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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,338 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 142006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My truck is a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 with a diesel engine in it. I got it used. It is an automatic. Over the past year or so I have had to take it in to the dealer for an intense vibration and squealing coming from the rear end. The vibration is from around 25 to 40 mph and the again at 70 or so. The dealer replaced U-joins and the rear drive shaft a few times. Today is the second time that they are replacing drive shaft. This is the 5th time over the past two years I have had it in for this problem. They told me this is a common problem on these trucks and they are working on a fix. The truck is only two years old and only has in the range of 60,000 miles on it.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 232006

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,201 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, there was a pronounced vibration within the chassis. The vehicle was taken to the dealer whom attributed the vibration to the design. After several inspections by the dealer, the driveshaft was removed in an effort to decrease the vibration. This repair effort worsened the vibration and the driveshaft was placed back onto vehicle. Afterwards, the contact was driving 5mph and the driveshaft disengaged falling from the axle pocket onto the ground. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to await further inspection.

- Mcdonald, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 072004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150 miles
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 cummins diesel vibration at 70 mph to 75 mph vehicle was bought new. I took it back the next day after driving 150 miles asked for a different vehicle I have owned a lemon Dodge before I just did not want the headache of a problem vehicle. The vibration feels like the rear axle or the driveshaft shake the steering wheel and mirrors and the brake pedal. Also, my dashboard is starting to rattle. I am scared to drive this vehicle for fear of something flying out from under it and possibly killing someone or myself. The steering wheel on extended trips will make your hands go numb from the vibration! I have taken the vehicle in to my local dealership several times they had the driveshaft balenced from the local driveshaft shop they say that they have called star tech and that they are working on the problem but still I have a vibration that cannot be fixed.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 152004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Drive train vibration (high frequency droan) that can be felt in steering wheel, pedals and even in the seat. Purchased in April 04, started trying to get Dodge to fix it in may and have made several attempts to no avail. Obtained copy of fax from S.T.a.R center case report that apparently this is a fleet wide problem with my particular mode. Fax states " this condition is currently under investigation by Dodge truck division. Tsb / other may be issued when corrective action procedure is defined." Since first try to correct in May 04 the vibration fuel line has vibrated lose, fuel injector pump failed leaking fuel out of the rear of the pump, 4 wd transfer case locked up once in high and once in low range at dealers. Dealer had to order parts and were backordered. Rebuilt parts used to replace failed parts. No codes stored in any module. I think these were failures due to the high frequency vibration. My concern is that the bad part in the drive train will eventually fail and possibly lock up the drive train causing me to lose control of the vehicle. In looking at the fax from S.T.a.R. Dodge has a problem with this model and knew it in April 04 but did not notify the dealers or consumers such problem existed. This is a high dollar truck $42,000 msrp and I fear might be my death trap. Model is 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 hd, cummins 600 diesel, 4 speed automatic transmission, 4 wheel drive, shift on the fly, quad cab, short wheel base. The South Alabama service district manager, joe soblinaki, told me this was the first year for the new 4 wheel drive setup. They changed the transfer cases, and switched from a eaton axle to a hendrix axle. I did now know this at the time I bought this vehicle. They have been looking for a fix for 4 months on my vehicle and they still don't have a clue as to the problem or solution. I hate to take this truck to arbitration knowing Dodge will resell it again and some other inocent fool will buy it and could get killed in it. Thanks.

- Talladega, AL, USA

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