really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,192 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 132016

Ram 2500

  • 200,000 miles


I entered the highway in my Dodge Ram 2500 2008 truck, while I was at 50 mph my truck started making growling noises from the engine and I heard explosive noises from the bottom of the truck. My speed dropped to 25 mph and I could see from my side mirror car parts exploding off the truck on the highway in front of other vehicles while I was in motion and driving. This a highway at speeds of 70 mph so I had to move over to the service lane luckily I was in the right lane but I barely avoid a large petroleum truck from crushing my truck which would have been a homicide because he was blowing his horn and could not stop in time. The car dealer claims they are investigating its has now been 4 days and I have not heard anything yet called Chrysler manufacturer waiting to hear back about what caused this to happen to my truck. I only know some of the parts damaged on the truck

- Hebron, OH, USA

problem #9

Jul 012015

Ram 2500

  • miles
Steering recall- vehicle initiates into the death shake when speed exceeds 55mph on a turn. Transmission problems- vehicle has problems shifting normally by shifting straight into 4th gear when shifting into drive and will drive sluggishly

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #8

May 132015

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,869 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while approaching a stop, the contact engaged the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated independently. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact had to crash into a mountain order to stop the vehicle. The contact did not sustain any injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,869. Updated 7/21/15 updated 9/23/15

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jan 312014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 47,000 miles


TL-the contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated while departing from the driveway driving approximately 2 mph, there was a loud sound from the bottom of the vehicle. He had a previous recall repaired by the manufacturer campaign id number(N49/nhtsa13V-529). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The previous failure was repaired by an authorized dealer. The ball joint to the steering broke as he was traveling and the vehicle had to be towed to an authorized dealer. The vehicle was repaired for a different problem not related to the recall. The failure mileage was 47,000. Dyd

- Joshua Tree, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 262011

Ram 2500

  • 59,500 miles
Heading to town to take 2008 Dodge Ram to the dealership to have looked at for stalling at idle and no foot pedal response. Shut truck off and restarted now I have throttle.. anyways headed to dealership to have these thing looked at. Im on the interstate cruise control set at 70mph. I go over a slight dip on the interstate than experience what feels like two blown front tires. The entire truck is shaking violently. Its all I can do to hold onto the steering wheel. The truck feels like its going to fall apart. I get on the brakes start pulling to the side of the road at about 10miles an hour this violent vibration stops. This incident was the scariest incident I've been through. I inspected the truck nothing visible wrong so I continued on to dealership with no problems.. 15 minutes later I stopped shaking. Told service man at dealership what just happened and he says oh you just experienced the death wobble.. are you serious they have a nickname for this and are still selling these vehicles at 40,000 a piece. I refused to sign the work agreement and left the truck there. I will not pay to have this truck fixed. This vehicle is a serious danger to the driver, passengers and any other vehicles on the road. After research I found many other incidents of what I have described. Go to youtube and type Dodge death wobble. Vehicle manufactures should be responsible for there product. Concerned and productive United States citizen..

- Blackfoot, ID, USA

problem #5

Dec 222010

Ram 2500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge ramm 2500 St. While driving approximately 25-40 mph, there was a sudden increase in the acceleration for three seconds. The vehicle began to slow down after the contact applied the brakes repeatedly. The contact was able to continue driving with caution. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The contact was awaiting a response as to the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Santa Paula , CA, USA

problem #4

May 042010

Ram 2500

  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. While stopped, the contact attempted to accelerate but the vehicle did not respond for approximately 4 seconds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure could not be diagnosed. The failure occurred intermittently so the vehicle was taken back to the dealer who was still unable to diagnose the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 18,000 and the current mileage was approximately 39,000.

- Norco, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 042010

Ram 2500

  • 61,346 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated the accelerator pedal became stuck in the open throttle position while attempting a right turn. The vehicle abnormally accelerated to 60 mph before the contact was able to shift into neutral and turn the vehicle off. The contact had not driven the vehicle since the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage and current mileage was 61,346.

- Pine Bluff, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 052009

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The throttle was sticking intermittently primarily when the air conditioner was on. The vehicle also idled excessively when sitting still. He has taken the vehicle to six dealers and they all said that there was no failure. The manufacturer also sent a representative to look at the vehicle and they could not duplicate or diagnose the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Hungtington Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 192008

Ram 2500

  • 3,200 miles
On a misty morning our truck began to skid as we attempted to accelerate after yielding to exiting traffic on an access road on ih 10. My husband tried to control the skid by steering into it, but we just kept skidding out of control. He purposely remembers not applying the brake in an attempt to lessen the loss of control. We continued the skid across 2 lanes of access road to the right, then spun around 180 degrees and skidded back across 3 lanes of access road to the left. We came to stop facing oncoming traffic after hitting a concrete retaining wall first with the right front of the truck and then with the right rear of the truck. I remember hearing the tires continuing to spin and smelled burning rubber. This caused over $6500 damage to the truck and has caused our insurance rates to increase. After months of discussing the wreck and replaying it in our minds, we have determined that probably, as my husband clinched the steering wheel and tried to control the spin, that the cruise control was engaged and set which made us continue to travel at the set speed instead of slowing and allowing him to regain control of the truck. The cruise control on/off button and the set button are both located on the steering wheel. This is the first vehicle that we have ever had or seen that has the on/off control for the cruise located on the steering wheel. Most vehicles have this either on the blinker lever or even on the dash board. We feel certain that the cruise control was inadvertently turned on when my husband tightened his hold on the steering wheel. I feel that this is an unsafe location for this control. We were very lucky that in our travels across all lanes of traffic, not once, but twice that there were no other cars on the road that morning or this would have been a multi car pile up. No change has been made to the truck's cruise control. We plan to have it disconnected. In attempt to prevent others from having a wreck, we are reporting it.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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