really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,633 miles

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problem #15

Jul 142012

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles
Linkage in steering column will remain in 2nd gear when I have put it in drive. It has been in mechanics twice. Twice into mechanics regarding antifreeze spilling inside the cab of truck. Repair was on water pump both times. Still having problems with both concerns. Resulting in health issues being at risk linkage while in motion on highway. Antifreeze spewing inside cab of truck on windshield, carpet and mats, also center of cab near 4 wheel gear shifter.occurs when stationary or when driving.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #14

Sep 092016

Ram 1500

  • 190,000 miles
I've only owned the truck for about 8 months at this time. About 1 month ago I experienced what my research has shown to be the Dodge death wobble, this is where one of the front wheels hits a bump in the road at freeway speed and the front end oscillates violently and will not stop without slowing the vehicle down and radically moving the steering wheel from center (straight line). If left to "wobble" it seems that the vehicle would shake itself to death!! maybe even break a steering/suspension component. I did try installing the enhanced brace that ties the sway bar mounts/anchor points to a new bearing supporting an extension on the pittman arm shaft and I also had the front end components checked, aligned and tires balanced to no avail, though the brace kit seemed to help. It is hard to predict when a bump in the road will set it off but the last time it happened I barely kept it from pulling into the next lane before I got it slowed and controlled. I now try to minimize my time on the freeway in my commute to/from work.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #13

Jan 012013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
Uncontrollable wheel shake (death wobble), until you come to complete stop which the violent shaking in turn affects how I brake. Chrysler revised the steering set up and kept it a secret until you made a complaint even then they just say you need to replace all steering components mean while what they install is nothing like what was there. Chrysler should be responsible for poor engineering- this can hurt someone one day and would rather see it not. Violent wheel shake I mean violent. If a product is designed wrong and manufacture creates a fix for so called design flaw then there should be a recall. blog.dieselpowerproducts.com/Dodge-front-end-issues-and-the-dreaded-death-wobble this link contains Chrysler revised parts.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #12

Jul 052013

Ram 1500

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the power steering pump was faulty. The power steering pump was replaced and the defect was remedied. The contact also indicated that while driving approximately 75 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle suddenly lost power as the vehicle independently decelerated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 126,000.

- Blackfoot, ID, USA

problem #11

Mar 032011

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles
Violent convulsive bouncing shaking wobbling movement in the front suspension and steering at moderate to high speeds.

- West Valley, UT, USA

problem #10

Nov 052004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have 2000 Dodge Ram pickup that has four wheel drive and 37,000 miles on the odometer. At approximately 15,000 miles, I began to notice a clunking sound coming from the front of the vehicle and it became hard to keep it from wandering. I used the internet to find ways of checking the front end components and found that this is a common problem with these trucks. Using the information that I found on the internet, I have determined that the ball joints, trac bar, and steering stabilizer are all defective. Likewise, the transmission is starting to give me problems in reverse gear. I have collected information that shows all of these problems going back many years. How can a manufacturer be allowed to continue making faulty products knowing that they are jeopardizing the safety of people" I cannot afford to get this truck fixed and am afraid to drive it. Is Dodge being held accountable for repairs since this is a safety related issue that they have known about for years"

- Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #9

Aug 252004

Ram 1500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While making a right turn steering wheel failed. A loud squeaking noise was heard coming from the rear. Consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer. Mechanic informed consumer that the problem could not be duplicated.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 152003

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
The main problem with this 2000 Ram 2500 4 whdr cummins diesel, quad cab, truck is the Chrysler design defective front end. In my case, the trac-bar. This, in my area is a $439 plus tax item, the dealer steals another $75 plus taxes for installation. Two bolts hold this device in place and is only a 15 min repair. The trouble is in 30,000 km the new trac-bar has failed making it a chore to keep the truck between the lines. You dart all over in your lane depending on the pavement ruts and general pavement condition. I can see this design defect causing added stress and problems to the ball joints. This defect is a Chrysler problem and all costs to cover repairs should be covered by the manufacture and not the customer. This, and the other many, Dodge front end problems I feel is just cause for a recall order.

- Fruitvale Bc, UN, USA

problem #7

Sep 152000

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,500 miles
2000 Dodge 2500 has loose steering, wanders, darts left or right and constantly correcting the steering wheel and shimmy. Truck darted to the edge of the road and went thru the ditch while towing a trailer and I have back and neck injurys and unable to work at my old profession. And Dodge is trying to settle with now and stop the website. Please look at www.dodgetrucksteeringproblems.com and get back with your opinion and please look at the problems other people are having and the denying by Dodge.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #6

May 062003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
The steering wheel locked up while driving. The consumer had to turn off the engine and restart it to unlock the steering. The vehicle had been to the dealer 7 times for steering locking up.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #5

Mar 132003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Steering in my 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 is very unsafe. It is not responsive, and seems very loose. It has been this way since the day I purchased the vehicle, and the dealer says this is "normal". the truck will wander all over the lane, and when I try to correct it, goes completely the other way, and this to me is dangerous. There is lots of play in the steering wheel, and again the dealer tells me this is "normal".

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #4

Jan 012001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dodge Ram 3500 has poor directional control when traveling at speeds greater than 50 mph. Consumer cannot find a dealership that can examine and correct the defect. Consumer feels this vehicle is dangerous to be operated on road because consumer has to have both hands on steering wheel at all times. Consumer states dealer has made an adjustment that did not help.

- North Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 022000

Ram 1500

  • miles
9-26-00 steering greased 10-12-00 parts not installed say need new steering assembly.

- Cambridge, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 022000

Ram 1500

  • miles
9-26-00 steering greased 10-12-00 parts not installed say need new steering assembly

- Cambridge, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 012000

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving steering malfunctioned, causing vehicle to move to right and left, which may cause a loss of control. Also, while turning to left, the steering wheel would lock in place. Dealer could not determine the cause of the problem. The steering wheel locking up has been solved by realignment and replacing some parts, but the wondering over the road is still not fixed.

- Hope, KS, USA