fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,717 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 052007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


My 2004 Dodge Ram would intermittently drop the cruise control when I hit the drivers side down button. I took it to the dealer several times and was told it wasn't throwing a code and they didn't know what was causing the issue. Several months ago, after parking my vehicle in the garage, I woke up to discover the drivers door had caught fire. It sure looked to me that it started on the circuit board inside the door. The vehicle was totaled.

- Park Rapids, MN, USA

problem #5

Apr 012005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's cruise control would not maintain speeds and would fluctuate up or down by 6 mph. The service dealer stated this was a normal issue with these vehicles and they could not fix the issue.

- Big Stone Gap, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The consumer complained that the headlight dim switch was not functioning on the 2004 Dodge 1500 since April 2005. The headlight would stay on bright or dim but not switch. At the same time the windshield washer would not work. The dealer replaced the multifunction switch, but the problem persisted. The vehicle had been back to two different dealers four times, and had the same switch replaced twice, but the problem recurred, but was not constant. The contact wrote to Chrysler, but had no satisfaction. Also, on one occasion the vehicle would not accelerate when attempting to pass another vehicle. At that time, the cruise control would not work, and the headlights would not come on. This problem had not recurred, but the dealer had no explanation or solution. (11/17/05)

- Greensboro, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 052005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


The cruise control shuts off intermittently when the power windows are activated. The vehicle was brought to Dodge of burnsville, where the problem was not duplicated by the mechanic. I can now induce this problem consistantly by activating the power windows.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 282005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Cruise control will shut off if I use 2 or more of the power windows at the same time. Cc will also shut completely off when you hit the brakes, not just disengage. Took to local dealer and they said there isn't a fix for the problem but they also stated Dodge is aware of the problem. This happened once with the window switch problem while I was passing a slow vehicle with my cruise on. I rolled up 2 windows and the cruise shut off during the pass.

- Glenburn, ND, USA

problem #1

Jun 032004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,300 miles
When the driver moved across two lanes to initiate a left turn the truck lost all power. The consumer pushed down on the accelerator but noting happened until the driver pushed the pedal all the way to the floor. When the pedal was pushed all the way to the floor the truck lurched forward quickly at a very high RPM. The problem has never occurred again, even after the dealer examined the vehicle. The cruise control would not disengage until the vehicle's speed exceeded 8 mph over the set speed.

- Zephyr, TX, USA

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