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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,306 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

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

Vehicle has a problem with the front axle shafts. They were initially replaced at 20,000 miles a year ago, then in January 2007 a U joint went bad on the left front axle and was replaced. Since then the truck has a bad vibration and continues to worsen.

- Brimfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 192005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
2004 Dodge 1500 quad cab 22K miles. Rear passenger axle end broke off causing no control of vehicle, thus the truck spins into a sign and damaged the passenger rear bed. Police report says that it looked like a manufacture defect of the axle. We went on line that night and found several cases they same. I contacted Chrysler and they had an investigator come and look. After approx 5 weeks I got a letter back that says the axel broke due to impact and they were not going to pay for anything. Just type in Dodge axles broke and the internet has a lot of the same failures recorded by other Dodge owners. This is not right someone can be killed with this fault. The wheel and brakes all just break off leaving no control.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 262004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
For christmas vacations, I went to durango, Mexico. When I was driving there, I took a curve approximatly at 35 mph and I suddenly hear a loud noise on the back of the truck and I saw the left rear tire pass me by. I was able to control my truck, and there was no traffic at that time so there was no accident thank god. The rear axel broke, both wheels were out and the truck's bed was on the floor.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,226 miles
Driving northbound on the 101 freeway in the far right lane changed to the center lane on dry asphalt pass a slower moving car and heard a loud noise. Face impacted the steering wheel.don, T recall anymore than that do have an accident report. Think the right rear axle broke or something in the right front suspension. Tie rod or ball joint the inside of the right front wheel is estroyed and was off. The truck complete with large bracket broken tie rod and ball joints and rotor. Outside of wheel is not damaged. Right rear wheel has the brake drum/disc and part of the broken off axle still bolted to it.. allpar has a report on Dodge Ram axles braking 2002 and up.states a new design is in place for 2006. Is aware of this problem.. truck hit a concrete wall and skidded to a stop in the third lane of traffic on fire under the front end a following wittness stated sparks were flying through the air.. they also put out the fire. Major front end damage and no air bags deployed. Dodge denied any responcibillity a claim was filed have the letters and email. The dealers added further injury by charging as much as possible and high interest for a new magnum SXT.made it impossible to buy the rt model.. I do have the two wheels in question at the shop I work at tri city tansmission service. And photos of the aftermath.. at the body shop.they couln't believe I walked away. Thankyou for your time sincerely michael a young

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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