really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,667 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 suspension problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 192010

Ram 1500

  • 67,000 miles


Rack and pinion leaking which is connected to the power steering pump, which uses the same fluid as the rack and pinion--both have to be repaired and replaced. The tie rods are broken and connected to the rack and pinion fluid, which ultimately led to the tierods breaking due to fluid leakage. We are also having problems with the transmission, not shifting into 4 wheel drive--our prior vehicle was also a Dodge Ram 1500, in which we had tie rod issues and major automatic power transmission and power steering fluid issues. Truck just purchased and currently in the shop pending replacement tie rods, power steering pump replacement and any other fluid issues they find to get the components working in synergy.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jun 172009

Ram 1500

  • 45,670 miles
2005 Dodge Ram developed severe front end wobble at all speeds known as death wobble. Truck was purchased as certified pre-owned and bought extended warranty but they will not fix it. They told me shocks were bad and I replaced them at my own cost and it still continues to get worse every mile more.

- Woodstown, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 242009

Ram 1500

  • 73,000 miles


Turning a corner when the right front tire collapsed resulting in the truck making impact with a curb at approx. 20 mph. There were no physical signs of any failure leading up to this point. Reported incident to the insurance company and they reported is was an upper ball joint failure. Truck is currently being repaired and old parts are available.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #3

May 012009

Ram 1500

  • 57,000 miles
The front passenger wheel broke off at low speed. Seems that the lower control arm (axle) just snapped in two. No other vehicles where involved, pot holes or curb. The wheel broke off pulling everything apart inside the wheel well except for the brake line. The truck landed on top of the wheel preventing it from flipping over. I spoke with Chrysler Dodge and all though admitting that the lower control arm should never break said that it wasn't a defected part because I hadn't had my vehicle serviced through the dealership. This was a very serious and dangerous problem. If it wouldn't have been for only doing 15mph when it happened it would have caused serious injury and possible death. Dodge has a known problem with faulty ball joints but don't seem to care all though this may have been a preliminary problem leading up to the axle breaking in two.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 122008

Ram 1500

  • 48,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram both front bearings wore out at 48,000 miles---Dodge recalled 2006, S-mine came out in 06---but is an 05.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 152006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Right front wheel assembly separated from the vehicle causing extensive damage to the front suspension, bumper quarter panel. Usaa insurance company paid for repair. Have filed a claim with daimler/Chrysler to reimburse for repair. Have no response.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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