definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,550 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 242006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


First the freeze plug blew out of the engine within 2 months of purchase (which took approx. 30 days for them to fix ) and then (and now ) I'm still running back and forth to the dealership complaining about the wind and water leakage in the front doors, the wind is sometimes so loud you have to yell at each other just to talk in the vehicle. The doors visibly shake while driving, allowing the wind and water in. And H.w. hunter dealership keeps saying there's nothing wrong with the truck. We let them test drive it alone which they did for 600 miles, and claim they heard nothing and then I drove while the district and service managers while in the truck with me they both stated that they could hear the wind but according to them that was normal. So I told they that the commercial advertised a smooth quite ride and this is not either. Then once again I contacted Chrysler and they said basically it is what it is and deal with it. I think after putting $18,500 down on this truck and still paying for it, it should be as advertised. Not to mention the fact that the doors moving like they do has to be a safety issue, because they way they move I feel they are eventually they are going to fly off or something terrible like that. The date I'm using here is the date of the last time I took it in.

- California City, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 062006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 70 mph a loud bang was heard. The consumer pulled the vehicle off the road and had it towed to the dealership. The dealership determined there was water in the air filter which caused the rod to go through the engine block. The engine needs to be replaced. Updated 3/22/2006 -

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 162006

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
: the consumer stated the vehicle intermittently stalled when the gas pedal was lightly depressed. In the mornings when the vehicle is first started, the engine made a pattering sound. When the transmission was shifting gears and the gas pedal was depressed the RPM's ranged at 6,000 and the engine revved. The vehicle was inspected by the local dealership, but the problem could not be duplicated.

- Pendleton, OR, USA

problem #3

Dec 082005

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,300 miles


2004 Dodge Ram 2500 hemi stall w/loss of power steering and brakes. My truck was bought new from hood river Dodge, Oregon, and has been in for repair because of the engine dying right after accelerating from a stop with loss of power steering and braking. They have had it 9 times starting last April and it has happened 12 times. Most of the time in the middle of an intersection and one on a narrow interstate bridge. There are numerous reports on the web of this happening all across the country with 2004 and some 2005 Dodge Ram trucks and some durangos equipped with the hemi engine. Dealer has worked with daimler Chrysler tech's and engineers to no avail. Dealer says it is Chrysler problem and they need to come up with fix. I have contacted the Dodge consumer line, 800-992-1997, 9 times. They prompted me to send in card in " owner's rights under state lemon laws" booklet and I was called on 11/10/05 and told they received the card and would contact me in 7-10 days. I have not been called back so I called 800# again and they said it was in the hands of there zone office, mark hyland, 866-337-7515 ext 3391, where I left a message on 12/22/05. I have also filed 3 NHTSA safety complaints. When I asked the daimler rep named nikki, id 7cs, on 12/22/05 to speak to a supervisor she told me that they did not talk to customers. When I became irate she put me on hold and a man named dante came on and gave me the info about the zone office, what is daimler Chrysler and the NHTSA waiting for people to be injured or killed before reacting? I have left messages twice at the zone office and they will not return my calls.

- White Salmon, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012004

Ram 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while driving vehicle stalled. The dealer replaced a computer chip to correct the problem. The replacement corrected the problem. Currently, while the vehicle was idling at a stop or when the brakes were applied quickly, the vehicle seemed like it was going to stall. The manufacturer was aware of the problem, but they were waiting to receive another type of software to install in the vehicle.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Oct 242005

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
04 2500 truck had poor power and was losing a lot of oil on the highway. It was determined by dealership a thrown rod. I have the banks power system installed and was told warranty was voided.

- San Jose , CA, USA

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