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 1 of 4)

problem #72

Jul 172016

Ram 2500

  • 100 miles


While driving at about 55 mph, I hit a minor bump in the freeway and the truck started shaking violently, steering wheel shaking side to side. The only way it stopped was I had to reduce my speed to complete stop, the problem was I was towing a 16' trailer with a 4000 lb load on it, I was in front of a semi truck with a full load, it was a very scary and dangerous situation.. it happen again while driving at about 65 mph on freeway next day without the trailer I hit a minor bump in the roadway and the truck started shaking violently. The only way it stopped was I had to reduce my speed and stop. I think this problem should be investigated as some one is going to get killed by this happening to them

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #71

May 012014

Ram 2500

  • miles
I am the original owner of this Ram 2500.. I have contacted local dealer about two years ago and followed up.. but they are full of excuses. They keep telling me "when we get the word from Dodge we will call you.. thye air bad issue really scares me since I cannot turn the damn thing off when I drive it and some else's carelessness is what will blind...me. Also, I see the track bar made need to be replaced... sort of important since it affect steering. How do you light a fire under these people.. car sales are booming.they go the money... they hope I go way... Honda friends of mine have had their bags replaced a long time ago.... whom do I contact to get this done"?" 717 730 4521 michael J. morra 14 hartzdale drive camp hill pa... 17011

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #70

Sep 012015

Ram 2500

  • 200,000 miles
Apparent "death wobble" at highway speeds, hit a small bump, and truck starts shaking violently. Dissipates upon slowing down.

- Corbett, OR, USA

problem #69

Nov 082015

Ram 2500

  • 141,000 miles


At 138916 mile took vehicle in for warranty recall N62 left outer tie rod assemble, since that time have had six instances of uncontrolled sever and dangerous vibrations almost to the point of losing control at highway speeds of 60-70mph. The most recent occurrence was yesterday while making a left hand curve at 60mph; vehicle not has approximately 141,000 miles

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #68

Oct 162015

Ram 2500

  • 165,000 miles
While traveling over 55 mph and hit a bump the front end shimmies violently. The Dodge death wobble.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #67

Aug 292015

Ram 2500

  • 95,000 miles
On vacation towing a 5000 pound boat the front and started shaking violently the so-called Dodge death wobble.had to turn around and go homeat a much lower speed.brought it to warwick Dodge in New York for recall on tie rod assembly.they had it for 2 days they said they looked at it and did absolutely nothing.no wonder Dodge had to pay billions of dollars this is how you remedy problems.I've spent thousands on front end parts every mechanic tells me something differenti've replaced ball joints stabilizer links U-joints calipersand still have same problem my wife is afraid to drive with me.

- Tuxedo, NY, USA

problem #66

Aug 052015

Ram 2500

  • 160,000 miles


I was traveling down a highway at about 55 mph when I hit a bump in the road. The whole truck started shaking so violently that I couldn't steer. I immediately pulled off to the shoulder and began examining the tires and suspension. I noticed some slightly worn components and replaced them once I got the truck home. Still have the same problem hundreds of dollars later. I don't want to sell the truck to anyone and afraid to drive it my self!

- Rockford, TN, USA

problem #65

Jun 182008

Ram 2500

  • 70,000 miles
This has happened multiple times since I bought it, starting on the day I bought it (used) in 2008. Made it go away for some years, don't know how. Combination of tire pressure adjustment, alignment, toe angle? limited myself to driving less than 55 mph. Problem happens when you hit a bump just right and it sends one wheel up, and the other down. That wheel then gets bounced up, and sends the other down. It's like dribbling two basketballs, and the whole front end shakes violently. Since this happens at highway speeds, it happens on the highway, and the truck is completely uncontrollable during this time. The only way to make it stop is to slow down (remember, you're on the highway) to 40-30 mph. Last time I came back from queens, it happened seven times. It just happened again today, 8/14/15. It is dangerous, violent, and a known problem for which Dodge has not offered a solution or recall. It is colloquially known as the "Dodge death wobble."

- Trumansburg, NY, USA

problem #64

May 312011

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds, the steering experienced a violent resonant oscillation upon hitting a pothole in the road. The only way to control the vehicle was to slow down below 35 mph, once the resonant oscillation occurs. I've brought the vehicle to the dealership locally, and they have replaced almost every front end component and still the problem persists. This vehicle has been in the dealership for seven months during the last two years, and it still has the issue. I cannot let my children drive it, I cannot, in good conscience, sell it. I'm at a loss as to a path forward.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #63

Jul 132015

Ram 2500

  • 184,500 miles
While driving down the expressway in Chicago in heavy, high speed traffic, the vehicle drove through a small pothole, which caused the vehicle to shake \ wobble violently from the front end and cause impossible steering. The only way to stop this shaking \ wobble was to immediately slow down to below 20 mph crossing 2 lanes of traffic into the soft shoulder. It has been replicated multiple times from speeds of 40 mph and up. After taking this vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab, 5.7 engine, stock with all current recalls up to date (except the air bag recall which no one has parts for), to multiple repair shops and Dodge dealerships, no exact caused has been located including fca (Dodge) stating there is no issue. Thousands of dollars have been spent on this in the last 3 weeks to solve the problem as it cannot be resolved yet. This is a widely known about issue in these vehicles, commonly refereed to as the "Dodge death wobble" as I have found out. Fca and NHTSA need to do something to resolve this major issue.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #62

Apr 022015

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


The 'bump' associated with an overpass expansion joint on highway I-515 induced 'death wobble' into the truck causing a loss of control. The loss of control almost caused an impact with other vehicles that were close. The dealer nor the manufacture will assist in correcting the issue. The dealer service manager says that install the 'upgraded' linkage package cures this most of the time (for $1,600). This appears to be a know safety issue that NHTSA and Dodge are ducking. Dodge upgraded the linkage in 2009 and totally redesigned the system in 2014. The vehicle is all original and in good working order. Help.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #61

Feb 112015

Ram 2500

  • 173,000 miles
Driving truck down freeway. Hit a bump and whole truck started to shake slowed down and shake went away.

- North Branch, MN, USA

problem #60

Jun 162010

Ram 2500

  • 42,323 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. While making a turn, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the ball joints were fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the upper control arm and sway bar links needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,323. Updated 09/03/15

- Woodruff, SC, USA

problem #59

Nov 142014

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 169,000 miles
I'm constantly having electrical & intake/exhaust problems with this vehicle. I've replace the battery 2 times within 2 years and it still cuts off all the time. All inspections and maintenance is current. My mechanic has also constantly worked on U-joints. Please give me a list of all recalls for this vehicle.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #58

May 072013

Ram 2500

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the front end of the vehicle started to vibrate and jerk violently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #57

Jul 172013

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
First episode of the Dodge Ram "death wobble" in July 2013 approximately 2 weeks after replacing tie rods. Occurred one more time in early August 2013. Didn't experience again until August 2014 while on a trip in upstate New York, four occurrences in 3 days. The latest occurrence was this past Saturday, twice in the same day.

- Learwater, FL, USA

problem #56

Jul 112011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the front end of the vehicle wobbled and bounced rapidly every time the vehicle drove over any dip or bump in the road. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the stabilizing bar was broken. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and did not offer any assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000. Updated 10/02/14 updated 5/12/2015

- Sacremento, KY, USA

problem #55

Jul 032013

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While traveling on the highway and normal speeds and you hit a minor bump, wheels will shake violently with no ability for driver to recover steering. The only recourse is to let the vehicle slow down and then pull over. This is know as the death wobble and can be viewed on youtube. Dodge has denied the problem but yet you can buy an entire new steering assembly from Dodge for $300. I have spent over $4000 trying to fix this issue. This has happened to me over 10 times and no longer put my family in the pickup and will no longer use it on the highway..a simple tierod recall will not fix this and there is enough people having this problem that the NHTSA should force Dodge to finally correct this design flaw, before we get killed.

- Glen Oaks, NY, USA

problem #54

May 152014

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 79,425 miles
Let me start by stating that I've been driving for over 33 years and have an impeccable driving record. This is what happened. I was driving on the interstate at approx. 65 mph. I was changing lanes when I hit a few small bumps in the road. My truck immediately started shaking violently and uncontrollably. I pulled to breakdown lane while slowing the vehicle. The truck didn't stop shaking until approx. 30 mph, though it was still shaking, I had never encountered such a loss of control before for no apparent reason. I decided to see if there was anything about this issue on the web. I was amazed at what I found. This phenomenon is dubbed 'death wobble'. though it seems this in not an uncommon event, no-one seems to be able to pinpoint the problem that caused the violent shaking. There are lots of differing opinions. My mechanic checked out truck and I was told that other than very slight wear in drivers side upper and lower ball joints, everything was tight. I've since replaced upper and lower ball joints even though my mechanic told me they weren't bad enough to warrant replacement. I've also replaced shimmy shock on stabilizer and installed aftermarket stabilizer after researching this problem even more. We also realized previous owner had numerous new parts installed too. Seems as though he was chasing this as well. Since replacing these, this has happened 2 more times. This is extremely dangerous and I won't even go over 55 mph on the interstate. Is Dodge aware of this issue" and what about recalls" I've looked and cannot find any recalls that pertain to this problem. The suspension itself seems flawed even though I cannot pinpoint one failed component in itself. Thank you

- East Brookfield, MA, USA

problem #53

May 232014

Ram 2500

  • 136,000 miles
I was driving my Dodge Ram 2500 and hit a series of small bumps and my front end began to shake violently. This has happened several times and no one can seem to find a problem with my suspension at all. I have tried different tires and that doesn't fix the problem either.

- Galveston, TX, USA

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