hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,002 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #11

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

problem #10

Jun 102010

Ram 3500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently stall when accelerating from a stop. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 72,360.

- Eneinitas, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 182011

Ram 3500

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram. The contact was traveling 70 mph when the vehicle began smoking. The contact pulled to the side and opened hood and found fluids draining from the engine. The contact was assisted by roadside assistance who discovered that the fourth cylinder was leaking from the engine. The vehicle was then towed to a mechanic. The technician advised that the computer should have shut down the engine when as pressure was lost. The contact had the cylinder replaced. The failure mileage was 113,000 and the current mileage was 115,758.

- Beaver, UT, USA

problem #8

Oct 202010

Ram 3500

  • 290,000 miles


Exhaust manifold cracked along center causing exhaust to enter cab area unknown to driver until sickened later. After consulting with several parts suppliers and mechanics it was discovered that this is a common problem among these model years and Chrysler Corp. Has done nothing about the problem.

- Foley, AL, USA

problem #7

Sep 062010

Ram 3500

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph the vehicle would stall. When the vehicle stalled in heavy traffic a crash could occur. The contact took the vehicle to a local dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that they are unaware of the failure. The contact stated is concerned about the vehicle stalling and the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 21,000.

- Derry, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 252005

Ram 3500

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that the vehicle generates excessive heat while driving at any speed. All of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument control panel and the vehicle sporadically stalled. He took the vehicle to the dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000 and current mileage was 47,000.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 192008

Ram 3500

  • miles


2005 Dodge Ram stalling.

- Leominster, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 202007

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 stalls when making turns. This started when the truck had about 12K miles and seems to be getting worse. I have taken to the dealership, and told there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. Of course now it has 43K and is out of warranty so I cannot afford to take for $100 diagnostic everytime truck stalls, just to be told nothing is wrong. This is very dangerous because the steering and brakes are almost non existent when this happens and it usually happens when making a turn. I just hope that it doesn't happen in heavy traffic. I have read online that this is not just my truck and others have the same problem. Why does Dodge not step up and correct the problem" does it take a death before they do"

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 042007

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
(1) vehicle stalls without warning while driving it, vibration while applying brakes, humming noise coming from trans and vehicle vibration at 50 to 65 miles an hour (2) these problems nearly caused an accident on 4 deferent occasions, complained to the dealership many times how unsafe this vehicle is and they won't fix the problems. (3) I finally had to pay them to replace the rotors and brake pad front and rear, how the stalling, the vibration, humming from the trans at 50 to 65 still occurs to date and was refused at two other dealerships and turned away.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 112007

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
This has been a problem on and off for 2 years. Dealer unable to find problem. While driving our 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pick up this last weekend, as we accelerated in traffic, the truck engine choked and then began to stall. We had just turned on to the highway when the engine power began to fail for the fifth time. We were almost hit by on coming traffic due to the engine failure.

- Royal Oaks, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 172006

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2005 Ram 1500, 4.7 liter engine. Single cab. Vehicle engine cuts off when making right hand turns. Has happened multiple times last summer. I have been to the dealership every time. Only happens when hot outside and humidity is high.

- Galloway, OH, USA

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