really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,594 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 wheels / hubs problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 222015

Ram 2500

  • 140,000 miles


The way these rims are designed are very poor. Water gets trapped inside the rim rots them out. I was driving down the street when all in a sudden, the part of the rim that has the 8 holes where you would bolt the rim to the vehicle completely separated from the drum part of the rim, the tire went flat, and vehicle stopped. And to even get to the actual lug nuts, I had to destroy the chrome face to get to them because they shifted when the rim separated from 8 bolt pattern. This is a huge safety concern, I consider myself lucky I didn't cause myself or anybody else on the road any harm or even death. After seeing that, I replaced all 4 rims and tires, a $1500 bill I wasn't planning on but got to be safe for my sake and everyone else on the road.

- West Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

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 #7

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

problem #6

Feb 282012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 153,453 miles
Traveling on us 58 in suffolk, va. I was forced off the road while trying to avoid an accident and hit a very large water filled pot hole. The results was my driver side front tire came off the vehicle after breaking two lug nuts. The truck slid 300 feet down the road until coming to rest in the median. A usaa repair facility replaced the driver side hub assembly. I moved to kings bay ga. And started to notice a vibration in the steering wheel. The vehicle has 35" off road tire on it so I assumed the tires need to balanced. After about three weeks of driving the real problems arose. I developed the "Dodge death wobble". it is a violent shaking of the steering system that forces you to slow to below 45 miles per hour. It is so violent that a 36 year old navy diver chief, who has been to tactical driving schools for the military, has a difficult time holding it on the road. Now, I have had the Dodge dealership disregard the problem, balance the tires, replace the steering dampener, and the problem still exists.

- Saint Marys, GA, USA

problem #5

May 102012

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,180 miles
We were driving to the store and the vehicle started shaking violently and caused us to go into the other lane. I slowed down to stop, got out looked for some broken part.... did not see anything out of the ordinary. We then proceeded slowly back home and the vehicle just had a continuous vibration, but did not shake violently. I then looked it up on the computer and found others having the same problem. I would really like to know what needs to be done to avoid excess cost but be safe.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #4

Dec 232011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 112,000 miles


While driving my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 down the highway and I will hit small bump, and the truck will violently shake and I am unable to steer the truck. The "death wobble" makes it impossible for me to steer during the shaking and the only way to regain control of the truck is to try to brake and not crash. This first started on 12-23-11 and has happened about 6 times since then. The death wobble occurs at speeds as slow as 40 mph. It is extremely dangerous due to my inability to steer when the truck shakes so violently. I have researched this and there are more people with this same problem and there appears to be no fix. The tires shake side to side and the inside of the cab of the pickup is vibrating violently.

- Laurel, MT, USA

problem #3

Jan 032012

Ram 2500

  • 100,806 miles
Well have you heard of the "death wobble!!!"???"" google this and it will tell you exactly! my husbands truck hops at 70 mph on the freeway almost causing a huge accident! why the hell after all the complaints nothing has been done with this issue! thousands of people are talking about this online!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Hall, MT, USA

problem #2

Feb 172011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
My 03 Dodge 2500 diesel Ram truck occasionally gets an extremely violent front end vibration after hitting bumps or ruts in the road. Failure happens anywhere from 500 miles to 7000 miles apart.

- Bennett, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving, the right front passenger wheel completely disengaged from the vehicle causing an accident.

- Camden, MS, USA

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