really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,183 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 electrical problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

May 172007

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the horn sounded independently and sporadically. The failure would recur most frequently when driving in reverse but recurred also when driving forward. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer four times but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The dealer stated that the horn was manufactured to behave in the manner in which it was and there were no repairs. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The current mileage was approximately 57,900 and the failure mileage was approximately 35,000. Updated 06/24/11 updated 06/30/11

- Marietta, OK, USA

problem #20

Mar 082011

Ram 2500

  • 68,762 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that the vehicle instrument panel, brake lights and headlights were failing. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the failure was diagnosed as a defective fuse box which would need replacing. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 68,762.

- Porter Corners , NY, USA

problem #19

Jan 022011

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • 75,480 miles
2004 Dodge 2500 turn indicator in left hand position makes right hand signal activate. All left hand indicators do not work.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 112010

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Interior fire unknown sorce burnt the trucks dash right through the middle fire broke through windsheild. Truck had 50000 miles on it owned since new never had any problems no aftermarket items installed.truck was setting in a parking lot not running keys out of vehicle. Truck may be considered total loss by insurance company.

- Barnesville, OH, USA

problem #17

Aug 012010

Ram 2500

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. After starting the vehicle, the contact noticed that none of the electrical components would function. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was informed that the wiring harness needs to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 84,000.

- Mulberry, KS, USA

problem #16

Sep 262010

Ram 2500

  • 95,000 miles
I own a 2004 Dodge 2500 Ram when I turn on the turn signal to go left the right on turns on, it almost caused us to be involve in a auto wreck, the on coming vehicle believed we was turn the other way, this happens all the time, now my 2006 Dodge Caravan is doing the same thing, I used to be a mechanic so I did some trouble shooting and found fault with the turn assembly, if I move it around just so it will correct its self some times- this needs to be fixed fast someone can get hurt or even worse.

- South Otselic, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 192010

Ram 2500

  • 84,000 miles


My 2004 Dodge Ram turn signal intermittently will not work when you turn on right blinker or it will turn on the left blinker. Went to dealer to ask about it they said it has happened on other trucks but no recall yet. They said it would cost about $800 to fix so I might want to wait till it fails completely. I just don't want to get in accident caused by wrong blinker going off.

- North Collins , NY, USA

problem #14

Aug 252010

Ram 2500

  • miles
2004 Dodge Ram. When pressing down the left turn switch to turn left, the right turn signal flashes...the opposite happens when you press the turn signal switch up to turn right. Also, the windshield wipers randomly stop working while in operation. This is a very very frequent problem with Dodge, please address!

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #13

Jun 012010

Ram 2500

  • 98,000 miles
I did not have a accident, but my transmission began to fail in such a manner that the transmission did not know what gear it was supposed to be in. One day it would be fine and the next it might begin ok and then ten minutes later it would start off from a stop light in 2nd or 3rd gear and it was difficult to pull into traffic. Dodge is aware of the problem because the dealerships are stocking the internal transmission parts to fix it. My mechanic talked to a nearby Dodge dealer to obtain the parts and they said they knew of the problem and had a good supply of parts if needed. We also spoke to two different transmission shops that said this was a common problem. The necessary parts that needed to be replaced to fix this were a governor compression solenoid and pressure switch. Both of which are located in the gear box just above the pan. The parts were only available from Dodge and cost about $220 just for the parts. I would like to know if Dodge has reported this problem. I have been in contact with them inquiring why they have not done a recall since they are aware of the problem and all they have told me so far is that it is a lengthy process that involves your department.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #12

Nov 122009

Ram 2500

  • miles
Dodge Ram 2500 pickup under hood fuse box and front control module get corroded and stop working correctly resulting in operator losing headlights or signal light local dealership has 5 on order and I found out that they are on national backorder looking on Dodge forum's I see that there are alot of people having the same problem.

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 152009

Ram 2500

  • 89,000 miles


Headlights malfunctioned attributed to the front control module according to Chrysler star representative.this is a "known" problem that the dealer was not prepared or able to diagnose. According to Chrysler star support desk the front control module P/N 56051036ad has a known problem. I was only able to find this out after calling Chrysler customer service and insisting that the dealer call their star support desk and open an incident. The rep at the support desk immediately told the service tech that the front control module had a known problem. The intermittent failure created a safety hazard on the highway by not functioning at all or malfunctioning. Lights on truck can fail at any time headlights, taillights, brake lights because of this front control module there is no backup on the system when it fails. Here is the link to a service bulletin put out by Dodge www.xkjeeps.com/tsb/tsb_xk_0806005.pdf. this should be a recall item !!

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 272008

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 30 mph on normal road conditions, the tail lights failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to corrosion in the fuse box. The vehicle was not repaired due to the massive back order for the component. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were unavailable. Updated 11/25/08. Updated 11/25/08.

- Portersville, PA, USA

problem #9

Apr 152008

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact previously took his vehicle to the dealer for rough idling. The dealer replaced three injectors and there had been no further occurrences. On April 15, 2008, while driving 55 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal and the speed increased to 80 mph. He depressed the pedal again and the speed instantly shot up to 100 mph. He placed the vehicle into neutral and coasted to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer and they found error code P2122 for the ECM assembly, as well as bell housing failure. The manufacturer stated that they would not offer any assistance and the contact would be responsible for the repairs. The current mileage was 155,559 and failure mileage was 70,000.

- Simivalley , CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 202007

Ram 2500

  • miles
Upon having the truck at dealer B for warranty servicing, the dealership installed without my knowledge or consent the E17 out-of-park alarm, similar to recall NHTSA campaign 05V462000. The recall was for a computer flash to look for several things to occur simultaneously; 1) driver's side door opened, transmission was in reverse, and foot was off of brake. When these conditions occurred the horn started blowing and the lights start flashing. This was not an acceptable recall, and I didn't want it on my truck. On numerous occasions I needed to back up by having the driver's side door open to use the ground as a reference. This typically occurred when mirror or window views were blocked, or there was an object behind that could not be seen. When trying to back up to these objects the horn started blowing and lights started flashing. This resulted in bothering neighbors, coworkers, etc. It was an annoyance and it did not result in a safer vehicle. Chrysler needed to develop an alternate method for addressing the problem, if there was truly a problem needed to be addressed. Chrysler informed me that they were not willing to reverse the recall that it was in place. Also, they claimed that they were mandated to do the recall if I brought the truck in for service, and therefore claimed they had no duty to inform me beforehand. This was tantamount to tampering with my vehicle without my knowledge or consent. Does Chrysler have the authority to perform this recall without my knowledge or consent" if so, from where do they derive this authority" updated 04/18/07.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #7

Sep 132006

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,990 miles
I am owner of a 2004 Dodge durango. VIN # 1D4hb48N04fxxxxxx. On Tuesday, September 12, 2006 my wife (lori M. murphy) noticed that all interior lights would not go off once the vehicle was in gear. This problem persisted throughout that day and at 10:00 P.M. I tried to get the lights to turn off to no avail. The lights were still on this morning (9/13/06) when my wife took the vehicle to Aurora Chrysler Plymouth in Aurora Ohio. On the way to the dealership she noticed an electrical burning smell. After arriving and waiting about 2 hours, she was told that a chip had burned out on the circuit board for the instrument panel. The service personnel indicated the part needed for repair would be $587. I would like to refer to the NHTSA investigation # EA06015 to see if I have any recourse with DaimlerChrysler for covering expenses for this repair.

- Bainbridge Twp., OH, USA

problem #6

May 312006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Defective weathers tripping around front doors of my 2004.5 Dodge Ram truck. Dodge did not inform me of defective design and will not repair it at their expense (carbon monoxide inhalation danger). Electrical component and wiring harness defects, dealer has not notified me of defects, will not fix them under warranty, (fire hazard). Deceptive practices by Dodge dealer (kari Dodge, kalispell Montana). Sold me a 7 year 70,000 mile warranty, specifically stating it was not similar to my previous warranty (insurance policy it turned out to be). I paid 1700 dollars for a warranty that does not cover what I was lead to believe it would.

- Gray, TN, USA

problem #5

Feb 132006

(reported on)

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • miles
Consumer 2004 Ram 2500 stalled and electrical system failed. 10156266 the consume was able to turn the ignition to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer the next day for a test drive with the diagnostic to hooked up tot he vehicle. The diagnostic indicated that the vehicle had complete electrical failure. The front power train module was replaced and the software was updated.

- Salt Point, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 092006

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
2004 Dodge durango w/5.7 liter hemi engine just stalled/shut off on its own when going up a parking garage ramp at approximately 15 mph. Lost all power to power steering and brakes. Had to come to a complete stop, place in park, and then restarted without any problem. Have had vehicle since may of 2004 and this is the first time this problem has happened. Very concerned since I have seen other complaints with same exact problem.

- Treasure Island, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 012004

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The consumer's vehicle would turn off while braking around turns. As a result the power brakes and steering went out.

- Clackamas, OR, USA

problem #2

Apr 012005

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
The vehicle continuously stalled in traffic. The consumer was recently driving the vehicle, and the vehicle shut off in the middle of the intersection. After the dealer serviced the vehicle which included replacing the computer, the vehicle's problems still exist. The last fix and the third time the incident occurred, the vehicle lost over 3 miles to the gallon of gas. The dealer stated that they programmed the software to run rich, which in return, burns more gas.

- Poulsbo, WA, USA

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