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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
26 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 2
Average Mileage:
23,735 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #22

Jul 082005

(reported on)

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

2004 Dodge 2500 gear shifted out of park and into reverse and the vehicle ran into a pallet of tile. The truck was running when this happened. The vehicle right rear fender was damaged.

- Ozona, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 092005

Ram 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,900 miles
3 times this has occurred. After putting my Dodge Ram 2500 diesel into park, leaving the motor running and stepping out of the truck, the transmission has jumped out of park and into reverse. The first time it ran over a gate and crushed the driver door. Dodge paid the repair bill. The second time I was testing the vehicle to see if it would do it again. It did. The third time my wife was assisting me at my farm and stepped out of the truck after putting it in park. We looked up and the truck was traveling backward at a fairly fast pace. I was able to get the door open and put in park, however, it was a very close call. We could have both been run over in addition to the pens that were just a few feet away.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 272005

Ram 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact stated her husband drove a pickup for beaver valley supply co. Inc. While the truck was idling it jumped from park into reverse. It just shook terribly. While contact's husband was driving he parked the vehicle, left it idling, and left his wife in the truck. The truck jumped into reverse while idlining, resulting in a crash into a neighbor's fence. Contact talked to the dealer. They checked the truck, and it didn't show anything was wrong with it.

- Atwood, KS, USA

problem #19

May 232005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. She is having problems with vehicle coming out of park and going into reverse. This caused an accident with about $9000 worth of damage. There is an investigation going on, and a lot of complaints for this same problem.

- Richland Center, WI, USA

problem #18

Jul 272004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 was parked with the emergency brake on when the vehicle jumped out of park and rolled backwards into a dump truck. The transmission has acted funny ever since consumer got the truck. Talked to 2 different service men, their reply was that this is a new and different transmission. See 10092748 also.

- Golden, MO, USA

problem #17

May 262005

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Vehicle came out of park on more than one occasion when consumer was not in the vehicle. Thus far no accident has occurred. Each time this occurred the vehicle ran into something. The damages totaled $9000.

- Lovington, NM, USA

problem #16

Sep 062004

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles

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

Consumer turned vehicle off and put it in park, got out, and walked to the back of vehicle, and it jumped out of park into reverse, knocking consumer down and rolled over him, killing the consumer. Reported by richard gatewood. Updated 04/17/06.

- Alpine, TX, USA

problem #15

Apr 082005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles
Ea 04 025/false park: The vehicle jumped out of park and rolled backward into a ditch, then continued to roll through some trees before stopping. The vehicle is at the dealer. The gear could shift and could be placed into a position that appeared to be in park when it actually was between park and reverse. It would take up to 30 seconds and the vehicle would back up even thoug it was actually not in the reverse position.

- Winchester, WI, USA

problem #14

Dec 012004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The first time was in December 04 my truck went out of park while running and backed into a wall. March 22 it backed into a rock wall and damaged the side.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #13

Mar 252005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck rolls backwards about two feet when parked on a slight grade.

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #12

Feb 152005

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,394 miles

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

On two occasions the truck was left running in park. It automatically came out of park and into reverse. The first time it just back up down the street and I ran and caught it. The second time it back out of driveway, catching the door on a fence post and tearing the driver's side door off the truck.

- Littlerock, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 052004

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The truck was parked when it suddenly began to roll backwards. The driver attempted to get in the truck while it was moving but the door knocked him down and the truck ran over his right leg and arm. The driver sustained massive bruises and later developed an infection. The manufacturer was notified about the incident.

- Tulare, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 052004

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 4WD. Purchased vehicle November 2004. Upon drive home, at speeds of 60 mph and above, a vibration throughout the vehicle was felt. Contacted local dealer who kept the truck for 2 days. After second day of test driving, 70 miles put on by dealer, was told that complaint could not be duplicated. I was told by servicing dealer that it was something that I had to deal with. This vibration is beginning to cause unsafe driving conditions at these speeds. The condition needs to be corrected before somebody gets hurt.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #9

Sep 222004

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
While the vehicle was running in park, the vehicle slipped out of the park. The vehicle rolled backwards and crossed the highway and hit two poles causing major damage.

- Molalla, OR, USA

problem #8

Jan 152004

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Purchased Dodge ran 2500 2004 4WD hemi new in January of 2004 and found a vibration in drive train and coming through the steering wheel and see the vibration through the rear view mirror as distortion.I have unsuccesfully have got a fix from my dealership after repeated attempts to have them fix the problem. The problem is getting worse.I do not like having a vibration like this at 60 + miles per hour.this is a hazard. Put the truck into 4WD and the whole front end shakes when turning the wheels and hard to get back into 2 wd from low 4WD. The cadaletic converter went out at 900 miles. The trouble with vibration is still ongoing at this date 10/13/04.

- Oakdale, CT, USA

problem #7

Jul 272004

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with transmission on 2004 Dodge truck. There were cooling line concerns as well. The consumer was concerned with the fuel odor and when the vehicle was placed in park, it felt as if it did not lock into place. On one occasion, the consumer parked the vehicle, went into a store, and the vehicle jumped out of park into reverse, and hit a dump truck. See also 10121524.

- Golden , MO, USA

problem #6

Aug 102004

Ram 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
Dear sirs I have a 2004 Dodge desiel pickup 3\4 ton bought new last December. Current mileage is 13,000. It has gone from park to reverse twice. Last time had to cut it out of the cedar trees. I had got out and went around to the mail box on the other side. On the way back pickup took off... Dodge company says that I should turn off the engine and set the emergency brake whenever I leave the truck. I live on a ranch with a half a dozen gates to get out and open. It just doesn't make sense to turn on and off a desiel that many times aday. If you could provide me with any suggestions, would be truly appreciated...thank you. Sincerely hazelle calcote.

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 272004

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 750 miles
Purchased Dodge Ram 2500 2004 4WD hemi brand new 2 weeks ago, 7/30/04. Put the truck in 4WD and drove for 1 mile. Took the truck out of 4WD, went to 2wd and the transmission would not engage. Left me stranded for 2 1/2 hours waiting for a tow truck when I was supposed to be on vacation. No rental car available because they would not give us one - new truck, under warranty, first time in 4WD. We were 3 hours from home in outer banks and closest dealer would not work on truck because he stated, "you should have bought your truck from me". we did not buy a truck from him because he only had a long bed. Had to argue with Chrysler 24 hour road side assistance to make them two the truck back to dealer in Virginia beach and they finally consented to pay for the whole trip. Truck went back home without us. We were extremely lucky to break down at a gas station.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012004

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the vehicle was running but in the parked position, it automatically slipped into reverse. This incident has happened twice. The consumer had to run and jam the brakes to stop the vehicle. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, who stated there was nothing wrong.

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 042004

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,300 miles
While parked on an incline, the vehicle slipped out of park. This caused the vehicle to roll backwards, causing a minor collision. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Gray, TN, USA

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