really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,333 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 082006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Rear axle noise. Repeatedly reported to service department. Failure and complete replacement of rear axle. Transmission will not temporally not engage after vehicle sits for a long period. Increasing engine rpms will engage transmission. Vehicle lost substantial power while operating in mid western states of Montana and Wyoming. Still loss of power noticed upon returning to ct.

- Windsor Locks, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 072006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph the rear axel fractured and came off the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, upon inspection the dealer stated the contact must have hit something to cause this failure.

- Strawn, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 262004

Ram 1500

  • miles
While stopping at a traffic light the consumer heard a breaking sound from the rear left side, but didn't think it came from her vehicle. Two hours later, the noise occurred again, but louder. The vehicle immediately started spinning in the left direction until it crashed into a ditch and hit a concrete barrier while spinning driver's door opened, and the seat connection in the middle broke. This was a bench seat. The driver's side slid forward, and the passenger's side slid backwards. When vehicle was picked up the rental store mechanic determined that the rear axle broke.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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