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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Engine Problems

48 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. 12 of these members (25%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 26 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 to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 56 repairs.

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 engine repair cost distribution

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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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   Coolant recovery tank developed a leak. Replaced the recovery tank. 

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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 US $700 Second time in three years replacing heater core. 
108000   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   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   Exhaust pipe in front of the muffler rotted out, had to remove old pipe and replace 24" section and three clamps. 
85500   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   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 US $367 Sensor before Cat. Converter was bad. 
71000   Manifold problems Bad Catalytic Converter 
76000   Timing belt clicking noise, lifters,  bad catalytic converter connection to exhaust 
76000   Replaced catalytic converter, leaking exhaust manifolds. 
80000   Could not replicate the problem - Changed oil as requested and reset check-engine light. 
103000   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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