With its Hemi V8, this version of the Ram is among the quickest trucks we've tested. But it's also one of the thirstiest, averaging a paltry 11 mpg. A jittery ride and cumbersome handling hurt the Ram's overall score, as did the barely adequate brakes. The cabin is a bit noisy, and access is very difficult. On the plus side, our Ram had a large cargo bed and tows more than 8,000 pounds.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This truck is 14 years old now & is still great. It's had no mechanical problems & is very reliable. It's comfortable & very dependable."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"handling"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"has V-10 550 hp engine good accelaration"

L B., LA (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"love the 5.7 liter hemi"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"The Ram has the 5.7 HEMI engine which is ample power for this size pickup. Drives great and handles good."

Ronald O., NC (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"The manual transmission is sharp and precise in shifting and response, engine is strong and reliable, all maintenance items are easy to access and maintain."

Brian P., CA (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"Bought the 2004 Dodge Ram from private party who took exceptional care of the truck. We have owned the truck for almost four years and except for minor maintenance items, no repairs required. There was a National recall on both air bags which has been completed. The truck is stylish, comfortable, responsive. It has the 5.7 v8, plenty of power. The gas mileage is about 18 (on the road, 13 in town) could be a bit better."

Charles R., MO (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"Ram SRT 10 Viper Engine provides great acceleration. Handling is only fair as it is now 10 yrs old."

L B., LA (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"Very good acceleration - Not the most comfortable drive."

Barry L., TX (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"There's plenty of power from the 5.7L V8 for regular driving or pulling a trailer weighing 5 tons."

Robert D., GA (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"This truck has the Hemi engine & it rocks. It's been very reliable & hasn't had any problems at all. It's 13 years old & runs like new. We've taken good care of it, but Dodge built a nice, reliable & powerful truck!"

Debra F., TX (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"accelerates and handles well however it has a large turning radius"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"EXCELLENT 4WD in snow!!!!"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"We like the V hood. Rides great, but the cab noise could be lowered. Don't turn the Ram into a square box ford"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"This truck is really comfortable. We replaced the factory seat covers with leather covers, but they're really comfy seats. Even the back seat is comfy. We've taken long trips & didn't have any problem sitting for 500 miles."

Debra F., TX (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"should have purchased one with bucket type seats, this truck is uncomfortable on a long trip"

Karen M., OH (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"Very comfortable cabin and it has held up well over the years"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"I bought this truck new. The deciding factor of model and brand was the comfort of the seats and ride. It still rides and handles like new."

Robert D., GA (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Very low maintenance to date. Purchased at year end and received a great deal."

Barry L., TX (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"it's a truck"

Karen M., OH (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

"This truck is a rust bucket from the inside out. I have spent over $1,500 on brake repairs. Never another Dodge."

James C., MO (2004 Dodge Ram 1500)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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