pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,481 miles
Total Complaints:
24 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. dodge should repair (14 reports)
  2. not sure (8 reports)
  3. buy a truck that does not rust (2 reports)
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Apr 012008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Tired of friends pointing out rust on left rear bedside wheel opening. Tired of cutting fingers on rust when washing truck. I will buy a ford next time.

- , Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #3

May 012011

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

This rust issue with my truck is not just a cosmetic issue, but will soon turn into an issue of passing PA state inspection. The problem is a hole inside the wheel well and the hem that allows road salt to get inside and rot form the inside. The truck looks perfect from the bed forward, but looks like a farm truck from the cab back. This is not the only truck in my area like this. Probably 50% of them or more have the same problem. I have looked into getting this fixed but it will cost about $800 and they can't guarantee it won't re-occur.

- , Throop, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012011

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Bought this truck used through a dealer, didn't bother to complain to them. Way past warranty especially for a used vehicle as mine. Love the truck have had no mechanical issues with as yet. Maintain it myself, very disturbing about the rust on the rear fenerwell. I take pride in my vehicle, don't know if getting estimates from a body shop would make sense especiaaly if the price to repair it would be more than the truck would be worth. I have looked at other Dodge trucks in my area and have seen the same problem in the same area of the body. Definitely a quality problem with the Rams.

- , Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #1

Sep 062010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,600 miles

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I'm the original owner of my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. Within the past year I've noticed a major rust problem occurring on the crest of my rear (truck bed) fenders centered right above the tire. This problem exists on both right and left side and started simultaneously. There are several "bubbling" spots of rust that appear to rise from the surface of the metal that grow to the size of about a quarter (25 cent piece). Then they kind of crack and liquid rust protrudes from the center of the crack. I am extremely troubled and angry about this problem. I met a gentleman in the parking lot of the local mall recently who has a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with the same identical problem. He said he has ran into several other Dodge Ram owners with 2002 to 2004 model trucks that also have rust in the same spot on their trucks. I brought it to the attention of my dealer about 3 months ago who acknowledged it was probably a factory defect but who also was quick to inform me that my warranty has expired. To me a class action type suit is clearly in order. I would definitely welcome any input from anyone on how to fix this problem. I unequivocally believe that Chrysler (Dodge) is fully responsible.

- , Paragould, AR, USA

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