hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,539 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 072011

Ram 3500

  • 100,000 miles


Wipers on my truck have a mind of their own they work completely random, sometimes not at all, sometimes stop while driving, intermittent sometimes goes full blast. This has been an ongoing issue for years with countless write ups and complaints online but no support from Chrysler. It is a huge safety concern as you can lose visibility when they stop for no reason or dont turn on in heavy rain.

- Duncan, WA, USA

problem #11

Aug 032015

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2005 Dodge Ram 3500. Consumer writes in regards to the integrated power module safety problems and driver airbag inflator recall notice. The consumer stated the part known as the integrated power module that controlled the head lights, brake lights and stop relay for trailer braking was not available in the United States. The part is subject to corrosion and is currently on back order.

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #10

May 092015

Ram 3500

  • 143,000 miles
Driving down highway car in front was slow when I passed car fan cut my wire on clutchfan engin light came on got home a few minites after look under hood seen wire was cut this is the 2nd time this happened in 2 days

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 202013

Ram 3500

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that the rear driver and passenger doors malfunctioned. The contact mentioned that the failure was due to the fractured wiring harness and the failed latches. The vehicle was repaired by the vehicle owner. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 012011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 85,000 miles
Wiring harness on both rear doors have broken and no long will power lock and indicate the door is ajar aswell as rear speakers are no longer functional.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #7

Oct 072013

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle became engulfed in flames. The fire department was called and a report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and had an engineer inspect the vehicle. The engineer determined that the fire began in the engine compartment due to the battery. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. Updated 05/16/2014 status update. 02/26/15.

- Wallkill, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 302011

Ram 3500

  • 43,500 miles


Preparing to turn left from US69 onto county road. Left turn signal on. Began the turn and a pickup began to pass on the left. He ran off of the left side of the highway at a highway speed. Very nearly rolled. Couldn't understand why he would pass as I was turning left. Later, a friend was following me and called me on me cell and asked if I knew my right blinker was flashing when I changed lanes to the left. Pulled over to test. Sometimes it would blink left. Other times it would go immediately to the right blinker. Other times it will start left and switch to the right. Googling the problem, I find it is a problem with the multifunction switch and from the Dodge diesel forums, been around for awhile and quite common. Dodge evidently denies there is a problem. Totally inconceivable that a part could fail and have the exact opposite thing happen than what was intended. If there have not been fatalities or injuries related to this, I would be surprised. Maybe not even realized. Here is a link to one of the forums and the first post form 08 is almost identical as what happened to me. www.dieseltruckresource.com/dev/showthread.php?T=208543&highlight=turn+signal

- Whitehouse, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 082010

Ram 3500

  • 140,000 miles
I signal left with the turn signal but the right turn signal activates. It happens about 30% of the time. Gathering information to correct it now. From the boards it appears it is the multi-function switch.

- Strasburg, CO, USA

problem #4

Sep 122007

Ram 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received a recall for the audio alarm (E17). He stated that the remedy is incorrect and should re-engineer the shift deterrent linkage. He further stated that the deterrent linkage was not firm enough to know what gear was applied. There had been no failure to date. The powertrain and recall information were unknown. The current mileage was 17,000.

- Kansa City, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 092006

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
(2) failure and its consequences and are that we are purchasing a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 series truck that has been taken back to the dealer union Chrysler Dodge in union, SC for service due to the engine will cut off while driving.....it has been taken back several times for this problem and the mechanic cannot seem to locate the problem.....it was a near call the other week when the truck cut off as crossing a railroad track---what would the consequences would have been with it cutting off on the track-----lost of life and limb.......

- Union, SC, USA

problem #2

Oct 012005

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 15 mph the dashboard lights, head lights and the dome lights intermittently flickered in and out. When the vehicle was taken to the dealership, they determined the electrical system had a defect; however it could not be repaired. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 232005

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,970 miles
Consumer states: All of a sudden vehicle died when making a turn in traffic, no lights came on, it just died. Dealer couldn't find anything wrong the first time but then they called back had us come in, and they flashed the computer, and then had us bring it back and flashed again.

- White Samon, WA, USA

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