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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,857 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 miscellaneous problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 101999

Ram 1500

  • miles


The dashboard has fallen apart shortly after buying pickup.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 012008

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
I like many others have a dash that has cracked and now pose's a problem. After doing some on-line and local research I have found everyone thats a '98 - '01 Dodge Ram has had the same reported problem. Local Dodge said they can be replaced or repaired but they will crack again.. dash caps are being used to cover the problem. "covering" the problem is not a fix. I want to know why there has not been a recall from Dodge on this issue. Just how much damage will a damaged dash cause in the event of a "just right" accident that cause a body part that is right in front of driver and passenger(s) if it shatters? broken plastic can be as damageing as glass.

- Waynesburg, PA, USA

problem #5

May 162007

Ram 1500

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that there were a lot of cracks on the dashboard. The dealer stated that there was a recall; therefore, the contact would only have to pay for the labor and not for the parts. The manufacturer stated that there was no recall for the vehicle and could not understand why the dealer stated otherwise. The failure mileage was 97,000 and current mileage was 102,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles


Dashboard cracks. I first noticed the dashboard cracks shortly after I purchased the truck in July 2007. The cracks continued in both the number and length. After reading about other Dodge Ram owners who had similar problems and the associated electrical problems when the dashboard deteriorated further, I thought it prudent to install a plastic dashboard cover to prevent any electrical malfunctions and/or fires.

- Princeton, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 192006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact replaced the dashboard once before due to a crack. It has cracked again in June of 2006 and must be replaced for the second time. The VIN, purchase date, and engine size were unknown. The current mileage is 154,000 and failure mileage was 60,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 222000

Ram 1500

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Wolfforth, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 301998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Had smelled something burning when the engine check engine light & ABS light came on. Then the engine stalled out.

- Burtonsville, MD, USA

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