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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,545 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension problems

suspension problem

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

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problem #36

Nov 282013

Ram 2500

  • 89,556 miles


I was on my way to see my doctor in waltham, MA. And I travel the MA.turnpike at 67mph, and every bridge span or bump in the road surface the truck started to shake uncontrollably until I went to the brake down lane and brought the truck to a dead stop. In the 166 miles from my home to the doctor office and back home again I had to stop this truck 15 times. When I brought it to the dealership I had to pay $1,699.31for the damage that was cause by a defective part that no one want to replace under what should be a recall. Chrysler says that because of the year and mileage of the vehicle that it was my problem even though they have redesigned the part that cause this problem in the first place. And even after I pay the first repair bill the truck still had the same problem until the mechanic tighten the bolts on the part. The truck is still handling the same as before it was fix. And because I have had major surgery I will have to travel that road many times before I, M healed. Because I'm on workman comp. I have limited funds to live on and I really worry when I drive that truck as I can't afford another vehicle and Chrysler want to do nothing about it until someone is hurt or dead.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #35

Feb 032014

Ram 2500

  • 25,000 miles
2005 Dodge 2500 Ram. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle ball joints, U joints and wheel bearing worn out and needed to be replaced. Also, the exhaust system rusted though and the right tie rod end fractured. The consumer recently received a recall notice, regarding the right front tie rod. However, when he called the about the recall, he was informed to send a copy of the invoice and Chrysler would pay for the previous repair. The consumer was then informed they would not pay for anything, unless mopar parts were used.

- Falmouth, KY, USA

problem #34

Apr 022007

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 30,000 miles
When driving over 60 miles an hour and the truck hits a bump it shakes violently. I have had to stop on the freeway to get it to stop. Have had it in three times for aligment and to have the front end checked. Seems alot of people have the same problem with there Dodge trucks.

- Tremonton, UT, USA

problem #33

Aug 132008

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 51,000 miles


Driving on interstate hit a bump the front end started wobbling bad, had to hit brakes to slow down for it to stop wobbling. Went to three shops replace the stabilizer shock no help, replace the front shocks help for a while and wobbles again, I, am afraid to drive it.

- Spring Creek, NV, USA

problem #32

Nov 012007

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Have had premature failure of front end parts: Ball joints, tie rods, ujoints. I have replaced 3 times in last 5 years and again now having to replace.

- Centralia, WA, USA

problem #31

Oct 162012

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 99,184 miles
I was driving my 2004 Dodge 2500 4X4 diesel pickup at 40-45 mph. As I was going into a curve in the road, I drove over a rough part in the road and the steering wheel started shaking violently back and forth (left and right). It was very hard to control the vehicle, I nearly crashed into a car on one side of me and a bridge railing on the other side. I thought maybe one of the front wheels was coming off the axle or I had a blowout. I slowed down and finally got the vehicle under control. I took it to a diesel repair shop immediately after this happened and they found the steering stabilizer shock leaking, the outer tie rod at the drag link and inner tie rod had some play, and both upper ball joints had some play. They replaced the steering stabilizer shock, the right inner tie rod, and the right outer tie rod. These repairs came to close to $400. They mentioned the "death wobble" problem and suggested we might add additional aftermarket parts to the front suspension to prevent this from happening again. The shop could not do the work right then or I would have had it done. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle now; it took all my driving experience and strength to get control of the vehicle, I do not think a weaker or inexperienced driver could have kept the vehicle from crashing. After looking at all the evidence of this "death wobble" problem on the internet, I cannot believe that the problem has not been solved and the vehicles recalled. People could die and or be injured and probably already have. The accident would probably be blamed on driver error with broken parts blamed on the accident instead of on the broken parts causing the accident.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #30

Sep 182012

Ram 2500

  • 182,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that there was a rattling noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 182,000.

- Maringouin, LA, USA

problem #29

Sep 232011

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
I was driving down the highway at 70 mph when my truck went into what consumers are calling "the death wobble." The truck started shaking uncontrollably, making it hard to drive. It has continued to do it, and mechanics are having a difficult time finding out what is wrong. My wife and son were in the truck with me when it happened the first time, and I'm afraid for them to ride in the truck now because of it. I shouldn't have to fear driving my main source of transportation...especially when it's not a bad vehicle. I'm noticing numerous complaints regarding this issue.

- Willard, MO, USA

problem #28

Aug 012012

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 74,321 miles
While driving at 55mph and above, hit bump on highway and the front end started to shake violently. The truck almost went into the other lane.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #27

Jun 012010

Ram 2500

  • 110,000 miles
When going over a bump in the road at approximately 50 mph, uncontrolled suspension oscillation, or "death wobble, " occurs. Once it begins, nearly all steering control is lost. The only thing that can be done at the time is to rapidly decelerate to around 30 mph. This is very dangerous for drivers of these vehicles and anyone near by. I have spent thousands of dollars replacing factory parts with high end aftermarket upgrades and it always comes back.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #26

Feb 292012

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


While driving on the highway at speeds of about 55 mph and hitting any small rut or change in the road the vehicle begins to shake like crazy. I have had it at the dealer for the recall and they said it was ok. I have had it at the local truck shop and they can't figure it out. Everything looks to be tight. Dodge needs to get these trucks recalled before someone dies. Dodge knows there is a problem why in the world won they fix this. I asked the local dealer again about the death wobble and they said that they were not aware of any death wobble. Are you kidding all you have to do is google death wobble and you will see all you need to know. If I would have known about this problem store I bought this truck I would have not bought it. I am now thinking of trading it in, and let it kill someone else.

- Laurel Springs, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jul 082009

Ram 2500

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 quad. While driving approximately 10 mph, a loud noise emitted from the front end of the vehicle and immediately the steering wheel failed to turn. The contact came to a complete stop to inspect the vehicle and noticed the steering damper detached and was on the ground. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated the tie rods and steering damper would need to be replaced. Two years ago, the tie rods and steering damper were replaced under the service warranty. In addition, the front and upper and lower ball joints were replaced. There was a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 07E009000 (suspension). The vehicle was ineligible because the recall did not pertain to the original equipment. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Darby, MT, USA

problem #24

Jan 262012

Ram 2500

  • 90,340 miles
Dodge death wobble this really should be under recall before someone gets hurt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #23

Jun 082011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 80,000 miles
While going 55 to 60 mph hit a small bump with right front tire causes violent shaking of front end, there is no control of the truck, all you can do is stomp the brakes. You must bring the truck down to almost a complete stop to stop the shaking. All front end components have been checked by a certified mechanic. Online research has revealed the Dodge death wobble to be the problem. Dodge/mopar is very aware of the problem but offer no help with the problem. Please help with this issue before someone gets killed.

- Petal, MS, USA

problem #22

Nov 102011

Ram 2500

  • 78,000 miles
The death wobble as drivers of these trucks call it. The fix in 2010 was only temporary for my 2004 Dodge truck. It once again is going into the death wobble. Dodge says the parts were only warranted for 12 months and won't fix it again. Dodge apparently didn't use heavy enough parts and axles in the first place so does that mean I have to pay to have it fixed over and over and over. Someone needs to make Dodge continue to replace these parts. There are and will be many deaths over these trucks. It is no wonder the american vehicle manuf. Are struggling. Apparently the bulletin repair makes the truck safe for only 1 more year. This isn't a poor a.C or power lock problem it is related to loss of control while driving in normal everyday conditions which can result in loss of life. Please make Dodge do the right thing on this one and get to the root of the problem at their expense not mine. Just how many complaints has Dodge had concerning this. Only they know. I will never buy another Dodge Chrysler product again. I called Dodge & they acted as though they had never heard of this problem!

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #21

Oct 312011

Ram 2500

  • 130,000 miles
Death wobble at different speeds and bumps I have replaced some parts and nothing has changed and the more I research this problem the more I learn there are many just like me with the same issue.

- Mena, AR, USA

problem #20

Feb 152009

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 35,000 miles
@ roughly 30,000 mi I hit a pothole on the freeway (I-80) at highway speed. Immediately got a severe front end shimmy/bounce. Had to slow to about 30mph to get it to stop. I took it to the Dodge dealer ([xxx] in reno) who said it wasn't covered by (50,000 mi) warranty and wanted $2300 to fix it. Took it to a 4 wheel drive specialist who replaced the track bar. About 10,000 miles later it did it again. This time they replaced the upper and lower ball joints. Recently (70,000 mi) it happened again so I took it back. They checked and tightened everything & rebalanced tires and wheel and said they could find nothing wrong. Two days later I got a violent freeway shimmy and it did it again today. I could have easily lost control of the vehicle and been in a serious wreck in either instance. This is dangerous and Dodge doesn't seem to give a [xxx]. I need the truck but I am afraid to drive it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Crystal Bay, NV, USA

problem #19

Oct 102011

Ram 2500

  • 170,000 miles
Truck will go into "death wobble at or around 60 miles an hour, and wont stop until it reaches 30 to 35 mph. This is a recipe for disaster!!!! I urge anyone reading this to file formal complaints with any one who will listen!! im contacting my state rep. On this matter. Just like the corvair, unsafe at any speed.

- Desloge, MO, USA

problem #18

Mar 152009

Ram 2500

  • 52,000 miles
When I was driving back from a trip I hit a rough patch in the highway and the truck immediately started violently shaking from side to side as though it were bouncing from one front tire to the other in the front end. As I slowed down to pull over the shaking eventually stopped. We checked the car and there seemed to be nothing wrong, but the truck seemed to do the shaking to smaller and smaller bumps on the road and the passenger side tire started to show a marked amount more wear than the others. We replaced the shocks, the outer tire rod, stabalizer shocks, tires and the shaking went away for about a year before it came back. This is very dangerous as the car is very hard to control when it happens and you have to break immediately. When I was called in for a recall, for a seperate issue, by Dodge I tried to talk to the men in the service department about it and they pretended to no nothing about the "death wobble" that I have read about all over the internet and when discussing it with a friend found out he had the same experience with it. It is definately a defect or design flaw in these Dodge trucks, and while I was hoping that Dodge would step up and do a recall, the very least I would have hoped for was an explanation of what I can do to fix it from the dealer rather than a denial of there being a problem at all. I cannot afford to replace this truck and cannot afford to replace the complete front end suspension every year. Someone needs to make Dodge step up and investigate this problem so that people like myself can fix the problem and know that we will have a safe truck to haul with.

- Yelm, WA, USA

problem #17

May 012011

Ram 2500

  • 240,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving over bumpy road surfaces, the front tires would shake excessively. In order to regain control of the vehicle, the contact would have to come to a complete stop. The dealer did not offer any assistance and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 240,000 and the current mileage was 250,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Crocket, CA, USA

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