Dodge Complaint - 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 - 2003 Ram 1500 engine failure (42318 miles)
WYANDOTTE, MICHIGAN -- I have a Dodge Ram 1500 with the 360 Hemi engine that has 42,318 miles on it. While my wife was at the pharmacy, her friend who waited in the truck called her and said that the engine had started to shudder, make a loud noise, and then shut off. It turns out that the motor was seized due to a exhaust valve failure in the number 7 cylinder head (left side) which in turn threw a connecting rod. The warranty covers the parts that have failed and the repair expenses but won't cover the replacement of the same parts that have proved to fail in the right side. Now I am left with a motor that has been rebuilt with new parts on the left side and the old parts on the right side. I believe that Dodge should stand behind their product and replace these parts knowing that these same parts have failed and at such a low mileage under no stress.
I also believe that the warranty should be extended to accommodate the possible failure of the right side for another 35,000 miles. I bought this truck expecting to get at least 150,000 miles out of $20,000 truck and at this point I will be lucky to get 70 to 80 thousand out of it.