2004 Dodge Ram 2500


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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Review
Hemi V8 and all-wheel drive available.

By Mitch McCullough

Overview

2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Review Overview

The Dodge Ram represents an excellent choice among full-size light-duty pickups. That's saying something considering the renaissance of all-new pickups from Ford and Nissan for 2004, along with strong entries from Chevrolet and GMC, and a new Toyota Double Cab. It would not be an overstatement to call 2004 the best model year for full-size pickups in the history of the automobile. The competition is better than ever, but so is the Ram, which stands tall among its competitors.

Completely redesigned and re-engineered for the 2002 model year, this latest-generation Dodge Ram boasts high levels of refinement and comfort. It's smoother and more comfortable than the previous-generation models. Its interior is more convenient than before and the bold exterior styling looks terrific. Changes for 2004 only improve the Ram's impressive towing and hauling capabilities.

A new Hemi V8 engine brings more power and efficiency to the Dodge Ram line of pickups. Added late during the 2003 model year, the 5.7-liter Hemi replaces the old 5.9-liter V8, increasing power by 100 horsepower and 40 pounds-feet of torque while improving fuel economy by 10 percent. Dodge claims the Hemi makes the Ram 1500 lineup the most powerful mass-production light-duty pickup on the market. More important than claims, it is an exceptionally good engine, smooth and very responsive. Adding to the responsiveness of this engine is a new five-speed automatic transmission. A Tow/Haul transmission mode has been added for 2004.

A new full-time four-wheel-drive (all-wheel-drive) system is available for 2004 that improves traction in slippery conditions. The Laramie trim package has been upgraded for 2004, and new options have been added, including a Bluetooth-enabled cellular telephone.


Model Lineup

Dodge Ram is available with two cab configurations, Regular Cab and Quad Cab (no extended cab). Quad Cab models ride on a wheelbase that's 20 inches longer than comparable Regular Cab models. Quad Cab adds $4,200 to $5,200 to the retail price.

Two bed lengths are available, a 6-foot, 3-inch standard bed and an 8-foot long-bed. Ordering the long bed adds 20 inches to the wheelbase. Therefore, a long-bed Quad Cab is a long truck, long on roominess and utility, but not the easiest to turn around. Long-bed Rams also get a bigger fuel tank, 35 gallons in place of the standard 26-gallon tank. Long beds add $300-$350 to the price.

Three engines are offered: Most popular is the 4.7-liter V8, a modern overhead-cam engine. The most powerful engine in the line is the new 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which uses with hemispherical combustion chambers for improved airflow and burn. The new Hemi produces 345 horsepower and 375 foot-pounds of torque. When properly equipped, that increases the towing capacity to 9200 pounds and payload by an additional 500 pounds. The 5.7-liter Hemi adds $795 to the price. For those who want maximum economy, there's a 3.7-liter V6 available, but only with two-wheel drive.

A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.7-liter V6 and 4.7-liter V8. Optional is a five-speed automatic ($1,170) that includes an alternate second gear for hill-climbing and towing. The five-speed automatic is more responsive than four-speed automatics.

Three trim levels are available: ST, SLT, and Laramie. ST is the base level, starting at $19,420. It comes standard with air conditioning, but is equipped with wind-up windows, manual door locks, and vinyl upholstery . This is the trim grade you buy for other people.

SLT adds $1,700-$3,200, depending on cab style and driveline. It comes standard with the 4.7-liter V8, and adds cloth upholstery, nicer interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a host of convenience items, and wider tires. This is the grade you buy for yourself.

Laramie, the luxury package, brings leather seating surfaces, dual-zone air conditioning, a premium stereo, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels, and a long, long list of luxury features. For 2004, the Laramie package adds an all-chrome grille surround and chrome billet grill center. Laramie retails for $7,800-$8,900 more than the base level.

Sport trim features body-colored grille, bumpers and side moldings, and includes fog lights and 17-inch aluminum wheels, and is available for most models. Aggressive street-rodder 20-inch wheels and tires are also available.

Option packages include an Off-Road package ($870-$1,405) with unique 17-inch aluminum wheels on LT275/70R17 off-road tires, 3.92 rear axle, limited-slip differential, skid plates for the transfer case and front suspension, special shocks, tow hooks, fog lamps, and a heavy-duty cooling system. A Work Special package is designed to deliver affordability with gray bumpers, grille, and 17x7 steel wheels. A new hands-free cellular telephone system is available for 2004 that uses Bluetooth technology. There's also a new integrated radio/navigation system available.

New for 2004 is the Dodge Ram SRT-10, an outrageous pickup with 500 horsepower and 525 lbs.-ft. of torque. Its V10 engine, a new bored and stroked aluminum engine block taken from the Dodge Viper, displaces 505 cubic inches. The Ram SRT-10 boasts a custom-tuned suspension that drops the ride height 1 inch in front and 2.5 inches in the rear. New front and rear strut assemblies and a rear sway bar were added to handle the increased cornering loads. Bilstein mono-tube shock absorbers, performance-tuned springs, and unique aerodynamic aids are designed to keep the Ram SRT-10 planted at high speeds, along with 22-inch wheels fitted with 305/40 R22 Pirelli Scorpion tires for extra adhesion. The brakes are modified with new 15-inch rotors in front and Ram Heavy Duty 14-inch rotors in the rear; front and rear brakes feature unique red calipers. The new front fascia features brake cooling ducts to provide plenty of cooling for hard driving.


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2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Consumer Reviews


Overall Rating 4 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 4 Out of 5 Carz

Value 4 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 4 Out of 5 Carz

The interior is nice and has a killer stereo. The power is great and the ride for a big truck is great.This is probably the only vehicle that I have ever been totally satisfied with. Only complaint is a weak stereo system.

posted by Carl | on Oct 12 2007

Overall Rating 5 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 5 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 5 Out of 5 Carz

The Dodge 2500 has a very smooth ride, the diesel engine is extremely quiet and lots of power. Best truck I have owned so far!! Awesome power for the money.

posted by Pol | on Oct 12 2007

Overall Rating 4 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 5 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 5 Out of 5 Carz

My experience with my 2004 Dodge 2500 SLT has been wonderful. Great truck for any one serious about trucks. I can not say no more than I am very pleased with my purchase.

posted by Lance | on Oct 12 2007

Overall Rating 4 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 4 Out of 5 Carz

Value 4 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 4 Out of 5 Carz

This truck is a blast to drive, very quiet and smooth. It has great power for a gas engine and decent fuel economy. It is fun to drive.

posted by Kristtoffer | on Oct 12 2007

Overall Rating 3 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 4 Out of 5 Carz

Value 4 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 2 Out of 5 Carz

I love the truck, but warranty works sucks, got the door channel rubbers all change out, but got every excuse under the sun for not fixing the head light switch, knocking fuel pump, tape deck, and rear engine main seal, they side step every one of these issues

posted by steve | on Aug 19 2009

Overall Rating 4 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 3 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 5 Out of 5 Carz

To start I have a quad cab with the Cummins. Currently I have approx 135k on the clock and mechanically it is perfect. The drive train will far out live the truck. I have the usual issues with dodge(dash/seats/blend-recirc doors). So far I have not had any warranty issues I take the truck in as needed and have not had a problem. If you are looking for a dodge/cummins definately look hard at the 03-04. It will get you the best mpg while having power.

posted by Ray | on Nov 08 2010

Overall Rating 5 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 5 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 5 Out of 5 Carz

I would recommend the 04-05 CUMMINS. If you like power and the ability to thrust into beast mode get one. Don't think about getting any HD truck after 07' due to the laws about fuel emissions. 2010 Ram HD 2500 can barely break 14 HWY miles along with every other HD truck. CUMMINS

posted by TMO | on Feb 26 2011

Overall Rating 5 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 5 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 5 Out of 5 Carz

I have a Dodge Ram 2500 ST Hemi V8 Standard transmission with 245,000 mile. Best truck I will ever own. Few problems, just like any other car, but easy to fix and fun to drive. Good year for that truck indeed

posted by anonymous | on Sep 04 2011