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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Engine Problems and Repair Histories

45 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. 13 of these members (28.9%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 24 engine repairs to 2003 Dodge Ram 1500s--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 repairs by problem area

49% of the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 27% to the suspension, 8% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 49 repairs.

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 24% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 29% between $500 and $999, and 5% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 21 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Dodge Ram 1500

Engine not specified

Dodge Ram 1500 in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 113000    
119000 0 Needed water hose when sold. 

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

345-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

Dodge Ram 1500 in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 99000    
123000 725 Cylinder 6 broke an exhaust valve spring. Common issue with this engine and model year. 
124000  

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

345-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Dodge Ram 1500 in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2010 62000    
83080 800 fuel system- crack in lne 
Dodge Ram 1500 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 90000    
99000 700 Second time in three years replacing heater core. 
108000 160 O2 sensor after cat was bad. Replaced sensor and rear brakes/discs. 
128000  

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

245-horsepower 5.9L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Dodge Ram 1500 in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 43000    
57300 600 Fuel pump failed 
60000  

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

240-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

Dodge Ram 1500 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 91760    
93500 590 Manifold repair 
96720  

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

240-horsepower 4.7L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

Dodge Ram 1500 in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 27000    
30700 300 Emissions parts replaced. Did a smoke test but no leaks in the system. Replaced more parts in the emissions system. 
 

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

240-horsepower 4.7L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Dodge Ram 1500 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 66000    
68000 125 Vacuum hose was cracked and was leaking, small leak 
73000 39 Engine light came on and gave me a P0441, found several parts could be the problem. Found kinked hose on leak detection pump where mechanic cut and put on hose clamp, replaced hose (mech worked on truck 1 year prior to fix same problem). 
85000 25 Exhaust pipe in front of the muffler rotted out, had to remove old pipe and replace 24" section and three clamps. 
85500 725 Exhaust repair failed and I had to replace entire exhaust system, could not get pipes out of muffler, Installed new stainless steel system and replaced mid pipe from cat (not ss steel) 
89700 273 Was leaking oil, found oil pan had rust and eaten through the pan. One small hole allowed oil to leak out. Had to replace oil pan and windage plate. A real pain to install with motor in, oil suction tube is located in front. 
91000  
Dodge Ram 1500 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 54000    
56000 367 Sensor before Cat. Converter was bad. 
71000 579 Manifold problems Bad Catalytic Converter 
76000 1029 Timing belt clicking noise, lifters,  bad catalytic converter connection to exhaust 
76000 1100 Replaced catalytic converter, leaking exhaust manifolds. 
80000 110 Could not replicate the problem - Changed oil as requested and reset check-engine light. 
101000 0 Check Engine Light 
 

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

345-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

Dodge Ram 1500 in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2012 149000    
149000 200 Deafening lifter noise(not the regular HEMI tick) sounded like i had broken a valve spring. quitened down a little so i drove it home and tore it down,Sludge trapped in ends of rocker shafts had broken loose and stopped up 3 rear lifters. 

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