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Dodge Ram Owner Experiences

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  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    Yes, turning while in 4x4 mode should be difficult and make a bit of grinding noise - it's because your front wheels are now pulling the truck along AND trying to steer at the same time. Changes your turn radius too - completely normal. You shouldn't use 4x4 mode on dry normal streets; it wastes gas and wears all those expensive components unnecessarily. I only use mine when I'm actually off the road or if the road is very slippery and I need to move after sitting at a traffic light - I'll put it in 4Hi for a moment for the extra traction, but I don't make any turns.
  • asdfdaveasdfdave Posts: 7
    Purchased the brand new truck last Wednesday and just washed it for the first time after a long trip. While washing the truck, I noticed how easily I could raise the painted plastic trim that sits above/on the front chrome bumper. Now it doesn't come off, that is, but it seems only to be fastened from the rear and not the front. Anyone else observed this or was there a mistake made at assembly? Appreciate the comments and thank you in advance for them.
  • Hello I was wondering if your dodge was a 2001 dodge ram pickup. the reason y i'm asking is this last sunday at 1:30 in the morning for sum reason and no idea how but my truck started on fire and completely burnt up and even blew up. All we know is it was electrical and it didn't even have 100,000 miles yet. thank you for your time.

    Chris
  • ford2kford2k Posts: 5
    mine is a 2000. the electrical on mine is fine. so far. the only beef that I have is the tranny went out about one hundred thousand miles. and the dash cracked up so bad that I had to get a cover for it. now the front plastic on the gauges s cracking
  • ok. Although those are exactly the same problems i had with mine.
  • I love my truck but hate the problems and I hate dealing with some of the people at the dealers, it's like they dont listen when you try to talk. I have had electrical problems, steering problems, and transmission problems. My truck wants to wonder all over the road. I have drove a lot of trucks before, and none of them drive like mine not even the dump trucks. My husband owns a landscaping company and we have an 03 dodge 1500 that we have had no problems with. The 03 has been put through hell and back, we have plowed snow, and towed machines. No problems(knock on wood). My 06 has been nothing but problems. Is anybody else having problems with a 06
  • stanoskistanoski Posts: 76
    I have an 07 RAM 1500 HEMI Laramie. Only had 2 minor problems since new (within the 1st month of ownership) and they were both something related to an idiot light sensor problem. First time they couldn't locate the problem, second time they found it and fixed it. They replaced a sensor part and nothing wrong since. Warrantee paid both times.

    Had truck since Oct 2007 so 20K + miles of NO issues what-so-ever since. Sometimes, you just end up getting a "bad" one for what ever reason. Kind of like kids, you get what you get no matter what you hoped for. :)

    Good luck on the truck!

    Ski in TX
  • birch2birch2 Posts: 7
    For those of you who have a 2500 with the Hemi, How do you like it? Would you purchase another? Is the Hemi enough engine for towing ~7000 lbs of tall camper into a stiff head wind?... I currently have a 96 ram 4X4 with the 5.9 gasser. I like the truck but it's not quite up to pulling this trailer. Heading into a stiff ~35mph wind the other day pulling the camper the truck could barely get up to 45mph in second gear. Decision, new truck time. Also, Between the Ram and GMC which gas truck be the better puller? I mulled the diesel but for cost of ownership (long term) I cant justify the higher up-front cost or down the road repair costs associated with diesels. Thanks for your replies, much better to get them from the people that own them instead of listening to the bull the salesman tries to feed ya.
  • birch2birch2 Posts: 7
    Also, have to ask if improvements to the transmissions in these trucks were made for 08-09 model years? Seems like the trannys are the weakest link in these trucks, comes from personal experience and what Ive read in here. Thanks again!
  • arvmanarvman Posts: 95
    Hello all,been on the jeep forum for years,new to this one.Lookin at trading in the libby diesel for a 2006 ram 2500 to tow my new trailer.about 6500 pounds.endines seem fine but what is with the tranny's?Any comments appreciated before I buy...
  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    Well, my '03 Cummins diesel Ram is still running just fine - only tranny trouble I ever had was a few years ago when the switch that completes the ignition circuit when the clutch pedal is pressed went out. I've never towed anything, but I took that truck cross country a few years ago and it's been nearly trouble free the entire time I've had it.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    An aftermarket company is seeking an owner of a 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie to test the side view mirror’s memory function. The company will provide the new mirror to the volunteer who will be able to keep it after helping with the test. If you are interested, please email sylvia@edmunds.com with your phone number and mailing address.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    After eight faithfull years and 145,000 miles, I've retired the '03 Dakota Sport for a new 2010 Ram. Had a hard time finding a two-wheel drive with dual exhaust, limited slip, and fog lamps. This is an SLT with the Big Horn package in black, 20-inch wheels, 5.7 Hemi, and 3.92 axle ratio.

    I test drove a 2010 F-150, and several rides in a Tundra and 2009 Silverado were comparisons. The Ram actually proved to be the quieter of all the trucks I've been in, although the Tundra is very quiet. The Ram handles extremely well with the big twenty-inch tires, on par with the Silverado and I'd rate better than the F150. Engine responsiveness is pronounced, although the Hemi seems to take to the higher gears a bit better than the Tundra. In comparison, the 5.4 F150 is way down on power.

    Build quality is excellent on my example. Panel gaps are fairly narrow and very consistent across the vehicle. The engine is exceptionally quiet, far more quiet than the Ford, and slightly more quiet than the Tundra. The only quality issue so far is a creaky center console.

    My first tank of fuel averaged 17.86 MPG (measured). This was mixed driving, about 80% around town and back country roads and very easy driving. My second tank was 17.14 (measured). This was with more agressive driving and almost no expressway miles. In either case this was more than I was expecting since the 5.7s have a reputation for long break-ins. The actual measured mileage varied from a displayed 18.2 on the EVIC (instrument display), but I believe this was due to me overfilling the tank. The subsequent tank reading was only one-tenth off from the actual measurement, much more accurate than I would've thought. The new (2009 and up) Hemis have VVT, VCT,MDS and 390 HP, and obviously much more efficient than older versions. Maybe the dual exhaust makes a difference.

    This is a very comfortable truck to drive. The cabin is so quiet that I can hear things like the keys on my key ring swaying back and forth at 65 MPH, and things sliding across the rear seat on turns. This truck has the premium seats with nice bolsters. The interior is much nicer than the older Rams and very well appointed despite not being the top model. Even with the twenty-inch tires this Ram rides very smoothly, almost car like. One person comment that it rides better than their Nissan Altima.

    The Ram sits tall, noticeably taller than a Silverado. I had to buy a two-step ladder to be able to reach all of the windshield during washings. My only real complaint so far is the user documentation. You get a nicely printed Owners Manual, but it is very lacking in detail. The User Guide is supplied on a DVD. That, too, in my opinion leaves one with a number of unanswered questions. The feature descriptions are often too brief. For example, it does not explicitly explain how the average fuel usage is calculated by the computer and that if you overfill the gas tank it will falsely report average fuel economy which affects the Distance To Empty value.

    Dusty
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Sounds like a nice ride, Dusty! By any chance, did you avoid the Crew Cab because of the bed size? I think Chrysler made a mistake by leaving out the Crew with the 6-foot-4 bed and the Quad with the 8-foot bed in the redesign - those configs would also help attract more commercial buyers who need cab and cargo space.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • stanoskistanoski Posts: 76
    When I bought my 07 Quad Cab I quite by accident got what i needed in the bed size of 6.5 feet. The newer crew cab has a larger back seat area but shortens the bed size to 5.5 feet which defeats the whole reason for getting a truck, hauling stuff!!!! With the tail gate down I can get 8 feet worth of stuff which is helpful at times.

    Ski in TX
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Hi Kcram,

    My philosophy when I purchase my Dakota in '03 was to buy just the amount of truck I really needed and not more. My requirements were (and still are) to transport my ATV and various tools, such as chain saws, etc.

    My old ATV fit inside the bed of the Dakota and I could still close the tailgate. No other less-than-full-size pickup could do that at the time. When I upgraded the ATV to a Kawasaki Brute Force I found that I could not close the tailgate completely, but I devised a workaround using straps to hold the tailgate partialy close. It fit my purposes just fine and was just right.

    Of course, the new Dakotas, despite having a beautiful 303 HP 4.7, did not appeal to me because of the sterile interior and the lack of instruments.

    I sort of maintained the same philosophy with the Ram Quad, although obviously a new Dakota would've given me the same capacity as my 2003. As you know, the Ram Quad was never meant to compete directly with the four-door Fords and GMs, and essentially was an extended cab with conventional doors. And in previous years there was no Dodge equivalent to Ford and GM crews. Now there is.

    Truthfully, the 6.5 foot box on the new Ram is enough for my purposes. I only carry more than two passengers less than 3 percent of the time, so the Ram Crew offered me nothing there. In addition, I avoid the extra weight, which should benefit fuel consumption, and the reduced maneuverability from the extra length. Would I consider a Ram Crew instead of a Quad. Even if I weight and total length were not a factor, the reduced length of the box is, however, a deal breaker for sure.

    The gas mileage is getting better. Although I won't know until later in the week when I fill up, I've been putting around town and the EVIC is telling me my current tank average is 17.7 MPG. I did drive about 40 miles East of Rochester, to Wolcott, NY and back on Sunday, and when I pulled in to the driveway at home it was showing 20.2 MPG. This was on state road and my average speed was 61.8MPH. According to my second fill up the EVIC is within 0.14 MPG of a true measurement.

    Bests,
    Dusty
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Hi Ski,

    Yeah, see my post to the Host.

    Fortunately, rear passenger space is not a concern of mine, but bed length is.

    I guess Texas is such a special market for trucks, the Big Horn package in your state is sold as the Lone Star. Kinda neat.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • pearlsypearlsy Posts: 2
    We just picked up a new 2010 Dodge Ram on Saturday.
    The computer shut down Saturday night.
    Our local Dodge repair shop says the new computer board won't be in until next week!
    Has anyone else heard of a brand new Dodge Ram shutting down so soon?

    We had hardly any problems with our 2001 Dodge Dakota!
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Well, there's infant mortality with any component, but, no, I haven't heard of anything like this. In fact, when I asked one of the techs at the local Dodge dealer for an honest answer, he said they haven't seen one 2010 come back for anything except scheduled maintence. And from what I can tell, they didn't have any common problems with the 2009s either.

    What surprises me is the length of time you were told to get a replacement computer. I would think a PCM (computer) would be a priority item because a vehicle is down. Normally I get parts from Dodge in 2-3 days.

    Or, maybe they haven't really diagnosed the problem. Computer problems are very rare for any vehicle nowasays.

    Once you get your truck back I think you'll like it, though.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • pearlsypearlsy Posts: 2
    Thank you Dusty.
    I am feeling better about the purchase....
    I had been so worried, that I started to investigate the Lemon law!
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    At 1706 miles my new 2010 Ram Quad SLT Big Horn is doing well. A short ride on mostly country roads last Sunday help deliver the last tank at 18.39 MPG. At one point the display was indicating 22.1 MPG. On this last fill the display was off by .5 MPG, but this time on the low side (I averaged better than indicated by the EVIC). My fill was at the same gas station, but at a different pump. I think the difference might be the truck levelness between pumps. Further testing required.

    I performed a cursory twenty-mile distance check for odometer error. Unlike the Dakota, it seems to be on. I will have an opportunity later in the week to check it over a 100 mile distance, which is more accurate.

    The local Dodge haters have been scrutinizing this Ram for any flaw. One guy looked it over for fifteen minutes and just grumbled. So far this vehicle is as flawless as my Nissan Sentra and a heck of a lot more comfortable!

    I put a small paint chip on the right side of the box down low below the right tail lamp assembly while trying to remove the tailgate. As I was trying to move the tailgate to the right in an attempt to clear the left pivot, I had to apply more force than normal which allowed the edge of the tailgate to careen into the corner of the box. Although the tailgate can be removed by one person, it is fairly heavy and wide enough to challenge people with short little arms like mine. The next time I'll have help. If you're not paranoid about scratches or dents like I am, no problem.

    Lucky my dealer supplied me with a tube of touch-up paint for free.

    Kcram, I noticed that the Ram Quad has a 76.3 foot bed length, making it shorter than the Dakota extended cab, something I didn't pay attention to until now.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Yeah, that 6 foot-4 bed was the concession to cab space back in 2002 with the larger Quad Cab - it was a 4 inch cut in bed length from the previous generation Ram.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Apparently if you what a Ram Crew and an eight-foot box you'll have to buy a 2500 or 3500. Actually, the long box is 98.3 inches.

    While shopping yesterday, I saw a new Ram Dually with the new one-piece box side/rear fender. Is that a Ram first? i can't think of that ever being done before.

    Bests,
    Dusty
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Yep, Dodge followed GM's lead with the integrated dually fender (GM uses a hydroformed side panel,. Dodge uses a stamping). Both feel it improves bodyside air flow... I like the idea because it means no dirt trapped in the seam of the attached fender, no extra bolt locations for rust, and it should be easier fo those quick dent repairs (the fiberglass can crack).

    The 98.3 inch long-bed on the current design is also down from 100 inches on the 1994-2002 body.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    I'm unsure if this is a trend, but the gas mileage of this new Ram appears to be slightly better around town than my previous '03 Dakota. So far measured fuel consumption at fill-ups are:

    16.25
    17.86
    16.86
    18.39
    17.95

    These were all mixed driving with little expressway driving (approx. 15%).

    Took an ATV trip to Allegany National Forest (Marienville, PA) over Memorial Day weekend. I towed two ATVs and a 700 pound trailer, plus gear and one passenger. Leaving Rochester, NY, I was doing pretty good on Interstate 87 going south, with the EVIC indicating 17.7 MPG, but swinging west on I-86 the gas mileage dropped and the ECO didn't come on much because of all the hills. My average speed was 73 MPH. My fill-up in Kane, PA indicated that I got 15.32 on the tank. Coming back I slowed down to the speed limit (65) and when I got home and filled up I measured 17.82. My average speed was 64 MPH.

    No problems so far. I found out that you cannot enter the System Setup mode while driving. The vehicle must be in Park.Haven't tried the recommended 89 octane yet. I'm waiting to get more miles on it.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • xxking9xxking9 Posts: 2
    Hello i have a 1994 dodge ram 1500 2 wheel drive the transmission shifts fine when i manually take it through the gears but when normal driving without shifting it will not switch gears till 4500 rpms the haynes manual said to adjust the tv cable to make sure that the trans link and the throttle body link are both in low idle and that the cable is directly fitted i did this and it kinda helped switching from first to second for a few times now its back to the way it was i also no ticed when you move the cable from up top the link doesnt push back all the way it seems kinda sticky i can still push it back about 1/8 of an inch or so do you think its the Cable/ the spring/ and the link on the transmission? and or the fluid and filet please let me know asap xxking9@yahoo.com if anyone has found a fix to this problem
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    The transmission Throttle Lever Cable is either corroded or frayed inside, or you have a weak or missing Throttle Lever Return Spring on the transmission Throttle Lever, or on some models, the spring is on the throttle linkage at the engine. On vehicles that old they quite often rust, break, and fall away.

    The key is that the cable should aways follow the throttle linkage freely back to idle. Look for stickiness anywhere in the linkage system. Keep solvent dry. Do not lubricate throttle linkage components.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • xxking9xxking9 Posts: 2
    Thank you very much for your help i have found a return spring at my local auto zone, however i can not find the tv cable what is the correct name someone said kickback cable is it the same if not where can i get one? also the lever on the side of the transmission can i just unbolt it clean it off real good with some sand paper and pb blaster and put it back on? once again thanks so much
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    The cable in question is referred to in Chrysler nomenclature as the Throttle Valve Cable (hence, TV cable). It is a cable that attaches at the the throttle linkage, either at the carburetor or engine throttlebody, and actuates a lever on the side of the transmission. This lever controls hydraulic pressure in the transmission throttlebody which in turn influences the shift points of the transmission. If this were a General Motors product, it would be referred to as the kickdown cable, although the technical operation is slightly different between Chrysler and GM transmissions.

    The lever on the side of the transmission should rotate within its range without and binding. I'm not sure what you mean by "cleaning off" the lever. If it appears stuck, you'll need to pull the transmission pan and remove the lever to thoroughly clean it or replace it, although that's pretty rare.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • Hi kcram, I just purchased a 2010 RAM 1500 with regular cab and V6. 800 miles on it to date. My previous ride was 1991 Nissan pickup. It took a few weeks to get used to the size and high seating position but now I really like it. It has the short bed and is perfect for what I use it for. So far there have been no problems with it, knock on wood.
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