definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,757 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 engine problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 092010

Ram 2500

  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge 2500. The contact stated whenever he is driving at any speed the vehicle goes to idle and stops in the middle of the road. The vehicle was pulled off to the side of the road turned off and on and in a few seconds the engine restarted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated they would repair the failure for $1000. The Dodge manufacturer was called and they stated there was no failure and no recall for this problem. The failure mileage was 170,000. Updated 11/10/10.

- Buffalo, OK, USA

problem #6

Feb 242005

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,900 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 hemi engine stalls out. Now truck is in garage because valve spring broke, causing piston and valve failure. Dodge dealer would not check all cylinders only the one with problem. 2 weeks passed finally parts are in and they are replacing what broke.

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012003

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
Problems with defective brakes on a 2003 Dodge Ram. The brakes would self engage while the vehicle was in motion, nearly causing accidents, the A/C was always inoperative blowing out hot air, the A/C compressor made a clunking noise when engaged, the vehicle had been back to the dealer for major engine repairs, a broken piston rod was found and could have been the cause for the engine knocking, there was a vibration upon acceleration.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 032004

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


While driving 60 mph vehicle shut off. As a result, consumer had to coast off the road. When the vehicle shuts down there was no power steering or brakes. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer but they have been unable to duplicate or correct the problem.

- Bruce, SD, USA

problem #3

Mar 182004

Ram 2500

  • 10,000 miles
The fly wheel and the clutch assembly separated and blew off, while driving between 30-40 mph. When this occurred, a part of the clutch assembly became lodged in the floor on the driver's side, and almost severed the driver's foot. Also, this failure destroyed the engine block, the entire clutch assembly, bell housing and the transmission. A factory district rep, . came out to inspect the vehicle, but didn't provide a sensible reason for what caused the failure.

- Rices Landing, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 202004

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Numerous problems with 2003 Dodge Ram since ownership. The consumer experienced a stalling problem that occurred whenever the vehicle was coming to a stop or idling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who could not diagnose the problem. Power steering fluid leaked due to faulty clamp. The vehicle was leaking transmission fluid due to a faulty output seal at the transfer case.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 302003

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,400 miles
The engine misfires and almost stalls. I have to pull into safe area and rev engine to restore power. This is not always convenient, like when it happened going up the Mississippi river bridge on I-10 in heavy traffic with an eighteen wheeler behind me doing 70 mph. I have reported problem to dealer but they unable to help because no codes are generated by the computer. They claim that they are not familiar with this type of problem and my experience is unique. On a related/unrelated matter, the muffler has turned blue from overheating and they have told me that this is normal even though it appears like there is a restriction/obstruction in the muffler.

- Alexandria, LA, USA

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