really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
136,194 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Apr 222016

Ram 1500

  • 188,300 miles


Rear pinion nut, drive shaft recall. In novembe while driving the rear pinion nut came a loose sending the drive shaft into the transfer case completely breaking the whole thing ripped the rear gears and locking up wheels.after 2 mos. Of trying finally got a Chrysler Dodge dealer to accept my truck under the recall. After almost a mos. In shop $1100 worth of repairs that I had to pay for that werent there prior to the incident, I got my truck back 2 weeks later it happen again. This time it was just the transfer case that was damaged. Towed it back to dealership, this time I had to pay $400 because 4X4 sensor was bad and because of the year of my truck its sold with 2 other switches and they werent going to warranty the work if I didnt pay to have switches changed by them. Mind you the light wasnt on prior to this happening the 2nd time. I called chryler Corp explained to them what was going on and they told me that there is nothing they can do and they dont get involved with there dealerships. Now here I am 2 weeks later took a road trip to Georgia and boom it happened again while im driving I just see smoke coming out from under my truck, I manage to pull over and the transfer case explodes again. I get it to Dodge dealership in gwinnette they find out the drive shaft is bent and was never replaced from when it exploded the first time. It took Chrysler a week to respond to the dealership in gwinnette on how to procede. Its been 3 weeks havent gotten a return call from Chrysler. No accommadations have been made for me. Im stranded with no vehicle wasted my whole entire vacation. Vehicle still not repaired.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #24

Nov 162015

Ram 1500

  • 185,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate with my family enroute to South Carolina when I started hearing a noise and felt a little vibration on the pedal at first I thought I may have ran over something. Then all of a sudden I just heard a boom and the truck just started fish tailin. Luckily there werent any vehicles around me at the time, I was able to get to the side of the shoulder. When I looked under the vehicle the drive shaft had come completely out and there was smoke and oil leaking. When we got the truck to the shop and they looked it over the pinion had come completely a loose the seal was shot and chunks of the gears inside was mangled, the transfer case was cracked from the impact of when the drive shaft came apart. I also learned that the truck had a recall on it for this same problem. I managed to get the truck towed back to NY to my mechanic shop. Where we have been trying to get Dodge to do something enregard to the repairs. What we have been told was that the recall doesnt include my month! my year make and model but not my month. Yet I have the same issue as what is stated in the recall.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #23

Nov 032015

Ram 1500

  • 175,285 miles
Driving down the hwy at 65 mph the right front tire blow out the side wall let go it happen twice with Firestone tire

- Wautoma, WI, USA

problem #22

Sep 112015

Ram 1500

  • 147,000 miles


While driving and getting ready to make a right turn the passenger side front tire made a noise and fell off from vehicle, causing me to skid on the axle. Tore up frame, axle

- Granger, TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 232015

Ram 1500

  • 130,000 miles
My sister was in a fatal car accident June 23rd 2015. About a week and a half after her death we received a recall for the trucks rear axle pinion nut. Then a week after that we received another recall in the mail regarding the driver airbag inflator. During the incident her trucks right rear tire was snapped at the axle leaving us to believe that the pinion nut was loose and caused this rear axle to seize and break. In the crash all of the airbags failed to deploy. The pinion nut recall was issued in February of 2015 and we are questioning why it took Chrysler 5 months to provide us with this information.

- Clark, WY, USA

problem #20

Mar 192015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
I received a safety recall notice from Dodge concerning the rear axle pinion nut and passenger air bag. I called the Dodge dealer ([xxx]) in omaha, ne. I was informed the necessary repair parts are not available. They have no idea when or if these parts will be available. They tell me that a crash could occur and it is my decision whether to park the car or continue driving. This is not fair. I need a vehicle and cannot afford a new one. My truck is old but only has 46,000 miles on it. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #19

Mar 192013

Ram 1500

  • miles


I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500,4X4, I have had this for 5 years and the whole back of the wheel well is rotted out, really really bad. As I drive around I see all theses same year Dodge have the same problem I have noticed underneath the wheel well there is holes they never filled in when truck was built that's where the rust and corrosion builds up from the salt, water, and snow, ,very unhappy with this situation. Was hoping there can be something done about this problem now I have to fix this.

- Acushnet, MA, USA

problem #18

Jun 252014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 1,390,000 miles
While driving on a side street going no more than 25 miles an hour I suddenly the ability to drive my truck. It spun out a total of 3 times before going over a curb and hitting a tree. It was determined that there was a complete failure of the rear axle and I could not of controlled or caused the accident.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #17

Dec 252014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 86,326 miles
I was at the stop sign on the braga bridge in MA. I started to enter traffic when there was a loud bang and then a bunch of banging, I instantly stopped on the bridge just past the stop sign. I put the truck in park and shut off the engine, I jumped out of the truck but it began to roll back. I had my wife hold the break while I checked. The truck would roll backwards but not forwards. The drive shaft was lying on the ground. We had to wait for a tow truck to move the truck. A flat bed showed up and could not get the truck to roll forward. He then continued to upset me by dragging the truck onto the flat bed as it was the only way to move it.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #16

Dec 162014

Ram 1500

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the rear wheels seized and the drive shaft detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Kingston , PA, USA

problem #15

Aug 142014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


After having been stopped at a stop sign, I made a right turn and accelerated to proceed straight for approximately 300 feet or so where I was going to make a left hand turn into a store parking lot. All of a sudden there was a whining sound and it felt like the engine was straining, there was a loud bang and thud as if I had run something over. The truck started "jerking" violently and came to an abrupt stop. As soon as I put the car in park, the loud noise stopped and the engine was idling normally as if there was no problem. I exited the vehicle and, to my shock, saw the drive shaft detached from the rear differential (the truck is a rear wheel drive) and laying on the street. Later on, with the key in the on position but the engine off, I put the car in neutral and some road workers tried to push it off the road. It would not budge. The rear wheels were locked. Suffice it to say, had I been traveling on the highway at 55-60 mph the results of the malfunction could have been disastrous. A recall need to be issued immediately before someone gets seriously injured or killed.......updated 01/12/15 updated 6/11/2015

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 032014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
Mt R front wheel seized and the whole wheel bearing assy broke in half and the wheel went flying off. This caused my vehicle to hit another car damaging both vehicles. No injuries.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #13

Jul 272014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
While driving down the road the truck just stalls for no reason. I lose all control. I almost hit a car. I went over the curb into someone's yard. I have seen hundreds of complaints from Dodge owners with the same exact problem. There is something wrong with that model. The RPM's jump and the truck just dies. Its happened to me on the freeway, on rural roads, and city streets. This is going to cause somebody serious injury. I parked my truck and stopped driving it because it is not safe to drive. Something needs to be done immediately.

- Hobbs , NM, USA

problem #12

Jun 072014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,530 miles
On June 7 2014 we we're driving to a landscape business to purchase some landscape stones and about 100 feet before the entrance of the business my driveshaft fell off my truck causing my rear wheels to completely lock up and nearly causing a catastrophic head on collision after the northbound vehicle had to swerve to miss my truck and almost hit a southbound vehicle head on. I had the truck towed to a nearby auto facility where it was looked at and confirmed that my complete rear differential was completely destroyed causing my vehicle to a complete stop once the driveshaft fell off. It cost me nearly $2000 to get it repaired. I also contacted Chrysler via email and explained to them what had happened and their response was that there was nothing they could do and I was out of warranty. The technician at the auto facility that repaired my truck told me that he remembered something about a recall for that on the Dodge trucks. I then did some research and discovered that on the newer models there was a recall but not on mine but exactly what happened to the trucks on recall (rear end differential lockup) is what happened to mine. It could have very easily killed somebody if the southbound vehicle hadn't reacted so quickly. My truck only has 66000 miles on it which is an average of only about 6000 miles a year.[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)....updated 01/07/15 updated 6/11/2015

- Bruce Township, MI, USA

problem #11

Feb 142014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
About two weeks prior I stated to hear a scrapping sound like the brakes were worn down. The sound would come and go. Then I parked the truck. I got ready to leave the business I was at. I pull out from the curb and went about 50 feet and the truck stopped. I back up a little then went forward and stopped again. I immediately pull into a parking lot and got out and checked the right front tire. It hung off the hub at a 45 degree angle. The next day I went back to see what was wrong. I jacked the truck up and the wheel came right off. The wheel bearings had melted into the hub. I have not notified any one about this. I bought the truck used 2 years ago from a dealer. So I do not know if I have original or replacement parts. It cost me over $300 to get the truck repaired. The guy that repaired it said this was his second one in a week. Now I have to get a front end alignment. My tire are wearing out on the inside.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #10

Apr 152014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
Steering almost completely locks up when not accelerating. Left wheel does not move as much as right wheel as if it is separate.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 262014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
On January 26, 2014, my truck with only 59,000 miles experienced sudden catastrophic failure of the front left wheel bearing hub assembly. The front left wheel bearing hub failure resulted in complete separation of the wheel hub and assembly from the truck. This major failure is similar to two previous NHTSA recalls on Dodge Ram 1500 trucks as outlined below. From my review of Dodge message boards, this appears to be a broader issue than covered by the two previous NHTSA recalls. When I contacted the Dodge dealership, they said my truck was not within the two recall classes. I believe this is a broader issue and request the NHTSA to further investigate to save the lives of individuals who have purchased this truck. Two previous recall efforts: 1) the NHTSA campaign number is 07V-038 (or 07V038000). DaimlerChrysler's Dodge division is recalling 86,333 of its popular Ram 1500 pickup trucks due to a potential failure of the front wheel bearing hub assembly. The recall, under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), involves every Ram light-duty 2006 model year truck manufactured between November 7, 2005 and April 27, 2006. Three plants' output is involved: Saltillo, Mexico; fenton, Missouri; Warren, Michigan. 2) NHTSA campaign id number: 10E040000 : federal-mogul is recalling certain Carquest, national, and percision brand wheel hub assemblies, P/nos 515073 and 515073, sold for use as replacement equipment on model year 2002 through 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks. The inboard roll form used to maintain the hub assembly can fatigue resulting in noise and/or wheel separation on the two wheel drive (2wd) applications. The risk of these issues do not occur on the four wheel drive (4WD) applications, and installation on the 4WD applications are not part of this recall.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 022012

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Rear axle/wheels: Grinding -squeaking - tic/tic - chirping: Have all service records. Should have been repaired/replaced under warranty, or recalled if the case. Maintained at.by dealer on 3000 mile service basis. Changed transmission fluid, axle fluid and tires twice.

- Indialantic, FL, USA

problem #7

May 032013

Ram 1500

  • miles
2005 Dodge 1500 pickup truck...while driving down highway without any warning other than the wheel started shaking and then broke off the truck and I slide down highway on 3 wheels...Dodge sent a third party to the dealership to review...turned down my claim never received a reason...sorry in the parts business wheels don't just break off....need help in this matter...just picked up truck at my expense over 559 miles away...

- Georgia, GA, USA

problem #6

May 092013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
I just replaced the driver side wheel bearing, two years ago it was the passenger side. I have spoken to three other Ram owners who have had the same experience.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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