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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 65 repairs.

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 22 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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2003 Dodge Ram 1500

Engine not specified

120000 mi 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

123000 mi

US $725
Cylinder 6 broke an exhaust valve spring. Common issue with this engine and model year. 
125000 mi

US $88
Coolant recovery tank developed a leak. Replaced the recovery tank. 
126000 mi

US $47
Old thermostat had failed open. Turned out the gasket around the wax pellet had failed. Replaced with a stock-equivalent thermostat. 

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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

83080 mi

C $800
fuel system- crack in lne 
99000 mi

US $700
Second time in three years replacing heater core. 
108000 mi

US $160
O2 sensor after cat was bad. Replaced sensor and rear brakes/discs. 

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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

57300 mi

US $600
Fuel pump failed 

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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

93500 mi

C $590
Manifold repair 

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

240-horsepower 4.7L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

30700 mi

US $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

68000 mi

US $125
Vacuum hose was cracked and was leaking, small leak 
73000 mi

US $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 mi

US $25
Exhaust pipe in front of the muffler rotted out, had to remove old pipe and replace 24" section and three clamps. 
85500 mi

US $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 mi

US $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. 
56000 mi

US $367
Sensor before Cat. Converter was bad. 
71000 mi

US $579
Manifold problems Bad Catalytic Converter 
76000 mi

US $1029
Timing belt clicking noise, lifters,  bad catalytic converter connection to exhaust 
76000 mi

US $1100
Replaced catalytic converter, leaking exhaust manifolds. 
80000 mi

US $110
Could not replicate the problem - Changed oil as requested and reset check-engine light. 
103000 mi 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

149000 mi

US $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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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Engine Problems

50 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. 13 of these members (26%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 29 engine repairs to 2003 Dodge Ram 1500s--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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