really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,148 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Dodge Ram 3500 engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2008 Dodge Ram 3500:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

May 042010

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • 44,100 miles
I own a 2008 3500 diesel megacab dually. I was driving along I-70 in Colorado at about the speed of 75-80 mph and had to step on the gas pedal all the way down to get around a semi-truck and as soon as I did this the gas pedal got stuck. I know it wasn't stuck to the floor-mat because I visually saw that it wasn't. I had to slip my shoe off and pull the gas pedal up with my toes due to the shoe not being able to get behind the pedal. By the time I managed to pull the gas pedal back my truck had sped up to about 110-115 mph.. this is the second time that this has happened to me. Previous to this incident about a week and a half earlier this happened to me in denver as I was be driving through the city. I thought it was the floor-mat then, so I ignored the fact that this had happened but this second time around I did look down to see if it was or not the floor-mat and it was not the floor mat.... I did not have the cruise control on at either time.. im going to try to contact Chrysler and the dealer to try and see what they believe it might be.. odds are they will think I'm imagining things !!

- Vail, CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 192008

Ram 3500

  • 3,200 miles
On a misty morning our truck began to skid as we attempted to accelerate after yielding to exiting traffic on an access road on ih 10. My husband tried to control the skid by steering into it, but we just kept skidding out of control. He purposely remembers not applying the brake in an attempt to lessen the loss of control. We continued the skid across 2 lanes of access road to the right, then spun around 180 degrees and skidded back across 3 lanes of access road to the left. We came to stop facing oncoming traffic after hitting a concrete retaining wall first with the right front of the truck and then with the right rear of the truck. I remember hearing the tires continuing to spin and smelled burning rubber. This caused over $6500 damage to the truck and has caused our insurance rates to increase. After months of discussing the wreck and replaying it in our minds, we have determined that probably, as my husband clinched the steering wheel and tried to control the spin, that the cruise control was engaged and set which made us continue to travel at the set speed instead of slowing and allowing him to regain control of the truck. The cruise control on/off button and the set button are both located on the steering wheel. This is the first vehicle that we have ever had or seen that has the on/off control for the cruise located on the steering wheel. Most vehicles have this either on the blinker lever or even on the dash board. We feel certain that the cruise control was inadvertently turned on when my husband tightened his hold on the steering wheel. I feel that this is an unsafe location for this control. We were very lucky that in our travels across all lanes of traffic, not once, but twice that there were no other cars on the road that morning or this would have been a multi car pile up. No change has been made to the truck's cruise control. We plan to have it disconnected. In attempt to prevent others from having a wreck, we are reporting it.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

Not what you are looking for?