really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,000 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 drivetrain problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012014

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 210,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. While driving 65 mph, the lever connected to the transfer case detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transfer lever, the transfer case, and driveshaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 210,000. Updated 01/23/15

- Johnstown, CO, USA

problem #2

Nov 012006

Ram 3500

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that there was a noise heard frequently from the front driver's side tire area. Additionally, the ger slipped while in park and the vehicle rolled away, crashing into a telephone pole. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. Additionally, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number:13V528000 (steering) but was advised by the dealer that the parts needed to complete the repair were not available. The contact received the notice several years ago. The contact stated after the first recall notice was received, there was an attempt to schedule repairs with two different dealers who could not service the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105000.

- Siler City, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 152012

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 75,000 miles
Experienced puff puff sound from underside of motor. Upon inspection one of the manifold bolts to the exhaust system was broken off. No accident/incidence caused this. Upon repair, mechanic found 3 and 4 gaskets on each port (to the exhaust system) not one gasket as it should be. The manifold had warped and bolt holes between the manifold ports and exhaust no longer lined up. Since the manifold had never been touched before this, it was incorrectly installed and/or manufactured with multiple gaskets to force the bolts to incorrectly line with the exhaust. When heated the manifold then warped and the first bolt broke off. Upon contacting Dodge customer care, they claimed the warranty had expired (basic if 5 yrs or 150,000 km) and since it was now 7yrs with only 120,000km they would not cover repair under warranty. Clearly a manufacturers defect. Customer care inquired why this had not been discovered earlier; their ignorant attitude reflected that they believed customers should check the bolts as often as they checked their oil! such an obvious manufacturer's defect should be covered by Dodge, as it contradicts current vehicle emission regulations.

- Eastend, MT, USA

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