really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
79,200 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new engine (3 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
  3. piston repair (1 reports)
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 242017

Ram 1500 Sport 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,546 miles


Just disappointed in the Ram 1500 I purchased it new in 2008. It is a nice looking truck and still is my disappointment came 1st when I tried to get some warranty help a few years ago. Just about 63k on the truck and the rear end locked up. The closest dealer had advised me that there is nothing that they could do because it was just out of warranty and that I don't have my service done with them, so there was not much they could do.

So I had taken back to our shop and about 1800 later. I have a very solid rear end which gets serviced every 30k same as the front differential. I had taken it in several times for recalls on the air bags which seemed forever because on back order. Then when they did get the parts in they had the vehicle for 5 days for a 30 minute repair, kept stating that they where backed up, not enough technicians and numerous other excuses.

Now on Christmas eve I had a check engine light come on so I had the vehicle towed back to the shop where I work. Came up with a misfire on number 6. So I pulled both plugs looked into the cylinder with a camera and found that it had dropped a valve seat. Had to pull the head and found it had damaged the top of the piston and metal pieces into other cylinders. Pulled the intake lifter on that cylinder and found it to be seized and tore up the camshaft. Pulled the oil pan and found lots of metal in the pan, so I had decided to call the dealer for another engine.

It's on back order and don't have an eta. Imagine that, because it is a common problem and seeing it more. So I had to go with an aftermarket remanufactured engine because I don't have time to wait on one from dealer.

I feel that there should have been a recall of some sort on this problem because that seat dropping could have been taken care of and these problems would not be coming up with owners of the rams with the hemi. I have had all updates installed onto the vehicle and hope that it wont happen again. New harden valve seat updated camshaft and lifters updated timing chain guides and tensioners. Updated gaskets are just the beginning. I know that Its been a problem for sometime but the vehicle makes it to the warranty and becomes all the owners problem and this gets swept under the carpet.

Just disappointed because I feel that it should last much longer then that my last Chevy 5.7 had 321877 when I sold it and ran like a top because I do more maintenance then is required. The bad thing is I still had an original water pump on a vehicle and it lasted longer then the engine. I have had to replace ball joints because they could not make it 50k this is just a few problems that have happened to my ram. I will think long and hard and research the 2500 or 3500 ram before I buy this time. The 1500 will be going to my kid. Just disappointed with the quality standards.

- Bruce B., Vancouver, US

problem #6

Mar 022015

Ram 1500 STX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

You could push the piston down with one finger......this repair should have never happened. I have had a rattle since I bought it, dealer said nothing wrong.

- Ch S., Oldtown, FL, US

problem #5

Feb 032013

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

I purchased the truck for the lifetime powertrain warranty! Well I was on my way home from taking my daughter when the warning chime went off and said check gauges, no oil pressure! So I attempted to exit the interstate but the truck died before i was to the exit! (Approx100 yards) Had the vehicle towed to the Dodge dealership I bought it from (Meador Dodge)! Well I had to authorize the tear down to see what was wrong and was contacted by the service dept saying that it didn't look like anything I could have done to cause the failure, this was of course after I had to provide maintenance records for my truck! I gave them what I had in my truck and they wanted the 3 most recent records which I provided! Factory says change the oil every 7000 miles and my extended warranty says every 6000 so I done mine at every 5000 just to be safe! Well after the Area manager looked at my truck I get a call 2 days later stating they weren't going to cover the engine due to lack of maintennance! I provided the maintenance records they requested and now they want more! That's crap cause they should have said it to begin with! So my truck has been at the dealership for over a month! They can't give me the Area Managers number either! Dodge is just looking for a way not too stand behind their junk of a product! I have always praised Dodge but not anymore! I will buy Ford or GM from now on! Side note: the service department said that Dodge will still honor the lifetime powertrain if I buy a mopar engine and have the dealership install it, why would I pay $9000 for another engine that they won't cover anyway! Sad thing is my brother bought a new Dodge Ram in 2003 with the Hemi and it had an engine failure at 32, 000 miles and Dodge didn't cover it either! I will not buy another Dodge product! I would suggest anyone looking at buying Chrysler product to not buy them!

- berrykdb, Alvarado, TX, US

problem #4

Dec 152011

Ram 1500 Big HorN 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Long story short. heater hose blew when i was in the absolute middle of nowhere on my way for a wonderful day of duck hunting. After the hose blew, i lost the majority of the water in my truck. The 5.7 hemi is very temp sensitive. If you do not have enough water DO NOT RUN your truck. what should have been a simple morning duck hunting became a 4000 engine and replacement. i did all the work myself, the engine was what cost me the bulk of my money. long story short, make sure dodge tightened down your water hoses and the problem can be averted.

- Jon K., New Bern, NC, US

problem #3

Jun 212010

Ram 1500 Lone Star Edtion 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,020 miles

I am very upset we bought a new Dodge Ram 1500 in 2008 and have always taken great care of it. I was driving last week on the freeway with my kids in the truck going 65mph when all of the sudden I lost all power no lights came on to warn me there was no warning at all and I couldn't brake or steer hardly at all. So I took it to the dealer because it is still under factory warranty and they said they couldn't find anything. Then it happened again. I am so frustrated with this truck and do not feel safe driving it at all. We bought it because of it having the lifetime warranty....but what good is a warranty when the truck is no good?

Oh and the thing I liked the most was when I took it in (still under factory warranty) they said I had to pay for a rental car while it was in the shop and they couldn't get to it for at least 3 days (this happened on a Thursday) so I had to rent a car for 5 days!

- angelomommie, San Angelo, TX, US

problem #2

Aug 062010

Ram 1500 SXT 3.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,512 miles

a truck with only 39512 miles on it shouldn't have engine failure. I am still waiting to see if dodge honors the warranty i have had a few small minor problems with this truck. an I am not happy with it. hope no one else has this problem.

- bobbys, Bokoshe, OK, US

problem #1

Mar 312010

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

This truck has 57000 miles and we have a warranty up to 100,000 miles on the engine. The Dodge place is refusing to fix this under warranty they say lack of maintenance. My husband called about this truck (has a case #) and reported that it was using a quart of oil every month and a half. The dodge place we bought it said that was normal of course we didn't buy that so he contacted Chrysler and they gave him a case # and said yes that is normal.

I have just filed a arbitration claim because there is no way it is normal for this truck to be using that much oil. They said it had oil sludge also. We have changed the oil but even if we had not this motor should not have burned up at only 57,000 miles. I refuse to let them get by with this.

- rlewis8102, McCalla, AL, US

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