really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,464 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Dec 042016

Ram 1500

  • miles


2004 Dodge Ram 1500 I've been complaining since the truck had 90000 miles on it about the headlights going out and not turning back on. I have been told it's the headlight module and I replaced it with a new aftermarket one but the trucks still doing the same thing. I was driving and the headlights went out and I couldn't see and hit a deer at 20mph on a back road. Police were not called because the damage was only the bumper. But if this dosnt get fixed simone could get hurt as without light you can't see to drive and the lights won't come back on. This is just like the Ford recall I recived for my car...

- Jamesrown, NY, USA

problem #13

Dec 062016

Ram 1500

  • 130,000 miles
Headlights driving home from work at 4pm on 12-7-16 and turned my hedlights on as I was driving people were honking at me and then I noticed the headlights were out. Went and installed new bulbs and they worked but went out and now their staying out except for the hazzard lights!!! I had to have it towed 67 miles home as it's dark and I couldn't see and with the speed limit being 65mph on highway, I couldn't walk.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 032015

Ram 1500

  • 218,000 miles
The dash modual that controls the interior lights, dash lights, and interior signals no longer works. The guages work and the signals work but there are no lights. This poses a safety issue because you cannot see your speed, oil, temp, and battery guages. Im not sure when iy went bad, I got into my truck one night and none of my interior lights worked.

- Lexington, VA, USA

problem #11

Feb 272016

Ram 1500

  • 150,000 miles


The turn signals will show reversed so when you turn on the left blinker, the right blinker will blink and vise-versa, or sometimes the blinkers will not engage at all. Sometimes it shows the opposite blinker on the instrument panel and sometimes it doesn't show the blinker on at all. This happens in motion on a city street when changing lanes, in motion while turning, and stationary while waiting to turn.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #10

Mar 252015

Ram 1500

  • 81,000 miles
My parking and tail lights stopped working., found out this is due to the design flaw of the engine fuse box as the connectors are exposed to the weather elements, thus shorted out the circuit board that sends the a negative signal to the park lamp relay at 86, . the cost of the repair is $500. Dodge is fully aware of this issue as the replacement now comes with a splash guard plate to help protect the connectors. If you google 2004 Dodge Ram parking light issue, you will see that a lot of us have this very same problem, they should honor this recall as it can be very dangerous to drive at night with out the taillights, .

- Stoughton , MA, USA

problem #9

Feb 142015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My vehicles running lights stopped working and I was unable to be seen by other drivers behind me in a snow storm because my fuse box just corroded out and stopped working causing the parking lamps relay to fault. Now my vehicle has no running lights working anymore and Dodge did not recall this.

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #8

Oct 182014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,500 miles


Left rear brake light was going out intermittently, the "lamp out" light was illuminating on and off as if the bulb was going between working and not working. Changed the light bulb with the recommended 3057 bulb but it didn't fix the problem. Changed the bulb holder but still didn't fix the issues. Checked the fuse but it was good. Finally went under the rear to check if the wiring harness was loose and saw the wires for the rear lamp was pinched against the frame of the vehicle and the wire for the brake lamp was cut. There was really no give to the wiring harness; it was pulled extremely tight. Vehicle has never had any issues and nothing electrical has ever been touched before. The right tail lamp is working fine but the harness for that side was not checked. All wiring is original from factory. Vehicle was bought new from a Dodge dealership and we have been the only owners. We feel this is a safety concern if the brake lamps are not working all the time.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 012014

Ram 1500

  • 103,000 miles
I found out that I don't have a turn signal for the trailer tow on the left side it was later determined that the problem is in the fuse box. Now I can't tow a trailer until the problem is fixed. This could've caused a wreck.I'm not the only person who has this problem.

- Prairie Du Chien, WI, USA

problem #6

Aug 122008

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
About 30 percent of the time, my turn signals and flashers do not indicate the signal I want to give. During those times, when I indicate right it doesn't flash at all. If I indicate left, it indicates right. Also if I put on the hazards, it either corrects the problem or it indicates left. This is very frustrating and provides a big safety incident on the road. I have noticed that I am not the only person that has had this before as it is a very common occurrence on the web. It increases substantially during the fall and winter months and is almost not existent during the summer months. It also affects my wipers that when I have the lights on I can see that my vehicle is acting up because the wipers are at 1 detent less than what I am trying to provide. This makes it so I can't use the fast wiping position. Thanks for your help.

- Eastampton, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 042009

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
The complaint I have is related to my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. I have experienced the turn signals do not respond accordingly or not at all. If turning left, the right signal would come on, if turning right, the left signal would come on or not at all. This issue has also affected my windshield wipers speed. I no longer have a high speed wiper option. I feel this is an extremely dangerous issue as vehicles behind me or in front of me will not know which way I am turning or switching lanes if the need is there. I have to continuously have to jiggle the steering wheel to get the signals to work. There are several reports of this issue with various years of the Dodge trucks and durangos and believe this should be a recall issue. Thank you for your time.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 172011

Ram 1500

  • 163,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the tail, license plate lights, and brake lights were inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who informed him that the fuse box was defective. The manufacturer informed the contact that the part was on back order and it would take thirty days for it to be received. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was 163,000.

- Shelby, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 042011

Ram 1500

  • 68,000 miles
Tail lights and park lamps on my 2004 Dodge Ram keeping failing do to I defect in the power distribution center/fuse box almost caused to get hit by a tractor trailer at night cant even order part because I've been told it's on backorder and dealer keeps denying fault or Chrysler wont replace unit this is happening on thousands of 2004 2005 and 2006 Dodge Ram.

- Lynwood, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012009

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 miles
The turn signals, wipers, and high beams on my 04 Dodge Ram 1500 have been giving me issues for the last year. This started out as an intermittent problem and has gotten worse over time. At first it was just the turn signals. When I would signal left the right blinker would come on, or visa versa. Then sometimes it would work fine, and other times it would not come on at all. It's gotten worse over time and now I am at the point where only when I signal left will the right signal come on; nothing else works. My hazard switch at one time would work the left signal, and the left clicker would work the right signal but now that does not work either. At this point my hazard switch and left clicker now only work the right blinker and I have no way to work the left. As for the high beams, sometimes I am un-able to disengage them which is very dangerous for on-coming traffic. At this point I do not risk it and just don¿T use them, which can be dangerous to myself at some times. The wipers have a mind of their own. Sometimes when I have them on full speed/fast in heavy rain they will all of a sudden reduce to the lowest or middle setting. Sometimes they will just not turn on at all. I almost got into a major accident because of this and now just avoid driving in the rain if at all possible.

- Leonardtown, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 122009

Ram 1500

  • 61,000 miles
Driving down I-90 one night to work and was pulled over by sheriff. He tells me my running lights are not working and you could not see me. I've tried contacting Dodge and im always on hold for like an hour. Can't find problem with lights. Checked all the fuses and relays all of them are fine.

- Newbury, OH, USA

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