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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (26%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (11%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 84 repairs.
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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (42%)

< $100 (30%)

Chart based on 33 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2003 Dodge Ram 1500

Engine not specified

119000 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. 
134180 mi

US $60
Aftermarket e-fan controller had failed. The replacement has some issues, so the original mechanical fan was re-installed. 

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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

110000 mi

US $21
Intake manifold stuck open. Got a can of cleaner from Autozone and a fine wire brush and was able to clean fairly easily by taking the "Hemi-hat" off and removing the intake valve. Total repair was about $21.00 and took 25min. 
141100 mi

US $40
Top idler pulley was making noise. It had failed and the pulley had separated from the bearing. Both idler pulleys replaced and noise was gone. 
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

57200 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

93600 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

163000 mi

US $500
Exhaust manifolds were leaking. Broken bolts on both sides repaced. Automatic transmission serviced. 
174000 mi

US $70
Replaced thermostat. 
29700 mi

US $300
Emissions parts replaced. Did a smoke test but no leaks in the system. Replaced more parts in the emissions system. 
105000 mi

US $282
Engine would get hot. Radiator stopped up and was unable to flush. Replaced entire radiator. 
81000 mi Just had a reman long block put in beacuse I overheated the previous motor. I was flushing out my cooling system and left the radiator cap loose, was coming home from a trip to the mountains when it overheated on the freeway. Temp gauge remained normal. 
81200 mi

US $150
check engine light came on, started to lose power and run rough.. code indicated that the #7 cylinder was misfiring, coil was replaced to solve problem. 
85000 mi

US $350
rear main seal leaking, motor rebuilt only under 4,000 miles, had a defective seal installed, company that rebuilt the motor covered the cost of replacement. 

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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. 
85700 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) 
81800 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. 
143000 mi

US $261
Hyd lifter making noise,replaced pass side so far,brake booster in way on drivers side, special tool to remove rocker arms,made job easier,replaced spark plugs, still have to do drivers side, expecting to take longer as booster makes it diff 
160000 mi

US $340
4.7 running a little hot 211F. replaced water pump, hoses, temp sensor. still running 211F. Replaced serp belt, replaced left side lifters (tapping when started), valve cover gasket. Replaced antifreeze, thermostat. Still running 211 degrees even on hot days, sometimes will go to 213 F 
56000 mi

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

US $579
Manifold problems Bad Catalytic Converter 
76000 mi

US $450
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. 
101000 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

96000 mi

US $187
Check engine light. Code P0441. Found broken hose clamp at leak detector valve. Replaced hose clamp, cleared code from system. 
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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