9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$56.00
Average Mileage:
480,855 miles
Total Complaints:
21 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. dodge needs to do an investigation and possible recall (6 reports)
  3. dodge should do a recall!!! (3 reports)
  4. clean air intake (1 reports)
  5. fuel tank replacement (1 reports)
  6. replace transmission oil filter seal (1 reports)
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problem #21

Jun 062014

Ram 1500 Sport Hemi 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000,000 miles

Scared the crap out of me!! This is not the first time! Our mechanic can't find anything. VERY lucky traffic was light all 3 times this happened. Can't believe there hasn't been a recall. Waiting for someone to die are they??? Will take the sights suggestions to our mechanic & see what happens. Will update.

- , Westminster, CO, USA

problem #20

Apr 012012

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

The stalling problem was a big pain in the tail but after some brake cleaner and some paper towels, My truck is running great again.

- , Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #19

Oct 112011

Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,542 miles

Driving down the road, approaching a red light, hit the brakes normally, truck stalls and I have no power steering, no power brakes, almost hit two other cars. I was doing 40 mph at the time it stalled. It was nerve wrecking and I'm glad I didn't have my family with me. I would hate to see this happen on the highway at 70 mph. All it would take is someone to cut in front of me, I hit my brakes and lose it all. WT......BUCK. DODGE DEALER says they have never heard of this and there are no lights or codes coming up but they want to charge the heck out of you anyway. they should not even let you leave knowing that the risk of possible injury is great.

- , Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #18

Jan 062011

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,312 miles

i'll be driving along and my truck engine will just stop - shut off, sometimes at low speeds sometimes at 55 mph +. I will kick to N and restart. Very hard to do when you lose brakes and power steering. Not sure if i was hitting the brake in these events. these problems would happen every so often maybe once every 2 months or so...think bad gas or just needs warmed up, even though is was running for a while. Nov 2010 coming home from Mom & dad's going thru the Ft. Pitt tunnel on the bridge in a curve the truck shuts off i almost wrecked into barrier. No problems until last week once on my way to work, and 3 times it shut off on my way home. now it's 2 days i a row. Now it is a problem, don't trust truck for reliable transportation anymore. time for the shop

Any help for the weary?

- , Munhall, PA, USA

problem #17

Jun 042004

Ram 1500 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

fixed the problem with my (etc) light with a new 2011 Toyota tundra in the driveway

- , Newport, TN, USA

problem #16

Nov 122010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,500 miles

i bought this 2004 dodge ram 1500 4x4 new, for the last couple of months you could be driving slow 20-30 mph let off the accelerator engine stalls, push up in neutral to restart engine you may ge 2 mile or all day before it dies again. this truck only has 47,500 miles. i think dodge needs to wake up and have a recall with so many complaints.

- , Newport, TN, USA

problem #15

Feb 072010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Looks like Dodge is the new Toyota. I'm having the same problem as others with stalling while braking or at idle. I'm not sure of the fix but I agree this should be a recall. Only problem is that, like Toyota, Dodge is losing my faith due to the fact that they won't acknowledge they messed up. If I can get rid of this truck, I will never own another...

- , Newport News, VA, USA

problem #14

Nov 022009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I started having a stalling problem when stopping at intersections. Pretty much the exact symptoms everyone else is reporting. RPM's dropped under 500 while stopping and the engine died. Sometimes it would suddenly die when sitting still, in gear, with foot on brake. No codes, no lights. I did not believe the problem was computer program related as Dodge would have you believe. If that was so you would have the problem from day 1.

This problems started for me around 130000 miles. I went ahead and changed the EGR valve even though a code had not been generated. EGR valve did not fix problem. I then decided to look at the transmission because it felt more like the transmission was dragging the engine down. I was able to determine that the transmission filter seal had been installed incorrectly during the last fluid change. This was allowing vapor to be sucked into the transmission oil pump and apparently causing the torque converter clutch to malfunction. I installed a new seal and filter and the problem quit immediately. This seal appears to be a semi hard Nylon material and must be installed into the transmission before the filter is installed. The old seal should have to be pryed out and the new one knocked into place usind something like a wooden dowel.

Update from May 25, 2014: It has now been several years since I posted my complaint and fix. My mileage on the 2004 RAM 1500 truck is now 264,000 miles and I have not had an issue with stalling again. When I change the transmission filter and seal, I pay careful attention to how well it seats. Also, I have never applied the software update that is mentioned in other posted complaints. I believe that Dodge could not figure out what was happening and just added programming to increase the idle when it detects it being pulled down. If that is true, all it does is put a band aid on the symptom which will probably result in reduced brake and transmission life in the long term.

- , Humble, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 082008

Ram 1500 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Well to begin with I was having the same problem as alot of the complaints I've seen. Engine runs fine then it dies when slowing down. Take it to the dealer (Love Chrysler in Alice,Texas) to get it repaired and they keep the truck for a week and I get no loaner vehicle. When I show up they still have not done anything to my truck but they have comfirmed my problem.And all they can say is well the Service Writer is not in and will be back in a week or so. Then ask them what needs to be done or what can we do to get the issue resolved now and was told nothin can get done service writer is the only one that can request the repairs.

Anyhow, after having it out with these idiots took the truck home and tried to figure out what needs to be done. After some time I remembered that when fueling up , it takes longer than normal to fill this truck up ( can not grip fuel nozzle all the way it will spill the fuel out). This is when I decided to look at at my fuel tank. While removing the fuel tank I accidentally broke some fittings that are made onto the fuel tank. So I had to find another fuel tank. Went to the salvage yard and found one off of a 2001 model pick up. Bought it and installed it haven,t had that problem ever since.

- , Alice, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 012007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

I am not the only one with this problem, the darn truck stalls at unusual times. Never the same, just always happens while braking at a stop sign or a traffic light. someone is going to get in a major accident due to this ongoing problem. Dodge needs to handle this problem SOON. I love the truck, But not willing to bet my life or my wife and kids life on it. When I brought it to the dodge dealer they told me that they fixed the problem well no they didn't I now have 41,000 miles on it and it happens about twice a month but all at really bad time with absolutely no warning at all, no light come on at all on the dash board. When will they do something about this problem. Just about every person I know that has this 5.7ltr engine has the exact same issues. Something needs to be done already.

- , Berlin, CT, USA

problem #11

Mar 192008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I have drove this truck for the last 3 years without any problems at all. For the last month my engine has been stalling when braking to turn or when accelerating from a stop. No warning at all, it just dies. Has always started right back up though. I still have no warning lights showing after it has happened for the third time. Scheduled to go into the shop this week but I'm guessing they aren't going to find anything wrong with it. This is probably going to get me into an accident before it is all said and done. The first time it happened was when I was crossing a busy intersection in the middle of the city and nearly got rear ended when it died.

- , Bethany, IL, USA

problem #10

Mar 092008

Ram 1500 SLT Hemi 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

I bought a used 2004 Dodge last October '07 and had 55,000 miles on it when I bought it. In the past months I have had it stall out when I have slowed down for a stop sign or the worse was when I went through and intersection almost causing an accident when I need to turn at the light because the intersection did not go straight across almost hitting a parked vehicle. When the vehicle stalled I had no power steering and its hard to turn a 6,000lb vehicle with out any assistance. The stalling happens at random and the RMPs surges up and down when trying to maintain slower speeds from 25-40 mph. This morning I finally had a check engine light go on so I took it to my local dealer to see what the problem is and the guy said is was the EGR Valve and that is a common defect in the 2004 Dodges. I will be changing it tonight and I hope that fixes my problem. I don't think I could take having my engine stall in the middle of an intersection again because it is sure to cause an accident. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL TO FIX THIS PROBLEM!

- , Escanaba, MI, USA

problem #9

Jan 212008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,600 miles

This is as big as a problem as there can be. Stalls!!!!! Can't get any worse. Today was the 3rd time, almost caused a major accident today. This is serious... I will visit the dealer tomorrow to get more input. I have found many complaints of this problem, however no exact solution. Sounds like Chrysler is dancing around this one. Truck simply stalls at random, no warning at all. Be careful.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #8

Apr 182007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Hemi 5.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

MY TRUCK DIED FOR NO REASON. IT ONLY HAS 32,000 MILES ON IT AND IT IS ONLY 2 YRS OLD. I AM WORRIED THAT THIS WILL BE AN ONGOING THING FROM NOW ON. I DON'T TRUST MY TRUCK ANYMORE ON THE FREEWAY. PLUS, I NOTICED THAT 7 OTHERS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT THE SAME PROBLEM. THIS MEANS THAT DODGE NEEDS TO DO AN INVESTIGATION AND A POSSIBLE RECALL BEFORE THERE ARE DEATHS RELATING TO THIS.

- , Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 182007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Hemi 5.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

I DROVE MY DAUGHTER TO SCHOOL TODAY AND WHEN I PULLED INTO THE PARKING LOT THE TRUCK GAVE A FEW SHUDDERS AND DIED ON ME. NORMALLY I WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE FREEWAY AT THIS TIME AND THAT COULD HAVE BEEN FATAL. I HAD A FRIEND, WHO'S CAR STALLED ON THE FREEWAY AND SHE WAS HIT BY A SEMI TRUCK AND DIED INSTANTLY. I NOTICED THAT 7 OTHERS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT THIS PROBLEM ON THIS SITE. I THINK THAT IS REASON ENOUGH FOR DODGE TO DO A FULL INVESTIGATION. THIS IS THE SECOND DODGE RAM I HAVE OWNED AND IT WILL MOST LIKELY BE THE LAST IF DODGE DOES NOT TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. MY TRUCK IS ONLY TWO YEARS OLD AND ONLY HAS 32,000 MILES ON IT. I BOUGHT A BRAND NEW VEHICLE SO I WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PROBLEMS LIKE THIS. SAFETY IS A MAIN CONCERN WHEN I BUY A VEHICLE AND I FEEL COMPLETELY LET DOWN BY DODGE!

- , Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 312007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 1500 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Every time I fill my fuel tank the vehicle stalls when coming to a stop and check engine light is on with codes for evap leak. I have taken it to 3 dealerships and they say they cant find a problem. I am about to park this dam truck in the f---ing front window there showroom

- , Jackson, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 092007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 HEMI 5.9

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

* CHRYSLER PLEASE READ *

This is not a random incident any longer. I have read countless complaints now in reference to the 5.9 HEMI engines stalling for no reason. I have cleaned my throttle body, and still stalls. It happens when dropping below 1000 RPMs approaching 500RPMs. Once the vehicle slows to reach idle RPMs (just above 500RPMs) it stalls. It happens sometimes 2-3 times a day. Sometimes slowing into a turn OR slowing down to pass through an intersection. I have had my truck stall in various occasions. It will start back up, but when it stalls you lose your power steering... This is a huge risk when going into a turn. I usually throw it into neutral and start it back up right away. But this has to be murder on my starter and engine. My Dealer says there is nothing wrong, but now that I am out of my warranty period, I am battling with keep taking it back to dealer and risk paying out the ass for testing or random attempts to fix it. This definitely has to be a recall issue if more than 5 people have the same problem.

- , Dover, DE, USA

problem #4

Oct 092006

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Lonestar Editio

  • 30,000 miles

My Dodge Pickup turns off at stop lights, No warning- just shuts off!! The service departments solution to this - call the 1-800 number given and they will send a tow truck - don't try to start it up again. I have a baby and this would be a GREAT inconvenience to us! But they can not find the problem and the computer doesn't even flag when it stops - so they think we are lying!! So we start it right up and go on our way. What else can we do besides look into trading the stupid thing in. I'm so frustrated but after all the times it has shut off and the times we take it to be serviced and NOTHING gets fixed, and on top of that we have a lot of problems with the service department "service advisors" and their attitudes and never calling us back and then that receptionist in the service department. I have come to the conclusion - it's time to move on.

- , Odessa, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 172007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7 HEMI

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Problem started a year ago , I was driving on an icy road at around 50 mph, had to slam the brakes, and the engine then stalled causing brakes and steering to barely function. I repeated the process with same result, went to my dealer and they could find no problem.

Now my truck stalls occasionally when I press the brakes when I approach a stop or intersection , catches me by surprise... go through stop........ Now my truck is at the dealer as this morning same thing occurred but now no more steering and brakes at all. The remedy before was I shut off motor, restart and brakes and steering come back to life.

I thought I was the only one experiencing this problem, as my dealer said they had never seen such a problem.......... but I see on this web site 2 others have the same problem

- , Valdor, QUE, Canada

problem #2

Apr 192006

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles

Other then this problem being very dangerous, its frustrating when the Dealer is unable to repair.

- , Covina, CA, USA

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