really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,964 miles

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problem #142

Jun 022014

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
I recieved a recall for my truck a while back. The date above may not be correct as I have not called the dealership for the exact date. When I took it in I was told I would be called when it was done. When I went back to the dealer I was told my truck was not part of the recall and they gave me my truck back. The employee actually said it wouldn't had mattered because the repair wasn't available to them yet anyway. Now knowing my truck is on the recall, this is extremely upsetting considering my family has been riding in this thing for thousands of miles! now what do I do? I don't want to drive it but I don't have another car. I guess I just have to wait some 60 days untill Chrysler can figure things out...

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #141

Jul 222015

Ram 1500

  • 8,300 miles
The contact owns a 2014 (na) Dodge Ram 1500. Immediately after starting the engine, the vehicle started rolling forward independently at approximately 9 mph. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was working up to specifications. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 8,300.

- Pensacola, TN, USA

problem #140

Feb 152013

Ram 1500

  • miles
Was notified in February of 2013 that my vehicle was being recalled for the rear axle retaining nut. The nut could come loose causing the rear end to seize, or causing the rear axle to come out of its housing. Mike anderson in rochester, in told me that they had not received the repair kit and would notify me when it came in. I checked back about 6 months later. They still had not received the part. I heard nothing since. It seems that two years is an excessive length of time to fix this serious problem.

- Rochester, IN, USA

problem #139

Oct 152014

Ram 1500

  • 61,000 miles
Since I bought the truck there has been several electrical issues I.e. bulbs keep blowing out, it will lose power when you start to go up a hill. The lighted mirrors only last about 45 days before going out at 500 ea. The truck seems to wonder and most of all the wheel bearings went out on both sides at the same time and the dealer charged me $1,800 saying that its not covered under the power train warranty.......... this truck is the definition of a lemon.......

- Geneseo, IL, USA

problem #138

Nov 032014

Ram 1500

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 (na) Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was idling for approximately 25 minutes while in the park position when it suddenly started to drive forward. The contact indicated that the selector switch erroneously changed to the drive position. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 8,000.

- Church Point, LA, USA

problem #137

Jul 132015

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owned a 2010 (na) Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel seized. The contact was unable to regain control and crashed into a wooded area. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #136

Jan 182012

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles
I own a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 this incident happened in southern California on the 605 North interchange with the 91 East. I was heading North on the 605 North. Merging onto the 605, I hear a grinding noise coming from under the vehicle. So I begin to slow down, I then tried to accelerate a bit and notice I have no power. The grinding stops and then I can hear the drive shaft bouncing on the ground below my vehicle. The drive shaft was still attached in the front dragging along the freeway. I immediately pulled over. I get out of the vehicle, and there it is the drive shaft snapped. Ripped right away from the pinion in the rear end. Everything ripped out there were no bolts left on the rear end. I got towed to the nearest Dodge dealer. They inform me that there has been a recall on that particular part. I had never received a recall notice or I would have taken my vehicle in immmediately. Luckily there wasn't anything further damage to my vehicle that I know of. I have just received knowledge of this website. Or else my complaint would have been filed quite some time ago.

- Stanton, CA, USA

problem #135

Jul 052015

Ram 1500

  • 84,000 miles
Was drive a 2009 Ram 1500 at approximately 30 mph on a back road when I noticed a hum as I took my foot off the gas. About a 1/2 mile down the road the vehicle came to a complete abrupt stop and wouldn't move. Got out and noticed the drive shaft had fallen out of the rear end. I thought that was odd for a vehicle with only 84000 miles to be falling apart like that. Upon looking up on the internet for the cause, I noticed there had been a recall for this very thing. Recall #12V-474 and possibly #13V-038. Took it too the shop and they refused to honor any recall, so I called Chrysler who really couldn't give me a straight answer, but stated that we may be reimbursed for the repairs, but had to pay upfront for it. The quoted cost was $2200 to repair as I'm sure it tore up the rear in.

- Guthrie , OK, USA

problem #134

Jun 252015

Ram 1500

  • 155,000 miles
I was driving at approximately 25-30 mph the rear wheels locked up and I nearly lost control of the vehicle. I safely made it to the center turn lane. The truck would not drive, I could feel and hear a noise from underneath. I got out and looked underneath, the driveline had separated from the rear axle. I pulled the drive line from the transfer case put it in 4WD and tried to drive to a side street, but the rear axle was seized. After taking it to a mech to get fixed that night. I checked and apparently there is a recall for this issue. I do all my maintenance at the dealership where I bough the truck brand new and they never told me, nor did I see a letter in the mail. Had this happened at freeway speeds it surely would have cause a crash.

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #133

Jun 042015

Ram 1500

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at various speeds, the contact noticed that the gear independently shifted into the fourth gear from drive. The contact attempted to shift the gear back into drive and it failed to shift position. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The contact was unsure about what needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #132

May 042015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 98,501 miles
While going down interstate my ABS, service 4WD, esp traction control and brake light all came on at same time. When it happened it happened it knocked my cruise off and slowing down. I got back on the gas and started to speed up then all of a sudden my gas became my brake it locked all 4 tires up at high speed. I was very lucky no one was real close to me. I made it to safe place to pull over and check it out and no matter what I did I couldn't get it back going correctly. At first it would do right and get up to 30mph and ease on gas little bit and it would start breaking when touching gas. Has to have it towed. It was very dangerous and I was real lucky not to wreck. I home this problem can get resolved.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #131

Mar 052013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Defroster does not work, blower emits air (cold) but only to floor. Loud popping noise from air box, found actuators were malfunctioning. Nearly caused collision with oncoming traffic. Contacted Chrysler for recall status and they claimed truck was under this recall, however truck had been inspected and found to have no problems with regards to air box actuators. I subsequently found out from a nameless Dodge technician that they were instructed to engage air systems for the inspection and if no apparent malfunction is found they were to pass the recall and write it off. I am outraged that yet another corporate entity is preying on american consumers and getting by with it, while claiming to stand behind their product and it's engineering. I asked Chrysler what repair was needed. They replied" air box circulation doors bad. Would need box removed and replace 5 actuators and doors. Cost would be $800 to $1000 dollars. This is a safety issue 3/4 of the year. I now have been notified by Dodge of another recall for my truck regarding the axle pinion nut. I believe this recall will receive the same attention they gave to my air box issue and therefore am attempting to take action with this complaint. Will someone please make these corporate penny pinching sobs stand up and take responsibility for their poor engineering!!!!

- Reelsville, IN, USA

problem #130

Mar 022015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Dodge Ram 1500. Legal representation for consumer writes in regards to rear axle failure. A screw loosened at the rear axle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #129

Mar 142015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Started driving truck and all gauges went blank including speedometer. Warning lights for air bag, check engine, low tire pressure, brakes, etc. All came on as well as wipers started working with switch in off position!

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #128

Oct 062014

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 13V038000 (power train) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not provide a specific date for when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact was not experiencing a failure.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #127

Feb 032015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Known issue with 2009 Dodge Ram with 5.7 litre hemi engine exhaust manifold bolts breaking. Chrysler has placed tsb 11-002-11 for the repair but this issue is quite common however Chrysler refuses to fix the issue unless the vehicle is under the standard warranty. Bolts can crack/break and cause damage to the manifold itself.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #126

Jan 082015

Ram 1500

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, there was an abnormal noise underneath the vehicle followed by a loud bang. The contact lost control of the vehicle and the rear wheels seized. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle veered to both the left and right before coming to a complete stop. The contact noticed that the driveshaft separated from the rear axle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V038000 (power train). The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #125

Sep 132012

Ram 1500

  • 21,000 miles
Drive-shaft dropped off rear diff. At highway speed. Diff. Fluid drained causing the rear wheels to seize. I heard drive shaft start to drag and had a loss of power so I was slowing down when at approx. 45 mph rear wheels locked suddenly. I was able to stop safely but was blocking an off ramp for the 2 hours it took to get a flat bed to get the truck. Dealer said pinion nut came off.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #124

Nov 132014

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while waiting at a traffic light, the rear axle locked up causing the vehicle to become inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the rear axle pinion needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #123

Dec 042013

Ram 1500

  • 130,510 miles
After driving the truck at normal speeds when coming to stops it will stall out on you have to put in neutral and restart this has almost caused me to get it from behind and head on crashes and also with my kids and wife driving very worried to let her drive it.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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