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2012 Ram 1500 repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (19%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 47 repairs.
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2012 Ram 1500 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (3%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (67%)

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Chart based on 39 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ram 1500 in Oklahoma, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2014
Feb 2013

3300 mi
Trailer brake controller failed and was replaced. 
Ram 1500 in Texas, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2012
Jul 2012

5700 mi
Bad vibration at speeds of 65MPH and above. Replaced rear tires, stil there. Can't figure it out. 
Sep 2012

9000 mi
Bad vibration at speeds of 65MPH and above. Replaced Driveshaft. Still bad vibration. Replaced all wheels and tires. Vibration not as bad but livable. Dealer says all new Rams with the big wheels have problems. 
Ram 1500 in Alabama, United States
Jun 2012 - Apr 2018
Apr 2013

7500 mi
Driver's power window and lock switch assembly stopped working. 

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2012 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Ram 1500 in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
May 2014

37200 mi
All of the tire studs have had to be replaced, due to cheep metal. As well as all of my lug nuts. Dealer tried to get out of repairing it! And to boots it all has been recalled! My reg automotive shop, had to fight Chrysler Canada, for it! 
Oct 2015

60240 mi

C $70
Bought my truck in to possibly fix my driving light problem which are also my high beams!. Found out there was a recall and it was a wire in my steering wheel. Was told was probable TIPM problem, and have no warranty. more to story! Possibly TIPM problem. Because of my driving lights not working. Now have found out why dealer will not work, because of big huge law suit pending and a big danger. More to story. Both daytime running lights/ hi beams hat to be hard wired, because both of the plug ins were shot. Too much to replace so they were pig tailed together. Problem solved ☺️ 
Feb 2017

82460 mi

C $600
The sensor quit working for the left front wheel bearing hub assembly. Unfortunately the sensor is built in. 
Ram 1500 in New York, United States
Nov 2015 - Jul 2016
Mar 2016

50000 mi

US $82
Check engine lite came on. Dealer reset code, checked the fault code, and checked system, found no problems. 

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2012 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

Ram 1500 in Manitoba, Canada
Apr 2012 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

68200 mi

C $40
Change cooling hose 
Ram 1500 in Missouri, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2014
Dec 2012

1000 mi
Our satellite radio stopped working within an hour of leaving dealer. It was the antennae. They ordered it and installed but it took about a month for it to get installed! :( 
Ram 1500 in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2014
Feb 2014

20000 mi
sway bar bushing was found to be defective, and was replaced. 

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2012 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

215-horsepower 3.7L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

Ram 1500 in Iowa, United States
Dec 2017 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

39000 mi

US $280
Driver's seatbelt buckle replaced. It would not latch reliability 

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2012 Ram 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ram 1500 in New Mexico, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

33253 mi

US $229
Transmission not engaging normally at very low speed, slight pulsation at take-off, and slow to downshift at road speeds. Trans control computer update installed under warranty. I requested that the pan and filter be pulled and checked for wear debris. None found, new filter and fluid installed at my expense because no problem found.. 
Ram 1500 in Nevada, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2016
May 2016

45700 mi
Sheared manifold bolt on both sides 
Ram 1500 in Arkansas, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

5000 mi
6 speed automatic transmission wouldn't shift from 4th. If revs got too high the truck would shut off. 
Ram 1500 in Arkansas, United States
Oct 2015 - Sep 2017
Jun 2017

69000 mi

US $2700
Transmission needed replaced. Vehicle wouldn't go into any gear after leaving shops. 

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2012 Ram 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Ram 1500 in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Oct 2013
Sep 2012

8000 mi
The 2012 Dodge Ram is having some problems with inferior leather on the steering wheels that splits. I only have 6,000 miles on the truck and Dodge replaced the steering wheel, an approximately $1,000 item due to the electronic controls. 
Nov 2012

10000 mi
The second steering wheel also developed cracks in the leather. Dealer is deciding whether this will again be covered...cost is $1,000. Not fixed at this time. 
Jun 2013

17000 mi
Truck would suddenly stop when accelerator was depressed. Determined that putting foot on gas and brake at same time causes onboard computer to malfunction and engine dies. Cleared malfunction code and amended bad driving habit. 
Ram 1500 in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2017
Feb 2013

28700 mi
Faulty sensor in transmission. Check engine light was on, transmission had a hard time downshifting and cruise control didn't work. 
Jun 2017

169000 mi

US $1200
rebuilt rear end 
Ram 1500 in Georgia, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2018
May 2014

27000 mi
Radio has electrical static on AM that goes away when brake pedal is pressed. Static on AM radio when driving that would go away when the brakes applied. 
Feb 2017

54000 mi
Check engine light for loose gas cap. Gas cap replaced light stayed on. Dealer reflashed computer to repair. 
Mar 2017

54000 mi
Emission problem, vacuum tube in gas filler has leak, dealer says it is not covered under emission warranty. I am going to contact factory as it is not a normal wear item and should be covered under emission warranty. 
May 2017

55000 mi
Check engine light, has leak in emission, the dealer says its not covered, they wanted to charge me seven hundred dollars to repair. I refused since it should be covered under the emission warranty. They tried to charge me one hundred thirty dollars for diagnosis. Still not repaired. 
Jun 2017

56000 mi

US $185
Emissions leak repaired at independent shop for much less than dealer wanted, $185 vs. $700. 
Ram 1500 in West Virginia, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
May 2014

36000 mi
Shifting was occasionally irregular or indecisive. Mostly occurred at low speeds 
Dec 2014

44000 mi

US $335
Front and rear shocks were no longer damping well. 
Apr 2017

69000 mi

US $250
Both key fobs gradually became useless. They wouldn't work on remote start, then wouldn't unlock car. Not a battery issue. New fob was purchased and programmed. No obvious reason for this, but dealer says they've seen it before. These are the older Mercedes style fobs. 
Aug 2017

79000 mi
Ive gotten three warnings of “service 4WD soon” on center screen. Nothing acts wrong. This occurs spontaneously while doing normal driving on highway. No 4WD involved. It goes away after 5-20 minutes. Dealer found no codes and did nothing. It’s happened one more time since dealer scanned it. 

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2012 Ram 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

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

Ram 1500 in Kansas, United States
Nov 2013 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

10000 mi
Driver's seat developed a wrinkle. Replaced under warranty 
Ram 1500 in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2016
Apr 2015

29700 mi
The Service 4WD, ABS and traction control lights all came on. It was a malfunctioning rear sensor. 
Ram 1500 in Alberta, Canada
May 2015 - Jun 2015
May 2015

51460 mi
truck would stall. Ignition switch replaced under warranty. 

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2012 Ram 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

310-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ram 1500 in California, United States
Dec 2017 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

69000 mi

US $300
Bearings went out on HVAC fan. Blower was replaced. 

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2012 Ram 1500 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

Ram 1500 in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2016 - Mar 2017
Oct 2016

29760 mi
Front left of the truck drooped. Air suspension problem. 
Nov 2016

30160 mi
Air suspension looses air on left side 
Dec 2016

31000 mi
Left side air suspension drops down 
Jan 2017

31200 mi
Truck was loosing air on the left side 

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2012 Ram 1500 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ram 1500 in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2017

59000 mi

US $100
Replaced seized driver's front brake caliper after I changed brake pads and noticed it was seized. Noise coming from driveline while shifting into reverse, dealer diagnosed as rear differential failing. Replaced rear axle under warranty. 
Jan 2018

73000 mi

US $100
Third brake light gasket failed and leaked inside, soaked headliner and school books behind seat. Well known problem on all 2009-2018 Rams, mine was not covered under a TSB. Repair cost waived by dealer due to book damage. 
Apr 2018

78000 mi

US $100
Heard exhaust leak near engine. Nine snapped bolts and studs on both heads and one header collector. All studs and bolts removed and replaced. $100 warranty deductible. 
Jun 2018

83000 mi

US $100
Fuel level sending unit died and set constant fuel warning light and CEL, dealer dropped tank and replaced entire pump unit. $100 deductible. 

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2012 Ram 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

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

Ram 1500 in Qatar
Jan 2013 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

77500 mi
Done on warranty, there were a leak in the system, ac condenser and hardware replaced 

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2011 Ram 1500

Engine not specified

Ram 1500 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2013 - Dec 2013
Sep 2013

34000 mi

US $570
Leaking 

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2011 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ram 1500 in Florida, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2011
Oct 2011

1500 mi
REPLACED torque convertor and front transmission pump had to align and balance tires bad vibration ,steering wheel off center REPLACED torque convertor and front transmission pump 
Nov 2011

2000 mi
BATTERY DEAD ONE MORNING, CHARGED IT UP AND CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON, TOOK TO THE DEALER HAD CODES CLEARED STILL DON'T KNOW WHY THE BATTERY DIED HASN'T HAPPENED SINCE 
Dec 2011

4000 mi
THEY REPLACED THE MODULE FOR THE IGNITION 
Ram 1500 in Alabama, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

56000 mi
While towing a pull behind camper I would have shudder with a screech sound when climbing a hill in direct(3rd) at 4k rpm. The shift to OD(4th) was a 1000 rpm change and that was when it happened. I talked to the trans mechanic at Huntsville Landers FCA dealership and he recommended B & G fluid conditioner. It worked and now I get some brief shudder but no sound of a clutch pack slipping. This can of conditioner was a freebie but I do have a good relationship with the parts dept. 
Feb 2018

58000 mi
Driver side door lock when electrically activated does no latch the door when conditions outside are rainy. The door will not latch and therefore you can open it by pulling on handle. Key locking works fine. 
Mar 2018

59000 mi
Cab brake light gasket leaking. Made a new one. Had to pull the rear bench seat out to get carpet out for drying. 

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2011 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Ram 1500 in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Apr 2013

37000 mi

US $150
Drain line was found plugged. Dealer cleaned line. 
Oct 2015

57000 mi

US $120
Brake caliper was stuck causing excessive wear on pads and rotor. Caliper, pads, and rotor were replaced. 
Sep 2016

69000 mi

US $20
Windshield washer nozzle broke and leaked fluid under the hood. Washer nozzle was replaced. Defrost setting on HVAC was inoperative. Blend door actuator had a stripped gear. The actuator was replaced. 
Ram 1500 in Iowa, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014

77500 mi

US $100
Headlight harness was bad, replaced entire harness (under extended warranty, paid $100 deductible) 
May 2014

51600 mi

US $100
Headlight harness on RH failed, replaced under extended warranty, paid $100 deductible, warranty covered the rest. 
Jun 2014

57000 mi

US $100
Key Fob was weak, did not work all the time, asked for new battery, they found that the unit was bad and replaced with new and programmed for me. 
Jan 2015

45700 mi
Trans would not engage. Towed to dealer, found filter had come loose inside pan. Dealer flushed trans replaced fluid and filter all under warranty (5 yr 100K power train warranty). Done within the same day. 
Dec 2017

107000 mi

US $100
Variable Valve Solenoid failed, engine ran but lost power and "Check Engine" light came on. Took to dealership, diagnosed and repaired within one visit. Total cost $100 (the deductible on my extended warranty) 
Mar 2018

109000 mi
When variable valve solenoid was replaced in December, technician putting it all back together had broken the fan shroud. I had the dealership replace the entire fan shroud with a new one. No cost to me (their fault). 
Ram 1500 in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

9000 mi
air mode doors in dash replaced due to sticking and loud noise, both defroster and floor units 
Ram 1500 in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2014
Dec 2011

19000 mi
Replaced seal in transmission after notice of leak in driveway. Warranty work. Passenger side heated seat, and heated steering wheel did not heat. 
Aug 2013

42000 mi

US $388
Leaking vapor line above fuel tank. 

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2011 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

Ram 1500 in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
May 2012

23200 mi
Dealer replaced torque converter because of a vibration noise at 1400 - 1700 rpm. A service bulletin was covering this problem. 
Oct 2012

35920 mi

C $200
Loose tie rod end on left side has been replaced under warranty. Brake cleanup and front pads change as it burned because it was stuck in the dust. 
Apr 2013

50840 mi
1 bolt broken on the right side manifold. It made a small tick noise at startup for 1 minute. Repaired quickly. 
Ram 1500 in North Dakota, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

65000 mi
Cylinder #5 was misfiring. Diagnostic revealed lobe on cam for this cylinder was worn 1/8" below shoulders. Dealer replaced everything from cam up, including new heads. 77,178 miles on engine. Mechanic said they had been seeing this. Satellite radio was cutting out, and sometimes would not come back on for days. Display worked but no sound or control. 
Dec 2014

89000 mi

US $87
Return heater core line was laying across transmission line at junction and rubbed hole through. 
Dec 2015

97000 mi

US $200
Front differential leak. Dealer replaced right axle also. Replaced both coolant lines. Dealer found leak in one. Right rear door lock inoperable using unlock/lock buttons. Radio bluetooth (Uconnect) won't recognize commands, download phonebook or just plain won't work. Dealer unable to duplicate problem and told that microphone is mounted in proper location, upper left windshield, have to shout to be heard. 
Apr 2017

112000 mi

US $450
Weep hole started to go on water pump. Other items preventive. Replaced: Water pump Upper & Lower Radiator Hose Thermostat Both Heater Hoses Serpentine Belt Clamps Coolant Also replaced, had started to squeak: Tensioner Pulley Idler Arm Pulley  
May 2017

118000 mi

US $100
MPG started to drop. Checked and replaced all plugs with Iridium plugs. 
Jun 2017

117000 mi

US $450
New drilled rotors all around and ceramic pads. Struts all around and new bushings on stabilizers. 
Jan 2018

120000 mi
Tire pressure monitor failing. Right rear. Cost prohibitive to replace just one at the dealer so living with it until I order some online and have installed. 

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2011 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

310-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ram 1500 in Virginia, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2015
Apr 2014

60000 mi
Valve body needed part 
Jan 2015 Transmission shifting erratically and making unusual noise. Dealer could not duplicate. Don't know why because it's noticeable as hell 

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2011 Ram 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

310-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ram 1500 in New York, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2015
Jan 2014

39000 mi

US $150
wipers would not shut off, turn signals would not work, horn would blow intermittently. 
Ram 1500 in Michigan, United States
Aug 2013 - Oct 2013
Oct 2013

23000 mi
replace front crank seal it was leaking engine oil 

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2011 Ram 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ram 1500 in Georgia, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

60000 mi

US $285
Broken bolt in exhaust system. 
Mar 2015

75000 mi

US $84
Emergency brake handle broke. 
Feb 2016

98400 mi

US $600
Window actuator, wipers 
Ram 1500 in Virginia, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
Mar 2015

28000 mi

US $125
Leaking tranny cooler lines 
Ram 1500 in Alabama, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2015
Dec 2013

61000 mi
Exhaust manifold leak 
Mar 2015

97000 mi
Broke exhaust manifold bolt which led to a warped manifold. 
Ram 1500 in Texas, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2012

71500 mi
Loose tail light. Missing screw. 
Jun 2013

48000 mi
Irritating reverbration/vibration in exhaust under light acceleration at moderate to higher speeds. 
Feb 2014

56300 mi
Exhaust resonance/vibration noise - They replaced drive shaft and checked other possibilities. Problem not remedied. They have no solution and will call me if another remedy becomes available. 
Ram 1500 in Florida, United States
Sep 2011 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

47000 mi
ABS and traction warning light came on and stayed on. The cruise control would not work either. I traded the vehicle without getting it repaired. 

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2011 Ram 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Ram 1500 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2014
Dec 2012

6000 mi

US $32
passenger side outer mirror light, (LED) 
Mar 2013

6000 mi

US $80
chrome step bar chrome peeled away from bar. replaced under warranty. 
Ram 1500 in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2011 - Jul 2015
Jan 2014

42640 mi
Rebuilt Torque converter replaced due to a shudder on torque converter clutch engagement with a new torque converter assembly. Shudder is back, not as severe, but it is going over time. Not impressed at all. 
Feb 2014

33020 mi
Brought truck back for shudder issue on torque converter application, it is not as severe, but it is still like driving over ruble strips, kind of ridiculous! 
Jun 2014

36580 mi
Replaced the torque converter to eliminate the shuddering. This time with a new one. Last time they installed a rebuilt one. 
May 2015

49480 mi
Passenger side exhaust manifold studs broke off, replaced under warranty. Noticed on cold morning starts, a tick and sounded like someone dropping marbles in the engine. 
Ram 1500 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2011 - Jan 2012
Dec 2011

5000 mi
They replaced the Torque Converter. Car STILL vibrates when the MDS kicks in at 35-50 mph 
Jan 2012

2000 mi
Car vibrates when MDS kicks in. 
Ram 1500 in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2012 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

40300 mi
Front axle boots failed, warranty replacement 
Ram 1500 in Michigan, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014 Horns would turn on and stay on while driving. I would have to remove the 2 fuses to shut them off. Then after replacing the fuses the truck would be fine. Of course the dealer could never find a problem. 

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2011 Ram 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

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

Ram 1500 in New Brunswick, Canada
Jun 2014 - Jan 2015
Jun 2014

9920 mi
tie rod end  water inside truck from thr third light and back vent rear window and have trouble with eletronic all kind of trouble and dont trust my truck no more i think i have a lemon good thing i bought extended warrenty 
Nov 2014

11160 mi
i did not go to the dealer yet but the transmission is jerking when i go slow 
Jan 2015 Changed fuel pump to try to fix jerk. Not successful. They changed the throttle body valve today, still the same jerk, and stall when I come to a stop. No code. They're now checking the tech line to try to figure out what to do with my lemon. Could not fix jerk, replaced the truck. 
Ram 1500 in Michigan, United States
Oct 2013 - Sep 2018
Oct 2015

47300 mi

US $350
Worn front tie rod ends were causing abnormal tire wear. Replaced tie rod ends and realigned front end. 
Aug 2016

52000 mi

US $175
The ignition switch (Wireless Ignition Node, or WIN) failed mechanically--key would not turn--and had to be replaced. Keys programmed to new WIN in vehicle 
Mar 2018

65000 mi

US $35
Replaced passenger side heated mirror due to glass delamination. 
May 2018

66000 mi

US $75
Replaced both tie rod ends for the second time after failure of no name replacements. 
Sep 2018

69000 mi

US $350
Passenger side exhaust manifold warped, breaking off bolts in the cylinder head. Bolts were removed from cylinder head and a new exhaust manifold was fitted. Original equipment brake pads and rotors replaced on the front and rear of the vehicle. OE brake fluid flushed out and replaced with new fluid. Brakes had less than 5% of remaining life left. 
Ram 1500 in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2012 - Sep 2018
Oct 2012

12400 mi
The transmission had a hard first to second gear shift, the transmission computer 
Feb 2014

28180 mi
4x4 computer was replaced 
Jun 2018

67580 mi

C $3400
4th gear failure, CEL was coming on. Complete transmission replaced. 

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2011 Ram 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ram 1500 in California, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2016
Feb 2015

28000 mi
Noise during 2-3 shift. 
Jun 2016

37000 mi
Warped Leaking exhaust manifold, broken manifold bolts. 

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