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8.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$531.00
Average Mileage:
82,686 miles
Total Complaints:
585 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Dodge should issue a recall (373 reports)
  2. replace dash (114 reports)
  3. not sure (80 reports)
  4. bought a dash cover (7 reports)
  5. glue it back together (5 reports)
  6. dodge needs to pay for 1/2 or all the cost of parts/repair (2 reports)
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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 26 of 30)

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problem #85

Dec 012007

Ram 1500 SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

My 2001 Dodge 1500 first got a small crack at the base of the windshield above the glove box about 3 years ago. This year it cracked all the way to the glovebox and another appeared from the base of the windshield to the top or the instrument panel and they get a little larger everyday. My truck is always garaged or has a sun screen in place. I went on line to see if I could find a dash pad but instead found that it seems that the Dodge pickups, especially 2000 to 2002 models, have a serious problem with the dashes. I am now in the process of the runaround. I went to my Dodge dealer and he told me to call the toll free no.( 1-800-992-1997} I called the no. and they told me to back to my Dodge dealer. I go back the first week and I'm sure that they are going to tell me that they can't make a decision it will have to come from higher up. Dodge may not consider it a safety issue but when it comes to customer satisfaction I'll bet that there will be a lot fewer Dodge customers the nest time around.

- , Derby, KS, USA

problem #84

May 132007

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I keep my truck meticulous and this problem is very upsetting, especially since it seems to be a problem with most 2001 Rams. Dodge should do something about this.

- , Metairie, LA, USA

problem #83

Feb 252004

Ram 1500 Club Cab 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

YES I TOO HAVE THE CRACKED DASH BLUES, WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIX IT IT WILL JUST BREAK AGAIN BECAUSE YOU DID NOT FIX THE CAUSE. BUT IT DRIVES ME UP THE WALL . ONE IDEA IS TO FIBER GLASS THE WHOLE TOP OF THE DASH, ITS NOT AS BIG A JOB AS YOU MIGHT THINK. STILL YOU HAVE NOT FIXED THE CAUSE. OR WE BECOME AS BIG PAIN IN THE ASS TO DODGE AS THEY ARE TO US. DRIVE DOWN TO YOUR LOCAL DEALER ON THE WEEKEND AND PUT SIGN ON YOUR TRUCK ABOUT THE PROBLEM, THERE ARE SO MANY OF US THERE WILL BE SOMEONE AT EVERY DEALERSHIP EVERY WEEKEND .. THINK THAT MIGHT GET SOMEONES PISSED OFF GOOD LUCK

- , temecula, CA, USA

problem #82

Jul 042007

Ram 1500 SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

This looks to me like a significant defect in the material used to make the dashboard. I've never seen anything like it. I have several cracks running all the way from front to back on my dash and no real way to explain it other than that the material simply broke from normal ambient heating and cooling (and since I live in south Texas the cooling isn't really significant).

Dodge really needs to do right by this. I don't get the good feeling that a replacement dash would last either...

- , Driftwood, TX, USA

problem #81

Mar 122007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

Problem is with the 1998 thru 2006 Dodge Ram dashes, talked to Chrysler and they refused my claim due to millage on truck. What does the millage have to do with a known problem with defective parts. Still fighting with Chrysler about this.

- , Douglasville, GA, Afghanistan

problem #80

May 062007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,534 miles

I bought this truck new in April 2001, I have kept in excellent shape from the beginning.The

I noticed a small crack in the dash last May and didn't think much of it but was annoyed, I chalked it up to it starting to show it's age. In recent months I've driven it less and I have been letting a friend drive it to work. I recently had the windshield replaced and as I was checking the work done I saw for the first time several large cracks all across my dashboard. I was shocked to say the least, this is unacceptable, I've taken good care of this truck in order to have a fair resale value when I want to trade it in for a new truck and I now have to deal with this mess that Dodge has apparently been aware of for some time and has ignored.With this Problem along with the lousy gas mileage, Dodge probably isn't going to be my next choice for a new truck. I'd lie to see Chrysler do whats right and fix this , not what's profitable.

- , Bedford, TX, USA

problem #79

Feb 212005

Ram 1500 XLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

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

I too have a dash problem that is making my truck look just plain Sh^tty. Overall the truck is Great, but the dash looks like a piece of swiss Cheese on a bad day. As for a recall I think this is a safety issue. Heaven forbid I get into an accident and have plastic Shrapnel from my dash seriously injure or take the live of one of my family (Wife and Children) or myself. I bought this truck used because I like to get what I pay for, but this is ridiculous. Even if I did get a good deal on it the way the dash looks I still feel like I have been SWcr3wed. Any way I have been looking at possible covers and replacements and it looks as if coverlay is a good viable option for mine and may others dash problem.

- , Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #78

Sep 012007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

The dashboard of my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 has started to fall apart also. I have 4 huge cracks now. I bought the truck brand new, have always taken care of it, and never had any major issues other than this. Unfortunately, I am getting ready to get a new truck, I am sure this will bring down the trade in value. My next one will not be a Dodge because of this.

- , Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #77

Oct 012007

Ram 1500 3.9L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 102,000 miles

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cracked dashboard cracked dashboard

Cracks? You're worried about cracks in your 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 dashboard? Geez, I've got a 16-INCH WIDE HOLE in the top of my dashboard! Like everyone else reports, my problem started as a little crack several months ago. And now I have HOLE I CAN STICK MY HEAD THROUGH!

But I'm not counting on Dodge to recall or fix it. It's not a safety issue, so the government can't force them to fix it. And besides, why would they fix it for free when Dodge dealers can make almost $900 fixing it for us! My advice: Get out the glue and live with it. And if you don't want carpet on your dash (like me), order the fitted plastic cover from 1aauto.com for $89, plus shipping.

On the bright side, my 2001 Dodge has been the most problem-free, dependable vehicle I have ever owned.

- , Richardson, TX, USA

problem #76

Oct 182006

Ram 1500 Sport 360 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

I really believe the company should issue a RECALL. This is crazy. It started as a small little crack that turned into the whole dash crumbling into pieces. I cant afford to get it fixed right now. I barely live paycheck to paycheck. Every person I know That has the truck I do has had the same problem. Its gotten so bad the POS Dash bezel will barely stay on and its getting very irritating. WE NEED A RECALL!!!!!!!!!!! This has really started to change my mind about dodge. I have been with dodge since I was a kid, Now I cant believe they haven't recalled it due to everyones complaints..................

- , Norco, CA, USA

problem #75

May 152007

Ram 1500 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

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

I have the same problem with my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 that I see alot of other people with a similar model having: cracked dashboard. It started small but has progressively gotten worse.

- , Rising Sun, IN, USA

problem #74

Jan 232008

Ram 1500 SLT Laramie 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

I can actually see and hear the dash crack as I drive.

- , Germantown, MD, USA

problem #73

Jul 182007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I'm here to add my complaint to everyone else's. I bought my 2001 Ram 1500 4X4 in 2005 with 68000 miles on it. In the past and since I've had it, its been kept in fantastic condition. In summer of 2007, a small crack appeared by the vent on passenger side. A friend tried to push down a bit so it wouldn't stick up as much and a chunk about 1 in in diameter broke off. Since then, a crack has continued to find its way across the whole dash. It is very disgusting looking. The only thing I can think of to make it look better is to cover it with a dashboard pad or carpet. I am very disappointed because the truck runs like a top and nothing else is frustratingly wrong.

- , Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #72

Aug 162007

Ram 1500 SLT 318 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

It is sad that a major dealer like dodge will not step up and fix these problems . It is clearly a defective product on there part.

- , Houma, LA, USA

problem #71

May 152007

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

We bought our truck brand new in 2001. It has been a wonderful truck until last year when we noticed a few cracks on the dash. In the last 4 months it has turned into a mess. Chunks of the dash are breaking off. It rattles terribly when you drive down the road. We only have 59,000 miles on the truck. It has been under a carport ever since we bought the truck. We have two friends with the same year model truck and theirs are both beginning to do the same thing. We called the company but they seem unconcerned. We know that many people all over the country are reporting the same problem. The technician at the dealership said that he has replaced several with the same problem. Why is Dodge not recalling these trucks? We have owned at Chyrsler Concorde, Dodge Dynasty & now this truck. We are looking at buying a new Charger - but not if Dodge doesn't make this right.

- , Louisville, MS, USA

problem #70

May 152007

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

We also have a 2001 Dodge Ram. The truck is great with the exception of the dash, which started out with cracks and quickly became chunks falling out of the dash. Everyone who gets into the truck wants to know what happened to the dash. Good question. No amount of Armor-All or window shades has helped the problem. It's quickly crumbling like an old building. This is so very annoying and an eyesore. Dodge really should step-up and do something about this problem. It's obvious that it is not owner error. There is definitely something wrong with these dashboards and Dodge should do the right thing and issue a recall on these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #69

Jan 192008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,700 miles

I PURCHASED MY TRUCK NEW ON FEB. 8TH 2000 BUT IT WAS A 2001 MODEL. WITHIN 2 MONTHS I HAD THE WINDOWS TINTED DARK & STARTED KEEPING A SUNSHIELD IN IT. NOT TO MENTION, IT STAYS PARKED IN THE SHADE. IT IS ALMOST 8 YEARS OLD & IN PERFECT CONDITION OTHER THAN THE DASH STARTING TO FALL APART & I ONLY HAVE 52700 MILES ON IT. THIS MAKES ME SICK TO SEE THIS HAPPENING WHEN YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR POSSESSIONS. NOW IF I TREATED IT LIKE CRAP THEN IT WOULD BE NO BIG DEAL.I KNOW SOMEONE OUT THERE HAS TO BE A LAWYER THAT MAY WANT TO START A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST CHRYSLER ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE.

- , Austell, GA, USA

problem #68

Jan 282008

(reported on)

Ram 1500 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

as every other complaint i have read, mine too started with a hairline crack in the dash around 05 now 08 it has grown into a hole. this was a concern when i bought the my first vehicle so i asked what is the best preventative measure, some said not to use any armour all type products and some said to use it. should we not just have beef with dodge, but also car product companies?

- , Tyler, TX, USA

problem #67

May 102006

Ram 1500 V8 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

It started with a small crack where the vent hole is for the defrost then it moved up towards the passenger where everyone can see it and all they can say is daaaam what happened to your dash, now it's right in front of my face where i have to see it every time i drive . In fact i now have a hole in the dead center of my dashboard big enough i can put my hand in it.With as many complaints that i have read and as much as people pay for these vehicles dodge should issue a recall for sure. P.S My engine light had to be reset by the dealer cause my mechanics diagnostic computer couldn't find any problems,now two months later the engine light is back on,by the way the dealership put it on there own machine before they reset it and found nothing.This is truley the first and and last dodge truck i will ever purchase.

- , Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #66

Jan 252008

(reported on)

Ram 1500 1500 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I thought I was the only one with a cracked dash!! Now that I know

this is not an isolated incident... I will definitely complain loudly for the

world to hear... Like everyone else's... my dash crack started small and has

grown to HUGE proportions! Listening to everyone else it is only going

to get worse! So what would the next step be to get it replaced?

(For free obviously).

- , Shawnee, OK, USA

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