really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,864 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

May 012011

Ram 3500

  • 100,000 miles


The turn signal switch malfunctions and the switch for a left turn is initiated, the right turn signal lights actually blink.

- Bush, LA, USA

problem #16

Mar 122011

Ram 3500

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram. The contact stated when using the right turn signal, the left one would illuminate and when using the left turn signal the right one would illuminate. Occasionally, the lights completely failed to function. The vehicle was not inspected. The failure mileage was 93,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #15

Feb 132011

Ram 3500

  • 89,427 miles
I first noticed my headlights were hard to dim or change to bright. A few days later, my wipers would stop working. To get the wipers to work, I had to use the "wash" option. That would cause them to work for a while then they would go out again. About the same time, I noticed my blinkers were acting very strange. When I turned them on, they both would blink very fast. Now the problem has progressed to a point where turning the left blinker on only turns on the right blinker. It almost caused a wreck the other day. I was attempting to turn to the left but my right blinker was on. The car behind me passed me at the same time I started to turn left.

- Summerville, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 012010

Ram 3500

  • 101,000 miles


Rear turn/hazards signals do not work, front turn signals are fine. All fuses, wiring to lights, bulbs are fine. Trailer plug is fine. This problem is causing many other motorists to not know my intentions when changing lanes or turning.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #13

Oct 152009

Ram 3500 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
When I use the switch to brighten or dim the headlights the windshield washer turns on and stays on for 3 to 5 seconds. Lately when I try to use the windshield wipers they work only sporadically. When I pull a trailer the left blinker or brake light will not work. I drive a 2006 Dodge Ram dually with the cummins engine.

- Snowflake, AZ, USA

problem #12

Oct 082010

Ram 3500

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact was engaging the left turn signal when the right turn signal began illuminating. The contact stated that the failure would recur intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 52,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #11

Jun 302010

Ram 3500

  • 30,777 miles


I first noticed the problem hooking up a trailer. My vehicles left turn signal does not operate. I also noticed the brake light on the left side does not operate. I decided to get my vehicle checked out by my local mechanic. I stated my problem to my mechanic, at once he stated, this is a common problem with 2006 Dodge Ram 3500"S. he said the integrated control module or tipm has failed. It fails on these trucks all the time. My question to him why does Dodge not have a way to fix the problem correctly? this is a safety issue for me and other driver"S if it fails going down the road. Not to mention every time it fails it cost $800 to fix the problem.

- Center Point , TX, USA

problem #10

Jan 102010

Ram 3500

  • 40,000 miles
Backup light on one side went out. Tried replacing the bulb, but it turned out to be the whole mechanism that holds all three rear lights. Seems like a defect to me, my truck only has 40K on it. Wanted to see if anyone else had same problem. Please report on here to make it a recall and make the dealer pay for their faulty equipment.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 282009

Ram 3500

  • 71,000 miles
I turned left turn signal on prior to turning and a car behind me also had left turn signal on. The car behind me passed me on the left almost hitting me in the side as I began a left turn. I swerved off the road to the right and noticed that even though my left turn signal had been applied, the right flasher was blinking. I searched online and found : NHTSA action number : PE08059. Dealer claims they are not aware of this, nor are they aware of this safety issue with other vehicles.

- Onondaga, MI, USA

problem #8

Jun 202009

Ram 3500

  • 54,400 miles
Several days ago my turn-signal, windshield wiper switch started malfunctioning at times. For example I would activate the signal switch for a left turn and the right turn indicator light would go on. Or, windshield wipers failed to work or did not perform the selected function. I consider this a safety hazard for obvious reasons and because this is the second switch I had in this truck. A year or so ago I had the switch replaced by Dodge for the same complaint and now it is happening again.

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #7

Mar 092009

Ram 3500

  • 31,000 miles


Erratic turn signal function. Turn on left blinker and the right signal started flashing on the dash and on the front and rear turn signals. I am almost sure it is the multifunction switch. This was the first time it happened on my truck. I found on a truck forum that this has happened several times and it was suggested that it needed to be reported here.

- Brazoria, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 222008

Ram 3500

  • 100,000 miles
Left rear brake light doesn't work. I spent $200 at two different dealership trying to get the problem fixed and was told that it would cost me an additional $1500 to fix the problem. Something called the tipm was blown and wiring was damaged. I have inspected the wiring and it is not damaged.

- Hearne, TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 202006

Ram 3500

  • 2,300 miles
Turn the left turn signal on, and every so often, the right one will flash at the same time. People behind me get confused and try to go around me on the left and almost hit me. Nov. 20th, 2006 is when problem started.

- Miles City, MT, USA

problem #4

Sep 122008

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge 3500 one ton. When the left turn signal is activated, the indicator on the instrument panel indicates that the vehicle is making a right turn. The failure can also be seen from the exterior of the vehicle. When making a left turn, vehicles in the rear are misled by the right turn signal illuminating. The failure and current mileages were 58,000. Updated 10/03/08 updated 10/06/08.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 202008

Ram 3500

  • 94,000 miles
Turn signals flash erratically. Left turn signal sometimes signals right and visa versa. Phone interview update (6/26/2008): Mr. Llarena said that he had noticed a total of about five occasions that the dash turn signal indicators have flashed in the opposite direction than he had intended. Two of the five occasions had occurred in the month since he reported the problem to NHTSA. The turn signals had also came on by themselves. When that happened, he jiggled the turn signal stalk to turn the signal off. He C0uld not think of any common thread or circumstance in all those occasions which may have triggered the turn signal anomolies. The problem has not been corrected because he couldn't dupicate it.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 162008

Ram 3500

  • 19,000 miles
I have a 2006 3500 single wheel with 30,000 km(19,000mi). I narrowly escaped a serious accident yesterday. I was turning left from a busy road and was being followed too closely by a fully loaded rig carrying steel coils. I put on my signal and began to slow down to allow the approaching traffic to clear before I continued to turn left. I watched the rig come up on me quickly and I realized he was not slowing down and was beginning to veer into the oncoming traffic lane. It was then that I noticed that although I had on my left turn signal the right turn signal was activated. Obviously the trucker thought I was turning right and was beginning to overtake me on my left figuring I would be, at any second, getting out of his way. If I was not watching my rear view and whipped the truck to the right out of his way, he would have smashed me into oncoming traffic and or put the rig into oncoming traffic. I called the dealer and said I would be right in. They were really good about it and showed genuine concern. The parts advisor informed me that the engineers in the detroit area were looking for a 2006 Ram that had recently experienced this problem. Obviously they (Chrysler) are getting reports from others that this is happening. The part is back ordered which also indicates that this may be a problem which is happening all over the place. It blows my mind that the design of the multifunction switch would allow in any circumstance the signal to cross and cause the opposite signal to work. Symptoms that happened a week before hand were an erratic timing of the signal and a quick flash of the opposite signal light. I contacted the dealer right away and they began the order process on the multifunction switch. It never happened again after that until yesterday.

- Waterford , 00, USA

problem #1

Jan 072006

Ram 3500

  • miles
Dododge denied responding to several campaigns on my vehicle, a 2006 3500 Ram truck 1.ABS brake sys. Campaign id number: 06V038000 2.suspension pitman arms, NHTSA campaign id number: 07E009000 3.exterior lighting, campaign id number: 06V073000 4.visibility:rearview mirrors/devices, NHTSA campaign id number: 06V380000 there answer was there is no such recall or campaign, and would just bounce the problem between NHTSA and Dodge reppersintive (mary emp. #mdb80 andemp. #3kt.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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