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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,080 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 miscellaneous problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Sep 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that there was a 10-inch crack on the driver side dashboard, and a 3-inch crack on the passenger side dashboard. As of February 25, 2008, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls associated with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 94,000 and current mileage was 96,000.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #24

Nov 052007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The top of the dashboard is beginning to crumble into pieces. The contact spoke with Dodge and they stated that there was a recall for certain years of this vehicle for the same component. The dealer also stated that certain dealers have an allowance that enables them to perform the repair and write it off. The recall number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 15,000.

- Foreman Beach, FL, USA

problem #23

Aug 232000

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Dash on 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 truck cracks for no apparent reason. This could lead to air bag failure, since the dash totally collapsed. Once started, this dash just breaks apart. The only fix is to replace, which at the dealer is around $800.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #22

Jun 122000

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500, it has a severly cracked dashboard that will soon be a gaping hole that will cause severe damage to my vehicle.and mine is not the only one ! I have contacted Dodge and they more or less gave me a run around. My local news station informed me to send this complaint to see if maybe you can help remedy this situation. The cracks started appearing 1 year after I purchased this vehicle and have progressed! I understand that Dodge knows that the materiel used is defected. I would like to see them place a recall to fix this problem.

- W Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #21

Jul 142006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
I started getting cracks in my 1998 Dodge Ram's dashboard. Then one day I was driving down a dirt road and pieces started to fly up out of the dashboard. Nothing has been done about it yet.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 172004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The dash cracked from the center where it meets the wind screen all the way across the dash going out of sight where the dash rolls into the airbag compartment. A few weeks later the wind screen cracked from the same orgin when it got wet.

- Calera, AL, USA

problem #19

Jan 012007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


I own a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 sport 4X4 quad cab truck and the dashboard is cracked terribly. Now I've spoken to a lot of Ram owners and have visited many Dodge dealerships and they say this is a common problem with these trucks. As you are aware the dash also houses important components of the airbag safety system. Something needs to be done about this problem. The cost to replace this dash is very high.

- El Campo, TX, USA

problem #18

May 012006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck is painted black and is peeling on the hood and roof of truck. It is actually turning white in color and is very rough. I was going to have the truck repainted; however, several other Dodge Ram owners have stated that they have had the same problems, and that I should contact Dodge.

- Marquette Heights, IL, USA

problem #17

Nov 132005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup dash has a large crack in it. After doing some research on this I found that there are a lot of other Dodge Ram truck owners with this problem. I feel that this is a defect in manufacturing and should be replaced by the factory.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #16

Sep 152003

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • 86,000 miles
Tail gate support strap broke, relative with 1996 Dodge had both support straps break resulting in damage to tailgate

- Wallace, WV, USA

problem #15

Jan 152003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


Clear coat failure on cab and under windows.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 162003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran a stop sign. The vehicle collided with another vehicle on the side and repeatedly flipped over. The pickup separated from the frame and both landed in separate directions. The passenger was ejected from the vehicle. Neither driver or passenger were wearing seat belts. Both sustained injuries.

- Jerome, AZ, USA

problem #13

May 282003

Ram 1500

  • miles
The stabled on the driver side and passenger side stabled harness was stuck and would not come out at all.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #12

Feb 012003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There has not been a recall on the paint on 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. There are a lot of them that are have problems with the paint, mine included. The recall is only for 97 red Dodge. Is there anything that can be done about this. I don't want to have to pay for a new paint job when there are other recalls for the truck.

- Corryton, TN, USA

problem #11

Feb 212001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving engine check light came on, and engine got loud and locked up 50 miles later. Dealer has vehicle currently.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #10

Jun 142000

Ram 1500

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 102000

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas gauge and the low indicator light did not came on. Vehicle stopped because it ran out of gasoline. There was false reading of gasoline gauge.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 151998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Instrument panel failure. Dealer/mfr. Notified. Provide further details.

- Mcdonald, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 181998

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Check engine light.

- June Lake, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 041999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Fuel pump had to be replaced due to engine dying out. Engine check light came on & then died out. Had fuse replaced due to blowing out constantly. Engine & catalytic converter affected.

- Saint Joseph, CA, USA

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