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8.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$539.00
Average Mileage:
81,958 miles
Total Complaints:
546 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Dodge should issue a recall (354 reports)
  2. replace dash (102 reports)
  3. not sure (75 reports)
  4. bought a dash cover (6 reports)
  5. glue it back together (5 reports)
  6. order a fitted plastic cover from 1aauto.com for $89 (2 reports)
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 accessories - interior problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 28)

problem #546

Oct 202010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

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

I bought the truck with one crack in the dash now there is shards of plastic cracking across the dash . If I were to be in an accident and the air bags were to go off the dash would literally explode plastic through out the cab of the truck causing significant issues . The plastic is brittle like a potato chip .

- , Jamul, CA, USA

problem #545

May 312013

Ram 1500 SLT 318

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

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cracked dashboard cracked dashboard cracked dashboard cracked dashboard cracked dashboard

My '01 Ram 1500 dash is breaking up like a taco shell, the hard kind. You just wouldn't want to eat it in the event of an accident. Also there is the very real possibility some of these pieces could get into some of the wiring and cause short circuits in the electrical system, which could cause a fire. Anyone in or near the truck in the event of fire would be at serious risk. It could easily effect the lighting or the braking systems. The truck is 13 years old and will use that as an excuse.

My son has a 1984 VW van. Has one little crack in the dash. I've owned a lot of older vehicles from the '50's on up. I've seen a lot of cracks and damage to dash boards, but nothing like this. It is possibly dangerous. It is very much disheartening knowing it will cost me several hundred dollars to repair it.

- , Bryant, Alabama, USA

problem #544

Aug 022008

Ram 1500 4x4 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

My dash has chunks latterly falling off and I swear one of these days it will just completely disintegrate. Pieces are falling off on a weekly basis and the worst thing is that they are very sharp. I pray I don't get in an accident because I will bet I will have contusions all over from flying dash board debris.

Everyone I talk to has the same problem and Dodge simply thinks ignoring this is OK, well it's not. I will not ever buy another Chrysler product until they fix this with a recall and I will continue to warn others about this issue as often as I can.

- , Portland, TX, USA

problem #543

Oct 092013

Ram 1500 Magnum

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,849 miles

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

Out of the blue cracks began to appear on the corners and in the middle of the dash.

Chunks began breaking off at the passenger side.

Afraid to even clean off the dust for fear of breaking another piece off.

- , Miami, AZ, USA

problem #542

Aug 012012

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A CARPET DASH COVER OM MY DASH TO PREVENT DIRECT SUN DAMAGE. THE VEHICLE WAS KEPT GARAGED MOST OF THE TIME WHEN NOT IN USE. THE DASH WENT UNNOTICED UNTIL IT COMPLETELY FELL IN. IT HAS CAUSED SEVERAL ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS ie POWER MIRRORS, DOME LIGHT, GLOVE BOX LIGHT, RADIO NO LONGER WORK. FUSES ALL HAVE BEEN CHECKED AND THERE IS POWER TO THE FUSES. I ALSO GET SEVERAL CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS THAT I HAVE TO RESET. I AM VERY CONCERNED AS TO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE AIRBAG IS DEPLOYED WHILE DRIVING DUE TO A SHORT OR IN AN ACCIDENT. I'M SURE THAT THE REMAINING PLASTIC WILL SHATTER. DODGE WILL SELL ME ANOTHER DASH MADE OF THE SAME PLASTIC (nos).

- , Browns Valley, CA, USA

problem #541

Jan 012004

Ram 1500 LX 5.2V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,010 miles

My 2001 Dodge truck interior is completely falling part. In my opinion it is due to the inferior material that Dodge employs in manufacturing the product. The dash is falling apart in pieces, and getting worse by the day. Dodge has not accepted responsibility for this defect and refuses to make good on its products. You can expect this problem on all Dodge products - BAD INTERIOR

- , Miami, FL, USA

problem #540

Jul 072005

Ram 1500 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

This dashboard is has been manufactured wrong. It is all plastic , no quality. I trying to bought one used but all trucks have the same problem.

- , Cudhay, CA, USA

problem #539

Dec 012013

Ram 1500 360

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

One owner, garage kept with a little less than 70,000 miles. The dash had a small crack that appeared early last fall. Now it is actually falling apart. Truck is in excellent shape other than this and I have never had any issues. But this is a defect in the material the dash is made of. I probably be looking at Ford/Chevy for my next truck unless Dodge fixes this. Very disappointed.

- , Mt Juliet, TN, USA

problem #538

Aug 302013

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Fix my dash, it is dangerous. Plastic pieces are sharp and it looks bad.

- , Norristown, PA, USA

problem #537

Jul 012008

Ram 1500 SLT Laramie 5.9L Diesel 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I did not know this was a widespread issue and Dodge should replace the dashboards at no cost to the owners. This is clearly a manufacturing defect.

- , Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #536

Nov 112008

Ram 1500 Larime 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,819 miles

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

It’s embarrassing and really takes away from an otherwise nice looking truck. I would be happy if they sold me the dash at their cost and I’ll install it. They wouldn’t even do that. Over $500 to fix what seems to be a material defect. That’s ridiculous.

- , Arden, NC, USA

problem #535

Aug 102011

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L Cummins

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I have owned this truck since new ,always taking care to wash and wax on regular basis. After a visit to dealer for A/C issue I noticed a crack in dash board I went back to dealer and they said they had nothing to do with that . They said all Ram truck dashes from that year are known to do that. I said if its a known issue why doesn't Dodge fix this through warranty ( which I bought Extended Max Care Plus) Their reply was it was a cosmetic issue and interior pieces are not covered. I have a giant hole in my dash board that a Hero sandwich could fall through. THANKS DODGE!!!

- , East Islip, NY, USA

problem #534

Jan 012006

Ram 1500 V8

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Every Dodge Ram I've seen from around this year has a cracked dash. Dodge is aware its an issue but wont do anything about it, SHAME ON YOU DODGE! We've never abused our truck, no off roading either. I believe its a safety issue as well.

- , Eugene, OR, USA

problem #533

Nov 142012

Ram 1500 Ram 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Electric seat has never worked. Dash is turning to trash. Never had this problem with any other truck and I have owned over a hundred cars or trucks.

- , King City, OR,, USA

problem #532

Dec 012009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.0L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

The NHSTA needs to recognize this as a safety issue. The cracked debris is sharp and I feel my kids and myself are at risk of flying debris.

- , Columbia, TN, USA

problem #531

May 292007

Ram 1500 LS 5.9L

  • Manual transmission
  • 140,000 miles

dash has totally collapsed in big chucks flying out hitting passengers and driver when hitting bumps or driving with windows down. plus looks like crap.

- , Marshfield, MO, USA

problem #530

Apr 012005

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

The truck still only has 80000 miles on it(original).I bought the truck (used) in 2005 and noticed small cracks starting to appear throughout the dash surface..It has since really gone to absolute ruin.

- , Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #529

Mar 022007

Ram 1500 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,498 miles

Turned the fan on and tiny piece of plastic flew into my eye causing me to crash into a parked flatbed truck,bouncing off and over embankment down hill into a tree almost taking out a family of 4 that were having a picnic celebrating their 3 yr olds birthday(now that would of been some wake up call to dodge huh?Stupid SOBs...oops sorry i get angry every time i re-live it) which resulted into lost time at work,stitches in left eye,and over $4000 in damages to my truck.Flatbed unharmed with exception of some grey paint left on rear bumper.

- , Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #528

Jul 012013

Ram 1500 Laramie 3.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 176,000 miles

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cracked dashboard cracked dashboard cracked dashboard

The dashboard was covered for a very long time, but that did not stop the disintegration. This occurred within a few weeks of the initial crack, and followed by a month the dash panel plastic was completely caving in. I had to clean the plastic out. Dodge wants to sell me a new unit at their outrageous prices in several different pieces to replace the one area. This was a defect from factory with the plastic manufacturer, and dodge approving their product should be responsible for replacing it or improving it.

- , Key Largo, FL, USA

problem #527

Jul 182011

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Owned the truck, from new, for 10 years without any issues with the dash. However, within a month of noticing the first crack, two chucks have broken off and the dash is littered with cracks.

- , Leola, PA, USA

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