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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,012 miles
Total Complaints:
217 complaints

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  1. dodge should make this a major recall (84 reports)
  2. recall & replace at no cost to owner (73 reports)
  3. not sure (28 reports)
  4. replace dashboard (23 reports)
  5. recall defective dash (4 reports)
  6. never buy another dodge (3 reports)
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2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #217

Apr 132016

Ram 1500 5.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 66,500 miles


The dashboard cracked in 2015 and finally broke into pieces this week, to my disbelief. I will find an OEM replacement and do the work myself, as I want to keep my truck in working order. I have never had a dashboard fall to pieces before, and will probably keep the truck running for as long as the power train holds up, but I will never buy a Dodge truck again.

The paint is now failing after 15 years, as the clear coat disintegrates and leaves a scarred mess. This is being treated as normal by body shops, but not by me. A repaint will be required, and I will never get the finish done correctly without paying big bucks.

- , Concord, CA, USA

problem #216

Mar 132016

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,000 miles

Dashboard starting falling apart, messing with electrical components in the dashboard. Eventually had to break all the dashboard pieces and clean the underneath of the dashboard. Put a dashcover on, no cracks.

- , Santaquin, UT, USA

problem #215

Mar 192005

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Initially, I was thrilled when I purchased my 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport, that is, until the dash started cracking. Those cracks evolved into huge pieces completely falling out. I took my truck to Huffines Dodge in Lewisville, TX to find some remedy to my problem, but was informed that it was MY problem and that they could do nothing about it, other than SELL me the same sub-standard, shoddy, faulty dash at the cost of about $600.00, and that would be with ME installing it, not them!

The more I have researched for a solution to this, the more I have learned what a HUGE epidemic this is with Ram trucks manufactured from 1996 to 2003, with TENS OF THOUSANDS of complaints for this same problem. I have also learned through my investigating, that the after market dash caps that are sold to resolve this problem are virtually ineffective and appear as the "band aid" that they truly are. It is shameful that Dodge will not take responsibility for this by doing what is ethically and morally right, which would be to replace the dash at no charge to the owner of the vehicle. It's obvious that DODGE chooses to leave their millions of faithful customers holding the proverbial bag, and choosing to continually manufacture and sell cheap, poorly made parts and vehicles with the OUTRIGHT LIE of Dodge being the vehicle with the best resale value!

The fact is, that this problem has drastically reduced the resale value of my truck, and snow cones will be sold in hell before I ever purchase another Dodge vehicle. I hope that the people who read this complaint, and the hundreds of other complaints about DODGE VEHICLES, will consider the contents of our message(s), and NOT throw their hard-earned AMERICAN cash away on FOREIGN-MADE DODGE VEHICLES AND PARTS.

- , Lake Dallas, TX, USA

problem #214

Jun 012005

Ram 1500 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


This is a problem I have never came across before. It started after 4 or 5 years of owning the truck. It has become steadily worse as time progresses. When I took the dash out for a heater core replacement it literally fell apart, broke into pieces. At the time I needed to get the truck up and running and had to glue the thing back together using aluminum sheet metal as the under backing to keep it together. This is not fair and will keep me from buying another Dodge unless Chrysler buys and installs a new dash in my truck.

Very disappointed in Dodge for pawning off this exceedingly cheep dashboard.

- , Saint David, AZ, USA

problem #213

Nov 042014

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

I feel awful every time that i get into my Dodge Ram and see the cracks that have spread though out my dash. The crack and some areas have even developed into holes where you can see straight through the plastic molding. What really hurts the most is knowing that i have nothing to do with the destruction of this disastrous habit that spreads like a plastic rash. Yes sir I have tried to hide the lines of longitude that map out my degree of uncertainty every time an admirer asks me what happen to my truck i make a blank face and twiddle my thumbs and leave them with a non verbal expression like i don't see the elephant on my couch. However many of my fellow men and women that drive the Dodge Ram gripe with bright lights should be able to see my plight that i wear and tear Does Dodge Chysler care or do they wear the a mask whenever someone ask for a ride in my truck i'm not sure how they perceive me after they get in my Dodge in see my plastic rash that spread through out my dash.


problem #212

Apr 022014

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

while I was driving the dashboard exploded and fell to pieces. I almost had an accident, the radio, ashtray, controls and everything fell on my foot and the floor. The truck drives good but I can't drive under these unsafe conditions & no way to fix without buying a whole new dash. dodge will not replace the dash. they said it is normal wear and tear.

- , Port Arthur, TX, USA

problem #211

Aug 282012

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,245 miles


The dash has disintegrated. It started with plastic forming dust, then loosing its luster, to cracking, and now pieces have fallen into the firewall area. I covered up the ugliness with a cover but the cover is collapsing due to the continued disintegration of the dash. The bezel cover came off last week as the tabs and plastic the tabs are fixed to have broken time after time to the point I can't mount the bezel. This is ridiculous. I've never seen such junk.

Originally I thought it was me but I see that others with a Dodge P/U are having the same issues. This is my third Dodge Ram 1984, 1993 and now this 2000. I NEVER had these issues with the 84 or 93. What is going on with Dodge? Please help as I do not know what to do next with the exception of replacing the entire dash and bezel.

- , Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #210

Dec 262014

Ram 1500 Laramie 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,301 miles

Wow hard to believe that Dodge can allow a defect and not take ownership...Time for a class action suit.

- , Zion, IL, USA

problem #209

Jun 012014

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

I cannot believe that a few months after having my truck, which was very low miles even though used, my dashboard started literally falling off. I tried to reattach it but the clips were not even there. It was not long before the dash was cracking and falling down when I drove. Don't think that is dangerous? Try hauling horses in bad weather because you are counting on your 4WD and the dash falls towards you when you are driving.

My son ended up just pulling it completely out because it was a safety issue. He then searched extensively in junk yards and all of the dashes were either gone or cracked to pieces. Needless to say, without the dash there are no controls for the air or heat (direction/close/etc), so that is a fail. Of course now multiple electrical things are happening so ??? This is a safety issue, not a cosmetic one.

- , Darlington, MD, USA

problem #208

Oct 242009

Ram 1500 Magnum V8 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,439 miles

This is really a bad problem that should have been for caught before these vehicles went out to the consumers. The materials used to make the dash board must have been substandard or untested by the manufactor. I hope that this problem can be resolved by replacement at a local dealer with no cost to the owner. I really like my Ram because it is a reliable truck. The problem went from little cracks to total destruction, causing vibrating sounds across the whole dash. If not already, there should be a recall for all existing defects of this nature. This is not an exaggeration, it's a real problem.

- , Chase City, VA, USA

problem #207

Sep 232013

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


This has affected thousands of Dodge trucks. It is a known problem, and Dodge is doing nothing to address the issue. Other people report that this is costing anywhere from $3XX for an aftermarket dash they install themselves to $1XXX to get an OE replaced by the dealership (which is likely to crack again due to sub-standard manufacturing processes.)

It is unacceptable that such a reliable and trustworthy brand to be treating its customers this way. Not only is this a cosmetic defect, the plastic shards can cause wiring issues by fatiguing the insulation on under-dash components, or be blown through the air vents - hitting passengers and potentially causing injury to eyes or accidents.

- , Auburn Hills, MI, USA

problem #206

Apr 152006

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Dashboard cracked, finally cracks ran together and pieces fell out.The trim piece around air vents, ac controls cracked and now it seems like since the outer surface is gone the main structure that these pieces connect to has cracked and pieces fell off. So now basically I have to have all new parts, this should be a recall because everyone I've seen have same problems.

- , Ashland, AL, USA

problem #205

Jan 012012

Ram 1500 SLT 3.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Pieces of the dash have already gotten in our eyes. If there should ever be a crash (God forgive), we are certain there will be additional unnecessary injuries from shrapnel of broken dash. Certain airbag deployment will send shrapnel at alarming speed towards occupants of vehicle.

- , Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #204

Feb 142008

Ram 1500 Sport 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

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The dash started breaking up about 5 years ago. I always had a dash cover so at least it wasn't visible. I only realized it about 5 years ago but it probably was breaking before I saw it due to it being covered. I've tried to find a replacement at salvage yards ever since I discovered the damage but nobody has them . Every place I went to says it's a common problem with Dodge trucks and as soon as they get a usable dash it immediately sells.

I started looking online to find one and found unbelievable amounts of complaints about this same issue and Dodge refuses to do anything to help. The affected trucks are '98-2003 and mine is a 2001 that I've owned for 12 years.I called Dodge when I learned that this is a safety hazard--dash pieces can drop down causing the lights to stop working, the airbags to deploy while driving or not deploy at all if there is a crash. The windows could be down and the wind could cause a piece to fly up and injure the driver--things like that. This is when I contacted Dodge and I was instructed to take it to a dealer for photos and call them back. I did this but when I called back , they didn't care about the photos. They simply sent me to a dealership to waste a few hours of my day . Didn't even ask which dealer has the photos. Just said they wouldn't do anything about it. It is shameful to treat a longtime Dodge owner this way.

My truck interior is in near perfect condition and has 118,000 miles. I've had to replace the radiator but other than that my truck has been a gem for the 12 years I've owned it. The New York Times has even done an article about the Dodge truck dash problem and cites over 1700 complaints for this exact problem. Google "Dodge dashboard" and the top links are people having this issue. Mechanics, junk/salvage yards and everybody else is aware of this manufacturing problem but Dodge does nothing. It is clearly a fault in the manufacturing process of the plastic dashboard and will cost probably $1200-1600 to fix.

- , Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #203

Mar 072014

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L:V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,856 miles


- , Pueblo West, CO, USA

problem #202

Jan 072014

Ram 1500 Slt 4x4 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,000 miles

I have looked at many complaints about this and dodge should do something. it is a safety hazard and people could be injured by it. Ford had to do a recall like this over the same thing many years ago how come dodge don't? you can look it up. the safety council deemed it unsafe.

- , Plant City, FL, USA

problem #201

Oct 072013

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

I have a huge crack in my dash along with a few small cracks. Have been told its due to age but I disagree!! I own SEVERAL Dodge vehicles I have this problem with only one. I own a 82 Ram dash looks like new. The dash has been covered for years and is not parked in direct sun. I have been very loyal to the Dodge brand and I am very disappointed that this issue has not been fixed.

- , Luray, VA, USA

problem #200

Nov 012010

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

The dash in my truck is such terrible condition that the glove box fell out on my passengers feet and busted

her toe, turning her toe and foot black and blue. There are pieces falling from the main dash as big as a dinner plate, I mean you can throw a cat through these holes. I did my best to glue the pieces back into piece, but as with anything broken, all the pieces did not fit adequately enough for the entire dash to go back together. I cannot get the gauge trim to stay on without duct tape. I never thought that putting my dash back together like a jigsaw puzzle with a bottle of GORILLA GLUE would be part of enjoying my truck. There is not a plastic piece inside, map light console, etc. that has held up. You expect a certain amount of wear and tear when you own a vehicle, but a dash should be solid enough to take a great amount of the brunt of a head on collision. I would think that safety and company integrity would be enough to warrant a recall,

- , Walker, WV, USA

problem #199

Jul 182012

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Finally noticed the dashboard cracking which is severe.

- , Ocean Shores, WA, USA

problem #198

Oct 012010

Ram 1500 Magnum V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I want to sell my truck, and though the broken dashboard doesn't interfere with its operation, it looks worse than, well, you know what. It isn't just cracked, it's broken into many large pieces, with half of the dash missing. The plastic is brittle. I don't want to replace it with the same product. Does anybody know of another year or model that would fit? I think I should be able to go into a Dodge dealership and get it replaced for free. It is obviously a manufacturing defect.

- , Santa Rosa, CA, USA

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