With its Hemi V8, this version of the Ram is among the quickest trucks we've tested. But it's also one of the thirstiest, averaging a paltry 11 mpg. A jittery ride and cumbersome handling hurt the Ram's overall score, as did the barely adequate brakes. The cabin is a bit noisy, and access is very difficult. On the plus side, our Ram had a large cargo bed and tows more than 8,000 pounds.
Alerts
There are 12 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2009.
Road Test

With its Hemi V8, this version of the Ram is among the quickest trucks we've tested. But it's also one of the thirstiest, averaging a paltry 11 mpg. A jittery ride and cumbersome handling hurt the Ram's overall score, as did the barely adequate brakes. The cabin is a bit noisy, and access is very difficult. On the plus side, our Ram had a large cargo bed and tows more than 8,000 pounds.

In an attempt to improve fuel economy, 2006 introduced a variable-displacement system to shut off four cylinders during light-load conditions, such as highway cruising. Dodge also revised the suspension for a smoother ride for 2006.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
mega cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (215 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (235 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (345 hp)
  • 8.3-liter V10 (500 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"The right front caliper became stuck and cause damage to the rotor requiring replacement of the front rotors and calipers."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

"Switch for Brake warning light is integrated into master cylinder. Switch was malfunctioning. In order to get switch to function, master cylinder had to be replaced."

Patrick F., CA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"I replace my brake pads and rotors every 30,000 miles. Just because you can get get pads & rotors for $110"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Parking brake

"The parking brake became un-adjustable and required a mechanic to disassemble the left rear rotor and parking brake cable, replace the cable and re-assemble."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Brake lines were shot and I teplaced"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Brakes and rotars always wear out faster than my other vehicles."

Anonymous, (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)
Rotors

"At approximately 133,000 miles the drivers side front rotor experienced a wheel bearing total failure requiring replacement of the bearing and rotor"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

"Cheap metal/Unable to relathe"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Just needed replacement"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500)
Shocks or struts

"leaking"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"It was just time to replace them"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500)

"10 year old truck, shocks worn out. Replaced with new Bilsteins"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"front end just wore out, over all really love my truck"

James C., MO (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Front wheel bearings have failed multiple times on this vehicle. Apparently a poor design."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The AC slowly started to not work and then fizzled our completely. We have tried adding Freon, changing sensors, changing fuses, and it still doesn't work. We will probably have to get the system replaced, which will be costly."

Anonymous, (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)

"The vehicle began running hot while idling at stops. The air conditioner would then blow hot. You have to be moving to get the air to blow cold but then the truck would overheat. It was corrected with tightening up bolts in that area."

Anonymous, (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Unsure Unsure)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower fan motor would not put out any air because the internal damper control was failed. I had to remove the internal damper."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

"Bearings failing in motor because of high pitched whine when turned on"

Kenneth H., TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Heater system

"selecting air flow doors don't operate to distribute flow from driver to passenger, same for air conditioner"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"The system developed a leak that needed to be repaired in order for the system to function"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The dash cracked a few years ago and finally came off. We had to replace the dash to avoid anything falling into the space/wiring etc originally protected by the dash."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Even though I have washed and waxed the truck several times a year, the paint has worn off the hood and the roof."

Anonymous, SC (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Fading of paint on certain areas"

Anonymous, ID (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Rust

"Surface rust on the bottom of the passenger door"

Richard R., NJ (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Rust around rear fenders"

Bill O., NJ (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Muffler rusted out"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Other/unsure

"Stayed on for 2-3 months, as it was a defective sensor and it took an extended time to obtain a replacement."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Unsure 5.7-L V8)

"Airbags were replaced as part of Takata recall"

Patrick F., CA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Went I bought the truck, my mechanic told me it would be a good truck if I changed the oil every 3,000 miles, and change the fluid in my differential every year. He said if you skip the differential, you will replace it. I changed it only 1 time, and had to pay the price for not listening."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"I'm on my 3rd set of axles due to vibration & torn boots. Vehicle has never been off road"

John V., MI (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)
Transfer case

"Expensive part and it will go if you drive in 4WD on dry roads too often."

Dan C., MN (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At approximately 121,000 miles, during a 400 mile roadtrip, while driving at freeway speed (75 mph), in cruise control, the transmission had a total failure requiring total replacement of the transmission. The oil level had been checked prior to driving. There were no indications as to the cause of the failure"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

"Research indicated that all Rams will need transmission work by 85K miles; mine made it to 105K so I feel lucky. I paid 20K W/big horn package, so I figured 2-3K for transmission rebuild would be worth it."

Don H., CA (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"One day just had second gear. Needed a complete rebuild, very expensive."

Dan C., MN (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Small emissions leak, changed the purge valve and corrected the problem"

Anonymous, (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"O2 sensors failed causing vehicle to run erratically"

Bill O., NJ (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sun roof started to leak with heavy rains. Was told the whole sun roof had to be replaced. I had the vehicle repainted and the leak stopped. The new paint must have sealed the gasket. I just don't open the sun roof any more."

Anonymous, SC (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The seal around the sunroof has started to leak during periods of heavy rain. This has caused water to slowly drip into the cabin."

Anonymous, SC (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"One headlight is out and can cost as much as $1500 to fix because the headlights are controlled by, I think the TCM module, which has to be replaced by the dealer and has to be flashed with vehicle info. For a HEADLIGHT>>>>>>give me a break!!!"

D S., OR (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"it only works sometimes. you have fiddle with it a lot to get it going"

Linda H., IN (2006 Dodge Ram 1500)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The engine has a misfire on startup that is caused by the computer system. After it starts and runs for a while the problem goes away."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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