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By bugsey829
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (5.9L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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Had my 04 for 3.5 years now. Have had to replace 3 lights (1-fog, 1 headlight and 1 brake light) and the lift pump. Replaced my Michelins with Bridgestones and am still "paying" for them. Cost me almost 5 mpg. Still get 22+ , but the 28 @ 62 mph was pretty sweet. She loves 75 and 80 , but you better have deep pockets , 17 mpg empty 10.5 pulling fully enclosd car trailer. Bought it when I retired hoping it would easily outlast me. So far so good .


Favorite Features

Raw power, rides like a "caddy" loaded.


Suggested Improvements

Needs much "taller" final drive for us highway dwellers. Gear it for 1650 rpm @ 75 mph.


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Interior could use some work
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By Terry
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)


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My previous truck was an 07 Chevy Avalanche Z71 so the bar for comfort and nice ride has been set to a level that not many trucks will achieve. On the other hand, comparing the ride of a 1 ton work truck to a 1/2 ton luxury truck isn't exactly fair. The Dodge does a good job but does fall short in interior comfort. The dashboard controls aren't laid out with ease of use in mind. The gauge cluster is small and crowded and the steering wheel is so small it looks like they took it out of a small sedan.


Favorite Features

Exterior design is very nice. Center console storage is very roomy. Nice storage compartments under rear seats.


Suggested Improvements

Allow more space for gauges and add pyrometer and other needed diesel gauges. Improve interior layout.


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best truck ive owned
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By greg
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)


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I have had ford, chevy, dodge, and toyota and this is by far and away the best i have had! I have 128,000 miles on my 2004 and have done basically nothing to it (brakes and universal joints) thats it. Reliable as it gets, whether its -30 degrees or 110 the truck will always start the first crank. Great towing capacity and stability. handles like a car and rides good (with a load in the bed). The 4x4 is the most aggressive i have had. I bought a ford f-450 to replace this truck because i need a utility body and i do not like the ford at all! The dodge is superior in every way except for cabin room. Needless to say i am selling the ford and buying a dodge 4500 utility!!


Favorite Features

power, reliability, looks, comfort, towing capacity


Suggested Improvements

find a way to better the stiff ride and make the cab just a bit larger but not as big as the mega cab.


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Best Truck, Ever
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By Mark
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)


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Having put over 40K on my truck in the last year, I still love it. The 5.9L HO CTD is the strongest engine I have ever owned. Pulls a 14K lb fifth wheel like a dream. The interior is functional and comfortable. At 70K miles, I had to replace all four shocks and had to have the driveshaft joints replaced. Also, had to replace the roof marker lights as they cracked and leaked rain water into the cab. Small problems aside, I will never own another brand of truck as long as Dodge stays with Cummins!


Favorite Features

Great looks. I get compliments all the time. Unstoppable engine. Average of 18 - 20 MPG unladen. Average of 15 - 17 MPG laden (7 tons) Plush interior seats have super thick cushions, great for long hauls.


Suggested Improvements

Better quality shocks. Comes with twin tube shocks, but monotube would be better. According to local mechanic, most owners have found the stock shocks to be unsatisfactory for towing & heavy loads. Since that is why one buys a 1 ton truck, come on Dodge!


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Nice truck.....but
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By Adrien
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)


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Overall, not a bad truck, but not the greatest. It's got tons of power, and has really good fuel mileage at the same time(22 mpg). The interior is ok, except for that cheap plastic look. Its a rough ride though, but its a one tonne. The odd sized tires are bad too, go for 16's again. Also, the body paneling is very thin, you look at it, its dented. I want to get a new truck because the 2004 and 2005 Rams were the worst when it comes to reliability, proved that one with this truck. It will probably be a new 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 or a GMC 3500. I hear those trucks aren't too bad.


Favorite Features

The Cummins, what do you expect? Its a really good motor, but the truck itself is garbage for 2004 and 2005.


Suggested Improvements

This isn't the most reliable truck. It put us on the side of the road three times. The fuel pump went, the universal joint and its starting to go again, and the injector lines split. The rear door locks dont work and rear driver side window too. This is a wiring harness problem Dodge is famous for.


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3 Years and 57,000 miles later...
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By Go_Vols
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)


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I've really enjoyed this truck. I tow large deck goosenecks around town and the country and this engine/tranny/truck combo has been everything I wanted. It's a bit of a pain in town, but that's what you get with a DRW hauler. Only one issue presented itself since purchase, an A/C compressor leak at 36,000 miles. Factory repaired under warranty -- and living in Houston we're pretty hard on A/C units! Tires and maintenance costs are expensive on these rigs, but they pay you back with reliable operation and endless power. The Laramie interior is quite nice, and a relatively inexpensive addition of a JL Audio subwoofer stealth box makes the Infinity sound system sing for those long hauls!


Favorite Features

Cummins 600 - no question the heart and soul of this beast.


Suggested Improvements

Can you put a Ford body on this thing and pull the old 6-speed that ford used behind the 7.3 Powerstroke? That would make this a dream truck... or I guess I might have to buy a Ford and place a Cummins in it... guess you could say I bought a Cummins that happened to come in a nice package from Dodge


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Brute
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By ryan
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (5.9L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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First diesel and will never go back to gasoline. Unbelieveable power, will pull anything you can hitch up. A bonus is the fuel mileage, I get 17-19 around town and get 21-22 on interstate when keeping it around 62- 65 mph, around 2000 rpm. Get above that and it drops to around 18 empty. Pulling my trailer with about 3500- 4000 lbs, I get 15 mpg. Much better than my previous gas truck. Ride is a stiff, but what do you expect from a 1 ton truck. It drives well and is responsive for a big truck. Spend extra for the Infinity sound system, it's worth it. Should also consider more agressive tires if going off road any, stock tires are more for street. So far, not a single problem with the truck.


Favorite Features

Infinity sound system, power plus decent fuel mileage, electronic 4X4


Suggested Improvements

Interior a little plain, but I've noticed they've upgraded in the 06 models, they look nice.


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Good Family Truckster
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By crash
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)


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CD player doesn't eject, back up lights don't work, and grab handle broke with 175 lb person lifting themselves in, but the power of the Cummins HO is good, the interior noise level is excellent for a diesel, and the mileage is good. The rear seats are cramped for full size adults, but fine for kids. The six speed manual is a little bit of a pain around town, but when towing it is really nice to know what gear you are in and when you will be shifting. The factory tires only have roughly 10-15,000 miles left on them and I only have 20,000 miles on the truck. Rotate every 5k miles, but they just seem to be cheap tires. So far moderately happy with truck. Paint is a little soft. Scratches easily


Favorite Features

Good power, looks nice, reasonably well built


Suggested Improvements

Grand Cherokee trip computer More power. Camper pkg should be offered. Paint needs to be more durable


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Best truck ever owned
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By n8
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)


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I have owned all (top three) full size trucks and this one by far is superior in all aspects. I could not believe my computer when it was registering 25-27 mpg especially the 3500 diesel. But when manually calculating the mileage I actually made it to 26-28mpg.!!! Then running BioDiesel it definitely improved performance and mpg. Thanks DODGE!


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3500 Dualie
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By pbrowe
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD LB DRW (5.7L 8cyl 5M)


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I really like driving this truck! Seems odd, but it is very well equiped and it looks great on the road. The Cummins HO motor is so easy to work with and it can pull your house down, as well as anything else you may need to tow. It tirelessly cruises the highway with a heavy load and never feels over-worked. This truck gives you confidence!


Favorite Features

When you get all the options, which are not expensive like some others, it is very comfortable and actually relaxing to drive on the highway. The nav. system is a real plus as well as the side airbags.


Suggested Improvements

Better leather for the seats and a little more seat cushion would make it even more comfortable. With a stiff ride should come a softer seat.


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