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8.4

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$50.00
Average Mileage:
118,780 miles
Total Complaints:
33 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. dodge should repair the cracked dash (14 reports)
  2. not sure (11 reports)
  3. replace it with carbon fiber dash (3 reports)
  4. replace the dash (3 reports)
  5. bondo fiberglass body filler (1 reports)
  6. buy Canadian (1 reports)
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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Jun 152009

Ram 1500 SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I am a proud Dodge vehicle owner. I own a 97 and 98 Ram 1500. Both of which have busted Dashboards. This has become quite problematic as the hard pieces will fall into the dash & creates a rattle. Also they come off in very jagged pieces & create a hazard to myself & others. I also own a 2002 Intreped as well as a 2004 Ram 1500. As a loyal customer for many years, I would think that Dodge would stand good for this Dash issue even though it's not officially a recall of any kind.

- , Savannah, GA, USA

problem #32

Feb 072002

Ram 1500 ES 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,632 miles

i got a 97 ram 1500 and its my first dodge ever i decided to change from gm since they are moving to china and good people are loosing there jobs . i just bought a ram 1500 and its in great shape with only 213000 kms on her well maintained accept a death wobble from a worn out track bar . just so you know don't get oem dodge replacement track bar unless you like wasting money , they don't last just get a moog brand its twice the price but life time warranty and way stronger . my truck also has the dash crack problem and seems many people have this problem . i think if dodge isn't going to help the original owners with this we should get together and find out where the owner of dodge lives and mail him all the broken dashes and when he see's the pile at his door step maybe he will realize how big the problem is . i never had a chevy dash ever break and i beat the snot out of them from spills to punches and i even crashed one at 110kms into concrete wall just recently and dash is still mint , truck is a rite off thou . lol i walked away with no injuries thank the lord . i hope i didn't make a mistake buying my dodge i do love this truck it feels real solid and i always loved the look , but the more i research the more nervous i get , its not good to know that a company wont back there product and word of mouth is more important the stupid ads ..

- , Niagara Falls, Ontario, canada

problem #31

Apr 091999

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

I WOULD SAY DODGE SHOULD RECALL THIS PROBLEM AS THERE HAS BEEN ALOT OF THESE DASHES THAT ARE BUSTED ,I MYSELF HAVE A 1994 RAM 1500 AND A 1997 RAM 1500 AND THEY ARE BOTH CRACKED. THE 97 WAS CRACKED SO BAD THE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION TAG (VIN) IS MISSING. AS FEDERAL LAW STATES AS WELL AS STATE LAW THAT ITS ILLEGAL TO TAMPER WITH SO TO ME THIS WOULD BE TAMPERING WITH BY DODGE ITSELF. BECAUSE THEY HAVE GOT IT RIVETTED ON A JUNK DASH SO THE FEDERAL SHOULD GET INVOLVED AND MAKE THEM RECALL THEM JUNK DASHES.

- , Neelyville, MO, USA

problem #30

Aug 012010

Ram 1500 SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

the enire dash panel has cracked and fell apart. the bezel around the gauges is cracked also. the entire top part of the dash is gone, exposing the wires and interior of the dash panel. it is embarrassing and awful to look at. i can not use the dash or the cup holder because of the problem.

- , Diboll, TX, USA

problem #29

Jul 062012

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I know the truck is old, but it has been garage kept for years. All the sudden, the dash starting cracking this year. It is annoying.

- , Arlington, TX, USA

problem #28

Mar 211998

Ram 1500 Laramie Xlt 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I know Dodge has a problem with the dashes cracking and being unsafe. I have talked to Dodge for years about recalls and never nothing, I was in Florida and happened to see a news cast about the Ram truck dashes and have heard that they were going to finally recall them so I called Dodge and talked to Eric badge #EC693 and they have no recall yet and he had the guts to tell me that he only gets one or two complaints a year about the dashboards in Ram trucks and that America is what is wrong that is why Imports are kicking our butts. The craftsmanship is slack and then they LIE about it instead of fixing it. Had it been a Toyota, Honda, etc... the problem would have been fixed. I will never buy another Dodge!!!!!

- , Pembroke, GA, USA

problem #27

Jun 192012

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,688 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Not right ! Dodge needs to address the problem. I was thinking about buying another Dodge ram, but its on hold for now ! until l see what it's going to cost to fix?

- , Ragley, LA, USA

problem #26

Mar 142002

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

DODGE IS RESPONSIBLE....THEIR IS ENOUGH PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM IT SHOULD BE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX

- , Converse, TX, USA

problem #25

Dec 082001

Ram 1500 TL 318 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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cracked dashboard cracked dashboard cracked dashboard cracked dashboard cracked dashboard cracked dashboard

IT'S A PITY THAT DODGE TREATS THERE BUYERS IN THIS MANNER, NEED TO BOYCOTT ALL DODGE COMPANIES UNTIL THEY MAKE RIGHT THE WRONG THAT THEY KNOW WAS DONE TO THEIR BUYER . THIS WILL MAKE THEM LOOK AT WHERE THEY MAKE THEIR MONEY FROM AND WHO GIVE THEM A GOOD ARE A BAD RATING. THE CONSUMERS CAN MAKE OR BREAK A COMPANY JUST BY LETTING OTHER KNOW HOW THEY WAS TREATED DURING THE SALE AND AFTER THE SALE.

IF EVERYONE STANDS TOGETHER, DODGE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO MAKE IT RIGHT ARE SUFFER THE WRATH OF THE BUYERS. THEY CAN NOT MAKE IT WITHOUT US THE BUYER THINK ABOUT IT ,HOW DID THEY GET WHERE THEY ARE TODAY IF NOT FOR THE BUYERS. ONE PERSON CAN'T DO ANYTHING BUT NUMBER CAN MAKE A CHANGE .

THANKS

- , Hampstead, NC, USA

problem #24

Jun 102009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Dodge dashboards are sh*t and dodge in their infanint wisdom should be able to come up with a better material to make dashboards out of

- , Oak Island, NC, USA

problem #23

Feb 012006

Ram 1500 XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Fix the damn thing !!! I take great pride and care fo my truck but Ican do nothing with this problem Ihave never seen this problem in any other car or truck! Dis your good faithfull customers and see what happens! Next truck ain't gonna be a DODGE!!!!!!!!!

- , Pickens, S.C, USA

problem #22

Feb 082011

Ram 1500 Laramie SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,088 miles

Multiple cracks and mis-alignment of segments which if an accident occured could be dangerous. Is a definate eyesore.

- , Longmont, Colorado, USA

problem #21

Jul 122008

Ram 1500 Laramie SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB 5.9L 360ci

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

First 10 years, I knew we could buy an American made Truck that is Tuff! My biggest #1 issue is this dash issue... I cant see why anyone would be proud of its creation. Look most Dodge truck drivers have driven them hard. I do not know why Dodge still has not resolved this issue... People are driving trucks with dashes shattered and if rolled down at highway speeds, run the risk of having a chunk flying off and hitting a passenger or worse the driver... At least start making available to us Dodge truck owners some financial help with designing and installing a new dash.. Change the composite material!!! Clearly Dodge has know of this defect for at least 15years and has not provided customer support to our satisfaction.... Customer's make a company!! Lose them by simply ignoring the issue and you will eventually loose the company.. You need to care, because there will be no more government bailouts!!!! Your customers, a.k.a. (Government) that you are not work toward an agreeable solution with,, will help you no further.. Don't run the risk of sending your customers and their money to competition...

Customer? or not

- , Humble, TX, USA

problem #20

Jul 071997

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles

i too had the infamous shattering Dodge Ram 1500 dash. Heard that the issue was the dashboard being tightened by the windsheild. Apparently they should float on a rubber spacer. Anyway, the thing cracked all to hell, so I bought some fiberglass bondo filler, and filled all the cracks. Applied some brown paper bags over the filler, and rubbed it smooth. After it dried, I pulled the paper off, and covered the whole thing with a dashmat.

I am so against manufacturers using plastic to simulate a padded dash...

- , Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #19

Aug 312008

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I was driving down the road one day and my dashboard made a loud pop & cracked straight down the middle. That was just the beginning. Since then, numerous other cracks have appeared all across the dashboard. I have had numerous other issues as well, including several electrical problems. I have also had a throttle problem where something was jamming the gas pedal, which only allowed me to use about half throttle. I believe this was a piece that had fallen from the dash, but not 100% sure.

- , Springdale, AR, USA

problem #18

Feb 012010

Ram 1500 V8 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 236,000 miles

1The dash (plastic) cracked top to bottom.It crackles and pops driving. Looks terrible.I purchased the Truck used and contacted the original owner,He provided the dash was cracked when he traded truck. 2: The ignition at times fails to start truck. the switch turns normal. the lights on dash are on but something from switch to starter fails at times.3 The paint on hood and cab top oxidized, obvious no clear coat applied when factory painted.seen several same model has oxidized 4.headlamps the plastic housing clear lens tarnished lighting is a danger have no width or forward view. 4The overhead interior split.I love this model style but dodge really did faulty assembly on these model year.the prior owner said the outside finish he contacted dodge for repairs which time warranty was in affect. he was denied.I think these issues should had been resolved it is assemble issues.that they refused to correct.

- , Greeneville, Tennessee, USA

problem #17

Nov 112009

Ram 1500 SE 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I just wanted to submit this on behalf of my Father whose dash is cracked and caving in on a 1997 Dodge Ram. It started doing it years ago and is only getting worse. The only saving grace is that he's applied duct tape to keep pieces from further collapsing and damaging the wiring under the dash. There won't be much dash left in order to put a cap on it. Dodge, at the very least, needs to make available a replacement dash that is of better quality and offer it at cost to original owners. Preferably Dodge should replace them for no charge as a safety recall but that's just not going to happen.

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #16

Apr 062010

Ram 1500 LX 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

I have to agree, I bought a 97 Dodge Ram new from the dealer. Babied the hell out of it and it cost me a fortune, paint peeling, cracked dash, A/C evaporator -twice, rear end - twice, man I could just go on an on – biggest lemon I have ever owned and I've been divorced twice.

- , League City, TX, USA

problem #15

Aug 181999

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I've had 3 dodge 1500 all dash cracked,need to be repaired by dodge

- , Pineland, SC, USA

problem #14

Dec 012009

Ram 1500 1500 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 228,665 miles

Well im not sure if this will help anyone out there but ive got a 1995 ram 1500 (shortbox) with 368,000 plus kilometers ( approx 228,000 miles) and my dash has absolutely zero cracks or holes in it...my truck has had a rough life and ive not been easy on her either. i bought it a year ago for 500 bucks and ive even pounded on the dash out of road rage and nothing happened...except i had a minor ache in my hand any way. besides that, i reguarly go to the scrapyard to find the odd part for the truck and my other car, and ive NEVER EVER saw ANY dodge trucks with smashed dashes! ive seen literally dozens of examples. also ive had two different freinds who have owned similar 1997 and 1998 models and theyve had no problems either. it just doesnt happen here!

perhaps they used a different grade of plastic in the factories that distributed trucks in canada or the climate here doesnt have the same humidity to harm and dry out the plastic, but if you want a replacement dash, source one out from here in canada, cause theyre are lots in great shape to be had! CHEERS!

- , Edmonton, AB, Canada

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