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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,731 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012009

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,362 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving during inclement weather, the defroster system malfunctioned. The windshield became very foggy and it was difficult for the contact to see out of the window while driving. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the actuator system, heater door and the heater box were defective and needed to be replaced. The contact had all three components replaced. The heater system failure recurred 11,000 miles later. Contact took the vehicle back to the dealer to again have the actuator system, heater box and the heater door replaced for the second time. The failure mileage was 72,365. Updated 04/03/13

- Leonardo, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 262012

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,295 miles
Upon starting the vehicle, I turned the climate control to the defrost setting. After 5 minutes, no air was blowing to the windshield, only from the dash vents. No floor air, no defroster air, only dash vent air. Temperature adjusted from warm to cold just fine, however. I called the dealership that I purchased the vehicle from, was told to bring the truck in for a diagnosis at a fee to provide an estimate. I called a second dealership, was told by the service manager that by my description, the "recirc" door and "mode 1" door needed replacement. The "mode 2" door might also need replacement, but that my "blend" door is working. The estimated cost to repair would be around $1300 to get my defroster functioning again. I asked if this was a common issue, he said it was very common. I asked if there was a recall on this issue, he replied that there were no recalls for comfort features, that he was aware of. I would think that the defroster was a safety issue for visibility while driving.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Ac defrost heater air recirculation door breaks off it plastic axle, drops into and blocks the air intake into the blower motor. Thus resulting in no airflow thru the heat vent ac defrost system. Causing visibility problems since the defrost system will not get the proper airflow to work.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 042011

Ram 1500

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was left parked with the engine on and the defroster and heater activated. The vehicle exhibited a loud whistle and as the contact entered the vehicle, there was only cold air emitting from the ventilation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the blend air door failed and was not allowing the proper amount of air to flow from the vents. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileage was 56,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #1

Mar 012005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
Motor vehicle defect notification for Dodge Ram 2004, failure of windshield defroster. The defroster would not become warm enough to defrost, defog the windows.

- Algona, IA, USA

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