really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,856 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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

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problem #5

Jan 162004

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While the vehicle was parked, and still running, the shift lever jumped out of park and into reverse. The gear position indicator still indicated that the vehicle was in park. The dealer informed the consumer that there was noting wrong with the vehicle.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 062003

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • 1,900 miles
When vehicle is in park and while idling it shifts into reverse. Also, vehicle accelerates on high. Then, it begins moving backwards and stops, once it comes into contact with an object.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #3

Sep 222003

Ram 2500

  • 12,000 miles
Had vehicle in park when child shifted the gear unexpectedly into drive. And vehicle started to roll. Was able to get into vehicle, and shift back into park to stop vehicle. Will take vehicle to dealership to check it out.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 062003

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission on a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 cummins turbo diesel has no 4th gear and overdrive.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #1

May 082003

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I have a 2003 2500 Dodge Ram diesel with 15,000 miles on it. I have just begun experiencing transmission troubles. As I'm driving 80 mph down the freeway the truck will all of a sudden (on its own) slip down into 2nd gear (not 3rd, but 2nd) while going 80. The engine is red-lining and about to blow. I check the dash and the column and all say it is still in D(rive) when in fact it's in 2nd. It has also happened that while driving on the freeway the truck just shifts into neutral all by itself and the dash and column say it is still in D(rive); revs are high but no engagement (while in the fast lane and quickly dropping to zero in speed.) the only other weird thing that's happened is while merging onto the freeway and trying to pick up speed the truck would not shift to the next gear and started to red-line. I quickly look down to make sure that I had not somehow accidentally put it in 2nd gear. Nope, it was in D(rive), just not moving on to the next gear and well into 3,800 revs stuck in whatever gear it was. The dealer is dealing with it now, but are swearing up, down and backwards that they don't have any problems with this transmission as it is the best on the market and the most reliable. I had even inquired into the infamous Dodge transmission troubles before buying the truck and they said that they had addressed and fixed the problem. But now seeing that they can't reproduce the exact issue while the truck is in the shop (it doesn't always happen, just about once every 3-4 weeks with daily driving) they can't address the problem. What the..."?"

- Lemon Grove, CA, USA

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