really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,272 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 172008

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


Have had problem with ABS light coming on, and more frequently engine coming to a stall when stopping, believed to being brought on by rapid stopping with ABS system activating. Have had problem "fixed" twice already -- moisture in C.a.B wiring, water damage several inches into harness with subsequent corrosion, currently in shop being fixed for the 3rd time...the engine stalling just started happening within the last 2 months however.

- Mattawan, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 152007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the air conditioner stopped working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the wiring for the ignition system burned due to extreme heat. The contact is concerned because the failure could cause an underhood fire. She also feels that the vehicle should be included in NHTSA campaign number 04V385000 (electrical system: Alternator/generator/regulator). The speed and power train were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 45,000.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 162007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,120 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge 1500. When the contact activates the left turn signal, the right turn signal activates instead. He has experienced this failure between 4-8 times within the month of June. The current mileage is 39,153 and failure mileage was 39,120.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 242005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles


I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 with a hemi it has a stalling and idle drop problem. I have almost hit other car due to the engine stalling loss of steering and brakes. I have taken my truck in had the upgrade done stalling was less now only twice but idle drops to 300 RPM and bounces around truck shakes like its going to stall then smoothes out and rpms go back to 1100 or so. Dealer just keeps telling me they are working direct with Chrysler Corp on this and they will keep in touch. They have yet to call me I call them once a week to see what is going on and get the same story the are working on it...

- Portland , OR, USA

problem #5

Feb 212005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,422 miles
I have a 2004, Dodge 1500 slt Ram, hemi sport, with 5422 miles on it, and on Feb 21, 2005, I watched as my truck burned to the ground ( literally ), I smelled something like plastic or burnt wire while driving, just prior to discovering my ( now ) parked truck, smoldering in my back yard. I went to investigate the smoldering, and open the truck door after not seeing any flame; however, once I opened the door it was as if someone had lite a flame thrower, and pointed it in my direction. The fire consumed the vehicle so rapidly, I am sure I would not have had time to remove a infant from it's car seat, had my son been in the truck. I allowed daimler Chrysler to send an engineer named bob whipple out here to my home. He took just a few pictures, jerked on a few wires, then returned to where ever he came from. He promised me a copy of his report; however, when I contacted daimler Chrysler, they blew me off with a " hey! it's not our fault", letter, I tried calling them and they stated that they had no other information for me, even though their vehicle obviously failed electrically, and was under full warranty.

- Lead Hill, AR, USA

problem #4

Jan 262005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shut down at low speeds and when making turns, causing the steering and brakes not to operate. Manufacturer was contacted by owner.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #3

Oct 152004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles


Vehicles electronics begin to go buzurk. Speedometer goes up and down, registers miles incorrectly, buzzer will not turn off, windshield wipers will not turn off. Taken to dealership and were told the wiring system is getting wet. On two occasions they packed wire with grease to keep wiring from getting wet. This quits working within a month or so. This last visit we were finally told that Dodge/Chrysler was aware this was a common problem with this model truck, but at this time they have not developed a part to repair and have not recalled. We were told they are unable to repair at this time.

- Monticello, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 109 miles
Water was getting into the wiring harness, causing speedometer and odometer to register speed and miles although the vehicle was motionless.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 112004

Ram 1500

  • 800 miles
While driving at 55 mph consumer felt that vehicle started responding sluggishly. After a few miles, consumer noticed fire coming from the driver's side rear wheel. Vehicle was completely consumed by the fire. There were no injuries. Police and the fire department responded to the scene.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

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