The 7 Most Common Ram 1500 Problems

We've pulled together a list of the problems Ram 1500 owners.

  1. TRW Crash Sensor Defect

    There's growing concern that some sort of electrical overstress is messing with airbag control units (ACU) in certain Dodge Ram trucks.

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  2. Dodge Vehicles With Recalled Takata Airbags

    Takata, a parts supplier, provided automakers with a defective airbag inflator responsible for 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries. It's one of the largest and most dangerous recalls in automotive history, affecting over 37 million vehicles …

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  3. Defective TIPM Causes Multiple Electrical Problems

    What is a TIPM exactly? And why is it giving so many Dodge owners headaches? We have details, plus news about recalls and a SETTLEMENT.

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  4. Stuck in Park

    Can't shift the car into reverse or drive! Now what? This is most commonly reported from Dodge Avenger owners, but there have also been similar complaints about other Dodge makes as well as other Chrysler and Jeep vehicles having a similar …

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  5. Cracked Dashboards

    Is your Dodge dashboard falling apart and breaking into pieces? Have you been watching the cracks grow bigger and bigger with each passing month? Do you feel helpless as your dashboard caves in on itself? Trust me, you're not alone.

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  6. Ram Death Wobble

    Dodge Ram trucks are susceptible to a horrible front end vibration known as the death wobble, but what is it and how to FIX it?…

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  7. Oil Sludge in the 2.7L Engine

    Oil sludge buildup and sludge-related engine failure is a design DEFECT in Chrysler's 2.7L engine…

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What Ram 1500 Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

Ram 1500 Generations

The Ram 1500 has 3 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 4th generation (2009–2011).

  1. 4th Generation Ram 1500

    Years
    2009–2011
    Reliability
    53rd of 54
    PainRank
    58.97
    Complaints
    629
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  2. 3rd Generation Ram 1500

    Years
    2002–2008
    Reliability
    52nd of 54
    PainRank
    57.14
    Complaints
    3501
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  3. 2nd Generation Ram 1500

    Years
    1994–2001
    Reliability
    42nd of 54
    PainRank
    21.3
    Complaints
    2060
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Ram 1500 Key Numbers

  1. 6,200 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 560 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 95 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent Relevant Lawsuits

The Ram 1500 has been named as a class vehicle in the following lawsuits.

  • Settled

    Velasco, et al. v. Chrysler Group LLC.

    The lawsuit alleges the named vehicles have defective Totally Integrated Power Modules, also known as TIPMs. The TIPM controls and distributes power to all of the electrical functions of the vehicle, including the vehicle safety and ignition systems.

Recent Ram 1500 News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

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    ust a few days after switching its name, FCA US is issuing a massive recall for 3.3 million older vehicles with Takata airbag inflators.** The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been not-so-subtly suggesting automakers ditch regional recalls and expand nationwide. It looks like FCA US has listened.

    FCA US says it's aware of one injury related to exploding Takata airbag inflators, but that incident occurred in Florida. The automaker said there have been no other reports of accidents or injuries. In addition, FCA US says over 1,000 laboratory tests have been conducted on airbag inflators but no problems were discovered.

    The recalled vehicles include the 2004-2007 Dodge Ram 1500 / 2500 / 3500 / 3500 Chassis Cab, Durango, Charger, Magnum, and Dakota.

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  2. Dodge is part of a new recall of Takata airbag inflators in over 350,000 vehicles.

    The recall is currently limited to areas of high humidity, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Chrysler says the vehicles have passenger frontal airbag inflators that are different from other metal Takata inflators used by other automakers. Chrysler says it has received no reports of accidents or injuries and even after laboratory tests on 600 inflators, none of the inflators were defective.

    Recall notices should be sent out around January 15th of next year.

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  3. "Let's take the truck for a spin" is taking on a whole new meaning for owners of the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500.

    There are numerous reports of the rear differential locking up or the driveshaft separating due to loose pinion nuts, causing the truck to spin out of control. About half of the complaints happened at speeds over 50mph, leaving owners with both a mechanic and a dry cleaner bill (if you catch my drift).

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What Owners Say About Their Ram 1500

Cracked Dashboards

This is not normal wear on the dash, it is falling apart and should be replaced by [Dodge]. I didn't know it was this bad until I removed the Dash mat from my dash and saw how bad it really is, unbelievable.

Cracked Dashboards

I would be happy to pay the cost of the replacement dash if it was at cost. Some dealers want over $700 just for the part other online dealers will go as low as $400 but you have to ship it. Dodge could sell it to us for $100 and not lose a penny. They would rather make a profit off their faulty product.

Cracked Dashboards

I would be happy to pay the cost of the replacement dash if it was at cost. Some dealers want over $700 just for the part other online dealers will go as low as $400 but you have to ship it. Dodge could sell it to us for $100 and not lose a penny. They would rather make a profit off their faulty product.