really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,950 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 172015

Ram 1500

  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. While the vehicle was at a repair shop, the technician informed the contact that there was corrosion on the rear driver side wheel well. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 98,000.

- Kirkwood, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 052014

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that there was rust and corrosion under the carriage, the front frame, the rear frame, near the axles, the rear end springs, and the tie rods. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #6

Apr 092015

Ram 1500

  • 106,000 miles
I was on my way to work when I crashed into a dump truck and my car was pretty much totalled the accident was horrible and the air bag did not deployed. I constantly suffer back pain and although I was told by the hospital to get the treatment I lost my job due to the pain I get plus I did not have any transportation. And now I see that there is a recall for this vehicle for the air bag.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #5

May 072015

Ram 1500

  • 142,000 miles


Approx. In 2012 I filed a complaint that the rear pinion gear had snapped on my truck. The dealership recommended installing a new / used rear end. I had the used rear end installed. On 5-7-2015 while on the highway the axle on the rear end abruptly broke. This occurred at approx. 60 mph. Almost causing a catastrophe. The wheel broke away as well as the brake caliper, thus loosing my brakes. As a result damage to the body also occurred. As I said I did file a previous complaint but was told that even though there is a recall on the rear ends on some of these models mine was not one. I paid the $2,500 or so to have that resolved. I feel this shouldn't have ever happened as this vehicle let alone twice. As of now my vehicle is awaiting a inspection from the dealership as well as insurance.

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #4

Jul 062012

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
Dodge Ram have a big rust problem. Right over the wheels on both sides of the truck (wheel wells) they rust horribly because of them making a lip on the inside that holds water and debrit and erode the wheel well which eventually brakes apart. This is a problem with all Dodge trucks from 2003- 2008. There are hundreds of these incidents reported. The cost to repair is horrible for a person to pay also. This is a factory defect.

- Imperial , MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 082012

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 92,600 miles
I noticed the paint puckering above the rear wheel well on the driver side last fall. Over the winter, the puckers gave way and severe rusting is visible the full length of the wheel well from the base to about 6 inches above the wheel well. Today I noticed the same thing happening on the passenger side. I have been informed that the metal has rusted out and both side inner and outer panels need to be replaced. The truck is kept clean and waxed, and has not been submerged in water nor exposed to salt water as it is used to commute on inland interstate highways almost exclusively. I noticed that other owners of this vehicle are having similar issues with the paint in this area. Is this a defect in the metal, paint, or welds that cause this problem..

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 202012

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. While parked the contact noticed rust on the rear driver and passenger side wheel wells. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosticd. The mechanic stated the wheel well could be replaced with a metal panel. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated they would not assist because the warranty had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Hanover, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 182006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while getting out of the vehicle, the heel of her shoe became stuck in the grooves of the inside door liner. As a result, the contact fell to the ground. This incident occurred several times, and each time it was difficult getting the heel out of the door liner.

- Avendale, AZ, USA

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