really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,660 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 292006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


On certain pickup trucks equipped with diesel engines and automatic transmissions, in an attempt to exit the vehicle quickly without shutting off the engine and removing the key, the driver may inadvertently leave the automatic transmission shift control in indicated reverse. Consequence: This error is an unintended action that may result in a lack of transmission park pawl engagement and possibly delayed rearward movement of the vehicle. Remedy: Dealers will perform a software modification to equip these vehicles with an out-of-park alarm. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Dodge is saving a bundle of money by going this route.....instead of fixing that slippery indent between park and reverse selector positions we have to live with a horn blowing. I sometimes need to open my door while backing up. Now I have to listen to a horn blowing as well as my neighbors. Tell Chrysler there are putting a band aid over an open would that needs stitching.

- Barre, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 122006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Vehicle was recalled to remedy failure to go into park. Mfr's. solution was to make the horn blow if the truck wasn't firmly in park. This was never explained to me, and I thought the horn blowing was an electrical problem in the steering column. If the dealer doesn't take the time to explain the so-called fix to the vehicle owner, it's a useless exercise. As far as the horn warning goes, this is only a band-aid on a serious problem. The hazard still exists.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #3

Sep 012005

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,100 miles
: the contact stated during hurricane katrina, the vehicle gear shift was placed in park near a levee with the engine running. Although, the vehicle was in park it rolled down a steep grade and into a nearby pond. The vehicle was submerged into 10 feet of water with the engine running. The contact exited the vehicle without any injuries. The police were not contacted. The vehicle was extracted from the pond by a towing service. The vehicle was inspected by an insurance Agency; due to the water damage the vehicle was totaled.

- Jayess, MS, USA

problem #2

Aug 152005

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle's gear position indicator was in park the vehicle rolled backward. While standing outside of the vehicle with the engine running it rolled and hit a parked vehicle. Although the gear position indicator was in park, when the indicator was inspected after the incident, the position indicator was found in reverse. The police filed a report at the scene. However, no injuries were reported. The vehicle sustained damage to the bumper with additional property damage to the other vehicles. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership for inspection. The dealership could not duplicate the problem. The contact claimed wife was in the passenger's seat at the time of crash, but could not get to gear shift in time to stop vehicle.,she had left arm in a sling due to rotator cuff surgery. The vehicle continued to have the problem of the gear shift jumping into reverse. The indicator definitely wa sin park momentarily before changing back to reverse. The contact's liability insurance paid for repairs to the other vehicle in clash, and the insurance premium increased as a result of the accident. Also, the contact enclosed a copy of the safety recall notice which he received from daimler/Chrysler. He felt damage to the vehicle has not been repaired, and he felt this was a Dodge problem.

- Quitman, MS, USA

problem #1

Nov 222005

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,200 miles
The contact stated when putting vehicle in the park position the selector will indicate park, but must be careful because sometimes it will say that it was in park but actually it will be in another gear. This could result in an accident. While backing up he put the vehicle in park, got out of the vehicle, and vehicle started rolling and hit the garage door. He contacted the dealership and manufacturer. The vehicle is under warranty.

- Mandan , ND, USA

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