really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,353 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 052016

Ram 1500

  • 125,000 miles


On about 5 different times my accelerator pedal has gotten stuck and accelerating to about 90 plus mph while on the highway. I had to stomp on it several times to get it unstuck. I have seen where other people have had the same problem as mine. However the Dodge dealer in baytown Texas said they have not gotten any recalls on this problem and can not do anything for me until there is a recall. Also I was told about the airbag recall and they also have told me that they will not do any repairs until I receive a recall notice by mail which I still have not received. We have had problems receiving our mail due to new mail carriers put the wrong mail in different mail boxes. So what can I do to address this problem before I am in and accident and injury or kill someone and or myself. I have also had some issues with my steering.

- Channelview, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 012008

Ram 1500

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle unexpectedly surged forward while driving at various speeds. The failure recurred on five occasions. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer after each failure, but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Finleyville, PA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012011

Ram 1500

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel began to vibrate and was very difficult to turn. The contact also stated that whenener stopped on an incline with the brakes engaged, the vehicle would surge forward. The vehicle was not taken to have the failures diganosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #4

Jun 032010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was exiting a toll booth at 25 mph when the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The road was mildly wet and the vehicle spun around and crashed into a concrete wall. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility. The manufacturer was contacted and he was awaiting a response. The failure and current mileages were 42,000. Updated 7/26/10 updated 07/29/10

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 042010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 3,770 miles
Consumer stated 2008 Dodge Ram accelerated after removing foot from pedal. The consumer stated as she accelerated to pass a truck, the vehicle continued to accelerate. The RPM's reached 5000. She tried to place the vehicle in neutral, press the brake, but the vehicle continued to accelerate. Eventually, the vehicle started to slow down enough with her foot still on the brake. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, however they were unable to find a problem. The dealer stated they had never heard of an electronic control light, even though the light was on when the consumer arrived at the dealer. The shifting was erratic when first shifting out of park into reverse.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 112009

Ram 1500

  • 19,500 miles
Had my cruise control set at 70 mph on my Dodge Ram 1500 truck as I was approaching an 18 wheeler I tap my brake to disengage my cruise and it didn't so I tapped it again and same results and there was cars on my left so I had to take the shoulder of the highway I was applying the brakes as hard as I could but I continued to gain speed ( the cruise was stuck and would not disengage) and had to take the shoulder. I continued to gain speed and ran out of shoulder so I had to cut left back to the highway and hit the trailer of the 18 wheeler. It slowed me down and I cut back behind the trailer and started to gain speed. The 2 cars that was to my left had passed so I cut left and turned off the key and began to slide. I slid about 100 feet and into the median. Also the air bags never deployed. My truck was totaled but fortunately there was no injuries other than a few bruises to me and my 2 passengers. There also was no injuries to the driver of the 18 wheeler.

- Cullman, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 192008

Ram 1500

  • 3,200 miles
On a misty morning our truck began to skid as we attempted to accelerate after yielding to exiting traffic on an access road on ih 10. My husband tried to control the skid by steering into it, but we just kept skidding out of control. He purposely remembers not applying the brake in an attempt to lessen the loss of control. We continued the skid across 2 lanes of access road to the right, then spun around 180 degrees and skidded back across 3 lanes of access road to the left. We came to stop facing oncoming traffic after hitting a concrete retaining wall first with the right front of the truck and then with the right rear of the truck. I remember hearing the tires continuing to spin and smelled burning rubber. This caused over $6500 damage to the truck and has caused our insurance rates to increase. After months of discussing the wreck and replaying it in our minds, we have determined that probably, as my husband clinched the steering wheel and tried to control the spin, that the cruise control was engaged and set which made us continue to travel at the set speed instead of slowing and allowing him to regain control of the truck. The cruise control on/off button and the set button are both located on the steering wheel. This is the first vehicle that we have ever had or seen that has the on/off control for the cruise located on the steering wheel. Most vehicles have this either on the blinker lever or even on the dash board. We feel certain that the cruise control was inadvertently turned on when my husband tightened his hold on the steering wheel. I feel that this is an unsafe location for this control. We were very lucky that in our travels across all lanes of traffic, not once, but twice that there were no other cars on the road that morning or this would have been a multi car pile up. No change has been made to the truck's cruise control. We plan to have it disconnected. In attempt to prevent others from having a wreck, we are reporting it.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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