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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

Handles the diverse duties of a workhorse and daily driver with ease.

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Dodge has been producing its Ram 1500 for decades, but earlier incarnations seemed largely ignored by consumers. However, in the mid-1990s, the second generation received a significant overhaul and new customers love it. It has extremely distinctive styling and serves as a big, bold pickup, which dominates the road. It upgraded significantly in 2002. This particular generation is renowned for giving a much smoother ride and more agile handling, even when fully loaded with passengers and cargo. However, it gets poor fuel economy in comparison with other full-size trucks, and it doesn't offer such a wide choice of configurations like other models in its class.

The 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 is an aggressive-looking vehicle and difficult to miss. It classifies as a full-size pickup truck renowned for including a number of fairly luxurious standard features. It comes with a choice of powerful engines and serves as real workhorse capable of hauling an impressive amount, and of course, it has a huge cargo capacity.

The Range

Body Styles: truck
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 8.3-liter V-10
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic, four-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 ST, Dodge Ram 1500 SLT, Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie, Dodge Ram 1500 SRT-10

What's New

The 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie gains extra flash with its body molding, interior accents, and new grille. Four-wheel drive debuts along with Bluetooth and navigation.


The 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 comes in two different styles: regular and Quad. It also offers different bed lengths which measure 6.3 feet and eight feet long. Three different trim levels include the base ST, the SLT, and the SLT Plus. A sport package remains an optional extra available on the top two trim levels. The length of the pickup bed looks shorter than in previous models, and Dodge adds the extra inches onto the passenger compartment. This allows the Quad to feel very much like a crew cab, in spite of the overall length being just about the same as in previous models. To make the most of this extra space, the Quad Cab has conventional-opening rear doors, which swing back nearly 90 degrees. Most customers don't use the whole of the pickup bed, but the eight-foot model caters to those who really need the extra space.


The Dodge Ram 1500 ST includes a cassette stereo, air-conditioning, a fold-down center armrest with a storage bin, and a 40/20/40-split front seat. The next model up, the SLT, comes with cruise control, cloth seats, power windows and locks, and an overhead console with a trip computer. The SLT Plus marks the most luxurious model and comes with heated driver and passenger seats, leather seating, a power driver’s seat, a HomeLink transmitter system, a better sound system with a CD player and steering-wheel-mounted controls, and a keyless entry and anti-theft system. The 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad includes a heated passenger seat.

Performance & Handling

The Ram 1500 comes with one of three engines: the 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 215 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque, the 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 235 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, or the 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 245 hp and 335 lb-ft torque, but in comparison with the other two engine choices this V-8 suffers from bad fuel economy. The 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 makes a good choice for anyone looking for a full-size pickup, and its styling makes it quite a distinctive choice. However, it offers a limited choice of engines in comparison with the competition.


The 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 comes with standard safety features that include four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard on the SLT Plus. Side-curtain airbags provide an optional feature for all Rams.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram 1500 ST: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 SLT: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram 1500 SRT-10: 9/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Side-curtain airbags
  • Nice ride
  • Sharp handling
  • Powerful V-8

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Few body configurations
  • Lacks step-side style

Sum Up

Handles the diverse duties of a workhorse and daily driver with ease.

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