I have an interest in a new 1/2 ton Ram Crew Cab, gas engine, automatic
My friend Chris warns against the thought given the history of Dodge
transmission failures. A Google search of the issue yields sufficient
there is/was a serious problem.
I hear also the problematic transmissions were built in Mexico, and the
problem seems to have been remedied since manufacture of the part was
returned to U. S. soil.
Does anyone have knowledge of the current reliability of the transmissions
being built today. ?
Problems were had with the early 46RE and 47RE models, due to a combination
of inadequate lube flowing to the OD unit, especially at lower RPMs, and
lack of maintenance.
The truck you're now looking at uses a completely-redesigned transmission,
the 545RFE. This transmission has been produced for several years now, and
very few problems (there will always be some - it's inevitable) have been
I agree with the above, I have one and know several people that have
2003's to 2006 Rams and none have had any trans problems. Can't say the
same for my neighbor's 2 2005 F150s that puked out (on two trucks, the
second was a lemon law replacement) 3 times with no warning except for
the last time, when reverse took several minutes to engage, and it
totally blew the next morning when he attempted to drive it to the
dealer. He said goodbye Ford, and has a Cummins 2500 Ram on order...
My one friend had a Windstar that ate an amazing number of trannys in
36K. It was a lease, and was he glad to see it go away..
I had a 02 Dakota with a 45RFE (4 speed) and now a 05 Ram with the 545RFE (5
Speed) and no problems. Go ahead and get the HEMI you will only get about 1
MPG better with the 4.7L. Also make sure when you service your new trucks
transmission that you only use ATF + 4 transmission fluid from Dodge/Mopar.
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