10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,704 miles

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problem #17

Jul 062016

Ram 2500

  • 254,762 miles
Death wobble

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #16

Aug 092013

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 203,000 miles
I was driving down the road doing about 55mph and all of a sudden started to have a bad vibration. It caused the whole truck to shake. I pulled over and looked under it and all around it but found nothing. I continued to drive it and it drove fine. Every time it gets around 55 it starts the shaking. I keep finding online that it is called the "death wobble" and that there have been multiple cases.

- Walterboro, SC, USA

problem #15

May 142008

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 225,000 miles
The steering column on this truck has gotten very hot under the ignition switch area. So hot in fact that the wires and plastic column cover have smoked and melted through. I feel there may be a fire soon. The dealership says nothing is wrong with my model year but the melted hole in my steering column says otherwise I've read there was a recall of this nature but was told in no uncertain terms that they would not be helping me. Help...

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #14

Jan 032007

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 196,200 miles
My 96 Ram 2500 has a major steering/handling problem at or about any high speed if I hit any potholes, rough spots, or if I turn my steering wheel to the left for a prolong period of time my steering wheel starts shaking like I have blown a tire violently shaking/hopping so erratic that it shakes a 20 lb backpack off of my passengers seat and on to the floorboard. I have to bring the truck to an immediate stop to elevate the problem. This works until the next bump or rough spot in the road. The other day my girlfriends brother was following me in my 98 Taurus and said that he thought for sure I was going to roll or lose control. He stated that my front wheels were shaking violently left to right although I was in a straight on my steering wheel. I have had the truck in the shop several times 1. converse county motors, douglas, Wyoming. The mechanic stated that the track bar was faulty so it was replaced by the next shop listed below. Amount spent at this shop with being an employee was $40 labor and $214.19 for a complete replaced front driveline. 2. ok wrecking, douglas, Wyoming- I have taken the truck to this shop after replacing the steering stabilizer shock, passenger side tie rod, front shocks, and front brakes. They replaced track bar and front brake lines. Total spent this repair $432.60 they notified me that the front end components were now tight and it shouldn't do it anymore no such luck!! to my dismay I still can't get this problem resolved I have heard about this problem quite frequently NHTSA please come drive my truck and you will be shocked at this problem!!!! major safety problem with steering and handling!!!

- Douglas, WY, USA

problem #13

Oct 012000

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Under normal operating conditions when traveling around 50 to 60 mph and hitting a bump, front end will vibrate violently. Consumer must stop vehicle in order to get vibration to go away. Dealership has examined vehicle twice: During first incident dealership replaced track bar, and at second incident, dealership could not determine cause. The steering damper has been replaced and consumer hopes that this solves the problem.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #12

Nov 012000

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering has to much play, also there is a popping sound, to dealer 4 times, cannot find problem. Vehicle will not stay in overdrive.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

problem #11

Feb 022000

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
When driving their is a lot of play in the steering which causes oversteering somitimes, and constant wear on the steering joints or the tracking bar. Dealer has been contacted.

- Ohio City, OH, USA

problem #10

May 121996

Ram 2500

  • miles
While driving at any speeed and keeping the steering wheel straght, steering wheel will go from side to side. Consumer can't keep control of steering. Vehicle has been in repair shop for the problem, and dealer still hasn't fixed the problem.

- Coeymans, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 071998

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Front end shimmy when going over bump or pot hole, due to poor steering design, dampner kit available to correct design problem.

- Henryetta, OK, USA

problem #8

May 051997

Ram 2500

  • miles
Noise in front end as well as leaking due to failure of the steering shaft and steering stabilizer.

- Sardinia, NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 041998

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering arm broke, causing complete loss of steering.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 121997

Ram 2500

  • miles
While driving applied the brakes and the vehicle would pull to the right. Also once the vehicle pulled to the right there was severe pulling in the steering wheel, the steering wheel will pull right out of hand. Took vehicle to dealer and they said that they did not know how to fix the vehicle.

- Denair, CA, USA

problem #5

May 011997

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Steering has excessive play/clunking noise when turning or braking.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #4

May 271997

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
While making a left turn the steering wheel shakes. Owner is very concerned about this problem.

- Salt Rock, WV, USA

problem #3

Feb 171997

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Steering and braking malfunctions.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 021996

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
Consumer has a 1995 mode, manufacturer gave consumer a 1996, the problem is the consumer was driving and there was no steering control on both trucks, still having same problem.

- Glenrock, PA, USA

problem #1

May 181996

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving and the steering came apart. Consumer states the upper universal joint dropped off the steering shaft, causing no steering control, the steering shaft and universal joint were not assembled properly at the factory, upper universal joint was barely stuck onto the end of the steering shaft, the universal joint was stuck onto the shaft only up to the area of the upper universal joint.

- Trenton, MO, USA