really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,407 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 202016

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles


I have had to replace brake rotors/pads 5 times in 70,000 miles. The rotors warp prematurely causing severe shaking and pulsation while braking, creating an unsafe control issue. It is particularly disturbing when slowing down from highway speed.

- Ladson, SC, USA

problem #4

Mar 212007

Ram 1500

  • 11,135 miles
Suspension/brakes: Front end wheel bearing vibration/rubbing noise. Replaced several sets of worn tires after spending $189 through Firestone for lifetime alignments/tire balance/rotations the constant rubbing vibration noise have not alleviated. Brake rotors warped & replaced because of the issue with the pitman arm & front wheel bearings. Chrysler recall campaigns F05, G02, N62, NHTSA campaign 13V528000, 10E040000, 10E013000, 07V038000, 06V038000. Front wheel bearings still noisy, front end vibration still present & alignments constantly necessary. Service bulletins 08-004, 41, & 1900805 related to suspension steering part of this issue. Electrical: Ignition key locking up & unable to turn the key to start the vehicle. Had to forcibly turn or "wiggle" the steering wheel, which is locked, in order to get the key to turn. Numerous occasions had to leave the vehicle & return in the future to attempt to turn the ignition key. Turn signal (service bulletin 08-002-12) flashes & intermittent wipers operate incorrectly. Sudden flashing back & forth of signals has almost caused car crashes on numerous occasions. Intermittent wipers stop suddenly at mid windshield point obstructing view. Both operated from the same left handle. Cruise control surges constantly when engaged. Numerous occasions surged suddenly on a hill or bridge almost causing loss of control. Tachometer shows anywhere from 0 to 250 RPM when stopped & has caused stalling of the engine. Operating the vehicle at speed (55mpm for instance), it only shows 1000rpm. During the period of ownership had to replace 3 batteries. This seems excessive for the age of the vehicle. Therefore, considering all the electrical related issues there must be a defect since all of these problems still exist. Service bulletin 5015 related to electrical systems are also parts of this issue.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Aug 032013

Ram 1500

  • 92,154 miles
Traveling 50 to 70 miles an hour and applying the brakes truck shakes from side to side (death wobble). Replaced brake pads, rotors, and spindles but problem persists.

- Kilgore, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 062013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 101,745 miles
I was driving on highway 64 E near williamsburg speed limit on the highway is 70 mph which is the speed limit at which truck turned off on its own. No hard idling, no check engine light came on just turned off on its own. Power steering was lost along with the brakes and could not control the truck. Had to let it go as it until I impacted in a ditch causing the tire to come off the wheel well, damage to the undercarriage and front driver side bumper. The truck is not safe to drive due to it shutting off and now steers to the left. After some research all Dodge Ram 2006-2011 have experienced this issue but Dodge has not done anything to rectify the problem. This is highly dangerous as it could of resulted in the loss of life if it wasn't because of the amount of soft mulch that braced my impact. I am in the military serving active duty and have come home deployment after deployment and to have it all end because of a faulty vehicle.

- West Point , VA, USA

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