hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,326 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Jan 012009

Ram 2500

  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that he looses control of the vehicle while driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the tie rod and ball joint was replaced, but failure was not corrected. The contact continues to loose control of the vehicle. The manufacturer took a report 21276257 and advised the failure was not recalled. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current 100,000.

- Hersey , MI, USA

problem #26

Jun 152011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I own a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 hd with cummins 5.9L VIN C engine and when traveling at speeds over 70 mph and hit a bump on the front right tire it enters a death wobble and the steering wheel shakes violently and the vehicle is uncontrollable until I slow down to a speed of less than 35 mph. This has happened numerous times and I have gone off the road due to the inability to steer the vehicle. I have replaced the steering stabilizer, front shocks. Tires and still have not been able to correct the problem. Other drivers have witnessed the tire shaking violently and reported that it looks like the wheel is going to fall off.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #25

Dec 242009

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 103,000 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel 4X4. Has a death wobble when I encounter a bump on highway. This wobble almost made me go off the freeway. I have taken it to many mechanics and have spent alot money with no avail. The dealer will give me no answer of how to fix the problem. I do not know whether to contact the B.a.R. or an attorney. I have researched these issues and have found many people with similar issues.

- El Cajon , CA, USA

problem #24

Apr 292010

Ram 2500

  • 190,000 miles


Death wobble. Violent shakes after hitting a small bump in a road. The vehicle is nearly impossible to control. Happens at speeds from 30 and up.

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #23

Mar 222010

Ram 2500

  • 50,000 miles
My 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 (4 wheel drive) shakes violently when I encounter a bump on the highway. It occurs everytime when driving around 65 mph and I hit a bump. The truck shakes so much I totaly loose control of the steering. The only thing I can do to stop the shaking is to brake to a speed of aproxamatly 35 to 40 mph. This has happen six times already in the last year. I only have fifty thousnad miles on the truck. This failure has caused my truck to veer into other lanes and has also caused other cars to jack on thier brakes when they are behind me on the highway. I brought the truck to a Dodge dealer. They replaced one of the steering components. This did nothing to alleviate the problem. All Dodge dealers were sent a service bulletin aproxamately 3 to 4 years ago about this potentially deadly saftey issue but when I went to the dealership and explained the problem the manager acted like he knew nothing about it. I fear for my life in this truck. I will not let anyone else drive it until I get it fixed or if it can be fixed at all.

- Westport, MA, USA

problem #22

Feb 152008

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
When traveling at highway speeds and I hit a bump in the road with my truck the front end shakes violently. This violent shaking has caused me to almost lose control of the vehicle several times. When the vehicle is slowed down to 40mph or slower the shaking goes away. I have researched this and it is a common problem with this vehicle. It is commonly referred to as "death wobble".

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #21

Nov 102009

Ram 2500

  • 160,000 miles


2003 Dodge Ram 2500 shakes violently when hitting a bump 40-70 mph the "death wobble".

- Maple Lake, MN, USA

problem #20

Jan 182010

Ram 2500

  • 80,000 miles
Death wobble! this has happened to me to many times to count. I have had the front end of my 2003 Dodge Ram cummins repaired twice. Both times I have had ball joints and tie rods replaced along with axle U joints and followed by alignment. I have also added a dual steering stabilizer system. That has helped a little bit, but it still happens often. The wobble has taken me off the road once at 60 miles per hour. Luckily, nobody was hurt. Please help if you can. Thank you justin hulse.

- Wellsville , UT, USA

problem #19

Feb 032010

Ram 2500

  • 55,000 miles
My 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 will shake violently and possibly go out of control if I hit a bump above 40 mph. This condition is called "death wobble" and has been shown to be on may trucks. It has happened more than 20 times and must slow to 25 mph to make the steering wheel stop shaking. This is a very dangerous situation and could cause the truck to go out of control if I don't slow down at an emergency rate.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #18

Nov 132009

Ram 2500

  • 73,000 miles
2003 Dodge 2500 4X4 wobbles after hitting a bump at 70mph. This happens only at this speed and when you drive over a bridge.

- Chelsea, MH, USA

problem #17

Nov 242009

Ram 2500

  • 136,839 miles


I experienced what Dodge owners are calling the "death wobble" today 24 Nov 2009 after I had the front U-joints replaced on both front wheels and the U-joints replaced on the rear drive shaft. I contacted davis moore in wichita ks and they seem unconcerned about the problem. I was doing 60 mph on somewhat smooth road. I ran over a seam that where the concrete meets and that's when I got the wobble that nearly drove me into the guard rail. I had experienced it back in July 09 in a turn going over a bridge. I drove over a slight bump in the road and that's what started it. My wife informed me that she experienced it back in April 09 same thing drove over a bump and the wobble started. The wobble today has caused the steering dampener to start leaking. At a cost of $149 + tax I will replace it tonight. On all 3 of these occasions we have been lucky enough to be in a 1-lane road either exiting or entering a curve and driving over normal bumps in the road. My incident this morning is first time driving straight no turns or curves.

- Wichita , KS, USA

problem #16

Sep 032009

Ram 2500

  • 56,500 miles
There have been numerous forums and blogs reporting this same problem among various owners with different equipment specs. The one thing we all seem to have in common is this problem called death wobble. While driving my truck at highway speeds, if I hit a bump at an angle, the front end would start to shake violently. So violently that I have to let my foot of the gas and coast to a speed that puts my life in danger because I can not safely or reliably steer the truck off the road. It takes everything I've got to keep the truck in the lane I am traveling in. This has happened several times and, each time, I try to get it fixed or have a mechanic look into what is causing the violent shaking. Most of the time, the mechanic (about 5 different service stations) can't duplicate the problem. I asked a senior customer service agent with Chrysler what they could do. She said that goodwill assistance was declined. I asked her what she meant by that, she said that I don¿T have a warranty, my truck is 6 years old, I have 80K mileage, and Chrysler will not help. I wasn't the one who has declined this proverbial goodwill assistance nor was it in my power. I don't even know why she would bring it up. Certainly, if it was offered, I would at least have the option. Now I have a truck I'm afraid to drive and no recourse.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #15

Jul 062006

Ram 2500

  • 100,000 miles
Death wobble due to pitman arm; occurs at speeds over 65mph or when vehicle hits a bump at any speed. Vehicle becomes hard to maintain control over. Began occurring when vehicle reached approximately 100,000 miles.

- Carriere, MS, USA

problem #14

May 222009

Ram 2500

  • 53,887 miles
Ball joints and tie rod ends wore out and rusted parts on a 2003 Ram that almost resulted in the loss of a wheel.

- Floyds Knobs, IN, USA

problem #13

Oct 182008

Ram 2500

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact heard a squeaking noise when the vehicle was started. After shifting into drive, the vehicle began vibrating. The vehicle was driven to the dealer for a routine oil change and the contact notified them of the failures. The mechanic stated that the upper and lower ball joints were defective. The vehicle was not repaired. Immediately after leaving the dealer, the driveshaft fell out of the vehicle and was replaced by a local mechanic. The upper and lower ball joints have not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was 55,000 and failure mileage was 49,000.

- Gaston, IN, USA

problem #12

May 302008

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • 25,816 miles
Front unit bearing wear/failure.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #11

Sep 282007

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,127 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving 75 mph, the front of the vehicle vibrated after driving over a bump in the road. The dealer stated that the front tie rod end was loose and worn. They replaced the front tie rod end; however, the failure continued. As of October 16, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle a second time. The failure mileage was 35,127 and current mileage was 37,170. Updated 11/05/07.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 262007

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving 55 mph the vehicle drove over a bump in the road which caused the front end of the vehicle to vibrate. The road conditions were clear. The contact stated that the failure occurred approximately 10 times. The mechanic inspected the vehicle, but was unable to diagnose the failure. The current mileage is 62,000, and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #9

Jan 212005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
This is a common problem with this year truck relating to faulty front suspension components. I have experienced the so called, "death wobble" at least 30 or more time on freeways all over the state. Problem occurs when traveling 65 mph +/- 2 and driving over uneven surfaces. Causes truck to shake violently and veer to the right or the left. Only way to stop is to let off the accelerator and let coast to 25 to 30 mph which is real safe on the freeway. This may have been caused or caused failure of track bar, which is also listed in your complaint section multiple times. The manufacturer blew off my claim and told me the vehicle was road worthy. They referred me to this site so I could read the hundreds of complaints I guess? this problem started around 45,000 miles and continuously gets worse. Since they really don't care I've ordered an after market track bar made by a superior designer.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 042006

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 quadcab 4X4 P/U goes into an uncontrollable front end wobble after hitting a bump in the road but only while traveling in excess of 60 mph, I have had new tires put on, front end checked, aligned, new front steering damper, new rt front ball joint and hub assembly.

- Springdale, AR, USA

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