10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,229 miles

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problem #70

Mar 162019

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
Engine stalls when driving at low speed and when in idle. This started happening approximately 3 years ago. Check engine has never turned on.

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #69

Jul 092018

Ram 1500

  • 78,870 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 35 mph on various occasions, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart and functioned normally. The contact also stated that the vehicle would accelerate and then decelerate without depressing the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to bergey's Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (408 harleysville pike, souderton, pa 18964, (215) 721-3470) where the contact was informed that the idle air control valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,870.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #68

May 102018

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles
Engine shuts off at low speeds while driving, very hazardous. Notice especially after I fill the gas tank up. When engine shuts off, you loose power steering adn brakes. Help.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #67

Mar 142018

Ram 1500

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 60 mph, the contact heard a loud abnormal banging noise. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and noticed oil leaking under the vehicle and that the drive shaft was missing. The vehicle was towed to normandin Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat (900 capital expressway auto mall, san jose, ca 95136) where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed a new drive shaft. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The manufacturer was contacted and was unable to assist. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 171,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #66

Mar 032018

Ram 1500

  • 243,435 miles
After filling truck, and not topping off, the truck engine will "die" when making a right turn. This has been happening after every fill-up now. I have to put it in neutral then it will restart. This is a dangerous situation but I handle it well. Our Dodge Caravan did the same same thing in 2016 and Dodge replaced the fuel tank, filter canisters. It cured the problem. I just called Dodge and they logged my problem but that was it! anyone else having this problem. It does not throw a code by the way! can anyone help? the vehicle was in motion, city street etc. I have a new engine and the problem was the same afterwords. They found no problem on test drives.

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #65

Oct 012017

Ram 1500

  • 174,656 miles
Engine stalls at all speeds on an interstate while going 75 mph with no control of steering due to lost of power steering or brakes. Sometimes it will restart of sometimes it doesn't right away but after about thirty minutes it will restart. This is also true of parking lots and city streets. With no codes or engine check light to refer to.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #64

Aug 122017

Ram 1500

  • 75 miles
Driving on highway started to hear tapping noise coming from front passenger side exhaust manifold found two broken exaust manifold bolts that were making this tapping noise. My truck only has 90, ooo + miles on it has never been off road I'm the original owner on this truck has never been abused ever, and know this happens please look into this exhaust leaking problem. Why would this happen, I've never experienced this kind of problem before, me and my wife are really concerned about exhaust fumes know driving around town what should we do. A mechanic is trying to charge me over $500 for this fix and no guarantee that new bolts are not going to break again.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

problem #63

Jan 212017

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While the vehicle was parked in the driveway for over twenty-four hours, without being started or driven, it caught on fire. The fire department was notified and extinguished the fire. A fire report was filed. The contact stated that a special investigator was dispatched from fca to inspect the vehicle. Due to the age of the vehicle and no determination of what caused the fire, the contact was informed that the manufacturer was not responsible for providing additional assistance. The contact was provided case number: 30972693 by the investigator. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The vehicle was destroyed.

- Paramount, CA, USA

problem #62

Jan 172017

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles
A malfunction in the under hood engine compartment caused a fire which destroyed the engine, front of the vehicle and severely damaged the interior. The vehicle was parked on my driveway and had not been started nor driven in over 24 hours up to the time the incident occurred.

- Paramount, CA, USA

problem #61

Dec 052016

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 90,100 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to be diagnosed, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,100. Updated 05/17/17

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #60

Sep 102016

Ram 1500

  • 119,736 miles
On 9/9/2016 my wife entered our garage to get something and found the garage filled with exhaust fumes due to my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 engine running. Obviously, it was parked without anyone in it. However, no one had the keys in their hands and there was no key in the ignition. It randomly started on it's own. I filed a complaint before about it randomly locking and unlocking doors, and it randomly having all lights go out while driving. This one, a random start when parked in a garage could turn fatal. This is a dangerous issue.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #59

Aug 032015

Ram 1500

  • 157,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the brake, the check engine, the ABS and the front passenger's side air bag warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 16V352000 (air bags). However, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 157,000. Parts distribution disconnect and VIN tool confirms parts unavailable.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

problem #58

Apr 052016

Ram 1500

  • 194,000 miles
My vehicle has been turning off lately, while in traffic, making turns or parking. My car loses rpms, the lights dim, and then the car cuts off. I have to put the car in park, turn it off, and restart the engine and proceed on to my destination. This has happened to be repeatedly over the past two years, I don't feel safe being in my truck.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #57

May 042015

Ram 1500

  • 147,000 miles
Constant idle problems with stalling in park and low speeds

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #56

Feb 182016

Ram 1500

  • 81,000 miles
The truck stalls at stops and turns after fuel fill

- Barling, AR, USA

problem #55

Sep 012015

Ram 1500

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously included and repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags). The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. In addition, the vehicle was leaking oil from the oil pan. The contact took the dealer who replaced the second air bag. The failure recurred. The dealer diagnosed that the air bag switch failed and needed to be replaced; however, the dealer did not diagnose the vehicle for the leaking oil. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

- Eerath, LA, USA

problem #54

Feb 232015

Ram 1500

  • 132,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated sporadically. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V770000 (air bags) and 15V313000 (air bags); however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 132,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #53

Jan 072016

Ram 1500

  • 127,000 miles
Vehicle stalls within 2-4 seconds after coming to a complete stop. This problem first manifested itself in 2010, it occurred once and did not happen again until six months ago, occurring once a month or so. It has now become nearly a daily occurrence this month. There are no other indications such as warning lights, check engine light or trouble codes. The vehicle will usually start right back up but on 01-07-2016 it took almost an hour before it would restart, that was after blocking traffic at a busy intersection for 40 minutes and a 20 minute tow.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #52

Sep 142015

Ram 1500

  • 131,500 miles
When driving on the highway at 60 to 65 mph the red lightning bolt light on the dash begins to flash, the vehicles engine becomes eradic, sometimes it dies, other times it revs hard and won't change into another gear, all control of the fuel system seems to be lost causing a serious situation at highway speeds. This happens to the engine intermittently, some days you can drive 70 miles with no problems other days it will go crazy as described when the light flashes. When the vehicle dies on the highway, it is very hard to steer it to the side of the road or stop it. The vehicle has been in 5 different repair shops and the fifth being a Dodge service center. This Dodge service center has had my vehicle for 4 weeks about to enter the fifth week and they cannot figure out the problem. The throttle body with tps sensor has been replaced twice, accelerator pedal position sensor replaced twice, egr valve replaced, PCV valve cleaned and inspected, PCM replaced and re flashed, the battery replaced, alternator replaced, all 4 O2 sensors replaced and the wiring harness and all connectors tested and inspected. The vehicle still is having the same problem and the dealership service department gave up and told me to come and get my truck. I contacted Chrysler and got them involved, they're resource technicians have been trying to solve the problem with the service department now for 2 weeks and still no answers and I still have no vehicle. Chrysler case #28169313

- Branson, MO, USA

problem #51

Nov 122014

Ram 1500

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While backing out of the driveway at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle seized without warning. The contact placed the vehicle in park and the vehicle restarted. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Graham, TX, USA

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