really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,050 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 3500 electrical problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Apr 162019

Ram 3500

  • 189,000 miles


On the night of Apr 16, 2019 it same like everyday I went home from work back up my truck in the driveway turn off and got in the house forgot my ipad went back out and get it, back in the house went to take the shower and then five minutes later the truck burn down, the fire truck came they put out the fire, and I got the report said engine area, running gear, wheel area.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #53

Mar 282018

Ram 3500

  • 170,000 miles
Wiper blade electronics will stop intermittently causing loss of visibility especially in severe weather conditions. This has happened numerous times despite use of appropriate de-icer winter formula wiper fluid, replacement of the wiper motor, and multi-function switch assembly. The problem appears to be overload of the circuit when there is mild to moderate amount of ice on the windshield or when the steering wheel is readjusted downward causing the wiring harness to come loose. This has almost caused major accidents at least 2 and maybe even 3 times due to this issue. The problem occurred when driving straight at slow speed of about 20 mph due to severe weather and I was forced to stop when the wipers would stop working.

- Taos, NM, USA

problem #52

Jan 302018

Ram 3500

  • 126,310 miles
Turn signal eradicating going from normal left working to fast on dash but no exterior left front or back then changing to right working then back all when left stick is engaged also horn beeps once or twice all the time while driving or parked while runninig

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #51

May 202016

Ram 3500

  • 101,798 miles


Takata recall - when they replaced my driver's side airbag they broke the electrical substrate (in the airbag cover) that functions the horn. Apparently this is happening on most of these as the part is on back order. I haven't had a horn since May 2016 and have almost been in a wreck as a result.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #50

Apr 142016

Ram 3500

  • 195,500 miles
Faulty total integrated power module creates a situation where the vehicle can change from 2wd to 4WD at anytime. A situation like this can create a hazard while driving at any significant speed. For example, trying to take a turn while the driver expects to be in 2wd but the vehicle is in 4WD will cause the vehicle to take wider turns than normal. This may lead to the vehicle entering into the path of entering oncoming traffic causing a head on collision.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #49

Dec 182015

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2006 Dodge 3500. Consumer writes in regards to recall notice 14V-795. The consumer submitted invoices, proving the repairs were done, prior to the recall. Also, the outer and inner tie rods, fuel pump and blower motor were replaced

- Erie, CO, USA

problem #48

Feb 102015

Ram 3500

  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V528000 (steering), 09E001000 (steering), 15V313000 (air bags), and 14V795000 (electrical system). The contact was unable to receive the parts for the recalls repairs. The contact called for several months and went to the dealer, but they were unable to confirm from the manufacturer when the parts would be shipped. While waiting for the repair, the front driver side tie rod fractured. The contact had to tow the vehicle to the contact's residence and replaced the part. The air bag warning light was also randomly flashing for weeks. The contact was unable to determine when the recall repairs would be completed for an extended period of time. Parts distribution disconnect. The failure mileage was not available.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #47

Jan 152014

Ram 3500

  • 76,000 miles
The RPM gauge goes completely out of sync of the actual RPM of the engine. This condition makes knowing manual shift points impossible to know rather driving a manual or automatic transmission equiped truck. Also causes excess emissions and a danger of losing control when taking out of gear for a downshift. This condition happens rather idleing or driving. There are several hundred compaints on the internet of this happening to 2006 Dodge diesel trucks.

- Nibley, UT, USA

problem #46

Nov 182015

Ram 3500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V795000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #45

Jul 102015

Ram 3500

  • 163,000 miles
Driver side brake and blinker for trailer light do not work. Seat belts do not retract.

- Ponchatoula, LA, USA

problem #44

Aug 072012

Ram 3500

  • 167,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that when the ignition key was turned to the on position, the vehicle failed to operate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the injector needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V795000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 167,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #43

Mar 082006

Ram 3500

  • 6,000 miles
Every time I took it to the dealer, they said there was nothing they could do about the problem. The whole front end felt like it was loose. I could hardly keep it on the road. The dealer test drove it the several times I took it there, but they never fixed anything. I tried to fix it myself because it was a hazard. Finally we got a recall on this exact problem, after I called Chrysler for some help, which they told me they would get in touch with the dealer, but the dealer told me they never got any notice. I have a lot of receipts of all the parts I bought trying to fix the problem. But it still isn't right. I have had this truck for 10 years and love it, but am really getting tired of fixing it. Also the computer has never shifted the transmission correctly, but again the dealer could not find any problem. I sure hope you can buy this vehicle back, or fix everything I have tried to get fixed for years on end.

- Howe, TX, USA

problem #42

Jan 192015

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V795000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 09/18/15

- Camptonville, CA, USA

problem #41

May 092014

Ram 3500

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. While driving at 55 mph, the contact heard a noise and the vehicle veered to the right. In addition, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fan belt and other multiple parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V528000 (steering), 14V795000 (electrical system), and 14V817000 (air bags); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Lewiston, ID, USA

problem #40

Jul 282014

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 81,990 miles
Steering wheel not center dealer wont fixed ask three times also turn signals the right comes on when you turn on the left one they fixed after fighting with them the wipers stop some times and then go slow then fast then stop the tipm is bad it runs all the electrical on truck had lots of concerns that it will stall because some time the head lights go bright then dim then bright the trailer light some time come on both then one goes out had trailer check out they said was the truck I drive in daylight hours if I can just had tipm replaced at dealer had to fight with them it cost me $1500 dollars they said their no recall it a safety thing I just think they should pay not me.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #39

Oct 152014

Ram 3500

  • 81,822 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact was able to start the vehicle without depressing the safety clutch pedal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,822.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #38

Apr 152014

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
Discovered that there was a recall on the malfunction switch. I carried my vehicle to the Dodge dealership. I was refused to have the switch replaced because I was told I was 700 miles over the warranty. I tried to explain that this was a recall to no avail. My switch is doing exactly as described, at intermittent times the switch will display the opposite direction chosen. Turn right blinker on and left comes on, etc. Also sometimes the switch will not turn headlights from dim to bright or bright to dim. This is a major safety concern as it gives the wrong intention on turns and also blinding oncoming traffic. These issues could possibly cause a crash.

- Perrin, TX, USA

problem #37

Jun 262014

Ram 3500

  • 97,142 miles
Driving in the rain at 40 mph and windsheald wipers stopped working "no wipers on any setting". changed "parts from Dodge dealer" the multi-switch $97 dollars no fix, changed the wiper motor assembaly $214 dollars no fix. Dodge dealer said it had to be the timp and it is $875 dollars just for the part. The dealer told me to just bypass the timp due to they go out all the time. My first issue is over a $1000 dollars to fix just wipers with the chance for some other electrical item to go out at anytime and have to replace the timp again for another $875 dollars. Second issue who designs a electrical control system that is not separating each electrical item!? it would be like one breaker going bad in your house but you can not change just the one break you have to change out the entire electrical panel.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #36

Jun 122014

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 42,000 miles
As I was driving down the road to work I turned on the blinker and a bell went off, then the windshield wiper started spraying fluid on the windows and the wipers would not work. I was 2 blocks from my office and pulled in and turned the engine off. When I exited the vehicle a smelled what smelled like electrical fire. I opened the hood and noticed smoke coming from the fuse box. I went into my office and was getting ready to call for a tow truck when I heard the trucks horn started honking, I ran outside and the vehicles lights were flashing on and off and the truck was starting running and then turning off all on its own with out a key in the ignition. The smoke was really pouring out and the started kept trying to start. I disconnected the batteries and removed the fuse box. This is a serious safety issue and I have read numerous blogs regarding this problem this morning. Thank goodness I was stopped in my office parking lot when this happened as if I was going down the road this could have killed someone.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #35

Oct 012013

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 80,000 miles
Clutch start switch broke allowing starter to engage without clutch petal depressed....updated 01/07/ 15 the clutch master cylinder was replaced. Updated 01/20/15

- Carrollton, VA, USA

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