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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 body / paint problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 25)

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problem #374

Aug 012009

Ram 1500

  • 75,000 miles


Dashboard on 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 is cracking. No specific event precipitated the failure. A cloth dashcover was placed on top of the dash in an attempt to minimize injury if pieces of the dash would be disloged in a crash. The passenger air bag is in the area of the cracking and there is concern that an air bag deployment would also propel sharp pieces of the cracked dashboard towards the passengers in the vehicle.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #373

Aug 012010

Ram 1500

  • 20,000 miles
Dash and front trim piece has been cracking and deteriorating.

- Fleming Island, FL, USA

problem #372

Jul 292010

Ram 1500

  • 125,000 miles
Large cracks in the dashboard have opened up and now the front bezel and dash board are in pieces.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #371

Aug 252009

Ram 1500

  • 76,000 miles


The dashboard cracked and now has a hole in it. I contacted my local Dodge dealer and they would not offer any assistance with the replacement of the dash. The dash cracking and failure could lead to electrical issues as seen with other Dodge Ram 1500's.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #370

Jul 202010

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram dash cracking and a large hole in the middle of the dash. First crack appeared after turning on the defrost, in 2005. Reported it to Dodge. Told you are out of warranty cost to repair $1300 plus labor. I was still making payments. Just last week the dash made a popping noise and a 11'wide hole from the bezel to the window opened up. Dodge wants $100 for diag and copay to replace the defective dash.

- Linden, TN, USA

problem #369

Mar 082009

Ram 1500

  • 130,000 miles
The dash is cracked to the point that it surrounds the passenger air bag if it were to ever be used there would be sharp debris from the dash in large and small pieces it could seriously injure someone plus you can not find a replacement from the dealership.

- Norton, KS, USA

problem #368

Jun 062010

Ram 1500

  • miles


Dashboard cracked on our Dodge 2001 Ram truck. Dash is now lifting up when you drive with the windows open.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #367

May 052010

Ram 1500

  • miles
The dash board in my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 is cracking and falling out and the sharp edges of the pieces are a danger to anyone in the vehicle, should it be involved in a crash.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #366

Jul 152004

Ram 1500

  • 220,000 miles
Dashboard and dashboard bezel cracked. Dashboard at this point consist of large holes, virtually dash and bezel no longer are in place. This problem has affected not only the trucks electrical system but also the trucks air-conditioning system.

- Bogalusa, LA, USA

problem #365

Apr 192005

Ram 1500

  • 58,000 miles
The dash board in my 2001 Dodge 1500 is cracked so bad that chunks are starting to fall in and leaving behind very sharp edges. Someone is going to end up cutting themselves and Dodge is doing nothing about it even though it has been reported to them as a problem.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #364

Aug 082008

Ram 1500

  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph when she noticed there were several large cracks in the passenger side dashboard.. in addition, the air conditioner was also leaking coolant. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The air conditioner coil needed to be replaced. The technician advised that the dashboard must be removed during the air conditioner service repair. However, due to the severe defects of the dashboard a replacement was required before the air conditioning repair could be performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #363

May 222010

Ram 1500

  • 125,000 miles
Dashboard has cratered and pieces break off to this day. Have had multiple cuts and wiring issues since the beginning of this problem and worried that air bag might be involved with the issues. Have placed a cover over gaping holes while waiting for a recall regarding this problem.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #362

Jan 012008

Ram 1500

  • 75,000 miles
The dashboard is cracked and has gapping hole. I have replaced the dash once already and now I can not get replacement arts. The pieces are falling in the dash and I'm worried about electrical issues. My speakers are shorting out sometimes.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #361

Jun 012003

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 and the dash pad is cracked and several pieces are missing. I ask the dealer if Dodge had issued a recall for the problem and was told no. I have been reading several comments on corcomplaint about drivers with the same problem having additional issue such as headlights not coming on and other electrical problems...having large holes in the dash and having the sun heating up electrical wires seems like a safety issue. This is my reason for filing this complaint.

- Harrisburg, NC, USA

problem #360

Jun 092005

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dashboard cracked so bad it's not safe.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #359

Aug 312009

Ram 1500

  • miles
Purchased 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 as new. In summer of 2009 dashboard started to crack in numerous areas. We placed duct tape on it. However, this did no good, as the cracks have gotten bigger and the center of the dashboard has a big crater in it. It's only a matter of time until the dash literal breaks to pieces. A $30K truck should be better equipped with quality material. At one point will the integrity of the air bag be compromised! this is a risk to all 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 owners and should be recalled before someone gets seriously injured or killed from flying parts. This is also a costly repair depending on where you live, it is between $900 - $2000.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #358

May 012010

Ram 1500

  • 91,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) 2001 Dodge dashboard flew apart while going down a dirt road and cut my face! what a piece of [xxx]! after I checked around looks like Dodge needs a safety recall on that defective plastic dash.

- Angleton, TX, USA

problem #357

May 022010

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles
I own a 2001 Dodge truck in which was garage parked and the dash is severely cracked and which I am very worried about the air bags going off as the problem gets worse and the dash caves in.

- Appling, GA, USA

problem #356

Apr 302010

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dodge Ram 1500 pickup - the dash is cracking and collapsing; it appears this could easily interfere with the passenger air bag and is a very real safety issue yet the manufacturer is ignoring the issue we need some action.

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

problem #355

Apr 092007

Ram 1500

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the dashboard was cracked underneath the windshield, extended to the front of the dashboard; around the indicator gauges and to the floorboard. The manufacturer stated that the dashboard was designed using plastic that would crack as the vehicle ages. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

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