hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,457 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #17

Jun 162015

Ram 1500

  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While the vehicle was parked, the contact attempted to roll down the front passenger side window and noticed a smoke odor coming from the window. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 14V796000 (power train); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 87,000. MA 10/15/2015

- Manchester, OH, USA

problem #16

Nov 012011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
The volume of air coming from my defroster is inadequate to keep the windshield clear from fog and frost. I have read several on line articles about this problem and it seems quite a few people are having the same issue. I live in California and could only imagine how someone living in a colder climate is dealing with this problem. This definitely can cause an unsafe condition by hampering your vision while driving.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 042012

Ram 1500

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 4 mph, the windshield wipers malfunctioned. The contact also stated that the windshield wiper motor was no longer working. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09E009000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer). The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Seattle , WA, USA

problem #14

Jan 122010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles


A very dangerous problem with my 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up is occurring on a daily basis when I use the turn signal - windshield wiper - high beam " multi-switch". when trying to signal a left turn by pushing down on the "multi-switch" lever(left turn signal flashes two or three times then right turn signal activates uncommanded) if I try to engage the right turn signal some times it won't signal / flash at all. My truck only has 46,000 miles on it, not a good testimate for Dodge. I read in a Dodge repair website / forum that a lot of the same problems are occurring with the Dodge Ram pick-ups and mini vans. (all years) is there a recall or will a recall be considered in the near future?

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #13

Dec 082011

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles
Broken blend door in heating plenum causing loss of defroster use. A major safety hazard in cold weather. In searching the web it appears to be a common problem.

- Kuna, ID, USA

problem #12

Aug 042011

Ram 1500

  • 37,000 miles
Intermittent windshield wiper function, also intermittent blinker and lighting function.

- Great Mills, MD, USA

problem #11

Oct 032011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


The turn signal/wiper/lights assembly appears to have failed. When attempting to make a right turn signal, nothing happens. When making a left turn signal, the right signal happens instead. Now, everything has failed. No brights, no turn signals, no wipers. Researching on the internet, especially on the Dodge truck forums, it seems to E quite a common problem. In fact that is where I got the link to this form to fill out.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #10

May 152011

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact noticed that the defroster was not functioning. The contact stated there was no air flowing through the vents on the dashboard to defrost the windshield. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure and suggested removing the dashboard to locate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Middletown, PA, USA

problem #9

Mar 012011

Ram 1500

  • 18,000 miles
When I turn on my left turn signal my right turn signal blinks. Some times my wipers won't come on or stop running. I am told that the multifunction switch needs to be replaced. This is definitely a safety issue.

- Indianapolis,, IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 202010

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
My windshield wipers do not work properly - I only turn them on in the rain, in western Washington state. I turn wipers on, and have to pull over because they will not work, and I cannot see. This happens daily because of the amount of rain.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #7

Sep 012010

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles


2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. The blinkers don't operate properly, they blink on both sides whenever they want and now the wiper blades work inconsistently. This has been going on since September, 2010, approximately 4 months. Need to replace the blinker handle on steering column.

- North Oaks, MN, USA

problem #6

Jan 012006

Ram 1500

  • 10,000 miles
My air condition won't switch to defrost creating a safety hazard. Dodge is aware of the problem but acted like they never heard of it before. I brought it there 3 times to fix and the problem was never fixed. 2005 Dodge Ram 1500.

- Jefferson, LA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012009

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
My 2005 Dodge Ram has an air duct flapper that broke and fell into the fan. Know my defrost does not work.

- Peosta, IA, USA

problem #4

Jan 092010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The windshield wipers work incorrectly. They may work fine or they may stop half way and quit, or not even work at all! I had the same issue with my old 1997 Chevy S-10 truck, and it was fixed under a recall. My Dodge has the exact same issue.

- Gilbert, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 232010

Ram 1500

  • 51,700 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I was driving my 2005 Dodge 1500 truck in rain, wipers just stop working, then after a few minutes would start working again. It did not cause accident, but could have if raining harder. Now I don't want my spouse driving the truck with my little girl. The dealer says no recall on 2005, but there is a wiper recall on 2009. The dealer also said they have seen the problem many, many times, and have parts in stock to repair, but I will have to pay for repair. I've contacted Chrysler and have a complaint [xxx], all they told me was to have it repaired and keep invoice in case a recall is issued so I can be reimbursed. This is not acceptable to me. Seems like someone has to die to get something done. Thank you

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 012005

Ram 1500

  • 73 miles
Truck stalls or completely shuts off while driving.the dash and window area rattles. Dealer said that there is nothing wrong with truck. The truck had only a week and it was shutting off by itself. The situation of the truck made my wife scared to drive. The dealer lithia played it off like it's nothing maybe its the fuel blahh, blahh.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 162009

Ram 1500

  • 82,000 miles
When heading to work, was going approximately 70 mph on the interstate when I looked in sideview mirror and saw smoke coming from my vehicle. At that same time, I heard a loud roaring noise for a few seconds, then my driver's side wheel came off. The wheel crossed over into the East-bound lane of the interstate (I was heading West), and the brake calipers broke off. Even though my brakes and tire were gone, I was able to get my vehicle to the side of the interstate without causing injury to myself or others. All this also caused body damage to the front quarter panel of my truck, making it difficult to open and close the driver's side door. I retrieved my tire and had a tow truck take my vehicle to the local Dodge dealership where I purchased the truck. They advised me they had never heard of this happening before. I've now been informed the repairs consist of replacing the hub, spindle, brake caliper, rotor, brake line, brake pads, and a new tire (the other tire blew out) at a cost of $2000. I have requested the old parts be given to me in case this issue needs to proceed with an investigation. I have done research that revealed the 2006 Dodge Ram trucks were recalled for this exact same problem (wheel bearing assemblies not receiving enough lubrication at the factory causing them to lock up and cause crashes). But since my vehicle is a 2005, Dodge refuses to acknowledge responsibility.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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