really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,163 miles
Total Complaints:
33 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (23 reports)
  2. not sure (8 reports)
  3. replace engine crankshaft (1 reports)
  4. replace valve springs on head, number five cylinder (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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

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problem #13

Dec 222009

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,008 miles


A well maintained vehicle just started running bad, losing power and oil pressure after I had it serviced at the dealership since new. The engine apparently had sludge in the oil, the dealer asked if I had changed the oil and I reminded them they had changed it every 3-4K miles but the engine failed anyway and Dodge refused to cover anything.

The truck is in great condition other than it has a bad engine which failed for no good reason and will cost me several thousand to repair. I paid the truck off last year and then it died so I bought a Ford Expedition and will never purchase another Dodge/Chrysler vehicle again.

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #12

Apr 102010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L V8 Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,701 miles

I was in the middle of the Rocky Mountains 54 km outside of Banff, Basically in the middle of nowhere with my wife and a 3 and 1 year old. My truck started shaking and everything shut down. Thought it was my fuel pump but sat in the middle of nowhere for hours and got towed to a gas station. It was Saturday night and everything was shut down!!! Absolute nightmare!

The dealership in Vancouver picked up my car since the gas station said it was the bottom end and would cost around $ 3 to 4 grand and take 2 weeks to fix. The dealership just called me and said dropped valve went thru piston at 169 000 kms. I had a 1990 chev that lasted 320,000 km. Dodge should be embarrassed on the quality of vehicles they manufacturer. By the way I was religious with my oil changes every 5 k. To re and re

- , Langley, BC, Canada

problem #11

Feb 192010

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

i have the same problem got my truck back from body shop drove 20 min truck oil gage went down i put oil in it went back up fo 5 min did the same thing took it back asked what they did which had nothing with the engine guy said change the oil so i did with motor flush twice and sparkplugs, made it worse i have an extended warranty through carmax and dodge,67000 miles on this truck in order for them to tell me the cause and if it is covered they need 1100 to tear the engine down and thats to tell me the problem, well i got some info on this truck from him telling these trucks are prone to carbon build up which is not covered by the warranty meaning i would have to pay them the 1100 for a broken truck ,well they want dodge to take care of it through my other warranty but they wont take it there and dodge wont pick it up so it sits at carmax . the more research i did i found the main problem with this truck its oil sending unit is to small for the size of the engine and the hole where the oil go into the engine is to small leading in lack of oil getting to the pistons leading to carbon build up leading to misfire ,leading to them covering there butt by carbon build up which they say is lack of maintenance which is not covered .everyone who fixed this problem themselves has lead to only a bandaid over an infection leading to take out engine and go with a different brand cost 3000 for rebuilt not include labor....sorry for the rant its even worse...where is this class action lawsuit so i can get on it i contacted a lawyer and he said i have a case if my truck was manufactured june 2004 and before,noted on driver side door im in 22000 for this truck and only owe8000

- , Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 182010

Ram 1500 Ram1500 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Way to go Dodge! We have a 2004 Dodge ram 1500 with the 4.7 engine, engine oil gauge had previously been fluctuating going up then dropping to zero psi, we did 2 oil changes and replaced a o2 sensor. A week later it just wouldn't start, did a compression check and found 3 of the 8 cylinders were way down on compression. Had the truck towed to a shop where they said the camshaft needs to be replaced, all kinds of other shi%, to the tune of $9000 dollars!Guess what? I now have a really clean Dodge lawn ornament! Fu#% you Dodge never again will I buy one of your POS trucks ever again.

If there is a class action lawsuit pending I'd be more than happy to join in please contact me if this is the case.

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

Jul 052009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

At 72000 miles for the second time my truck dropped a valve and went through the piston. It did the same, lost power, shaking, and heard like something dropped. It was on the other head Dodge didn't replace the first time. 2000 miles over warranty, but yet they replace the other head at 68000 miles and the other went out at 72000 miles. Is this because they didn't replace both the first time?

- , Weatherby, MO, USA

problem #8

Mar 012009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

At 68000 miles my truck lost some power, started shaking. Heard a noise like something dropped. Then it died. Had towed to a dealership, it dropped a valve and went through the piston. They put a short block. Put a new head on one side. There's more.....on another complaint.

- , Weatherby, MO, USA

problem #7

Jan 202006

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,778 miles


I would love to start a class action lawsuit against this, Why isn't everyone doing something about this? I came on this website site and couldn't believe that this was happening to me as well, all the same symptoms. Bought the truck with 80k on it, regular oil changes. Then my first winter came - oil gauge stopped coming up to half. Then about 3 months after, quiet knock came, Then about 6 months later, misfire on cylinder #1. Kept clearing the code with my code reader thinking it was just moisture under the cap so did all the replacements necessary (cap,coil,plugs) - still the same problem. Now I have about 136,000 kms, the ticking is really loud.. it kinda goes away but is still there when the truck warms up. This is not a good thing at all and I am not happy. Dodge should stand up to this! How horrible!! I really don't care how long it takes someone should get a lawsuit going over this!!!!!

- , Stevensville, Ontario, Canada

problem #6

Apr 172008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

Well, it's a little comforting knowing there are other people out there who are in the same boat as I am but I think it is time to take action. I had no idea this was a problem until I stumbled onto this site while trying to find a replacement engine for my truck. I figured the problem was unique to me.

I bought my (first and last) Dodge Ram 1500 in August of 04, brand new. Even bought the extended warranty, a lot of good that did. Used my truck for work, drove a lot of miles, always had a load on it. Seemed to be doing great, no real complaints, usual wear and tear stuff. Did eat through brakes like crazy.

Anyway, I was going out of town for the weekend, so earlier in the week I decided to get my oil changed because it was due. I went to one of those 10 minute lube places. They said the oil was really dirty and suggested an engine flush for an extra $20.00. I said sure, what could that hurt? Now mind you, I do have 129,000 miles on my truck, but I figured I had a lot more to go. One hour in to my three hour trip home, going up a grade on the freeway, I hear a loud pop from my engine and I'm spewing oil all over the road, this came with absolutely no warning. I immediately pull over to survey the damage. I threw a rod! It shot one of the connecting rod caps out my oil pan, which I retrieved from the freeway a few hundred feet back down the road. I know it was mine, because it was too hot to handle.

Anyway, to wrap this thing up, I had it towed to Dodge and of course there was no warranty which I already knew. They couldn't even get an engine for it because it was too new. They said that one would have to be pulled off the assembly line and Dodge would not do that unless it was some sort of warranty emergency. All they would be able to do is rebuild my engine at a cost of $8,500.00. What a joke! So my truck has been just sitting in front of my house rotting for the last 5 months. I have two years of financing left and at the time this happened had a remaining balance of $11,000.00.

I see several people have mentioned a class action lawsuit, I'm all for it. I'm going to do some research and see what I can come up with.

- , Antioch, CA, US

problem #5

Sep 122008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

This morning as I was leaving for work my truck just died without warning but started right up once I got it pulled over. If I had been on the interstate I would have been killed. No warnings no nothing. My check engine light had come on about 3 months ago for the EGR valve so I'm hoping that is what it is. I didn't take it to the dealer back then but instead dumped some Sea Foam into the gas to clear out the carbon. That seemed to work and the light went off. It is still running great and not missing or sputtering. If the EGR valve fixes it I will post it as a solution here.

- , Mt Juliet, TN, USA

problem #4

Jun 282008

Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,409 miles

I bought my truck used, and haven't owned it a year. Driving home on the highway, it started to shake really bad...when I let go of the gas, the shaking stopped, and when I put my foot back on the gas, it started again twice as bad. RPM'S went down to 500 (Was going 80 km/hr) and then the truck gave a loud CLANK and died. Cannot re-start, stranded on the highway for an hour...purchased FULL EXTENDED WARRANTY and am again getting grief about what "my portion" will be cost wise. This is the second problem with the truck - 1st was rack and pinion - and they screwed my steering and alignment with this "FIX", and it COST ME $179.00 CDN. I can't even imagine what the diagnostic will be on the engine - but I know it's BAD. No oil leak - all fluids perfect...just got it back from the dealership 2 months ago - and the play in the steering wheel is SICK....Anybody want to buy a truck? CHEAP? Anyone have any ideas of what I should be prepared for? Engine makes a loud "CLANK" when you try to turn it over...all electrical works...

- , Val Quentin, Alberta, Canada

problem #3

Aug 082007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles



(rough idle, stalling at low speeds, etc....)

2004 DODGE RAM -- Analysis of the complaint, field report and warranty data shows that the majority of stalling incidents in the subject vehicles appear to be related to the engine calibration concerns that Daimler Chrysler addressed with service bulletins releasing revised pcm software.analysis of the complaints and ODI's survey of owners of vehicles that received engine management software updates under tsb #18-013-05 show that these stalling incidents have the following characteristics: - they occur at low speeds, often during parking lot or driveway maneuvers; - they occur during decelerations, such as braking for a stop sign or traffic signal; and - the operator is almost always able to immediately restart the vehicle.when compared with other safety defect investigations and recalls of conditions that result in stalling during low-speed deceleration with immediate engine restart possible, the failure rate in the subject vehicles is low.analysis of complaint and warranty data also show a declining trend.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will continue to monitor complaints and other information relating to the alleged defect in the subject vehicles and take further action in the future if warranted.see document file for additional information regarding this resume. Investigation was initiated on November 02 2005. Closed on August 29 2007. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA05018 �

- , Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #2

May 062008

Ram 1500 ES 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

More of the same. I have a Dodge 1500 4.7ltr. The oil pressure went to zero light and bell came on and the truck died, coast to the side of the road. Restart loud squeal and knocking

From the engine shut it down call a tow truck. Fast fwd 18 hrs and yep you guessed it from the local 5 star dealer (from which I have bought 2 new vehicles from) SLUDGE YOU NEED A NEW ENGINE.

I am an aircraft Mech. I know The importance of regular maintenance I have taken good care of this truck. I'm done With Dodge (All This While 2000 grand caravan is in the shop getting a new Trans.)

- , Fort, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 222007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

My 2004 Dodge Ram 5.7 Hemi was having intermittent Oil Pressure trouble then a knocking sound in lower end in one day. After I took it Griffin Dodge in Hamlet , North Carolina I was told it was due to sludge and lack of maintenance. I supplied the needed receipts for the oil changes that were conducted and they refused to honor the warranty. This has been a known problem by Chrysler corporation and also the Dealer has had increased civil suites for bad business practices.

- , Ellerbe, NC, USA

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