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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,313 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 18 of 25)

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problem #154

Jan 012006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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

I bought my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 brand new. Approximately two years ago, I started noticing hairline cracks on my dashboard. Fast forward to 2008, and now I have a gaping crack on my dashboard with multiple cracks all over my dashboard. I have done research on this problem, and it seems to be a common problem not to mention a safety problem. Luckily I have not had an accident, but I would hate to think what a sharp piece of hard plastic could do in an accident. This is clearly a manufacturer issue. What else can we, the public, do?

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #153

Jan 012007

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The dashboard on my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck has cracked and I believe may be affecting my control panel (odometer and speedometer). I went to drive my truck one afternoon and the whole control panel wasn't working. I also have some kind of fumes coming from my vents whenever I turn on the air conditioning, heat or defrost which may be related to the dashboard also. My defrost doesn't work at all due to the cracks in the dashboard because the air isn't going where it is supposed to go.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #152

Mar 102005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4. I have several long cracks on dashboard. Also 2 areas maybe 5 inches in diameter have fallen into dash they had to be glued back in place but new cracks appear every week.. truck has 90K but this problem started around 50K. I had pulled super glue in crack to stop them from spreading but no luck there.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #151

Oct 152007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

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

Dash started with a small crack and has now cracked like a spider web all over, with no reason why this happened.

- Pooler, GA, USA

problem #150

Aug 012003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Dashboard cracking and falling apart on both my '01 and '97 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #149

Dec 262007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unbelievable problem to have on a truck that has been so pampered. Rarely driven on less than paved roads, maintained religiously, immaculate interior. Imagine my shock to discover several huge cracks in the dash! one starts at the top to the left of the steering wheel and runs all the way to the windshield, and the other intersects across. I have not yet taken it to the dealership for consideration, but after reading these posts I'm not holding out much hope for a reasonable resolution. What a ginormous piece of crap.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #148

Jul 132007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

The dashboard has fallen apart piece by piece. Wires are now dangerously exposed and the broken pieces could turn into dangerous, sharp flying debris in the event of an accident.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #147

Nov 032007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 with a badly cracked dashboard. A few holes are in the middle of the dashboard and the cracks splinter all the way down to the passenger airbag. I am afraid for anyone who rides in my vehicle.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #146

Aug 202002

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dash in my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 started cracking about 3-4 months after purchase. Right now there is little left of the top of my dash. I have a couple friends that own or did own the same truck and had the same problem, when it started cracking I thought for sure there would be a recall but to my knowledge there wasn't. I've tried writing letters but no response.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #145

Jan 012006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 1500. Around 80,000M dashboard has cracked in multiple places. Dealer said they would not fix or warranty problem.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #144

May 092005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Purchased new 2001 Dodge Ram paid cash pmt for it 28,000 also a Chevy truck mind you never no big issues with the Chevy on the other hand the Dodge issue after issue now the serious problem cracked collapsing dashboard I use only meguire products O the Dodge take excellent care of it I am very disappointed that daimler Chrysler is not fixing these problems there is a big history of this issue with the 01 I see they do not back up the name Dodge when I am ready for a new truck again I highly doubt look at another Dodge truck even though they are pretty trucks but like I said I have had a big history of issues on my Ram for it being bought new disappointed Dodge Ram owner and this Ram has been taken very good care of. The consumer also stated the heat stopped working and the engine consumed excessive amounts of oil and there was no warning to indicate there was a problem. Updated IVOQ 03/11/11

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #143

Jun 242007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4. I had one crack in my dash one day and then the whole thing was cracked the next. I called Chrysler and they said that it is out of the warranty period. It only has 50,000 miles on it. So far all of my electrical is working, but it has not caved in yet or lost any chucks so wee will see what happens from here.

- Smithland , IA, USA

problem #142

May 202005

Ram 1500

  • miles
The entire dashboard cracked in numerous places, and even though the truck has less then 37000 miles on it the dealers are telling me that it can not be repaired without a recall.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #141

May 052007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
1) unknown of what event lead up to this problem 2) the dash board on my 2001 Dodge truck has several cracks that have appeared over the las 6 -10 months. I have researched the internet and have found may entries where other people are having the same problem with their truck. The dealerships are telling people that that the dashboard is not a recall item and that nothing can be done about as far as the dealers stand point. As far as I can tell this problem is isolated to just Dodge products and they need to be forced to make this right.

- Lyman, SC, USA

problem #140

May 122004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,400 miles
Cracked dash on Dodge Ram truck. This is a major problem with Dodge trucks.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #139

Sep 162006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 92,500 miles
The dashboard in my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 is cracking and falling to pieces.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #138

Oct 102007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,500 miles
2001 Dodge Ram dashboard is breaking apart. Consumer is afraid that if pieces keep falling into the dash there could be some serious issues with wiring, wire shorting, fire, and possible air bag deployment when its not needed.

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #137

Jun 012004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 840,000 miles
Cracked dash board and dash board related components on 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Cracks started to appear in 2004 for no apparent reason and have developed into complete dash board failure and collapse. Very concerned about further damage to exposed electrical wiring any related lighting failure and general safety.

- Lakeside , CA, USA

problem #136

Aug 122005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
My 2001 Dodge that I bought new only has 61,000 original miles on it and the dash has big chunks out of it. Started with cracks witch I thought was odd being so new then it just caved in. It has sharp edges on it I know from personal experience. It really is unsafe to drive with the exposed wiring and the sharp edges. I worked for Chrysler dealerships from 78-82 and have seem some of their poorer manufacturing. This truck is made very well except for this dangerous dashboard. There are numerous websites and forums that have owners stating exactly what I am stating. Chrysler needs to make this right and fix all of the owners up with a new dash made from a different vender that will age with the rest of the vehicle and be safe. I am afraid that if I were to be in an accident the dashboard may be the instrument of death.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #135

Aug 282005

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dashboard cracking; huge holes in dashboard.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

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