really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,295 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 152007

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176 miles


My son and I have 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 diesels with the recall alert where the transmission will not readily shift into park and Chrysler as a possible solution will install an alarm on the transmission. The problem is much too serious to be corrected by an alarm. Chrysler needs to get to the root of the problem by correcting the transmission problem itself. I am considering legal counsel if nothing is done to actually correct the transmission problem.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 102007

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,666 miles
Over a long period of time, my 2003 Dodge Ram diesel has gradually exhibited shift problems. It hangs in gear and downshifts when it randomly gets into this mode. I can work-around this problem by shifting from park directly to first, then back to drive. I have to pull over when this occurs to prevent damage to the trans.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 052006

Ram 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,580 miles
03 2500 Dodge truck will not come out of park. Shift cable replaced by dealer during first service. Steering column parts replaced during second service within 2 days. One day later it is stuck again.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 152004

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • 5,500 miles


Owner drove truck through an open gate and stopped the vehicle to get out and close the gate. The vehicle was on a flat, level, hard dirt surface and was left running, the park brake was not set. Operator walked behind vehicle and was in the process of closing the gate (on the passengers side of the truck) when it passed the operator. Operator was able to run behind the truck and gain entry into the open drivers door without incident. No damage to the vehicle or any property, no injury to operator. Operator now uses the park brake with the trans in neutral position when leaving the truck with the engine running. Operator has advised other users of the vehicle about this issue. See also voq 10058839.

- Sonora, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 252004

Ram 2500 9-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
While parked with the engine running, the transmission slipped out of gear into reverse and hit a light pole. Damage to the vehicle and property totaled T $8000. When consumer got back to the vehicle, the gear shift was still in park.

- Delta, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 032004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,850 miles
My 2003 Dodge pickup truck slipped from "park" into "reverse" while I was not in the vehicle. I was standing behind the vehicle at the time, and was nearly struck by the rear end of the vehicle as it idled by. See also voq 10130218.

- Sonora, TX, USA

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