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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,302 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #10

May 222015

Ram 1500

  • 170,000 miles


Dash is falling apart and causing electrical problems. While driving

- Redwater, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 022015

Ram 1500

  • miles
When I go to open the door the lights don't work, and the dashboard on my truck breaks into pieces I need a new one!!

- Jackson, WY, USA

problem #8

Dec 012003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
After about 11,000 miles the dash began to get cracks and fall apart. It gradually has gotten to the point that there are very large holes and pieces of the dash have gotten into the duct work of the vehicle. Also have been having electrical problems with fuses blowing. That is when I took the vehicle to vann Dodge in vineland NJ and reported the problem. They took photos and later called me and said the determined that the dash was failing because of exposure to sun!!! the vehicle is garaged or parked in the shade for most of its early life and cracks and chunks happened for no apparent reason, but this is probably their way out of fixing the problem. Now comes another problem or incident that happened to me because of this faulty plastic that was used to construct the dash. I was driving down the road and turned on my defroster and a piece of plastic blew out of the vent on the top of the dash or lack there of, and hit me in the face causing me to swerve and almost hit an oncoming car. I was lucky that the car avoided me or it could have been tragic. I went back to the dealership 2 months ago to have service on a different vehicle and questioned them on the status of any recall and they asked me for my VIN # of my Dodge Ram pickup which I provided and they said there is no record of me taking the vehicle to them for a inspection, which is totally false!!! they conveniently lost my records on my pick up!!!!! something has got to be done to prevent someone from being killed due to this fault of Chrysler Corp. I have put a replacement skin on the dash but there was not much left to adhere the skin to at a cost of nearly $300 but the pieces continually fall into the vents. Thank you

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 022011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 105,019 miles


Headlights were on high beam and dimmed lights and lost all of the headlights. It was early morning but there was enough light for me to slow and pull over to the side of the road. I kept moving the dimmer switch back and forth between high and low beam until the lights finally came back on. I left them in low beam and drove the rest of the way to work on low beam. When I got home later after work I waited till night time and pulled my truck into my car port and repeated what had happened on that morning. On about the fifth try the lights went out again, I then repeated flipping the dimmer switch back and forth between high and low beam and after many attempts was able to get the headlights back on. The next day took it to the dealer for repairs, they replaced the dimmer switch and the mechanic who worked on my truck told me that was no the first one he had replaced and told me I was very lucky. If it had failed in heavy traffic on a two lane highway and under darker night conditions and at a higher rate of speed I probably would have wrecked. I believe this is a design flaw.

- Cordova , AL, USA

problem #6

Jul 032012

Ram 1500

  • 130,000 miles
I own a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. This vehicle however, has a defect, the dashboard cracks and is starting to basically disintegrate. I however, am not the only one with these issues. As you can see on the forums and websites below. the failure is so common there are youtube videos on how to fix it temporarily: I have seen quotes to get this fixed anywhere from 800 to 1500 dollars. Absolutely absurd. Some people are reporting that their dashboard is cracking and pieces are falling behind the dash and creating rattling noises and some even as severe as taking out electrical equipment causing headlight failure, ac failure, etc. Despite all of these issues Dodge will not issue a recall. One of my biggest concerns is if I were to get into an accident the dashboard could shatter sending sharp edged pieces of plastic towards me under high impact, which could lead to severe injury and/or death. I am highly concerned with this issue and I hope that by you showing interest on mine and others behalf we can resolve this. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 252011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Head lights stopped working, high beams still work. All other lights look like there working.

- Sewaren, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 102004

Ram 1500

  • 10,000 miles


The dash board on my 2001 Dodge quadcab pickup truck 1500 is severely cracked. This is not the normal cracking that you may expect to see through normal wear and tear. It is a defect in the equipment. Large gaping holes all over the dash. If the un-attached cracked sections were removed there would be no dash at all.

- Bogalusa, LA, USA

problem #3

Feb 202009

Ram 1500

  • 132,000 miles
The low beam headlights either don't come on or if you hit a bump they will go off.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 012006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dashboard collapsing after cracking and problem with turning on the bright lights and the lights going off.

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #1

May 162002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Combination switch light bulb, located in the clove compartment broke, and fell into the clove compartment. Heat from bulb burned the tissue that was in there. Battery died.

- Grand Lake, CO, USA

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