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 4 of 4)

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problem #12

May 012008

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge truck 2500 4X4. The contact stated that the vehicle shakes violently while driving 70 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times and they changed the cable stabilizer and replaced the ball joints. The failure mileage was 100,000 and current mileage was 117,000. Updated 03-27-09 updated 04/01/09.

- Lebanon, VA, USA

problem #11

Feb 172008

Ram 2500

  • 47,000 miles
We were driving when you hit about 60 and hit a bump the truck shakes so violently and the only way to stop it is to slow down to 20 or slower. Happens when you are going 50 or more and hit a bump or where the roads connect.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 172008

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,200 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle drove over a pothole and began to shake violently. The dealer named the failure the "death wobble" and stated that there were no recalls for this failure. The manufacturer and dealer would not repair it for free. The current and failure mileages were 77,200. Updated 6/9/08 the consumer believed there was a problem with the ball joints, stabilizer, trac bar and alignment. Updated 06/09/08

- Logan, UT, USA

problem #9

Apr 102007

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Traveling down freeway at speed of 70 mph passed over overpass hit bump and truck begin shimmying uncontrollably, had to bring truck to complete stop to get shimmying to stop. This has happened many times at speeds about 55 mph hit bumps and truck begins shimmying uncontrollably, have to completely stop vehicle each time. Have replaced everything in front end along w/ adjusted air pressure in tires according to service bulletin, nothing seems to work. Took to dealer they stated nothing else could be done. Truck still has same shimmy and cannot get anything done about it. This needs to be recalled before someone gets seriously injured.

- Trumann, AR, USA

problem #8

Nov 012007

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 67,000 miles
While driving my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab 4X4 cummins diesel at approximately 35 mph, my right front tire came off causing me to lose control of my vehicle. Exact cost of repair is yet to be decided, but damage was more than moderate. The lug nuts did not fall off. The hub bolts sheered off without warning. Damage is in that tire, the rotor, brake system, front right quarter panel, right side front passenger's door, and suspension system. The police officer said we were lucky to be going so slow around a curve with a 40 foot embankment drop-off. I have read nhsta bulletins and Dodge forum websites and found that this problem is more than common. My truck did have a slight vibration on bumps which I was told was normal. However, after this incident and reading hundreds of other complaints, this issue needs to be handled now...with sole responsibility lying on Dodge corporation. This is unsafe. People have been hurt. All readers say the same things and agree that Dodge will not do anything about this problem. We need someone to confront the automakers and demand safety recalls immediately.

- Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 132006

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram. While performing an oil change, the dealer stated that all four lower ball joints were loose and needed to be replaced. While driving at low speeds, 10mph the steering wheel began shaking. The failure occurred at 49500 miles. The current mileage is 52000. The engine size is not available.

- Rensselaer, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 052006

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


At highway speeds, between 70 an 80 mph, the vehicle will vibrate uncontrollably if you hit any type of pothole, expansion joint, bridge, etc..... while driving recently (9/5/2006), I encounter a bridge crossing while traveling at approx 76 mph, at which point the vehicle began to shutter violently causing my vehicle to cross traffic and enter the median on I-20 outside of birmingham, al. This is an extremely dangerous situation.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 102006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Excessive movement in poor quality oem ball joints, along with road feed back through a multi piece, and movable steering shaft and steering column. Make this series of truck unsafe, a hazard, and a liability on the road.

- S. Easton, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 152005

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving over a pot hole at 60 mph vehicle vibrated severely. Vehicle stopped vibrating when speed decreased to 30 mph. The cause had not been determined. Driver will contact the dealer in the near future.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152003

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
My 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 steering shakes uncontrollably when you hit a bump at highway speeds or a bridge expansion joint. Directional control is difficult while this is happening. This happened while traveling at 75 mph, and sent the truck into the other lane, nearly causing an accident. Could not get the shaking to stop until truck dropped to 45 mph. The dealership says that one other customer is having the same problem. They checked all the steering components and said everything was good. This is very dangerous, and should be checked out further. Ball joints in these trucks:2003 Ram 2500 -3500 are proven to be defective. I am a member of the turbo diesel register which is comprise of 40,000+ members and this problem is not uncommon at all. Approximately 50% of all 2003 + trucks have ball joint slop in the first 10,000 miles.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #2

Nov 222004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A loud clanking noise was heard coming from the front of the vehicle. The consumer was able to drive it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the consumer that both driver and passenger side axle U bolts needed to be replaced. Please fill in additional information.

- Carbondale, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 012004

Ram 2500

  • miles
Problems with 2003 Dodge Ram truck. While driving over bumps the vehicle literally changes lanes. The consumer contacted the dealer and the manufacturer but didn't get a favorably reply from either.

- Weimar, CA, USA

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