really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 152004

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


My 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel has been jumping into reverse from park. This has happened three times. The first time was in the middle of January. I parked at MINImart at 6am to get a cup of coffee. It was cold so I left the engne idling to warm up. I came out to find my vehicle gone. I looked across the street and found it smashed into a building. The truck had minimal damage, but extensive damage was done to the building. I thought maybe I mistakinly put the lever in reverse at first, but but you cant get out of the door without the vehile taking off when you leave it in reverse, if you take your foot off the brake it takes off. This hapened again in mid March. I left the vehicle to check a field, I herd a klunk and turned around to find my pickup backing down the road. At this point I had the dealer check the transmisson. The found nothing wrong. In mid I June was checking rice boxes on a canal bank when it happened again. This time the pickup went into the canal and filled 1/4 full of water, as will as body damage. I again took it to the dealer. They had a represenative from diamler-Chrysler come out and check the vehicle. He did a whole series of tests. They later sent me a letter stating my claim had been denied. They are doing nothing! these vehicles are unsafe. I dont know where to go from here.

- Woodland, CA, USA

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