10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #31

Aug 162002

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
While driving 40-70 mph consumer noticed front end of vehicle shaking. Consumer would have to slow vehicle down. Dealer has been notified.

- Lacyone, KS, USA

problem #30

Nov 072001

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states while traveling at 55 mph hit a bump in the road the front end started to vibrate so bad consumer had to almost stop vehicle for it to stop. Nlm. Consumer replaced sway bar, solid axle link, coil and front suspension due to vibration.

- Windslow, AR, USA

problem #29

Oct 012000

Ram 3500 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 #28

Sep 182000

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Driving at 15 mph or more front end will shake uncontrollably causing a loss of vehicle control. Consumer replaced tires, but defect still occurs.

- Pen Argyl, PA, USA

problem #27

May 052000

(reported on)

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
I have had this Dodge into the Dodge dealership many times explaining that the pickup pulls to the right or pulls to the left. They said on each time they have installed spacers to correct it but it is still not corrected. I am in need of getting this resolved.

- Gazells, CA, USA

problem #26

Apr 141997

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Problems with the front end suspension, causing excessive tire wear. Mjs

- Baker City, OR, USA

problem #25

Mar 011999

Ram 3500

  • miles
While driving 60 mph front end vibrates or shakes, causing the wheel to feel like a wave in which the occupant may lose control which could result in a crash. Manufacturer is aware of the problem, but consumer has to pay for repairs.

- Villa Hills, KY, USA

problem #24

Jan 011998

Ram 3500

  • miles
When driving at any speed and going over any type of bumps vehicle is shakes and jerks. Dealer can't determine the cause of the problem.

- Christburg, VA, USA

problem #23

Jul 171997

Ram 3500

  • miles
Front end was shaking & vibrating. While exiting off road there was a lot of vibration in steering. Took to dealer & coupling, brakes, lower steering column shaft were replaced. However, vibration still continued. Took back to dealer & nothing found. Was lowering vehicle & noticed front end was cracked.

- Blue Ridge, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 011999

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
When driving over a bump or pothole, front suspension will shimmy violently. Shimmying continues until vehicle is pulled to side of road and speed is reduced. Shocks have been replaced, and did not resolve problem. There is no rhyme or reason to cause. Some bumps and potholes cause, some do not. Sometimes, shimmy starts mildly and progressively gets worse. Although occurred at 65, also occurs at slower highway speeds. If you know of a fix that is available (e.g., dealer retrofit), please E-mail me! although this has not caused an accident, chances are it eventually will!

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #21

Apr 011999

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
At highway speeds, vehicle has vibration. Feels like tire slightly out of balance, but tires have been balanced repeatedly, wheels have been checked for true, and tires have been checked for out of round. Dealer stated that stock Goodyear tires "are known for having a rough ride" but are not covered by warranty because they are "wear items". dealer suggested replacing wheels and tires, both of which were done, but not at dealer; problem was not resolved and cost nearly $2000. Vibration is significant enough that front passenger seat can be seen vibrating. This is more of a nuisance than a safety hazard, but can make for an uncomfortable ride. Dealer's comment has been that "that's the way a truck rides, " and stated that there was nothing that they could do to resolve it.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #20

Nov 201998

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front tracking bar that holds the front axle in place is very loose and is about to break which may cause an accident. Cause unknown.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #19

Apr 211998

(reported on)

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Front end misalignment. In addition, rear axle seals/axle bearings/steering drag:link/front brake calipers/rotors and pads/rear brake shoes and drums and rear brake cylinders and brake vacuum booster failed/replaced.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #18

Nov 101997

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Steering in the vehicle gets extremely sloppy when driving and makes it hard to steer. The steering column has been replaced and the upper and lower control arms.

- West Nyack, NY, USA

problem #17

May 031996

Ram 3500 4WD

  • miles
Alignment: Pulls to the right and wearing the tires out. The alignment has been repaired eight time since may of 1996.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 241996

Ram 3500

  • miles
Front end misaligned, causing tire wear.

- Unknown, UN, USA

problem #15

Jul 011996

Ram 3500

  • miles
When traveling on rough road conditions or at a high rate of speed, vehicle bounces and seems to bottom out on the frame. Both front shocks and tires were replaced but unstable conditions still exist.

- Huntersvil, NC, USA

problem #14

Dec 101996

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car pulls to right when brakes are applied.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #13

Apr 291997

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced a transmission overheating problem. Also, vehicle pulled to the left upon braking/front end misalignment pulled vehicle to the right.

- Brookline, NH, USA

problem #12

Oct 011996

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle's front end jumps up and down and the steering wheel shakes.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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