definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,278 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 012014

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the exhaust manifold bolts were fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #13

Mar 182010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 4.7 liter V-8. the problem like many others have had is that the truck will rev up and down at idle and slow speed. After the truck stalled, almost getting me in a sever crash at an intersection while towing my boat, I took it to the dealer. They said the egr valve was bad and replaced it. This worked for about a year now the problem is back.

- Gilbert, SC, USA

problem #12

Jul 282007

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles
The catalytic converter was replaced in 2007 under warranty. Dodge states it is bad again. Truck now has 64000 miles on it. Also the drivers side front bearing and spindle had to be replaced in 2009 because of a the same problem in the 2006 model due to insufficient lubrication at factory.

- Dennis, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 102009

Ram 1500

  • 61,000 miles


Continuing issue with egr valve, after about 5 minutes of research I can see this is a wide spread issue. Also, after discussing with several mechanics this is a not a valve that should go out in the first four years. Truck idles rough and stalls at slow speeds, valve is evidently faulty or other piece of system, whether that's solenoid, fuse, electrical connection, sensor is faulty. Cannot believe after reviewing that there is not a recall on this valve. Also, very difficult to find particular part in-stock at any parts stores.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #10

May 132009

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
On going problem with Dodge Ram 1500 trucks. They contain a faulty exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve. The sensor causes trucks to stall out when driving at slower speeds under 40 mph. With loss of power loose power steering and power brakes. I would also imagine affects exhaust emissions as gas mileage severely drops when egr valve is going out. Trucks engine malfunction indicator light usually comes on. If you go to dealership will charge you $175 to tell you why indicator light came on. If you turn the key on-accessory, on-accessory, on-accessory and finally on rapidly, will show you error code on odometer for free. Usually will get a P0404, P0405 or P0406 code which is the egr valve out or on its way out. If you search the internet you will see hundreds of postings with ones regarding vehicles stalling out. Something needs to be done before some unlucky person is involved in a collision due to loss of power.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 312008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 65,563 miles
Bolt on exhaust manifold broke causing exhaust leak. Bolt had to be drilled out and replaced along with the exhaust manifold. Repair shop said this is common on Dodge vehicles. Bolt receives too much vibration and heat.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #8

Jun 022005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 72,500 miles


Check engine light has come on. Code shows problem to be catalytic converter.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #7

Apr 212008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 43,233 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 (4.7). My vehicle will stop running and an indicator light on the dash comes on. After evaluating the problem at a local parts store it was determined the egr valve is bad. The vehicle has 43,500 miles on irt.

- Bonaire, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 252008

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,900 miles
I started noticing my truck wanting to lose power when getting to a low cruising speed; approximately 25 - 30mph's. the truck would start to rev up and down, bouncing the RPM's from 900 to about 1600 as if you were tapping the gas pedal. Then the next occasion while it was happening, I came to a stop light and the truck completely died/shut off. Now its been happening for about a week or so and now when I go to take off from a dead stop, I have to really get on the pedal to make it take off. I took the truck in to see what was wrong with it when the check engine light came on, they reported a 406 error reading: The egr value was not functioning correctly. I went to my local Dodge dealership and they told me that they have been having this problem alot with the vehicles coming back...come to find out, that is not covered under any type of warranty.

- Salida, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 162005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,178 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quadcab lwb. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalls and the service engine light illuminates. The failure occurs intermittently and sparks come out of the exhaust. The contact has taken the vehicle to the dealer thirteen previous times, but they could not duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 9,178 and current mileage was 44,520.

- Hackdttstown, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 092006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles


I have a complaint just as the gentleman below me. I have came extremely close to having accidents so many times that it worries me to drive this truck any where any more. 5-8 times per week the engine stalls. Usually when slowing down to a stop or turning. Sometimes while accelerating at traffic lights. Check engine light is on with the codes PO404 & PO406 set (egr valve) serviceman at dealership said if not replaced, it can cause other damages to the engine. ***2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4.7L V8. 3-4 times / week the engine stalls while driving less than 10 mph, usually while slowing down to stop and sometimes while accelerating slowly. Check engine light is on with engine codes P0404 & P0406 set (egr valve) talked to service department at Dodge dealership. They said that this is a common problem with this model and that Dodge isn't doing anything to correct it unless I pay to have them fix it. The egr valve apparently has a design flaw and prone to fail. ***

- Pierre Part, LA, USA

problem #3

Jan 292007

Ram 1500

  • miles
Since buying my 2005 Dodge crewcab 1500 pickup I have been experiencing bad headaches. I went to a number of doctors and underwent a number of tests. No cause for my ongoing headaches could be found. Last weekend my oldest son and I went on a several hour trip in the truck and we both became sick. On a hunch I stopped and purchased a carbon monoxide tester and when placed in the cab of the truck it sounded an alarm. In the next few days I tried the alarm many times and on all occasions it sounded an alarm. I feel that there is some fault with this truck that is allowing, or causing, carbon monoxide into the cab of the truck.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #2

May 012005

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,522 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 experiencing problems with premature tire wear, rusted components underneath the vehicle, loose front passenger seat, transmission shifting, speedometer inaccurate, and problems with the body paint. The ride height was low in the front, there was stiff suspension, there was a loose strip rubber above the left door, the suspension bar may have been cracked, there was abnormal scalloping on the front tire outside tread, there was an exhaust pipe leak, the exhaust system components showed signs of overheating. The lower portion of the right side steering knuckle showed a visible line that could possibly crack. The engine idling was harsh when moving the shift into reverse.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 192005

Ram 1500 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The consumer stated that inspection was done on vehicle and the hood was found to be corroded. Rusting activity was present at time of purchase. There was an exhaust pipe leak mid-point underneath the truck. The inspector stated that this was a major safety concern due to possible intrusion into cab area while driving. Also, exhaust system muffler, catalytic converter, and pipe showed signs of extreme overheating. Heavy deposits of dry fluffy carbon was evident inside the tail pipe. Indication of rich fuel mixture that will cause overheating with possibility of fire. Suppose to be new 2005 4X2 Ram single cab.

- Pasdena, CA, USA

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