really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,231 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #52

Sep 182013

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 260,000 miles


I had no control of the steering and the vehicle was violently shaking, I slowed down to a stop, composed myself and drove on, the steering was very hard to control but the shaking only started about 40 mph, I took the vehicle to two shops, had ball joints, U joints, tie rods, steering, shocks, upgraded mopar steering assembly, pitman arm, all replaced, shortly thereafter I received recall notice N62/ NHTSA 13V-528, the instructions stated to mail all original repair documents related to tie rod failure and I would be reimbursed, I received a phone call just simply denying any responsibility with no particular reason other than my mileage, I asked for an email outlining the reason in detail which had absolutely no content of any explanation as to why the claim was denied. I did not receive my original receipts back either.

- Milliken, CO, USA

problem #51

Nov 012010

Ram 2500

  • 160,000 miles
A few months after purchasing our Dodge Ram 2500, we experienced our first "death wobble" incident on interstate 70 at approximately 65 mph, and occurred 2 more times that same trip. I had the truck towed and brought to an automotive shop. The automotive shop said they could not find anything wrong with the truck but suggested replacing the steering stabilizer. I had the stabilizer replaced and it seemed okay for about 3 days. After the first incident the "death wobble" occurred on a regular basis, any small bump or transition in the roadway would cause the front axle, tires and steering to shake so violently it felt like a large earthquake in the truck. The death wobble will not stop till the truck was slowed down to a complete stop. This seemed to occur mostly at speeds between 45-70 mph. We stopped taking the truck on major roadways as it would be likely to cause an accident at highway speeds. The truck was brought to several automotive shops including Dodge and Chrysler dealerships. All of the automotive shops said that this is fairly common among these trucks as Dodge dealerships told me that basically I was a liar and denied that there was a problem. After doing thorough research I decided to follow the advice of the automotive shops and several specialty 4X4 shops. Every steering and suspension component was replaced including every bushing, bearing and grease fitting some parts were the upgraded mopar linkages and pittman arm and the rest of the parts were oe replacements from reputable high end manufacturers. I also had an alignment performed immediately I have saved every part that I have taken off the truck since I began this journey including receipts for all the work/parts that was performed/installed. Death wobble was gone for about 4 months and the truck was still lightly driven. By month 5 death wobble is back in full force with no explanation.

- Warrenton , MO, USA

problem #50

Apr 102013

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 tdi. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle started to shake violently and without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the shock absorbers and steering damper. The remedy failed to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 85,000. Updated 3/12/14 updated 03/21/14

- Perry, UT, USA

problem #49

Jan 182006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 45,000 miles


This pickup has the terrible "death wobble" in the steering when you drive over a bump pr rib in road, starting unexpected and jerking the wheel so hard that you can not hold the wheel! I plan to buy this pu from my employer and I wanted it fixed by Dodge because it has always had this terrible safety problem from the factory! to verify this, [xxx] owns it and his # is [xxx]. thanks, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ballinger, TX, USA

problem #48

Nov 062012

Ram 2500

  • 159,000 miles
After purchasing this truck from the first time owner, I begin to notice at certain times I would experience a violent shaking when going over a bump. After looking online and reading about the "death wobble" I become worried and contacted the dealer. Of course they acted like they did not know what I was talking about. But when you talk to an independent mechanic, they know exactly what you are talking about. In short, I have spent over $2700 getting the front end redone, with no help from Chrysler. I find it completely irresponsible on their part to not do anything to help with this problem. Now.. just last week I get this recall notice on the left tie rod end. I am most certain when I take it in, they will say there is nothing wrong with it.. and send me on my way. This issue and the cracked dash is all a bunch of baloney to which Chrysler should have taken some serious action to help folks who bought a $50K truck in good faith that it was built good..

- Claremore , OK, USA

problem #47

Jun 062013

Ram 2500

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact was traveling 65 mph when the vehicle began to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to both an independent mechanic and the dealer for inspection and repair. The repairs were unknown however, the defect was remedied. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #46

Oct 232013

Ram 2500

  • 75,000 miles


We have previously filed a complaint for the "death wobble" or violent, uncontrollable shaking that occurs after going over uneven roads. The entire vehicle shakes and there is minimal control of steering when this happens until the vehicle has slowed down to almost a stop. The shaking of the front tires is visible on the outside of the vehicle. Today when I was entering the expressway, which has fresh patches of concrete, no pothole or rough surface, my truck starting shaking the front tires and steering wheel violently (death wobble). I hit the brakes to slow the vehicle down. The vehicle started drifting and I realized I had no steering when I tried to bring the vehicle into my lane. When I was able to bring the vehicle to a stop (remember I am on a 4 lane X-way) I found that the steering bar that goes from the pitman arm to the right tire had broken in half. This is a solid 1inch bar and I had not hit anything to cause this to break.. this could have very easily been a complaint lodged with a death occurring.the shaking is a know issue with Ram 2500 trucks with this same front end design (incl 2013), and the Jeep with the same design front end are now complaining of the same shaking. I have owned this truck for 7yrs now, so I know it has not been in any accidents, over curbs, 4 wheeled or any other driving condition that could have stressed or caused the bar to broke.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #45

Aug 012013

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
At approx. 55-60 mph, the truck began to shake very violently. Applied brake, to attempt to get truck under control; we ended up in the ditch. Myself and my daughter were injured. Luckily, neither of us were injured bad, just bumps and bruises. I had a mechanic look at the truck; he stated there is a problem with all Dodge trucks from 2002-2008. The steering gear box and front suspension are at fault. I contacted a local Dodge dealer. They informed me, "Dodge is not at fault and there are no need for any recalls". they did say they could fix the problem, at almost $2700. They would put a new front suspension and steering box. I feel if they will fix the problem, then they know about the problem. I have searched on the internet about the problem and there are hundreds of complaints. I am asking the ntsb to fully investigate this matter.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #44

May 022013

Ram 2500

  • 188,000 miles
My vehicle has been having "death wobble" at 55 mph and over and been having the issue for about a year and half and have had the entire front end steering replaced and im still having the issue. Please find a cause I've almost lost control every time it occurs! I would like to be contacted by a Ram field engineer!

- Brooklyn, MI, USA

problem #43

Jul 132012

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,300 miles
Front end shakes violently after hitting a bump or seam in the road traveling at any speed from 40 mph and up. Must slow immediately and almost come to a complete stop in order to regain control of steering.this is known as the death wobble.

- Farmingdale, NJ, USA

problem #42

Sep 012009

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 105,000 miles


During normal driving the front end of the vehicle violently started to shake, the vehicle did not stop shaking until speed was reduced drastically. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where upon inspection, the dealership representative said there was nothing wrong with the vehicle.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #41

May 182012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 86,858 miles
After going over an overpass (60 mph)and hitting the small bump at the end of it the front end began to shake and vibrate violently and it was almost impossible to steer and hard to slow down quickly. The vehicle had to be slowed to about 20 mph before I was able to regain control. It was shaking so violently that papers on the passenger seat flew on to the floor. This happened again after crossing a bridge with the same result.

- Shelley, ID, USA

problem #40

Feb 282012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 153,453 miles
Traveling on us 58 in suffolk, va. I was forced off the road while trying to avoid an accident and hit a very large water filled pot hole. The results was my driver side front tire came off the vehicle after breaking two lug nuts. The truck slid 300 feet down the road until coming to rest in the median. A usaa repair facility replaced the driver side hub assembly. I moved to kings bay ga. And started to notice a vibration in the steering wheel. The vehicle has 35" off road tire on it so I assumed the tires need to balanced. After about three weeks of driving the real problems arose. I developed the "Dodge death wobble". it is a violent shaking of the steering system that forces you to slow to below 45 miles per hour. It is so violent that a 36 year old navy diver chief, who has been to tactical driving schools for the military, has a difficult time holding it on the road. Now, I have had the Dodge dealership disregard the problem, balance the tires, replace the steering dampener, and the problem still exists.

- Saint Marys, GA, USA

problem #39

Jun 212011

Ram 2500

  • 80,500 miles
On a road trip I was driving on a highway at 65 mph and I hit a small light decal that delineates the lines on the road and my truck began to shake violently and so severely that I nearly lost control. Braking did not stop the shaking, not accelerating until it slowed to about 35 mph did stop the shaking. I pulled over immediately because I was terrified that it would happen again. Since I was in the middle of nowhere I decided that I would drive again but at a slower pace. This time I drove at 55 mph and when it hit a tiny bump again it began to shake horribly again. And once again I was stressed beyond belief that I was barely able to control this truck. This continues to happen at high speeds and if there is any ruffness on the road. Please recall these trucks and fix them. I paid alot of money for a truck that I thought would be good quality and now I am stuck with a piece of junk that I cannot drive faster than 35 mph for fear that I will kill myself or someone else. And I refuse to sell this lemon to some other poor soul.

- Mission Hills, CA, USA

problem #38

May 042012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 84,700 miles
Traveling at 65mph on interstate, hit slight bump when crossing bridge and the front end started vibrating so much couldn't hardly hold it in the road. The same has occurred 5-6 more times since the first incident. On several occasions, my wife has to come to a complete stop to get it to stop shaking....

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #37

May 102012

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,180 miles
We were driving to the store and the vehicle started shaking violently and caused us to go into the other lane. I slowed down to stop, got out looked for some broken part.... did not see anything out of the ordinary. We then proceeded slowly back home and the vehicle just had a continuous vibration, but did not shake violently. I then looked it up on the computer and found others having the same problem. I would really like to know what needs to be done to avoid excess cost but be safe.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #36

May 262012

Ram 2500

  • 97,000 miles
While coming home from work, I hit a bump or pothole with one front wheel, & the front wheels started shaking violently back & forth. The only way I could get it to stop was to slow down. I stopped & looked under the vehicle to see if anything was visibly broken & did not see anything. I slowly sped up again. After hitting another bump, the shaking started all over again & would not stop until I slowed down. This is a very dangerous condition that will get someone killed. I am afraid to let my wife drive the truck with our children, because I don't know what is gonna happen.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #35

May 122011

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Front axle shaking violently. Shakes consistently going over bridges. Shook so hard one time it broke the adjusting sleeve on the drag link leaving me with no steering and vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and into the grass coming to a stop just before hitting the guardrail. Since this incident the ball joints and tie rods have been replaced along with the steering stabilizer. The front axle has been aligned and everything is to oem specifications and this vehicle will still shake going over bridges if your running 70mph. From the research I've done it appears there is a problem on these Dodge trucks if they are 4X4 with a straight front axle and short wheel base. I have seen kits on the internet that claim to fix the "death wobble" and the geometry of the "fix" is different than oem. I hope that you will investigate this issue and I would be more than happy to take you for a ride in my vehicle or let anyone inspect it.

- Moore, SC, USA

problem #34

Mar 012012

Ram 2500

  • 125,000 miles
We bought a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 in November of 2011. Since we have bought it we have spent $3500 in repairs in regards to the "death wobble" and it still isn't fixed. I drive it down a road and as soon as you get it up to 50-55 mph and hit a small bump it violently wobbles uncontrollably. The wobble has caused several parts to break or crack including our most recent purchase, the radiator. This isn't the first truck to report this and isn't going to be the last until Dodge man's up and admits they made a mistake. This is an apparent mistake of more than just broke down parts and worn parts. There is something extremely wrong with the manufacturing of these vehicles and is it going to take a death for someone to do something about it? Chrysler is quoted "the safety of our customers comes first" and I would love for the man who made that statement take this truck for a drive and experience the "death wobble' for himself and let me know how safe he feels after that. We have owned many vehicles in the past, none of which has remotely caused this many problems so to say there's no issue or problem with this is extremely bold. We are looking into furthering our investigation in this matter and also looking into what a attorney would do if they were us.

- Knightstown, IN, USA

problem #33

Feb 012003

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 250 miles
The vehicle without warning shakes violently and the only way to stop it is to slow down. I hit the brakes a couple of times and that only made it worse and controlling the vehicle in a safe manner was impossible. The only way to stop the shaking is to take foot off of accelerator pedal and ride it out, this creates another major problem. The vehicles behind you do not know what is happening and someone almost rear ended me because my brake lights did not go on. He passed me and honked his horn at me and gave me the "finger" self explanatory. This is a major problem and Dodge will not admit it to anyone.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

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