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8.6

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,049.00
Average Mileage:
117,857 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace head gasket (5 reports)
  2. total head replacement (2 reports)
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 112015

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee 3.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

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

THIS IS B.X S CANT GRAB LIFE BY THE HORNS WHEN THE BITCH IS BARKING GET OFF ME WHAT THE F*CK DODGE YOU LEFT ME STRANDED ON THE GRAPE VINE NO REMORSE FOR THIS SLOGAN YOU LIVE BY??

- , Visalia, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 082014

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles

I bought the truck for $3900. It ran like brand new, but went for an etest and failed for a misfiring. So we changed it and got the heads shaved too to Make sure they didn't warp. Get it back, the timing chain on the right side was too short and so we got a new timing chain but now the compression is down and it bent one of my valves and now there talking about putting new piston rings seals

- , Cornwall, Ontario, canada

problem #5

Feb 012014

Ram 1500 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

Horrible that it is a common problem and yet Dodge doesn't do anything about it!!! I am the sole owner of this truck.. have taken perfect (yes I mean perfect) maintenance... unbelievable.....

- , Reno, NV, USA

problem #4

Jul 062012

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

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

The problem with the engine is there is a known problem with the aluminum heads on the engines.

- , London, KY, USA

problem #3

Jul 162012

Ram 1500 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Wishing I had renewed the extended warranty.... Was hoping to find some recall related to flip the bill. Hurt me right in the wallet! Ouch!!!!!!

- , Centereach, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 192008

Ram 1500 LT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

The orange anti-freeze that Dodge put in it from the factory and recommended to keep using turned to concrete in the radiator and caused it to overheat on my home from Indianapolis. I had it fixed and they blew again at 134,000 miles for no apparent reason.

Update from Dec 4, 2012: Now with 140,000 miles on it, the head gaskets have blown again, and to boot, the rear end is grinding and howling. I cant believe that a vehicle that has been driven carefully and serviced regularly can give this much expensive trouble. Both of these problems are common now that I've read up on them.

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 102010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Bought the vehicle used with 106k miles. Spotless maintenance record.

Check engine light was on and the code suggested misfire cyl #7. Maybe spark plug, cable or transformer - not a big deal.

After many hopeful tries and dollars spent on diagnosing and replacing parts the smell of burnt antifreeze for the first minute after cold start revealed that the head gasket needs changing. More $$$ spent.

Lasted 3 month until the check light and smell came back. More trouble to come after my mechanic opened the hood/valve cover. See other engine complaint about "Inlet Valve Rocker Falling Off".

All repaired now but Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep will never see a dime again from me!

- , Medford, NJ, USA

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