really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,619 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 drivetrain problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jan 052016

Ram 2500

  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. When pulling into the driveway, the transmission failed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Nicholson, PA, USA

problem #20

Oct 012009

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
After parking the vehicle and putting the shift into park, the shift jumps out of park and into reverse gear.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #19

Aug 262014

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle with the transmission in gear with the clutch engaged, the vehicle suddenly surged forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the clutch safety switch had failed and the entire clutch slave cylinder assembly would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 10/23/14

- Valley City, ND, USA

problem #18

May 272014

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles


Failure of clutch/starter interlock switch, vehicle will start with clutch out.

- Winfield, TN, USA

problem #17

Aug 082009

Ram 2500

  • 36,000 miles
Clutch pedal will occasionally not disengage the clutch after extended vehicle operation, particularly in hot ambient temperatures. I have experienced this problem at least 6 times since 2009; after extended driving (with or without towing, usually in warmer temperatures) the clutch pedal cannot be pushed to the floor to disengage the clutch from the flywheel. The first incident, in 2009, occurred after I stopped my truck for fuel, and resulted in vehicle movement during engine cranking when I forced the clutch pedal down far enough to engage the clutch position switch to allow cranking. The issue became repeatable enough that I replaced the entire clutch system (master cylinder, hydraulic tubing, and slave cylinder) in 2013 with the oe parts, and had the same issue occur with the replacement system.

- Battle Ground, WA, USA

problem #16

May 232014

Ram 2500

  • 145,000 miles
Wow another trip to the transmission place.... this is beginning to get ridiculous. We are at the transmission place again. The hesitation while in motion to get into traffic or while at a stop light we are literally shoving our foot through the floor board while the truck is trying to determine whether or not it wants to shift1-2. we lhad to limp home from a road trip and take it back to our transmission place we had just rebuilt it 8 months ago for the same reason we took it to him in the first place. We know for a fact what parts were used to rebuild the tranny, and we should have any problems, only for them to say oh when you have changed out your batteries or such the electrical could also mess with the governor or the solenoid. Well let's just say we have not changed batteries nor have we towed anything in the last 16 months. Dodge needs to help fix this problem. This is becoming very costly as well as an endangerment while driving or stopped in traffic and the truck begins to buck and wanting to shift the gears at the wrong time and us lose control while stopped or while driving it decades to shift finally. We cannot afford for our children to drive this vehicle if it is going to continue to become an issue with the tranny.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #15

Oct 102013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 112,000 miles


We had the same issue happen again. Accelerating to move into traffic and yet again the truck begins to buck and act all wacky... this makes it very difficult when trying to maneuver in and out of traffic and avoid getting rear ended or T-boned because of the delay in the truck trying to shift into the appropriate gears. This time we had to replace and rebuild the transmission, I don't like shelling out that kind of money when Dodge is fully aware of this problem and refuses to recall the vehicles which they are aware of with the solenoid issues either getting stuck open or closed and making the repairs, making it very costly to the consumer. We are very lucky we did not get rear ended or T-boned while traveling a distance and limp back to our house and concerned for our family while in this vehicle. Very angry consumer with Dodge for not wanting to be responsible for previous vehicles to be repaired, so they change the parts to enhance the transmission to a self greasing solenoid and inside parts to avoid this costly repair to themselves.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 202013

Ram 2500

  • 110,000 miles
When pullin gout into the traffic the vehicle's RPM's was race off and the vehicle would buck and not want to shift into gear while in a moving motion. We had to literally push the gas pedal to the floor before it would jump into the next gear. The solenoid was replaced.

- Conroe , TX, USA

problem #13

Apr 222014

Ram 2500

  • 89,000 miles
Driving down the road 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 hd, with the 5.7 hemi, the 4WD and 4lo light flashes and tries to enguage into 4X4. Even when the truck is in the driveway, and motor is off key out of ignition U can still hear the transfer case motor clicking in and out of 4WD. I am not the first to report this problem there is a whole form of people having this problem. Took it to a trans shop they think it may be the actuator but said they cannot guarantee thats it. $500 to do that job. Whats going on here? I googled it and see many people have the same problem but know fixes.

- Fairfield, NJ, USA

problem #12

May 012014

Ram 2500

  • miles
Driving down the road 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 hd, with the 5.7 hemi, the 4WD and 4lo light flashes and tries to engage into 4X4. Even when the truck is in the driveway, and motor is off key out of ignition U can still hear the transfer case motor clicking in and out of 4WD. I am not the first to report this problem there is a whole form of people having this problem with the hemi motors. Here is a link to the forms so U can read them www.cargurus.com/cars/discussion-T4148_ds482593.

- Brook , IN, USA

problem #11

Feb 012012

Ram 2500

  • 50,000 miles


I rarely use my four-wheel-drive on my 2006 Dodge Ram cummings diesel mega cab not sure exactly when it starts to happen but it was somewhere under 30,000 miles I noticed a small rattling sound underneath my truck I tried to find and locate it myself. So I went on to some forms and checked with people to see if they knew what that rattling sound could be. They all said the same thing that the U joints were giving out some as little as 15,000 miles so I checked my you joints ensure and off my you joints were wearing out I'm both sides on the front wheel steer wheels on my 4 X 4 this seems to be a common problem with the cummins diesels and especially with the Dodge mega cabs seems to be a common problem with the 2006 Dodge Ram I would appreciate it if you would check the Dodge forms in see for yourself this is a big problem in Dodge refuses to do anything about it to cover their mistakes the main problem with the U joints is that you cannot grease them now mind you I work on a lot of heavy-duty vehicles mostly 18 wheelers in something like this seems like a no-brainer I feel Dodge should have to compensate or replace U joints with proper ones I hope you agree for when you check into it this is a very expensive fix for a common problem is happening in a lot of 2500 and 3500 Dodge 2005-2006+ vehicles ps thank you for your time and I hope you can solve this problem.

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #10

Aug 012007

Ram 2500

  • miles
These trucks have been sold with faulty electrical systems that Dodge has not been able to correct with out costing the owners thousands of dollars. The tpim module constantly needs to be reflashed and replaced to keep your trucks electrical system working. They have designed this system so that the consumer cannot repair or even inspect the system which I believe is a violation of federal law. All of these vehicles have issues with the module and Dodge has made millions of dollars because of their faulty part. This module affects lights, wipers, A/C, cranking system etc... this needs to be looked at carefully and Dodge should be held liable to repair this problem.

- Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #9

May 282008

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • miles
Trans not shifting prop. Been rebuilt 2 times in the past 6 years.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 012008

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 15,000 miles
When shifting the automatic transmission to the park position, the transmission slips back into reverse. This has always occurred on my 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 with the 5.9 diesel engine and automatic transmission.

- Deer Ridge, UT, USA

problem #7

Nov 292012

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the front suspension started to shake violently. The contact mentioned that while the vehicle was shaking, he heard a loud noise as the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact then discovered that the transmission was abnormally leaking fluid. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 130,000. Updated 12/31/12 the consumer stated numerous parts were replaced but, the vehicle still shakes violently when hitting a bump in the road. Updated 1/4/2013

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #6

Nov 082006

Ram 2500

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 megacab. While driving approximately 25 mph, the entire vehicle began to vibrate severely and a metal-on-metal clunking noise emitted from the transmission. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on ten separate occasions for the same defect. The four tires were rotated but the failure continued. The technician informed the contact that there was not a remedy available to correct the malfunction. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Holmes, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 152012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 78,000 miles
Upon parking my truck, putting the vehicle in park, and exiting, I then noticed a loud clank sound and then the truck started rolling back. It was stopped by a curb. It seemed to pop out of gear. This is the second time this has happened.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012008

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 25,000 miles
I purchased my 2006 Dodge 2500 4X4 brand new in 2006. My truck is in great condition except for two major concerns..my A/C went out in Dec. 2010 it was replaced with another defective one which was immediately replaced again. Dealer did not replace the flapper under dash. I took truck in Nov. 2011 the windshield would get extremely foggy and a noise would come from under dash when I put A/C on high, dealer said it was the flap that would control where the air is directed. They wanted $800 to replace a $34 part. I told them that should have been fixed when they replaced A/C. dealer said it still would not be covered under warranty anyway. This is a serious issue when fog gets on windshield why does someone have to die before a part is recalled. I have to open my windows to defrost my windshield. The other issue is when truck is supposedly in park and you open the door the horn honks, dash lights turn on and off and twice it has jumped into reverse on it's own. The first time I was at the post office putting mail outside I was a bit to far from box so I put it in park, opened door jumped off and truck jumped into reverse luckily I'm a small person and was able to jump in and step brake. This has happened about three times. The park does not engage properly because at heb I put it in park turn off truck went in store came back to turn on truck. It wouldn't start and it was in park. I had to put it in neutral to start it. Another customer came to see what was wrong I tried to put it in park again and it wouldn't go after about to more attempts it went into park I took it to dealer and they could not duplicate problem so nothing was done. I have reported it here so if something happens at least it was reported, if Dodge doesn't do anything they will if more people see that others are having the same problem.

- Premont, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 012011

Ram 2500

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormal noise when he noticed that the transfer case failed. The dealer informed the contact that because the vehicle was no longer under warranty, they would not be able to provide any assistance and the vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was 109,000.

- Larkstur, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 052010

Ram 2500

  • 30,000 miles
Front axle U joints at only 38,000. Miles although I believe they were bad before under 36,000 three years. But didn't show that bad only slight clunk when shifting to 4 wheel drive and sharp tight turns there are no grease fitting on these parts it is a sealed unit(the U joint) so it couldn't be maintained.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

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