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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,618 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 282015

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 174,000 miles


The ac/heater plenum doors do not work and defrosting the windshield is impossible at times (very common in all size Ram trucks). I live in Colorado and this happens while driving and it is cold out. Dodge has to be aware of the cheap plastic vent doors they used.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #8

Nov 072008

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Windshield wipers work intermittently on delay. Sometimes they work but the majority of the time they don't. they also stopped working on the fastest speed and will sometimes stop working all together or come on by themselves. This seems to be a very common problem (google). There doesn't seem to be an easy fix unless you start changing parts and modules. Vehicle does not give a code for the problem.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 232011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 94,972 miles
Fracture of the pitman arn at the steering box/ had to replace entire steering box/ fracture was found while undergoing wheel aligment/ was only a matter of time before it would have failed. Replace water pump/ 120000 replace rear universal joint for bad bearings/ 121,000 entire engine fan with pulley sheared off while on a trip/ 118000 replaced entire wiper mechanism due to complete failure/122000 poorly engineered vehicle/ wouldn't buy another Dodge lots of safety issues.

- Naselle, WA, USA

problem #6

Feb 182014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 223,469 miles


Driving westbound on M46 during dusk, headlights were on, suddenly I was being signaled my high beams were on. I stopped at a nearby gas station to check out what was going on and all of my lights had failed. Closer inspection revealed the totally integrated power module had failed without warning.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 012011

Ram 2500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the defroster failed and caused a reduction in visibility. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the blend door pin had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Zephyr Cove, NV, USA

problem #4

Nov 272013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 61,000 miles
On the 27th of Nov, 2013 my heater quit working on the defrost mode. I turn the switch from 1 position to another and nothing happens, it just keeps putting out air through the front vents. Nothing out the defroster. Dangerous if trying to drive in bad weather.

- Pueblo West, CO, USA

problem #3

Sep 292013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 120,121 miles


While driving in the early am with fog and humidity, the defroster stopped blowing warm air, as air was diverted though the dash vents and not the defroster vents. I had made sure the dial was turned all the way to the right (defrost) but air was still coming out dash vents. Had to pull over as dash was fogging up. No matter what vent is selected on the dial, air not continues to blow through dash vents. This is a safety issue.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #2

May 042010

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the windshield wipers would activate independently and without warning. The wipers would also sporadically fail to operate when engaged. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 182012

Ram 2500

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the defrost system did not function. As a result, the contact was unable to defrost the windshield. The failure led to reduced visibility. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Collinsville, IL, USA

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