Notes: The 2002 has the well-known and documented problem with their dashboards falling to pieces, but it also has engine failure from oil sludge. That's a doube shot of awful in your morning coffee.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
82,302 miles
Total Complaints:
501 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Dodge should recall the dashboard (safety issue) (275 reports)
  2. not sure (110 reports)
  3. replace dashboard (96 reports)
  4. class action lawsuit against Dodge for inferior dashboards (15 reports)
  5. bought an aftermarket dash replacement (3 reports)
  6. dashboard, vents, radio replacement (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 accessories - interior problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 13 of 26)

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problem #261

Apr 092009

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


Once one crack started more followed each month. Looks bad. Dodge needs to pay,if it falls in, dash could cause problems of safety.

- , Athens, OH, USA

problem #260

Nov 022010

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I keep my truck clean and make sure oil changed, transmission fluid changed and any other work that needs to be done. I don't abuse my truck and it makes me mad that the dash board has cracked. I have had other truck and kept them a long time and never have I had this problem.

- , Spanish Fort, AL, USA

problem #259

Jul 052010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

When I bought the truck 4 years ago, the dash looked great. Within six months I started seeing small cracks appear around the area of the passenger air bag. The situation continued to worsen over time until I had my heater core replaced this summer. When they brought my truck to me, I was almost sick with how bad it looked. The grill that covered the defrost vents were nearly all gone. I don't even know how they were able to re-install the dash after the repair, it is in pieces.

- , Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #258

Oct 012010

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I can't believe an auto manufacturer the size of dodge would ignore a problem like this. After all the hard earned money people spend on these trucks and cars , you want them to hold up and have some resale value. What a f**king joke -_-

- , Bowling Green, KY, US

problem #257

Mar 102010

Ram 1500 SEL

  • Manual transmission
  • 150,000 miles

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cracks in dashboard cracks in dashboard cracks in dashboard cracks in dashboard cracks in dashboard cracks in dashboard

try to pull up and cracked dash board and it cut me, cost is to much to replace afraid this problem might damage electronics and damage defroster vents and the looks are very intimadating and don't what other problems could arise.

Update from Nov 17, 2010: it is a 3500 not a 1500

Update from Aug 21, 2011: I now have two big holes in my dash one is about 8x10 inches and the other is about 7x9 inches its is time that Dodge step up and omit that they put faulty dash in these trucks, come be the company that you should be and make right.

Update from Aug 21, 2011: I now have two big holes in my dash one is about 8x10 inches and the other is about 7x9 inches its is time that Dodge step up and omit that they put faulty dash in these trucks, come be the company that you should be and make right.

- , Montevallo, AL, USA

problem #256

Jul 152007

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles

dash is now in five sections and is a real pain. there are pieces falling off and dodge needs to take care of this situation or next time i will be forced to buy a japanese truck to keep it together.

- , Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #255

Apr 122006

Ram 1500 SLE 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Dash Boards definitely should last longer than than it takes to pay the car off in 4 years. This is a shame. The dash board has gaping cracks in it that are impossible to fix. I've given up all hope to fix and a replacement costs way too much so I have hid this ugly situation by covering with a Dashmat. This is only temporary though. Someday soon the whole dash mat will probably fall into the instrument panel...

Then I'll take the dashmat off and ride around for the whole world to see the CRAPPY materials that DODGE uses in it cars. That will speak volumes all by itself and should lead people to buy more of their trucks....NOT!

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #254

May 202004

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I really like my truck ecept for the dashboard coming apart like it has. Dodge needs to recall these dashboards and have the problem fixed. I know serval people with Dodge Truks and have this same problem. At this present time I do not know if I will buy another Dodge or not, because the dashboard all to pieces in my truck.

- , Coldwater, MS, USA

problem #253

Jun 012007

Ram 1500 SLT 4.6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,700 miles

I bought this truck in 07, with one crack. I though it wasn't too bad, and I could fix it myself. WRONG! Soon after, there were multiple cracks, and it seemed like there was a new one every time I went over a bump or hit a pothole. I am very partial to Dodges, seeing how I used to work for them, but if this continues, I will take my business elsewhere. I cant afford $400 to put in a new dash, even if I do the work myself!!

- , Indian Head, MD, USA

problem #252

Oct 182010

Ram 1500 LT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

dodge has issues, if they want to be consider american made they need to back there product. Its no wonder american autos are losing sales. I am from th generation who lived breathed and died for the american auto industry.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #251

Jun 012008

Ram 1500 SRT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The dash (very top next to the windhshield) on my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 began cracking with less than 50,000 miles and around the 4-5 year mark. Between 50-60,000, the entire top portioin of the dash cracked into pieces and fell behind the dash and into the a/c vents. I purchased a new top cover from an auto replacement parts company online for over $100 but it is a non-stock item and does not fit well. Now, the next section is cracked in half...i wonder how much this will cost me. maybe I should just sell this POS and buy a Tundra!

WHAT A POS!! I CANNOT BELIEVE I SPENT SO MUCH MONEY ON A TRUCK WITH POS PARTS. Not to mention, I have been screwed at the dealer twice!! I agreed to 7.1% financing and a month later i learned they submitted it at 7.3%- BASTARDS!!. Then i go to have one of the door mirrors fixed. The mechanic told me he would do it free if I got additional services. I agreed..LATER TO FIND OUT IT WAS A WARRANTY ITEM THEY WERE REQUIRED TO FIX FOR FREE. BASTARDS! I AM SO DONE WITH DODGE IT IS NOT EVEN FUNNY! HEY DODGE CEO RALPH GILLES - FU!

- , Port Saint Lucie, FL, US

problem #250

Jul 012006

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Just what happened to the phase "RAM TOUGH" I've had my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 since it was new; I had installed a carpeted dash cover a few months after I bought the truck so the dashboard would be protected from the sun. I even installed a retractable accordion style Sunshade.

In mid 2005, I was cleaning the Interior and removed the cover only to find three cracks in my dashboard, Since then I have noted more and more cracks to the point that now I have holes and pieces of dashboard falling down inside the A/C ducts and into the wiring of the dash area, also I should mention that since these pieces have fallen into the ducts, my A/C unit is not working properly in that the internal doors to divert hot and cold air are being blocked by these broken pieces and no longer open or close.

i feel that Dodge needs to man up and put out a recall. Look, I love my truck, it's my third one, and I've been a loyal customer for many many years. It's now time for Dodge to show their loyalty to its customers!!!

- , Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #249

May 112010

Ram 1500 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,500 miles

Dash looks horrible! I have 4 racks now and it looks awful. Dodge quoted the replacement piece at $317 dollars, not counting labor. Definitely too expensive to have repaired now. If problem not acknowledged or repaired, it will weigh heavily on my decision to purchase another Ram in the future!

- , Gibsonville, NC, USA

problem #248

Jul 272007

Ram 1500 SLT 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

It is really good to find that I am not alone with the problem of the dashboard cracking. I am extremely upset with Dodge for not even responding to my request for help with this problem. I thought I was fighting this all by myself. Maybe if we all work together we can convince Dodge to take responsibility for all of our dasboards. My dodge now has 6 cracks and it appears that it will never stop.

- , Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #247

Oct 082010

Ram 1500 287

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


- , Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #246

Oct 042010

Ram 1500 SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles

to all you guys and girls, get in touch with me, i have a case going on more power against dodge's poorly maf dash b, nhtsa , also have safety issue against then by my senator

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #245

May 012010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

Sure I live where it is hot in Texas, But I have never had any other car/make have this problem to this extent, and it is getting worse.

- , Houston, TX, US

problem #244

Sep 152010

Ram 1500 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 225,299 miles

We just had this problem in this truck. Our other truck - the whole dash is caved in, plus the instrument panel front fell off!

Update from Jan 14, 2011: I wanted to let everyone know after contacting Dodge and spending several months on this issue, I finally got this dash replaced last week for $100 "deductible". While it was a little time consuming that is much better than the $1120 I was quoted from the dealership!

Update from Jan 14, 2011: Also, don't jump on the first offer they give you. They initially told me they would fix this for $250. Then my case manager for our other truck called and said they would fix it for $100 (after initially being quoted an estimated 30-35% of the $1141 quoted by the dealership). I asked to speak to the case managers manager on this case and ended up getting it for $100 as well. Maybe could've gotten it for even less, but I was happy with $100!

- , Concord, GA, USA

problem #243

Oct 102010

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Oh My, so I am a first time truck buyer, and I finally get a truck of my Dreams... a Dodge!! We went on a little road trip to Denver just to break her in and Sunday morning I came out to jump start a car, and BAMB! I saw it! This huge crack in my baby's dashboard. At first I thought someone must have hit me, but then as I was looking for damage on the outside, none was to be found. This is really depressing and I asked my friends if they where just being stupid last night, with the answer being, "it wasn't cracked when I parked it last night". I then found on the passenger side that it had cracked again. :( I got even more depressed when I found out how much it would be to replace a dashboard. Hi, I am a college student trying to pay for school and my truck on a part time wage. I hope Dodge will get this problem fixed soon! I don't want to have to switch to driving a, "Blah", ford.

- , Bear River City, UT, USA

problem #242

Jan 012005

Ram 1500 SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

This is obviously a defective part. Dodge should replace the dashboards

- , Schertz, TX, USA

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