hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,336 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #15

Mar 012006

Ram 2500

  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. When operating the vehicle, the windshield defroster was inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the air vent door was improperly calibrated and the air was not directed towards the windshield. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000.

- Laporte , IN, USA

problem #14

Oct 062009

Ram 2500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the defroster failed and he was unable to clear the windshield when it was cold or when the window would become foggy. The contact stated that the blend door caused the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 152,000.

- Cecilia, KY, USA

problem #13

Aug 012012

Ram 2500

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that when using the defroster, very little air was emitted from the vents and would not defrost the windows. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where they advised him that the defroster door failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000. The current mileage was approximately 225,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #12

Oct 172012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 89,881 miles


The defroster will not activate-found tsb 24-004-03 relates to this issue. Chrysler should have recalled these vehicles for repair due to numerous number of failures and safety issue related to not having de-ice or defrost capability.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 142008

Ram 2500

  • 65,000 miles
The ventilation system failed as is common with these vehicles. Due to weal parts, the, "doors" that control air flow through the ventilation ducts broke. I have slowly replace each of the four doors as they failed. As they went out it affected every aspect of ventilation, including the defrost. After doing some research it is evident Dodge was fully aware of this issue but made no improvements to the system, continuing to sell these vehicles to an unsuspecting public for several years.

- Green River, WY, USA

problem #10

Apr 142010

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. While attempting to use the heating system in the vehicle, the contact noticed that the switch which controlled the flow of the air would not function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the blend door needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 193,000 and the failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 05/11/12 the consumer stated the dash was cracked. 05/21/12

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #9

Aug 182009

Ram 2500

  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the defroster and heater door fractured and the contact was unable to use either component and the winshield would become extremely fogged whenever it would rain. The dealer was contacted who stated there were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #8

Jun 012009

Ram 2500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge 2500. The contact stated that the wiring harness failed and was repaired under warranty. On a separate occasion, the defroster and windshield wipers failed. While utilizing the driver's side turn signal, the passenger side turn signal would illuminate instead. This failure was also repaired under warranty. In addition, the contact was experiencing very hard vibrations form the front end of the vehicle. He struck a squirrel in the road and nearly lost control of the vehicle due to the vibrations. A local service dealer replaced the steering linkages in the vehicle at the contact's expense. He later received a recall notice for the suspension and excessive vibrations (steering linkages). The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were less than 120,000.

- Russiaville, IN, USA

problem #7

Nov 152007

Ram 2500

  • 52,000 miles
The switch on the climate control panel cannot change the air from the floor to the vents or defrost. The door in the air box does not move.

- Rockville, IN, USA

problem #6

Nov 012007

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The defroster and heat malfunctioned. The visibility through the windshield was limited. The defroster was on for 45 minutes and the windshield would not defrost. The dealer replaced the door that directs the air. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 72,000. Updated 02/14/08

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 072006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


HVAC system will not let the defroster work. Dodge has issued a tsb for this issue. Tsb 24-004-03.

- Yulee, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 042006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,500 miles
A downpour came while I was driving with 5 children in the truck. The window fogged up and I turned on defroster and the air wouldn't come through defroster! I was blinded! the air will not blow through my defroster.

- Denison, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 282005

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact stated defogger system stopped working due to the design. The inner routing flap broke, allowing the heat to go to the air conditioning vents instead of the windshield defroster/defogger blower. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer however, no repairs have been made due to excessive expense.

- Tuxedo Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 212004

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The windows of the van will not clear of fog with the heater on hot and the blower on high. The dealer said that they can't fix the problem, that all vans of this year act the same. I have to drive with the rear window open.

- Burlingtion, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 072004

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 50,652 miles
The defroster failed. As a result, the driver's visibility became impaired.

- Le Roy, KS, USA

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