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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,718 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Jan 092011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles

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

When the vehicle was approx 4yrs old it began the death wobble while on the highway. For the next two years, it seemed to occur only while towing a horse trailer. The vehicle would hit an uneven area, especially on overpasses, and the entire front end of the truck would bounce from side to side becoming unstearable. Stopping on the side of the road was the only way to stop the bouncing. As time went on the wobble occured more frequently and then without towing a trailer. I have replaced the bushings in the track bar with no appreciable improvement. I am now looking into steering stablilizers and heavy duty track bars. This is definitely a manufacturers defect. Dodge should be paying for this fix regardless of age of vehicle.

- Paulden, AZ, USA

problem #14

Aug 142006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2004 Dodge Ram. Consumer states problem with front end of truck. Consumer describes a shimmy and shaky motion the consumer stated when she drove over a rough spot in the road or a bump going off a bridge in cruise control mode, the entire truck would shimmy and shake. Once the consumer tapped the brake to disengage the cruise to slow the vehicle down, the shake and shimmy would cease. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer where they performed maintenance to the front end, but the fix only lasted for a few months. The consumer was informed the vehicle needed U-joints, a damper and the fittings needed to be lubricated. Also, the drag linkage which was recalled needed to be replaced as well.

- Murphy, NC, USA

problem #13

May 012010

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup 4X4. When going about 60 mph and hit a bump in the road or a bridge, the truck shakes so violently that I have to pull over to the side of the road. We bought this truck 3 mos ago and the problem described has happened approximately 20 times. I have replaced the stabilizer shock. I have made sure everything under the front & rear end is tight.

- Cleveland, VA, USA

problem #12

Apr 052010

Ram 2500

  • 30,000 miles

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

While driving under normal conditions truck began shaking violently while traveling about 60 mph and striking bump in road. Truck began to shake so violently that items were falling from visors and items were falling from various storage locations in vehicle. I attempted to gradually slow down and problem actually became worse, until I achieved about 25-30 mph. This is commonly called the "death wobble" and to my understanding Dodge is aware of this. This has occurred on 3 occasions and has caused me to nearly loose control of truck. The first occurrence was so severe I actually called 911 center and asked them to come and check highway, due what I had thought was a to buckle in the pavement. The truck at that time had 30K miles or so. After this occurred I assumed it was due to road condition. Recently when it has occurred again and I began investigating its cause, now realizing its the vehicle, and not the road causing the shaking. This could be deadly as vehicle becomes uncontrollable.

- Ripon, WI, USA

problem #11

Jan 212010

Ram 2500

  • 44,000 miles
Dodge death wobble. I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 that has the death wobble. I see not many have been reported, but everyone ends up with it at one point. Read message boards. They all talk about their experiences. I have to pay 300 bucks to replace parts that are recommended to possibly solve the problem. It is not deadly if handled correctly, but it causes you to have to stop immediately. I had to stop 3 times on the pa turnpike over the weekend. Just got back from dealer. Only suggested to try changing the steering dampener. That is not the issue though.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #10

Nov 242006

Ram 2500

  • miles
I own a Dodge Ram 2400 and it definitely has the death wobble. When I heard about this problem on the radio and heard them call it the death wobble, I was completely aware of what they were talking about. This is a very good way to describe what happens while you are driving. I have had this problem since 2006. I reported the problem to my local dealer-greenway Dodge in orlando fl. Greenway attempted to fix the problem on 11/24/06 and 12/26/06. If they cannot mimic the problem, they say it does not exist. I have the truck shaking violently on video. After greenway supposedly fixed the problem, we went on a family vacation. Within the first hour of the trip, the truck was shaking violently and my husband had to do whatever he could to control the vehicle. I took the camera out and recorded what was going on. Greenway did not even want to see the video. I told them they returned the truck to us without fixing it and that it was a deathtrap for our family and others on the road. I have made complaints to Dodge customer assistance center and received no help. I contacted the news back in 2007 and received no help. I printed out many many complaints regarding this truck at the www.complaints.com website. This Dodge Ram truck has had this problem for many years. It is not just the make and model that I have. Dodge and Chrysler know of this problem and they are leaving these deathtraps on the road. The entire truck should have been recalled! I am amazed that this company does not care about its customers and does not care about anyone on the road. Everytime we get into the truck we risk our lives and the lives of anyone on the road. Not every truck will stop wobbling when you slow down either. We have to actually pull off to the side of the road, turn off the engine and then start all over again. If we are in the left lane of a 3 lane highway and have to pull over to the side, we have to go across all the lanes and hope that we make it.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 032009

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,500 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 quad St/slt. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle shakes violently while driving approximately 70 mph. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the front stabilizer rod at the cost of $1,000. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The dealer stated that the tires needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 109,500 and current mileage was 109,900. Updated 10/06/09. The consumer stated the tires were worn out on the outside only. Even when the vehicle had an alignment and the tires rotated the problem still remained the same. The fuel pump module was replaced. Updated 10/09/09.

- Hickory , NC, USA

problem #8

Jan 252009

Ram 2500

  • 34,000 miles
1. normal driving and operation 2. front hub failures. First at 35,000 miles, second at 42,000 miles (mileage approximate). Potential for front wheel separation from vehicle. No accident. 3. replace front hubs. Failed components are available for inspection if desired.

- Jaffrey, NH, USA

problem #7

Mar 032008

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
I have had several problems with the front end of my 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 3/4 ton four wheel drive ranging from poor ride (shaking and shimmying), tire wear, and several gearboxes being replaced. I originally took it in with 35,000 miles on it to the dealership and they told me the problem was due to the tires being out of balance and that the tire were wore wrong causing the shimmy feeling. Now, two years later the tires on the right side are destroyed, so I took it back to the dealer and they told me it needed an alignment. I took it to local tire company to have new tires and an alignment done and they informed me that the upper and lower ball joints the need to be replaced along with one tie rod at 52,000 miles, costing $1,500 for the work on the front end and $900 for tires. For a vechicle that has never been abused or seriously taken off-road this is ridiculous.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #6

Aug 052007

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Vehicle has an uncontrollable shimmy or wobble sometimes at speeds above 40 mph. It seems that there is no rhyme or reason as to when it might occur but is usually precipitated by only minor highway bumps or dips. It will not come back under control until the vehicle slows down considerably. I have had times when I have had to pull over to the side of the road.

- Whitehouse, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 242007

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 75 mph under normal driving conditions the vehicle began to vibrate violently. The contact was able to reach his destination, but had to drive approximately 55 mph to prevent the vibration. The vehicle was currently being inspected by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 60,000. The consumer stated the vehicle is company property and assigned to him. The dealer to the consumer the steering stabilizer had worn out. Updated 07/06/07.

- Spearfish , SD, USA

problem #4

May 022006

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at highway speeds of 60mph over bumps, the vehicle violently vibrates intermittently until the brakes are depressed and released. The vibration can be felt through the steering wheel. When the vehicle was taken to the dealership, they determined the upper and lower ball joints on both sides were replaced due to excessive play. However, the replacement of the ball joints did not correct the problem. The vehicle was returned to the dealership on 5-03-06 where the steering damper was replaced. The contact is unsure if this repair has corrected the problem because of its intermittence nature of this defect.

- Stoneham, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 052005

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Vehicle dies while driving and has no stopping power. Consumer has taken vehicle to service department and it has been fixed twice. The last time he took it in they didn't want to put it on the machine to check to see if anything was wrong. This happened at least once every week. There was a problem with the front suspension making a clicking/popping noise. Even though dealer could not get it to duplicate they tightened the suspension bolts.

- Cottage Grove , OR, USA

problem #2

Jan 132005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles
This vehicle is subject to violent shaking of the left front suspension upon hitting a bump at highway speeds. The shaking is so violent that it causes the truck to jump out of it's lane. This has now happened for the third time in 10,000 miles. There are no modifications to this suspension system. I drove directly to the dealer who inspected the truck but report "nothing is wrong" with it. I have since found many complaints describing this phenomena on the internet. All describe this the same way - as violent shaking - and all report the same "cause" ie., highway speeds and small bump or break in the pavement such as a expansion joint etc.

- Yarrow Point, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242004

Ram 2500

  • miles
Problems with 2004 Dodge 1500 Ram. The truck would bounce and shake into oncoming traffic while driving 65 mph. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer who replaced one shock but the vehicle continued to bounce and shake. The dealer told the consumer that the manufacturer put a different frame on the vehicle in 2002 and that nothing could be done.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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