really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,147 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #18

Dec 162015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags) however, the parts were unavailable to perform the repairs. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 02/05/16 the consumer stated the cruise control would go full throttle when it was set and it wouldn't slow down, until he turned it off. Updated 02/10/16.

- Glenwood, WV, USA

problem #17

Sep 092015

Ram 1500

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. While pulling into the driveway and depressing the clutch, the vehicle suddenly surged forward and crashed into the garage door. No injuries were reported and no police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V795000 (electrical system) was received in April of 2015. The failure mileage was 145,000.

- Wildomar, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 042013

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
Stalls radomly while driving at high speeds, at red light, durring city driving.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jul 252015

Ram 1500

  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle started to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the accelerator pedal needed to be depressed harder to stabilize the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Congerville, IL, USA

problem #14

May 282014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 83,500 miles
Rear axle pinion nut came out causing the drive shaft to fall out and the rear differential to freeze up. This happened with no noise or notice while driving at 65 mph on the interstate.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #13

Dec 012013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Dodge Ram 1500. Consumer writes in regards to electronic throttle system problems. The consumer stated 4 months ago, the vehicle would not start, and it was towed to a repair shop. Upon his return, he was informed there was nothing wrong. The problem returned again, and the throttle control warning light illuminated.

- Elizabethtown, NC, USA

problem #12

May 142011

Ram 1500

  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate and the steering suddenly malfunctioned. The contact was unable to control the vehicle and crashed into a tree. No injuries were reported and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired. The contact was not aware of the exact repairs made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 102013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 81,817 miles
As I was driving down flat pavement, my truck accelerated on it's own. I pulled my foot off the pedal and it continued to accelerate at the same speed for approximately fifteen seconds. I was not using the cruise control and it was not wet weather, so there were dry driving conditions. I drive a peterbilt truck for a living and I Transport cars, and trucks of all size and makes, so I know what is not right for a vehicle engine. I would like to see Dodge take responsibility for this and be able to have this looked at by a trained Dodge mechanic. My wife is frightened to drive this truck now and we have our son who rides in this truck too. Sure would like to see them in a safe vehicle, was hoping Dodge was it.

- Mountain View, MO, USA

problem #10

Oct 162011

Ram 1500

  • 36,470 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal would become stuck when depressed. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 36,470 and the current mileage was 36,545.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #9

May 062011

Ram 1500

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while shifting into reverse, the vehicle abnormally accelerated to 15 mph before the contact was able to stop the vehicle. The contact stated that the brakes were depressed while the failure occurred but the vehicle did not come to a stop until the vehicle was shifted into park. The dealer ran a diagnostic but was unable to duplicate the failure. The dealer then advised that there was a sticky substance on the throttle body that could have caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 35,000.

- East Hampton, CT, USA

problem #8

Apr 032011

Ram 1500

  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph in reverse, the vehicle would abnormally accelerate. The vehicle would become unresponsive to braking attempts and the contact would engage the parking brake in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and they advised him that the throttle body had become jammed and caused the unintended acceleration failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was approximately 54,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #7

Nov 232010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 big horn edition hemi yesterday I went to pass a truck and floored the pedal, I went to let up and noticed the pedal was stuck. So I slightly hit the brake but that didn't do much at 85 mph and accelerating. Was late at night and no 1 on the road so I let it accelerate and tried messing with the gas pedal with my foot but nothing would pop it out. So with the speedometer buried past 120 I put it into neutral came to a stop on side of the road. Tried messing with the gas pedal with my hand but nothing would pop it out. So sitting with rpms maxed out in neutral and no way to disengage the acceleration I turned the truck off and immediately the gas pedal popped out. I started the truck back up and drove home 50 miles with no incidents I just didn't floor the gas pedal. But next day wanted to see if I could recreate the incident. So on a safe road to try it I floored the pedal and same exact thing it got stuck only way to unstick is turn truck off. I did this 5 times and every time it happens. There is no mats or anything catching on pedal and no way to manually pull the pedal out it is really stuck when this happens. Only thing to get it unstuck is turn truck off and it pops out like instantly. Truck is sitting in my driveway and I am able to recreate the problem at any time. Im posting this for some suggestions on what I should do" possible lawsuit? report it to who? or just take it to dealership and get charged to fix it and no report of malfunctioning truck" if this had happened the first time during daylight or commute traffic not late night who knows what would have happened. And there are few reports of same thing happening to similar Dodge trucks on the various Dodge forums.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 172010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact attempted to shift into the park position and when the brake pedal was engaged, there was an unintended acceleration which resulted in the vehicle crashing into a building. The vehicle sustained moderate front end damages and was towed to the dealer. The technician informed that the diagnostic codes detected a problem; however, he was unable to determine the cause of the failure. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. Updated 01/24/11 updated 04/20/11

- Kynde, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 032010

Ram 1500

  • 77,204 miles
When the cruise control is turned on and set (above 30 mph) it continues to increase in speed until reaching over 100 mph. I took the vehicle to greenbrier Dodge in chesapeake Virginia, and they were unable to find anything wrong with the vehicle based on their computers. When driven, they had the same problem, but could not find a problem on their computers. The problem was then brought to Dodge and assigned a case manager. On 23 Sept 10, I was informed that this is not a safety concern by my case manager tina, and advised that Dodge could be of no further assistance with this issue.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 232007

Ram 1500

  • 33,500 miles
Throttle stuck when accelerating to enter freeway, applied brakes as pick-up accelerated for half to 1 mile before responding. Problem repeated itself on other dates when passing, could regain control by putting foot behind pedal and pulling back. Dealer replaced accelerator pedal for no charge.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #3

May 172008

Ram 1500

  • 46,000 miles
Accelerator sticks to the floor if stepped on too quickly. Multiple attempts to repair and diagnose the cause have failed. Attempts to reproduce the problem at many dealerships has not helped because the sticking of the pedal is very difficult to reproduce when you want it to. Nonetheless, it has occurred at least six times and has made it so my wife is scared to death of the vehicle.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 262006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
: the contact stated while turning left, the vehicle accelerated without warning across traffic and collided with a retaining wall. Also, the brakes failed. The contact was rendered unconscious and sustained neck injuries. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, who was unable to determine the cause of the problem.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 212006

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,154 miles
: the contact stated during initial acceleration on a hill, the vehicle hesitated. The dealership determined this is how the vehicle was manufactured.

- Lineville, AL, USA

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