hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,288 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Dec 012016

Ram 1500

  • 72,000 miles


The engine randomly dies. At idle or driving, at all speeds. It starts right back up. I have had the truck worked on at 4 shops and two dealerships. I have spent over $10,000 string to get the problem fixed. It is a very dangerous situation. I have beeen trying to resolve this problem for 3 years.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #20

Mar 052016

Ram 1500

  • 71,000 miles
While coasting to a stop light from 45mph, engine shut down loosing power steering, thus 100% control of vehicle. Truck stopped in the intersection blocking 3 lanes of traffic. No check engine light lit up, although did notice RPM fluctuated just prior to episode. Truck started up shortly thereafter, I continued on my way, no clue's on what occurred.

- Little Falls, MN, USA

problem #19

Feb 122016

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
The truck has developed a habit of randomly stalling when coming to a stop. This is dangerous at intersections and railroad crossings. I have had the truck back to the dealer several times without success.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #18

Sep 262015

Ram 1500

  • 52,000 miles


In September 2015 my truck engine shut off on I-20 w after a hard brake at highway speed while approaching a trailer with a wide load on a bridge overpass. I was the lead vehicle and had the left lane momentarily blocked until I could restart the engine. After shifting to park, it took two attempts to restart the engine. Then, in December 2015 the exact same thing happened in the city after a moderate stop at a red light, again holding up traffic until the engine was restarted. After traveling about one tenth mile the engine quit again as I was approaching a red light. The first instance was a hard break situation to prevent an accident but the second two shutdowns happened with light breaking when approaching a red light. When the engine had to be restarted, it required a couple of attempts before it would engage and then ran rough for a short time before smoothing out. Each instance was while I was driving in a straight line. The first time at highway speed of 70mph and the last two at 30 or 40 city mph. I have not had a problem with this since the last time but I have been extremely careful to lightly apply the brakes when possible. I read on the internet that I am not the only one that has had this problem so that prompted me to file this report. I feel the problem is associated with a engine electronic control of some sort or other. The engine is the veriable 5.7L hemi. My wife has been so upset with this happening, she refuses to ride in my truck anymore. I have not reported this problem, mostly because I have been in the market for a new truck. But, I don't want to trade until I find out if this problem is subject to a recall. This all happened after I had my truck serviced for the air bag recall.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #17

Aug 152015

Ram 1500

  • 215,845 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. Upon turning the vehicle to the off position and removing the key, the engine continued to run. The contact removed the battery cables, but the engine still continued to run. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 215,845. Updated 02/26/16

- Strawplains, TN, USA

problem #16

Jun 052013

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 35 to 40 mph, when the vehicle veered left or right, the steering wheel was difficult to turn and the RPM level decreased. The engine felt as if it would seize. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the Dodge dealer and was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Aug 282015

Ram 1500

  • 104,000 miles


Rear pinion nut came loose and drive shaft fell off and truck made abrupt stop rear end locked

- Saratoga Springs , NY, USA

problem #14

Jul 012015

Ram 1500

  • 39,892 miles
Intermittent random stalling of vehicle. Has happened multiple times and at various speed. Occurred once after a sudden stop, then the engine stalled. Has happened when turning corner at slow speed, engine stalled. This has happened many times but not on any regular basis so that I could have it investigated.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #13

Jul 182014

Ram 1500

  • 115,015 miles
I was driving vehicle and out no where the vehicle started shaking engine turn off with no warning lights or check engine light come one brakes where hard to apply and steering was hard was able to coast vehicle to gas station and call my husband. He met me there and engine was smoking white smoke. My husband try to start vehicle but it would not come one. We tow the vehicle to the house and call warranty. The advise us to take vehicle to mark Dodge in lake charles Louisiana, there we spoke to service advisor sam morrison. At this point we left vehicle there for repairs to be done, they replace the engine provided by the warranty company/ lkq. The vehicle spend a total of 28 days for this repair. 2nd occurrence happened 12/2/14 same thing no sings from engine or warning lights, they also replace the engine due to engine been damage internally this time less than 5000 miles since first engine been replace. Mileage at this time was 119,599. It took the dealer 45 days to repair vehicle this second time. 3rd time engine fails this time started making a loud noise and stop vehicle right away this time just over 5000 miles at 125,654. This time they also replacing the engine too and hour vehicle has been at the, dealer for 54 days and vehicle is not repair yet. We bought this vehicle 6/3/13 with 93,111 miles on it we had own the vehicle for 2 years and 2 months right now. The first year vehicle was good and reliable but 2nd year vehcicle has been dangerous to me and my family.

- Elton, LA, USA

problem #12

Feb 032014

Ram 1500

  • 53,400 miles
After filling with gas, truck stalls at high and low speeds....vehicle dies hence no power steering, brakes etc.......has happened multiple times..... can throw into neutral and ignition functions....super dangerous at any speed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 242013

Ram 1500

  • 84,459 miles


I was driving in the middle lane of traffic at 70 mph when my 4wl lite flashed, I heard a loud bang and my truck jerked violently, I thought I had been rear ended. My truck immediately slowed down to 30mph right after the loud noise. I then had to get across two lanes of speeding freeway traffic to avoid an accident or worse. After I made it to the shoulder of the road and calmed my nerves, I did damage assessment and discovered that my truck had shifted itself into four wheel low at 70 mph. I limped my truck home, stuck in four wheel low, called a tow truck and took it to my Dodge dealer. Almost two years later and numerous trips back to various dealerships to get this warranty work fixed, and out thousands of dollars the problem has never been fixed and Chrysler considers the case closed. I'm afraid now after this incident to take my truck on the freeway as I feel it is not safe for me or the drivers around me. Next time I may not be so lucky.

- Caledonia, WI, USA

problem #10

Dec 022013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
During the 5yr inspection was told the lt wheel hub assembly needed replaced due to bearings worn with appx 50000 miles electrical/engine; when driving going over rough surface, bump or rxr tracks the jarring can cause the truck to loose power shutting down all pwr steering and brakes this has happened on multi occasions. When trying to duplicate unable to cause shutdown.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #9

Oct 262011

Ram 1500

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 15 mph, a grinding sound emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle was merged over to the emergency lane. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that unknown fluids were leaking from the rear of the vehicle and no warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that there was differential oil in the rear of the vehicle and the rear end and driveshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the crank shaft was bent and the motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in any recalls. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #8

Jan 092014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
While driving engine just shuts off. Had to put in N to restart. Had no brakes or steering. Happened 3 times now. Dealer got code P0884 said it was fixed, but happened two more times after that. Afraid to drive truck now. Will only go short distance. Please can we get this issue fixed.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 112012

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
When the vehicle is filled completely with fuel, the engine will die when the vehicle is slowed down to stop of turn.

- Sweet Springs, MO, USA

problem #6

Dec 162013

Ram 1500

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving 70 mph. The electronic control module warning illuminated as the failure occurred. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 122,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 082013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 120,645 miles
Truck stalls out for no reason. Tends to happen when slowing down and at lower speeds. Loose power steering and control. I have since changed the throttle body. Truck still stalls.

- Watervliet, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 182012

Ram 1500

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal humming noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 242013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 35,300 miles
Driving at a speed of 45 mph the truck--2008 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 hemi-- died. I had no power steering. I was able to shift into neutral and stop. Very thankful I was on a country lane and not on a freeway because there was no warning and I could have been in a horrible accident. The check gauges light icon was flashing as I tried to re-start it. It would crank but not start. After waiting for 15 minutes it did start up again. The engine icon light was showing and it said that an oil change was needed. The oil change wasn't due yet for another 1000 miles, or, two weeks on my three month schedule. I get the oil changed every three months. It tried to stall from then on as I accelerated from a stop, on my way to to the dealer. The diagnostic showed a code for the egr valve, which was replaced. This was fixed four days ago and so far so good, but am very anxious when I drive now, worrying that it might happen again, especially after seeing so many posts online with others experiencing the same problem with their Dodge Ram trucks.this truck has 35,300 miles on it. This truck was serviced six weeks before this incident with: A 16 cylinder hemi tune-up; a throttle body service, fuel induction flush and fuel system treatment; transmission service with filter change; machined front and rear rotors; and tire rotation.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 062012

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Complete loss of power to vehicle, including powertrain, steering. Power loss occurred previously when driving and hitting a bump (pot hole). Last event happened during normal steering into driveway. Speeds varied during occurrences. Top speed was approximately 55 mph.

- Angleton, TX, USA

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