really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,520 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 182011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 48,426 miles


I had just picked up my 2 children and head to tops market in medina NY to pick up so groceries for the wk end. I was pulling my vehicle[2006 Dodge Ram 4X4 pickup 1500 series with 5.7 litre hemi] into the parking area on the East end of the building. The parking space that I was pulling into was facing West towards the concrete wall. As I was making a right hand turn, as that happened a had taken my foot of the accelerator was preparing to stop when the vehicle sudden accelerated by its self. I immediately tried to brake and nothing happened. The vehicle then hit the building and stalled out its self. I had no control over the vehicle what's so ever. The vehicle was stopped by the concrete was. There was no injury to me but bother my kids complain of head and neck pain. My daughter also complained of rt shoulder pain left hip pain as a result of the seatbelt. They were both treated and released. I will be taking the vehicle to the Dodge dealer on Monday March 21st for investigation into the problem. The police did fill out a report also the store manager and I notified my insurance agent. This is not the only time there has been a problem like this. Very similar accounts on the website about this problem. One in Canada that is very similar to mine.

- Medina, NY, USA

problem #13

Oct 132010

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 currently has 63,000 miles. Has had the front struts replaced 3 times, motor was replaced, transmission has been replaced, rack and pinion has been replaced, ball joints have been replaced countless times, tie rods have been replaced, wheel bearings have been replaced approx a yr ago and are defective again. Currently waiting for them since there on nationwide back order the dealership claims. All of these have been under warranty. But I have spent countless $$$ on tires and having to rent a vehicle while this on is in the garage constantly.

- Springville, PA, USA

problem #12

Dec 232009

Ram 1500

  • 49,177 miles
1) the windshield wiper module assembly and fluid froze. That in turn shorted out the totally integrated power module (main computer) was told FCM internal fault needs tipm. Do not have windshield wiper fluid. 2) 1-27-10 heater/defroster quit working. Had to replace the blower motor assembly. When replacing found a broken door in the motor assembly. Have not replaced the door. 3) very bad front end vibration. Was just told that both bearings need to be replaced. 4) check engine light with code need exhaust gas recirculation system valve.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #11

Oct 012009

Ram 1500

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 truck purchased in 2008. She stated that the steering wheel would vibrate violently and as a result caused damage to the front hub. The dealer stated that the sealed unit for life gear assembly was coming apart internally. The manufacturer refused to take any liability for the failure. She also stated there were transmission issues with the vehicle in the past. The manufacturer stated that there was a defect with the transmission and replaced the solenoids under their liability. No additional repairs were made to the vehicle to correct the failure. The failure and current mileages were under 79,400.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #10

Aug 142008

Ram 1500

  • 30,000 miles
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab, I purchased and have had numerous problems from the start. The transmission engages in such a way as to cause my body to move forward then back, I took it back to the dealership on three occasions, they changed the fluid and put in two new filters, still same problem, I was told by the mechanic of 22 years that's the new transmission feature to keep it from wearing out, it only engages when you stomp on the gas"?? 30000 miles started leaking black fluid at front wheel, took to dealership, said suspension was gone, part has been on back order since August 2008 it is now Feb. 2009 and no expected arrival date of the part. My tires have worn out completely due to this issue, after continually calling the dealership and complaining they are installing an oem suspension part and will give me one free tire.. waahoo, what about the other 3"

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #9

Nov 202007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. If the vehicle is parked overnight or all day, once it is started and placed into gear, it does not move for 10-15 seconds when the accelerator pedal is depressed. The failure occurred on November 20, 2007 and is gradually becoming worse. The dealer stated that the failure was typical of a 2006 Dodge Ram and that several of them were experiencing the failure. The contact stated that this was unacceptable. The current mileage was 28,925 and failure mileage was 22,000. Updated 07/29/08. Updated 08/05/08.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #8

May 272008

Ram 1500

  • 15,800 miles


No injuries or accident, but almost happened. Driving and stopped at a stop sign and proceeded across highway in safe manner. When I reached in the middle of the intersection my truck would not go. The engine was still running and tried to proceed and the truck would not go. As oncoming traffic was approaching I got out of my truck and almost watched my truck get hit by another motorist talking on the cell phone. Stopped within 4 feet or lower of hitting my truck. After this I got back in to move my truck to a safe location, I tried again to see if it will go after that and it would only go about 5 miles an hour. So I creeped it to the dealership and they put the truck on the computer and 10 different codes came up.. they couldn't do anything that day and said Monday bring it back. Soon as I got there the service engine light went off and the service advisor said that there were no codes came up. My vehicle has been in the shop over 8 times for the same thing and they could not fix it. I felt my vehicle was very unsafe for me so I traded that vehicle in for another kind of vehicle. The reason I am telling you this I don't want anything to happen to somebody else and cause a serious accident with that type of vehicle I owned and everyone that I'd talk to that had that vehicle said they were having the same problems.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 252007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the transmission will not shift into gear. The transmission hesitates and sounds as if it is slipping. While driving 55-60 mph, the RPM's increase, but the gears do not change. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately three times, but they were unable to repair the failure. The failure has worsened since the weather has gotten colder. The current and failure mileages were 37,200.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 082007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
2006 truck has been into the dealership numerous times for recalls and then had a transmission failure at 26,000 miles, they took the truck and then had to send it 100 miles away to be returned with one of the same problems still happening. They had it for 5 weeks and could not fix the problem. Also have warped rotors on front and had to replace tires on front. I think all they did was change fluid in tranny.

- Chadron, NE, USA

problem #5

Jun 072007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Bought 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 slt June 2006 100 miles on it on way home brakes pulled sharpley. Glendale, ca Dodge replaced brake rotors, pads, & calipers@500 miles, due to leaking...front end has been messed up since...vibrates at various speeds, so badly at times feels like front end is going to shake off...front right tire feels like it's warped at times, pulsing in brake pedal when braking, not always, have taken it in to dealer various times they claim nothing wrong...dealer replaced drive shaft last visit, 07/2007, with 20,000 miles...no change....additionally, transmission feels like it's slipping at times and at 60 mph, on level road, transmission feels like it's in to high of a gear, if I was driving a manuel I'd shift down at least 1 gear, at times the vehicle shakes with acceleration, the dealer states, you guessed it, there's no problem..I do not even like driving the truck on the fwy...finally, truck jumps whenever you hit a bump, suspension feels loose, like the shocks are blown, any uneven surface makes the truck unstable.. to say I am frustrated is an understatement!!! the incident dates are various I have been dealing with this for a year!!

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

May 252007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,770 miles


Transmission failure due to transmission overheating.

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 022007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Since new the 2006 Dodge 1500 quad cab has excessive shaking at idle position. Dealer said shaking is due to the vehicle type. When cold the truck doesn't engage in reverse fully which causes slippage... it doesn't want to move without hard accelerator depression.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

May 142007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. While loading the trailer attached to the vehicle, the vehicle began moving forward without warning. As a result, the trailer crashed into the rear driver side wheel well. The contact stated that this occurred while the vehicle was geared in park. The road conditions were clear. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle to determine the cause of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage is 8,000 and failure mileage was 7,600.

- Sherrard, LA, USA

problem #1

Jun 172006

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 regcab swb. While driving 40 mph on a clear day the contact smelled brake fumes and heard a loud noise from inside the engine compartment. The contact looked through the rear view mirror and noticed loose metal underneath the vehicle. The contact attempted to use the shifter and the clutch, but neither worked. The vehicle eventually shut off and coasted to a strip mall. The contact exited the vehicle and entered a building when a loud noise was heard. The vehicle had ignited into flames, causing the hood to burst open. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The vehicle was towed to earnharts Dodge. The contact called the company responsible for the vehicle's warranty, and was informed that it would be one to two business days before they could respond. The warranty company failed to respond, but the insurance company arrived and had the vehicle towed to their salvage yard. A week later, an investigator from Dodge stated that the contact will not be given the investigation report because a claim was filed with the insurance company. The fire investigator for state farm insurance indicated the fire was caused by the metal case of the transmission. In addition to the clutch assembly components being distorted and bent. Prior to the fire the contact owned the vehicle for approximately five months. The failure mileage was 5,800.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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