Now, they ordered a power steering pump that was finally replaced after going in several times and it coming in defective (time ended up being several months). The power steering pump has now been replaced but the engine is having trouble starting (takes about 5-6 attempts) and is stalling now more than ever. It stalls after we turn while driving at a speed no more than 20mph. Now our warranty is over as a consequence and Dodge is not wanting to fix the problem even though we reported this prior to our warranty expiring.

- Andersen Afb, GU, USA

problem #12

Oct 102008

Ram 1500

  • 27,000 miles


The truck just stalls out occasionally when you're going around a corner in city traffic (around 15mph). The truck loses power steering and brakes. Its really hard to steer a vehicle that big without when it stalls out and my wife was lucky to not get hit from behind or crash into another vehicle. The dealer has replaced the egr valve twice and replaced the ECM, once in 2007 and then this year. Hopefully, this will fix the issue permanently, but I have my doubts.

- Urbandale, IA, USA

problem #11

Jan 192008

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,050 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quadcab lwb. While driving 65 mph in below zero temperatures, the pvc return system causes the vehicle to squirt oil into the engine. As a result, the defrost system becomes clogged and fails. The windows were unable to defrost and left oil residue on the windshield. The failure has caused severe eye burnings, stomach pains, and choking of the occupants. The manufacturer stated that there was no mechanical failure and no parts available. They were unable to determine and correct the failure. When the parts arrive, the repair will cost $400. The manufacturer also advised the contact to drive in temperatures above zero degrees. The failure and current mileages were 70,050.

- Milawaukee, WI, USA

problem #10

Apr 142007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Engine stalls or dies at slow speeds, stoplights or turning.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #9

Sep 062006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quadcab lwb. While coming to a complete stop, placing the vehicle into reverse, or stopping to make a turn, the vehicle stalls without warning. The dealer performed an upgrade to the engine system to remedy the failure; however, the failure persists. The contact returned to the dealer and they stated that no further action could be done. They further stated that if the check engine light has not illuminated, there was no cause for concern. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileage was 30,000.

- Bear Creek Township, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 102007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles


My truck is a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. It stalls when slowing down to turn corners.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 192007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 850 miles
When you let off the gas to slow down the engine cut off and lost power steering. It has happened 10 times in 2 years, but the last time it happened I was about to turn right; I hit a sign and scratched the whole right side of the truck. Dodge claimed we can't fix it because we don't know what is causing it.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #6

Feb 262007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I have an 05 Dodge 1500 with the 5.7 hemi. It has always idled low but dealer says otherwise. It starts out as a engine sputter then it dies leaving no power steering or brakes. The last time this happened I was in rush hour traffic with both lanes turning left. Very dangerous to drive. I don't feel safe with my children and wife driving this vehicle. I took it to the dealer and paid 300 for a sensor. Drove fine for a day then started doing the same thing. This has happened many times. Found many other people with same problem.

- Versailles, KS, USA

problem #5

Jan 192007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Engine stalls or rough idles whiles coming to brief stops, ie stop signs or red lights. It is usually but not always when I have run the car for the first time of the day within about 5 miles or less, and seems to occur more when outside temps are low. Updated 04/19/07.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 102006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,900 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 slt dies when slowing to 10 - 20 mph. Problem is intermittent. No steering or power. Must stop then restart vehicle. Dealer unable to identify problem, so far.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #3

Dec 202005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 200 miles
My 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 daytona edition quadcab swb, VIN [xxx], is equipped with the 5.7 liter hemi engine and stalls unexpectedly when at idle and/or low speed. The check engine light does not come on and the vehicle restarts as if no problem occurred. NHTSA choices for model do not include quadcab swb Dodge Ram. Updated 07/16/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 152005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
Stalling issue with 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 ext cab. Approx 2500 miles. Truck stalls intermitently while in reverse or shifting from reverse to forward. The issue has occured several times since purchasing the vehicle. The dealer has investigated two or three times. Initial investigation determined possible cause as contact issues with ignitiion swith module and it was replaced. Since then the truck has stalled two additional times and is again at the dealership for investigation into root cause. The dealer is having a difficult time determining the issue since the stalling is intermittent and cannot be easily repeated. Overall the dealer has been responsive to the issue but has not yet implemented a permanent fix.

- Dyersville, IA, USA

problem #1

Sep 272005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge ran 1500 slt. While coming to a stop at a stop light or stop sign, or while putting the vehicle into reverse, the vehicle stalled without any warning indications. The vehicle restarted directly after this happened. The driving distance of the vehicle has no impact on when vehicle will stall. The vehicle has been to the dealership approximately seven times since the purchasing date. The dealership could not duplicate the problem and could not repair the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that the contact would have to call the dealership to tow the vehicle directly after it stalled, and directed her to not restart the vehicle. Due to the mileage on the vehicle the dealership will not trade the vehicle. The dealership has the vehicle and was trying to determine the problem at this time. She told the dealer that she would not take the vehicle back until the problem was fixed. Updated 11/16/2005.

- Taneytown, MD, USA

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