really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,263 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Nov 232016

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles


While driving to work I heard a strange sound underneath my truck. I pulled off the road to have a look and noticed the strap that holds the gas tank detached on one side and the front of the fuel tank was hanging down. Apparently the strap support in the frame rotted out. The rear strap attachment also seems to be corroding. I hate to think what would have happened if both straps detached at the same time with a full tank of fuel. I temporarily strapped the tank to the frame, using a ratchet strap, and brought the truck to the dealer. They confirmed what had happened, not covered under warranty, and said I had to take the truck to a body shop to be repaired.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #20

Dec 032016

Ram 1500

  • miles
Yesterday I noticed something hanging down under my Dodge Ram. After a closer look I saw it was my gas tank and the forward strap had came out of its anchor point. I thought all I would have to do is put it back in to the frame but then I discovered that the strap had actually pulled through its anchor spot on the frame and disfigured the anchor point that I can no longer put the strap back on. I can't help but think what could have happened if my gas tank had dislodged from my truck while driving on the highway.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #19

Oct 012016

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While the contact was changing the rear axle fluid, he noticed that the rear bump stops on both sides were deteriorated. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000. Updated 12/20/16

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #18

Aug 012016

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles


Truck is making a loud whining noise that seems to be coming from the rear end and the front gas tank strap has come loose from the frame. The slot that it is supposed to be fastened to is rusted completely out. This is a severe safety hazzard that could be very deadly if the tank comes off.

- Big Stone Gap, VA, USA

problem #17

Jun 172016

Ram 1500

  • 0 miles
Ram box plastic lids seem to be releasing fiberglass like fibers into skin developing a rash when touched or rubbed. When leaning on the lid with forearms, the skin experiences severe itching, a rash and discomfort just like having fiberglass slivers in your skin as happens when handling fiberglass insulation material. It takes several days for the itching of scrubbing with soap and water for the itching to subside. It has happened to me and my children. Since identifying the source of the itching, I have found numerous complaints by other owners of 2009 Dodge Ram trucks with the Ram box. I also found unconfirmed information that Dodge may have changed the manufacturer of the Ram box lids for the following year model. Having called the Dodge dealer and the national Dodge warranty office, they indicated that there is no recall on the Ram box lids and they have no record of an issue.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #16

May 252016

Ram 1500

  • 68,000 miles
Front strap on gas tank pulled out of an rusty frame, this is a bad design and safety issue if the tank would fall off. The diesign of cross bar doesn't have a place for water to drain out, wv. Has a state inspection and this is when it found.

- Mineral Wells, WV, USA

problem #15

Dec 232015

Ram 1500

  • 43,000 miles


My 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 gas tank almost fell out causing almost an explosion of tank. Reason: The tank is held in by two metal straps one side is attach to a frame bolt the other side of the strap is a T shape that slides into a T slot in the frame now what happen is the T section pulled right through the frame causing the tank to drop almost to the road the remainder of the strap was hitting the driveshaft causing sparks if the plastic tank hit the ground it could explode. Dodge rep had mention to me this is a common issue. So I think there should be a recall on this issue.

- Hubbardston, MA, USA

problem #14

Sep 192015

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
While driving vehicle I heard occasional scraping noise and had other vehicles flash lights at me. I pulled off the road in the 1st safe area and found front of fuel tank hanging down approximately 8 inches and the front retaining strap disconnected. I thought the strap had disconnected but upon further inspection by my mechanic found that the frame was rotted through where the strap attaches. Mechanic states that I was lucky not to lose the tank, poor design and that this should not happen to a 6.5 year old truck. I contacted dealer and was told it was not covered by warranty. Suggested I contact Chrysler. Chrysler says they cannot help even though obvious safety concern. My Ram 1500 is my every day vehicle. I do not use it for work or plow with it. Truck has been well cared for. Design needs to be investigated.

- Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #13

Oct 162015

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
Team: I was instructed by Dodge to drill a weep hole for the other side of the same cross member which has brake/gas lines attached to it. That side is completely rusted out too. There are brake/gas lines attached to a rusted out piece. What happens when it falls off? no brakes fireball I need someone to get on Dodge's bumper. Dodge needs to pay for a new frame or vehicle. This vehicle is unsafe. Gratzie. Cordially, greg ps I have more pix in case I didn't attach to other complaint.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #12

Sep 112015

Ram 1500

  • 50,700 miles
I heard a noise while traveling as if something had broke underneath the vehicle. I pulled over and looked underneath and could see the front fuel tank mounting strap had disconnected and the forward part of the fuel tank was hanging down only being held by the rear fuel tank mounting strap. Upon closer inspection I found that the front fuel tank mounting strap was intact but the its frame attachment point had rotted through.

- Franklin, MA, USA

problem #11

Aug 092015

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles


Team: I was replacing the rear shocks when I noticed a weird rust pattern on the cross member near the right frame & catalytic convertor. It looked like orange peel or a rose blooming. I checked the rest of the frame while I was under there. I have done cosmetic rust prevention in the past. Since I'm a diyer & proactive, I grabbed a paint tool to scrape the rust to get to bare metal so I could treat/prime it. Lol not only did the top layer of metal come off, the entire cross member disintegrated into brittle metal chunks which I saved/documented. There's a 4" square section that's gone. Since this is a 400 hp vehicle, I'm sure the frame will tear itself apart eventually even though I baby the truck. E.g. no dents I surmise that water has been trapped up there since I bought the vehicle resulting in frame failure. The metal has no strength. Lol I don't want anybody gettting hurt, so please advise others.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #10

May 062014

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
Ram box lids seem to be releasing fiberglass like fibers into clothes or skin when touched. Causes severe itching and discomfort like you have fiberglass slivers in your skin. Takes days of scrubbing before it seems to go away. Have since heard about multiple owners experiencing this.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 242014

Ram 1500

  • 82,000 miles
I have begun to notice that the paint on the body under my doors on driver and passenger side is beginning to bubble. This is not occurring any where else on the vehicle. Vehicle is a 2009 and should not have paint issues.

- Alvaton, KY, USA

problem #8

May 012012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Many of my doors have been squeaking when opening and closing. I have taken it to a dealer for service, and all they have done is spray WD40 on the hinges. This only works for a short time.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Apr 272013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
While driving in a moderate rain, water began leaking into the back seat on my daughter. I do not have a sunroof. It appears to be leaking into the cab of the truck via the two roof seams where they meet the rear windshield. I have read other complaints online that indicate it could be faulty seals on the roof seams, third brake light seal (creating a hazard of shorting out the light), or the seal of the rear windshield.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #6

May 012012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
The front bumper on my 2009 Dodge Ram trx/4/offroad is rusting it is a painted bumper not chrome I contacted the dealer who took pictures and sent them to Dodge they inturn said it is not covered. After receiving a recall notice for the rear pinion nut I decided to research recalls on my Dodge Ram and found that there is a recall on the chrome bumpers for this year and feel that my bumper should be included in the recall because as it was sold to me with the trx/4/offroad package it should have more protection then the chrome bumper even thou it was painted it should of been chipguarded or a vinal covered.

- Long Pond, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 092010

Ram 1500

  • 5,500 miles
Factory recommended running boards were installed by dealer when I purchased the vehicle and bought 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. They were loose in five months. Dealer tightened them. They were loose again six months later dealer tightened them again. They were loose within a few weeks I checked them recently and found they were stripped. I took the truck to the dealer and was told they were not repairable and suggested I get aftermarket boards to replace them at my cost of course. The assist service manager comments "[xxx] I would get aftermarket boards the same thing is probably going to happen to the other side." Obviously there has been other issues with these boards. They are stripped and the dealer is the only one that ever tightened them he obviously had a cya story for Dodge about how I must have stripped them etc. These boards are obviously a safety hazard when they fall off and cause an accident I'm obviously going to be in trouble with legal fees etc. 100,000 mile bumper to bumper should cover esp with safety issues. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #4

Nov 122012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Esp/bas warning lights came on while waiting in the gas lines. The truck fish tails / skids more frequently on slick / rain roads. The lights did not go out after checking fluid levels, electrical connections, etc. It appears to be a common occurrence for Ram 1500slt trucks after doing an internet search on the condition. I have not contacted the dealer yet in hopes of the condition correcting itself, but will shortly. Also, it appears to be the beginning of rust in the rear body / tow frame of the truck after less than four years.

- Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 202012

Ram 1500

  • 19,000 miles
Airbags failed to go off after collision with a farm implement being pulled by a farm tractor. Dodge vehicle has damage to frame, passenger side and front of vehicle.

- Canby, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 012009

Ram 1500

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 75 mph, the contact noticed extreme wind noise around the passenge side door. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technicians stated that foam blocks would have to be inserted in the passenger door to reduce the wind noise. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- 20440 State Highway 17, OK, USA

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