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

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 25)

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problem #414

Apr 092011

Ram 1500

  • miles


The vehicle is a 2001 Dodge Ram truck. The dash board has cracked and poses a safety hazard by dangerous sharp pieces. If I was in an accident one of these pieces could inflict potentially severe injury.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #413

Apr 012009

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Dashboard started to crack near defrost vents. Eventually they worked their way up. Driver side is cracked and there is a hole in the middle of the dash. Passenger side is cracked all the way up to the top of the airbag housing. There is also a hole on that side as well. I feel this is a safety issue that if the airbag goes off on the passenger side. The plastic pieces fill fly around inside the cab causing injury.

- Mi, MI, USA

problem #412

Apr 042008

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Dash is cracking and falling apart.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #411

Apr 102005

Ram 1500

  • 62,000 miles


A seriously cracked and dangerous dash board. 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. Have to run with the air bag off in fear of the air bag going off and sending shrapnel through my children.

- Bowdon Junction, GA, USA

problem #410

Jun 012008

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 4X4 1500 truck. A little over two years ago I noticed that the dash board started to crack for unknown reasons. Now my dash has big holes in it where the dash is just falling apart. Parts of the dash have fell through into the vents and then just cracking off in big pieces. Which leaves the area exposed. I have been cut when the pieces just crack off and they have very sharp edges. I also have a son that was injured when he applied a small amount of pressure, trying to get into the truck and his hand went through it where it was so brittle and just broke. He was cut pretty good. I have a big piece under my seat. My dash is a huge safety hazard. The air bag on passenger side has been turned off because I don't want sharp pieces to hurt anyone if I have a wreck. Also theirs not a dash there for any support. These sharp pieces pose a safety concern. I can't replace the dash due to the fact all the other dashes were made out of the same product and it will just crack over time too. The dash is still in my truck, well what's left of it.

- Ky, KY, USA

problem #409

Aug 012009

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My dash in my 2001 doge Ram 1500 has caved in. All my wiring is exsposed to the sun. It hasnt caused to big of a short yet but why wait til someone gets killed before you take care of the problem. You can look my truck is not the only one.

- Wood River, IL, USA

problem #408

Mar 012003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


My 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 dashboard started to crack around 2003, and is still cracking now. I had the truck inspected, and when the tech put the sticker on the window his hand went through the dash board, and now there is a big fist sized hole in my dash board. When it is cold my windshield fogs up so bad that I need to pull over and stop. This is due to the big cracks, and holes in my dash board. I almost ordered a molded dash cap, but I thought gluing this cap to a bad foundation (dashboard) is a bad idea. Dodge needs to replace my dashboard, because I think eventually something will go wrong. This is a defect because there is evidence of many people with the same exact problem.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #407

Mar 122011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 95,362 miles
My 2001 Dodge Ram truck dashboard has been cracking over last few years and now is basically imploding. IżM afraid that the pieces will get stuck into critical mechanism or damage the airbag. Also, if I was to get into and accident there will be sharp plastic flying everywhere.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #406

Mar 072008

Ram 1500

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the dashboard had a small crack in it had become larger while driving over bumps in the road causing it to shatter. The contact made several attempts to purchase a dashboard; however, they were unsuccessful since the failure was a major problem. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 110,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #405

Jul 012004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Dashboard has cracked. The cracking has continued with time - there are now chunks missing leaving sharp edges. The instrument panel bezel has also cracked and is partly detached. I am investigating replacement part options. This problem appears common (it is in the top ten issues in

- League City, TX, USA

problem #404

Jul 182006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 185,000 miles


I own a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 the dash on the vehicle is cracked and has quite a large piece missing from it. It has caused some electrical problem within the vehicle.

- Bronson, FL, USA

problem #403

Apr 022008

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles
Dash board has formed large cracks in it. We keep that truck in the garage. Manufactures defect.

- Dayton, NV, USA

problem #402

Jan 082011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 114,034 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 dashboard cracking and caving in. While driving this truck with the windows down a piece of the cracking dash flew into my eye and almost caused me to crash into another vehicle. I contacted Dodge about the problem but they wanted me to pay for a new dash. I have spoken with [xxx] and given her my care# [xxx] but she is not willing to help with this safety issue I was given an estimate to replace the dash for $1576 by westgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge by service advisor [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #401

Dec 012001

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The dashboard is cracked and falling apart, resulting in loose pieces that fly around the truck. The jagged edges are a danger as well.

- Jenks, OK, USA

problem #400

May 152010

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles
Several electrical issues due to pieces from broken dashboard falling into dash area wearing and cutting away wiring insulation. Have had problems with headlights turning off and gauges not functioning properly. Also on several occasions have seen smoke rising out of large holes in dash area. Glare from mounting brackets reflecting off inside of windshield has created visibility issues on bright days.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #399

Feb 122004

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles
Cracked and destroyed dash, has caused problems electrical including lights going out and exposed wiring.

- Coxs Creek, KY, USA

problem #398

Oct 152010

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
Dashboard cracked and broke, large holes, makes all kinds of noise and pieces come flying out into my face and eyes sometimes.

- Middlesboro, KY, USA

problem #397

Dec 122010

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 and the dashboard has cracked and collapsed pieces fall thru the cracks and down to the accrelator and brakes and also exspose my electrical wires. Dodge will not do anything about this, really afraid someone is gonna get seriously injured.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #396

Dec 122010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 84,083 miles
No incident, dashboard is cracked and has major crevices and holes. Inside of the dash shows exposed wires and air bag compartment. Pieces are crumbling and could become lodged behind brake if not removed soon enough.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #395

Dec 102010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The dash has huge cracks and is caving in at places. I recently purchased the vehicle and it has these cracks, so I do not know when they may have started.

- Waco, TX, USA

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