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Old 06-05-2008, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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silly question 2004 or 2004.5? how can I tell??

2004 or 2004.5 how can you tell? VIN?
sorry for the newb question.
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There is tag on the top left side of the motor (drivers side), if it says 325HP that should be the 2004.5 if I'm not mistaking. Also the dealer told me if it's niosy it's an 2004 if it's fairly quiet it;s a 2004.5. I wondered that myself fopr a while, I have an 04.5 myself.
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My sticker says 305 hp.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Quickest way for a non CA truck is to walk up to it and look at the exhaust. Look forward of the muffler there will be a cat on the 04.5. No cat on the 04.
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last eight of the vin and i'll tell ya - e-mail me if ya want
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last eight of the vin and i'll tell ya - e-mail me if ya want
I'm wondering the same...

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2004 or 2004.5 how can you tell? VIN?
sorry for the newb question.
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Valve cover label: 04.5 = 325
04 = 305, 250 or 235

Build date, MOST 04.5 have a build date of 1/04 or later.
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04 didn't have the 250 HP, only Cali 235HP and the 305HP

2004 S.O. Calif. Emissions: 235HP/460lb.ft. Available with NV4500 or 48RE
2004 H.O. Federal Emissions: 305HP/555lb.ft. Available with either NV5600 or 48RE

2004.5 (50 state legal) 325HP/600lb.ft. Available with either the 48RE or NV5600
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isnt it like 92% of all " 04 " models have the 325 horse motor?
only 8% or so of " 04 " models are the early motor.
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Year/Model: 2004 DODGE RAM 2500 QUAD CAB PICKUP
Last Odometer: 81,250 Miles on August 30, 2007
Body Style: DR7H41
In-Service Date: September 25, 2004
Engine: ETH-5.9L HO Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine
In-Service Odometer: 5 Miles
Transmission: DG8-4-Spd. Automatic 48RE Transmission
Odometer Type: Miles
Color 1: PR4-Flame Red Clear Coat Car Line: X
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Build Date: June 12, 2004
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isnt it like 92% of all " 04 " models have the 325 horse motor?
only 8% or so of " 04 " models are the early motor.
Hmm...I have not heard that....

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04 didn't have the 250 HP, only Cali 235HP and the 305HP
Good catch, sorry I missed that one.:thumbsup

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Year/Model: 2004 DODGE RAM 2500 QUAD CAB PICKUP
Last Odometer: 81,250 Miles on August 30, 2007
Body Style: DR7H41
In-Service Date: September 25, 2004
Engine: ETH-5.9L HO Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine
In-Service Odometer: 5 Miles
Transmission: DG8-4-Spd. Automatic 48RE Transmission
Odometer Type: Miles
Color 1: PR4-Flame Red Clear Coat Car Line: X
Color 2: QR4-Flame Red Clear Coat
Build Date: June 12, 2004
That is an 04.5, some might consider it an 05 depending on where the lift pump is.
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isnt it like 92% of all " 04 " models have the 325 horse motor?
only 8% or so of " 04 " models are the early motor.
Approx. 50% of 04's are 305. Trucks started being built 2nd week in July. From then until December 31st all CTD's were either the Cali SO or the 305. From Jan 1st to the end of June all CTD's were 325HP regardless of Cali or not.
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