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7.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
63,187 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. have rust cut out or replace affected panels (4 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 162015

Ram 1500 1500 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Was doing maintenance on my vehicle and noticed the torsion bars and other suspension parts starting to rust.

- , Marion, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 032011

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

This truck has never been driven in the winter. And is stored outside in a carport with plenty of air flow to prevent moisture damage. This truck is my baby, and looks new in every way. This is very poor design, Must be a void with a non ventilated area with moisture build up. Pissed thinking of going back to Ford.

- , Marquette, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 012011

Ram 1500 SLT

  • 60,000 miles

Rear wheel wells rusted out with 60,000 miles...unreal.

Approx $2000 to fix.

- , Truxton, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 012010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

WOW with 42,000 miles, one would figure it to be in great shape.....all is except the rear fender wells (over the tires)...Started out with a little bubble and now there are holes through the first skin.............I have seen more Dodge 1500 in the same condition.....NOT a happy camper.......

- , Woodridge, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 042011

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,122 miles

2003 dodge ram with rear box panels rusting from inside. Bubbles on both sides above the wheels. Not happy with the quality of the box with so little miles on it. Only repair solution it to cut out rust and replace with repair panel. Not happy with the problem!

- , Eldred, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012010

Ram 1500 Lariame 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Chrysler built these trucks with a noise deading item between the outside panel and the inside panel. When this noise deading material gets wet, which it will, it causes the inside portion of the outside of the panel to start to rust. The truck is rusting from the inside out in other words (rusting out above rear wheels from inside panel out). The only way to repair is to replce the rear quarter panels. This material that is used shouldn't hold moisture, but it does. This is a factory defect.

- , Segeant Bluff, IA, USA

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