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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 212008

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Dashboard cracking and falling apart has led to electrical malfunctions. The main one is that when switching from dim to bright lights during night driving, the headlights go out completely.

- Loudon, TN, USA

problem #5

May 022007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dodge 2001 Ram truck has a fracturing and collapsing dash, I have recently been made aware that there are many other people with the same model truck experiencing the same problem including headlights shutting of when alternating between highs and lows possibly caused by the pieces falling from the dash and interrupting the wiring.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #4

May 012007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
My 2001 Dodge Ram dash is cracking. I seen a special on my local news station and the parties present on the news cast had the same problems as I did but worse. I think this should be looked at before someone gets killed by the air bag deploying or lights going out.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 222003

Ram 1500

  • miles


The wiring harness on this year model has an insufficient ground which leads to a short in the harness. This in turn causes multiple problems, such as the trucks smoking from under the dash and or catching on fire completely. Please check with the insurance companies thank you for your time

- San Augustine, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 202002

Ram 1500

  • miles
The main wiring harness that controls all ignition and dash instruments separated while the consumer was using tilt steering and the vehicle stalled.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 082001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
When heater is on dashboard would become very hot. Took vehicle to dealership, and was informed by mechanic that problem was with radio, which was defective. It was replaced. Dashboard problem reappeared again. Kept taking vehicle back to dealership for dashboard problem, and again radio was replaced. Nothing else was checked for cause of overheating dashboard.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

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