really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,875 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon transmission problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 232009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 96,000 miles


When shifting my truck into park it hangs up and the indicator either reads park or nothing but the vehicle will not start due to still being engaged in gear. I T is also difficult to get out of park when it does go in. I spoke to my dealer about it and he said it was common and a valve in the transmission needed replaced since my warranty was out due to mileage it would run around $600. I did not see it as that big of a problem so I did not have it repaired. I left my truck running at a gas station one morning which I rarely do and while I was inside paying for a cup of coffee my truck took off in reverse and crashed into a utility poll. Us 287 was right behind the poll with very busy traffic. Also the fuel pumps were on the other side. I know several other people with the same model truck and the same sticky valve. I will never leave my truck idling or without the brake set. What if it was in my drive with my kids playing behind me. I went into my dealership after the accident and my dealer was unconcerned.

- Dumas, TX, USA

problem #5

May 162008

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 36,000 miles
2006 Dodge Ram slipped into reverse, horn honking due to safety recall. Which didn't work. Result bent bumper shared kids.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 222007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,250 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. While parked on an incline, the contact started the vehicle and placed his foot on the accelerator pedal. The vehicle then drifted backwards. He took his vehicle to the local dealer and they stated that this was a normal characteristic for the transmission torque converter to drain backwards. In order to reverse this failure, the vehicle must be placed in neutral for 2- 3 minutes before shifting into reverse. The contact stated there were no warnings or direction in traction. The current and failure mileages were 14,250. Updated 12/12/07

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #3

Apr 012007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2006 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup has a so called "safety" feature where is the transmission is not fully engaged in park when the door is open the horn starts honking non-stop until either the door is closed of the transmission is fully engaged in park. This fix is completely unacceptable to people who pull trailers and need to open the door while in reverse to see where they are going. To me Dodge has only masked the problem by not fixing the transmission shift mechanism. I would think there should be a recall to install a proper transmission shift mechanism and remove the horn honk feature. The vehicle could still roll backwards just with the horn blowing! need to fix the mechanical aspect if you ask me.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 032006

Ram 2500 Power Wagon Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Dodge Ram truck with a long list of problems* the consumer experienced numerous problems with the vehicle such as ignition switch malfunctions, the ignition would not lock, shift lever, exhaust smokes excessively, the engine shutters and shutdown, transmission shifting improperly primarily in 2nd and 3rd gear, there were times when the consumer could not get the vehicle out of park. The head lights and tail lights come on and go off, the electric locks malfunctioned, various problems with the cab lights, the instrument cluster failed.

- Laramie, WY, USA

problem #1

Nov 012006

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
I stopped by the house to pick up an umbrella and a few other personal items before going to meet my returning husband from iraq. I pulled into the driveway up to the garage and left our 2005 Dodge pickup running in park. I ran inside through the garage door and was inside approximately 4-5 minutes. The vehicle jumped from park, skipped reverse and neutral and went into drive all by itself. It ran in to our kitchen wall and did a large amount of damage. Both the home and the vehicle were damaged.

- Frankfrot, KY, USA

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