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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,441 miles

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2007 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

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2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Nov 152010

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


2007 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4. Transfer case partially locks in causing right front tire to lock up. Four wheel drive does not engage fully. This can be caused by the electronic transfer case motor. This was observed at a speed of 30 miles per hour and lower. Have seen many complaints on internet about this failure. Have only 52000 miles on vehicle and four wheel drive rarely used. Vehicle becomes undrivable because four wheel drive will not fully disengage. Shifting into 4X4 mode at higher speeds could cause vehicle to veer to the right and off of road causing a crash. These faulty transfer case motors have been a problem on different model years.

- Trenton, MO, USA

problem #13

May 302010

Ram 1500

  • 53,806 miles
Atm shifting into reverse on it's own at speed of 60mph or greater. 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 with 53,806 miles. While driving vehicle on highway at 65 mph, vehicle shifts atm itself abruptly into reverse for split second, causing tires to briefly lockup, then shifts itself back into drive. No codes registered/captured by onboard computer. Dealership technician determined cause by driving vehicle on highway above 60mph with code reader connected and was able to duplicate reverse shifting and retrieved code. Code (1577) detecting atm reverse solenoid shifting into reverse. Dealership replaced valve body assembly in transmission. Costs for the repair was $950 dollars covered by my extended warranty policy with a $50 dollar out of pocket (deductible). **fortunately for my wife and I the incident occurred in dry conditions. Had this occurred while driving in wet conditions I'm certain the vehicle would have lost control and an accident occurred, possibly involving others.**

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 142010

Ram 1500

  • 38,000 miles
Shudder in undercarriage, possibly associated with overdrive equipped automatic transmission.

- St Paul, OR, USA

problem #11

Apr 212010

Ram 1500

  • 15,300 miles


2007 Dodge Ram 1500 jumps out of drive or reverse into neutral. Happens intermittently at low speeds.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #10

Jul 102009

Ram 1500

  • 21,400 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. While the contact was backing out of his driveway at an unknown speed, the vehicle suddenly shifted from reverse into neutral and then into drive, which caused him to drive through his garage door. There were no injuries. Prior to the failure, the same type of transmission failure would occasionally occur. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 21,400.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #9

May 202009

Ram 1500

  • 19,222 miles
I put the vehicle in to reverse, in which it shows on the dash, then when I start backing up, it slips out of reverse and into neutral, in which nothing shows on the cluster of what gear it is in.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #8

Apr 182008

Ram 1500

  • miles


I bought my truck used it had 24000 on it. Before the warranty was out had in shop for tranny problem they said it was a sensor. They replaced the sensor. Not a month later took back for ac problem and tranny still was not right. They had to replace all of the ac components under dash it had collapsed, $1800 worth of parts. They could find anything on tranny. I have now had my truck a year. This month had to have front shocks replaced they leaked all oil out and front bearing replaced on passenger side. $1000 later front end is still making noise and rides rougher than before. The tranny is still giving problems. Now the rearend is also making whining noise. The truck has about 80,000 miles on it. I have never had this many problems out of a vehicle with less than 100,000 miles on it. I travel for a living so I have put many miles on many vehicles. I notice the 06 models having recalls for bearings and brake system but nothing for 07. Didn't know if maybe my truck was made in the earlier part of the year so it might possibly have the same defective parts.

- Bremond, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 212007

Ram 1500

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently drop out of forward gear. When the vehicle would be in the drive position, he noticed that the vehicle would not accelerate when he attempted to pass another vehicle at 30 mph. He stated that the transmission was the cause of the failure. He has been in near crashes due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately ten times, but they could not explain the cause of the failure. The manufacturer advised him to take the vehicle to the dealer. The current mileage was 46,731 and failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #6

May 102008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift into overdrive. While driving less than 65 mph, the contact would engage the cruise control and whatever gear he would shift into would cause the vehicle to get less gas mileage. In addition, the motor would run faster than normal. The dealer stated that if he would manipulate the foot pedal, the overdrive would engage. The dealer also stated that the vehicle was operating in the manner it was designed. The failure and current mileages were less than 8,800. Updated 1/6/09 the consumer stated the transmission would drop out of drive and the engine speed went up instead of down. Updated 01/14/09.

- Bushnell, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 012008

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
Truck popped out of reverse on several occasions. Tsb on this. Brought to dealer - upgraded software. Also reported problems where it did not shift into second gear on cold start - had to coast for several hundred feet then hard shift. Dealer could not replicate. At 40,000 miles the transmission had to be rebuilt after loud clunk and then no power when starting out. Check engine light came on. Dealer said until check engine light comes on it was impossible for them to diagnose the transmission problem.

- Lower Lake, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 022007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. When he shifts the vehicle into reverse, the transmission automatically defaults to neutral. The failure occurred while driving 15 mph. There is a tsb for this defect. Initially, the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure, but after numerous attempts, they reprogrammed the PCM in the vehicle. The failure still persists, but not as frequently. Also, when the vehicle is started, the RPM's are approximately 1,300 on a hot start and then decrease to 700 within 45 seconds. On a cold start, the RPM's are 1,500 RPM's and decreases to 700 within 90-120 seconds. As a result of the high idle RPM's, the contact experiences numerous transmission issues. The transmission has had to be rebuilt, but he believes that it was caused by the high idling. The failure mileage for the reverse gear transmission failure was less than 2,000. The current mileage was 24,000. Updated 10/27/2008. The consumer stated the vehicle jerked and the transmission slammed into gear. The consumer stated the transmission would go into gear according to the indicator, but there would be no response when he applied the accelerator. Updated 10/27/08.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

May 222008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 8,400 miles
I was exiting a parking lot making a right hand turn from a dead stop. I gradually pressed the accelerator when without warning the vehicle began to accelerate uncontrollably. I pressed the brake pedal as hard as possible, however the power of the motor was too much for the brakes to over come. The front brakes locked up and I was no longer able to steer the vehicle. During this event I was baffled, it took a minute to grasp the fact that truck was accelerating on its own. The vehicle crashed into a guard rail at approximately 15-20 mph where it continued to accelerate until I turned off the ignition. I contacted Chrysler who came out and towed the vehicle to their shop. I am currently waiting a response from the manufacturer.

- Edgewater, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 102008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
I purchased a Ram 1500, from day one there was problems the passenger door stayed ajar due to bad sensor says dealership leaving interior lights on at all times and would ding everytime I took off from a stop. They said that the cluster was bad so they replaced it with one that read in kilometers instead of mph. Later they replaced it with a cluster that read in mph. Transmission grinds gears when put in reverse and jumps when put into drive. Also transmission slips to lower gears when driving throwing me forward into the dash multiple times. Nothing has been successful in repairing the transmission as of yet although they say that they reprogrammed the transmission.

- Union Grove, AL, USA

problem #1

Oct 102007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,248 miles
Transmission problems, looses reverse, makes a grinding noise, makes a loud whine sound when in drive. Oil pressure gauge never moves, cd player skips with new cd disks, radio crackles and stations sound like there far away when they are local.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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