hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,886 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 052008

Ram 3500

  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 08V641000 (engine and engine cooling), 09E001000 (steering), 13V528000 (steering), 15V313000 (air bags) and 16V352000 (air bags. The parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Novinger, MO, USA

problem #8

Jun 042014

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 121,145 miles
Etc (electronic throttle control) when this light comes on flashing it goes into limp mode (idle) this is a real safety concern especially in traffic when towing a trailer. I bought the truck new from city auto plaza, canon city, co. I brought the truck into city auto plaza June 4th 2014 when the etc light was flashing. They replaced the gas pedal the following day the etc light came on. June 11th 2014 they re-crimped the plug on the pedal sensor and the C130 connector under the hood. That lasted about a month and a half. On July 29th 2014 they hardwired around the C130 connector. That lasted about 8 months brought truck in on March 9th 2015, the etc light had gone off by the time I got to city auto plaza but it was the same code in storage P2121. The etc light came on again in May 12th 2015 brought it back and they re-crimped the pedal sensor put some lube and pulled the plugs off the PCM and blew they out and put some lube in the plugs. July 8th 2015 the etc light came back on flashing so I brought it down to city auto plaza again and they hardwired from the gas pedal all the way to the PCM. That lasted 2 days and the etc light came back on going into limp mode. Brought it in again on July 16th the light was off. They test drove it numerous time couldn't get the etc light to come on but it still had the same code in storage P2121. So the swapped out accelerator pedals got the truck back on the July 21st. On July 29th I brought the truck in to troubleshoot the ac (air conditioner) started the truck in the parking lot and the etc light was flashing. Travis the tech that works on my truck has brought in tech support from Chrysler. Travis also google'd it and this is not just my truck. He saw trucks from 2004 to 2009 with these same problems. Why can't Chrysler figure this out" does someone have to get in and accident or die before they figure it out"

- Westcliffe, CO, USA

problem #7

May 312015

Ram 3500

  • 82,000 miles
Diving at 60 miles towing a fifth wheel camper truck lost all power overhead console read see dealer now. Problem was diesel particulate filter was totally clogged. After being towed to dealer was told the cost would be $5000 egr valve and dpf needed replaced. Emissions system was cleaned at 68,000 miles. Overhead console never said anything about regeneration mode or worked at all reporting any emissions problem. Had truck to numerous dealers wanted computer updated told everything was fine.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 202014

Ram 3500

  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, the windshield reservoir emitted washer fluid onto the windshield. The contact stated that the vehicle lost all electrical power and emitted a burning odor. In addition, the vehicle electrical system caught on fire. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the total intergraded power module failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 64,000.

- Bynum, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 012013

Ram 3500

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that the water pump was fractured and leaking fluid. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 61,000.

- Rentz , GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 122013

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 160,000 miles
I was turning onto another street I smelled electrical smoke. Truck started to run rough then stalled. Electrical smoke filled the cab. Everything that was electrical turned on and was either flashing blinking or running. I put truck in neutral and pulled the ignition key. The starter engaged on its own. I had to pull battery cables off to kill power to the truck by hand no tools. The tipm module burned internally. If my wife had been driving the truck would have burned. If the truck was in gear it would have taken off by itself.

- Hondo, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 052009

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 2,500 miles


Vehicle has a death wobble, dealerships keep replacing steering damper, three times since 2009, it comes on unexpectedly, the problem is in the front end, just turned 40,000 miles, I will not allow anyone to drive this truck, it is an accident waiting to happen, Dodge dealerships will not resolve the issue correctly. Thus why it has only 40K on it. I do not want to even drive it over 45 mph. It has the problem again, I would like to trade it in, but do not want to give someone this headache. I will not even drive with my children in this truck. Also have had egr valve issues. Please force Dodge to do something before someone that does not know how to handle vehicles like this get behind the wheels and kills a family. Thank you.

- Charlatan, NY, USA

problem #2

May 242010

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 22,327 miles
The date given above is the date we have actual paperwork for proof. Problem really started shortly after purchasing the truck brand new from dealer. I has always been take to the same dealer for on time maintenance. The check engine light comes on all the time. It is a very bad exhaust issue. I have done research on this and it shows that this problem can cause fires. No one will help. There many others with same issue.

- Kremmling, CO, USA

problem #1

Apr 022012

Ram 3500

  • 76,000 miles
2 things have happened. At a normal idle in park, the vehicle after about a minute has surges (a quick high rev) then once the rev stops the truck engine light flickers and sounds like it wants to stall. In another case, while sitting at a red light the truck has a rough idle that causes the truck to shake. This has happened numerous times. I have not taken the truck to the dealer for fear that it would cost alot of money to have this checked out.

- West Covina, CA, USA

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