really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,822 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500:

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

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #4

Jan 162011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
On my 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 quad-cab 4X4, at 43,000 miles, while changing the oil and oil filter, the drain plug nut on the inside of the oil pan broke loose from the welds. I was lucky, in that this did not occur until I was putting the oil drain plug back in. I was able to hold tension on the nut and tighten the drain plug completely. I contacted the dealership and they ordered the pan. It took a month to get the replacement oil pan. I scheduled it with the dealership for the replacement. Due to the fine engineering, the front axle had to be removed in order to replace the oil pan. The dealership had the vehicle for 3 days before they could complete the replacement. It was covered by the lifetime drive train warranty on the truck.

- Eagle Mountain, UT, USA

problem #3

May 032009

Ram 1500

  • 100 miles
At about 100 miles on vehicle noticed a low squeal sound from engine or transmission? at present there are 15000 miles on vehicle and the squeal has gotten a little worst. The noise begins after about one or two minutes of starting, and is continually squealing while vehicle is running. The dealer ship ran test and said it was normal. I drove another 2009 1500 Ram and the noise was not there, or in another 1500 Ram from another dealership. Dealership refuses to go any further with the problem, quote: We can't figure where the noise is coming from, so it must be normal.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 252009

Ram 1500

  • 8,900 miles
2010 Dodge 1500 Ram with less than 9000 miles sudden dangerous deceleration and ABS,4wheel drive service and esp lights alarming while driving at freeway speeds. Frightening! truck seeming to cut out and applying the brakes without any input from driver. Could easily result in loss of control. Speedometer also swinging across from 0 to 65mph constantly during events.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #1

May 222009

Ram 1500

  • 127 miles
Truck was in park then vehicle left park and went into reverse with no one inside at the time, went up hill with speed and crashed into neighbors car. Dodge says no recalls were reported.

- Grovetown, GA, USA