really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,800 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 suspension problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 082007

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,000 miles


2003 Dodge Ram 3500 4X4. Death wobble possibly due to defective ball joints. Dealer would not address during warranty. Progressively worsening. Hazard on the highway due to death wobble. Happens at speeds over 55mph when hitting any bump with both front tires.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 112004

Ram 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Lost control of vehicle on a mountain road. Front left wheel fell off, leading me into a rock. Vehicle is total loss and I have had physical damage on my face from it going through the driver door window on impact. Dodge has denied my claim even though there is a recall on Dakota's for same problem.

- Anza, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 042004

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Front ball joints were defective at 13,000 miles.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Nov 252004

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge 3500 4X4 truck. At 25,000 miles I noticed the front tires starting to wear improperly. After checking out the front end I found all 4 ball joints in the front of the truck very loose. I have been to the Dodge dealer 4 times to correct this problem and one time to correct a problem they caused with the anti-lock brake system when they repaired the ball joints.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 102004

Ram 3500

  • miles
Reading your comments about Dodge durango and Dakota gave me some satisfaction of my issue. I have 03 Dodge Ram with inferior/faulty ball joints. I have attempted to get the dealer to address without success. The argument is over how much play is allowed. Independent shops will not align and say this is a common problem with Dodge. I contacted Dodge to attempt to get information on the number of owners with similar complaint and was informed that it was proprietary information. This generation of Dodge must use a different ball joint than the prior generation. I saw your alert and was curious if it included the Ram pick up? any help would be appreciated.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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