CarComplaints.com 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.

8.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$934.00
Average Mileage:
81,630 miles
Total Complaints:
490 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Dodge should recall the dashboard (safety issue) (271 reports)
  2. not sure (109 reports)
  3. replace dashboard (92 reports)
  4. class action lawsuit against Dodge for inferior dashboards (14 reports)
  5. bought an aftermarket dash replacement (2 reports)
  6. dashboard, vents, radio replacement (1 reports)
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 23 of 25)

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problem #50

Oct 302007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I also have 4 large cracks in my dash, also have one in the instrument panel. It would be nice if they re-called this.

- , N. Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #49

Apr 212008

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I didn't realize that cracking dashboards was such a problem with Dodge, until I got in my truck this morning and saw the huge crack! I was sure there must be a recall...unfortunately no. After finding this site and several others with rants about the problem, I realize that it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

- , Bay City, TX, USA

problem #48

Apr 022007

Ram 1500 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I contacted Dodge/Chrysler about my problem and they promised to help me get it fixed. The agreement is that they will pay 700. and I will pay 200. to the Frank Parra Dealership where I purchased the truck. My husband and I have been waiting on the dashboard parts(both front and back) to come in from the manufacturer for almost two months now. I have been told that no dealership in the US has the part it will have to be made. However, when I last checked with the dealership,(the service mgr.informed me that the part has not been manufactured since the truck was first made, and whenever they make the part, one will be sent; however, it is not high on Dodge's priority list.

My husband and I have purchased over thirty vehicles in our lifetimes, and we have never seen such mess as this. Further, I think we all should copy the comments about this problem to the Attorney General in our specific state, because I was told by Dodge/Chrysler headquarters that they were not aware of such problem that anyone else has had. That seems to be incorrect on someone's part. Perhaps the dealerships are not reporting the issues.

In order to report this, and let's do, by all means. Please contact the Attorney General's office of your specific state. If you know of anyone else having such problems, please have them add their issue to this site as well. Something definitely needs to be done in order for Dodge to get these parts to the dealerships so we may get our vehicles fixed, and I definitely want mine fixed, and I want them to pay for it since I am not the only one having this problem as I was initially told.

- , Irving, TX, USA

problem #47

Feb 012007

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Have been a Mopar fanatic since I was 16 and the dash in my 2002 Ram was replaced at 68000 miles and now at 108000 i have 3 new cracks in the vented front portion which was not replaced originally. Dodge has chosen some very cheap plastic for there dashes and will not stand behind them. I have a 68 roadrunner and Chrysler is definitely not building there vehicles like they use to......

- , Humble, TX, USA

problem #46

Mar 012007

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

They should have recalled a long time ago. I have read the complaints from other people, I thought I was alone with this problem. I paid lots of money to have a top of the line vehicle and this happened - no wonder the Asian market is taking over with better products.

- , Grand Prairie, TX, US

problem #45

Mar 172008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

Totally sucks.

Hoped into the truck and saw two large cracks across the dashboard. Both are on the right passenger side. One is on the back portion of the dashboard nearest the windshield and the second is on the front portion of the windshield.

We have taken very good care of our truck and there is no reason for this to be happening. And, due to the other number of complaints that I have seen - it is obviously a design flaw and should be covered by Dodge.

- , Mililani, HI, USA

problem #44

Mar 142008

Ram 1500 4x4 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,270 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I just brought my truck in to have the fuel injection repaired, I am on extended warranty now, but they said it wasn't covered. But that is not the real problem, they cracked my dashboard when they repaired it Friday and didn't even tell me anything. I called and told them I am bringing it in for them to look at and replace it tomorrow. I was told that they would have to evaluate the circumstances. But this happened last year when they replaced the blower motor and sensor and put a small crack on the most forward dashboard and they did not do

anything to repair it, saying that it was sun damage. That is not true, I baby and take excellent care of my vehicles. I am so disappointed with Dodge and now I will not buy future vehicles from them........ I will go back to Ford products

- , 2700 West 16th St, FL, USA

problem #43

Sep 152007

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I cannot believe the poor quality of the dashboard material. Approximately six months ago I noticed a small crack start in my right front dashboard. I now have 6 significant cracks all the way from the windshield to the interior side of the dashboard. My dash is practically falling apart. In reading all the complaints of the same problem, I find it hard to believe that Dodge does not consider this a "design flaw" and that they do not act on this problem to maintain a customer base.

So much for Dodge loyalty. My next truck will be a Toyota.

- , Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #42

May 082007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT Sport V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,733 miles

I contacted my local Dodge dealer to check for recalls. I was told there were no recalls and Dodge didn't believe this to be a significant problem. I could have it fixed for $250 plus labor. I don't think we should have to pay for something that is obviously a major problem. Dodge should stand behind their products. Our vehicles are well taken care of. Routine maintenance is performed at each recommended interval. I own 2 Dodge vehicles but this will be the last. We actually went Ford shopping last night!

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #41

Feb 152007

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Dash is cracked in three places . Would never take to dodge dealer in hanford, Ca they screw up more than they have repaired.

Took my truck in to have the mirrors retrofitted due to recall because the mirrors could fall off while driving . Approximately one month after repairs was made the mirrors fell off anyhow . Took my truck back a second time to repair again . after repairs was complete the panel that controls the windows and door locks was broken due to repairs to mirrors. Waited about a month to get replacement control panels from dodge.about this time the seat lever that lets the seat back broke. I complained about that a month later i was told the part was in after the truck was in the shop all day i was told the part was order about two weak went by i was called and told my part was in.I made another appt. Again the part was wrong. On the fifth attempt to fix the seat they installed a motor that controls the seat that moves back and forth .There was nothing wrong with that part.Due to dodge taking the seat out every time I was there they tore a hole in the carpet. At this point i was wanting to drop kick something If you know what i mean . So i Asked the service manager to please not damage anything else . the carpet was replaced but in doing so when I left the dealership the airbag light was on. "Cause" you guest it there stupidity

- , Hanford, CA, USA

problem #40

Feb 212008

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Same as everyone else . GOT CRACKS rear diff. at 30,000 went out side mirrors fell off after retrofit was made. small vac.line under truck dry rotted Seat lever failed. paint oxidized at three years old biggest complaint stupidity of hanford dealership they have broken more than they have fixed

- , Hanford, CA, USA

problem #39

May 162007

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

At first it started with a single crack in the middle of the dashboard. Now, it is disintegrating - cracks everywhere and chunks completely separated from the dash falling onto my foot while driving. I bought the truck when it was 1 year old. It now has 63,000 miles on it and looks worse than any 6 year old vehicle that I have ever driven. The brand should own up to this manufacturing defect. Toyota here I come..or Ford F-150

- , Killeen, TX, USA

problem #38

Feb 012008

Ram 1500 Quad V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

I have a Ram 1500 Quad cab and at the beginning of Feb. I noticed a 4-5 inch crack on the passengers side from the windshield in. After reading all these complaints I believe Dodge should do something. I have friends who own 98-2001 Dodge Rams that have huge cracks in their dashboards. What is Dodge doing to remedy this?

- , Arlington, TX, USA

problem #37

Feb 162008

Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,522 miles

I recently purchased a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab and the dealer took off some of the purchase price due to cracks in the dash. I wish I would have seen this sight first. So, I did file a complaint (#10218404) with the NHTSA on the issue. I suggest all of you do the same as an Airbag issue and they will see the pattern and possible order a recall.

- , Little Elm, Tx, USA

problem #36

May 092007

Ram 1500 LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

The dash cracking on the Dodge trucks appears to be a major problem. I believe a recall would be the only thing that would satisfy your customers.

- , Rockmart, GA, US

problem #35

Sep 012007

Ram 1500 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I am not surprised I am the only one. I have seen other 2002 ram owners at the gas stations and they have the same problem. The &^%)ing dashboard keeps cracking. I also two cracks in the main dashboard above the instrument cluster and the passenger side. The front piece is about $150 and the main piece is about $450. I have not had any real mechanical problem with the truck except normal wear and tear. But this tears it. Like others I have never used any products on it but a damp cloth to remove dust and dirt but the cracks keep coming. Every vent and speaker grill on the front dash has one or more cracks coming from them.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #34

Feb 062007

Ram 1500 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Dashboard is not a piece of crap as other people have stated. It is several pieces of crap, that is after the dash cracked into several dagger like pieces. I have done nothing to cause this (armorall, banging on the dash, etc.) EFF Dodge. I will never buy another dodge again.

- , Austin, TX, USA

problem #33

Nov 222007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

I JUST WANTED TO ADD TO THE COMPLAINTS I SEE ABOUT THE DODGE RAM 1500 DASH BOARD CRACKING. ALONG THE TOP OF THE DASHBOARD, ON THE PIECE CLOSEST TO THE WINDSHIELD THERE ARE ABOUT 4 CRACKS. ALSO WHERE THE LITTLE SPEAKERS ARE IN THE DASH, THOSE ARE ALSO BREAKING. I PAID A PRETTY GOOD AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THIS TRUCK ONLY TO SEE THE DAMN DASH CRACK. I HATE LOOKING AT THAT, IT MAKES THE TRUCK LOOK UGLY.

Update from May 26, 2009: I have to tell you how pissed I am that my dashboard in my truck is cracking. It first started in the panel by the windshield and I looked into replacing that panel and it cost $150 at my local Dodge dealer. Then I got even more pissed at that! But it didn't stop there did it...on hell no! Now the whole dash is cracking in random spots and it looks awful. There has been so many complaints on these damn trucks and I think Dodge needs to fix the problem. They made the truck cheap obviously and now they need to fix them so we don't have to deal with the problem when it's not our fault.

Let's make Dodge fix the issue.

ON THESE DAMN TRUCKS AND I THINK DODGE NEEDS TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THEY MADE THE TRUCKS CHEAP OBVIOUSLY AND NOW THEY NEED TO FIX THEM SO WE DONT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM WHEN ITS NOT OUR FAULT. LETS MAKE DODGE FIX THE ISSUE, THEY CAN AFFORD IT BY RIPPING US OFF. THEY MAKE THEIR VEHICLES CHEAP AS HELL AND CHARGE OUT THE ASS FOR THEM. I PAID OVER 20,000.00 FOR MY TRUCK FOR IT TO LOOK LIKE CRAP NOW. IM JUST FURIOUS. HELP US OUT PEOPLE

- , Tell City, IN, USA

problem #32

Nov 252006

Ram 1500 XLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,790 miles

Of all the problems I think I could have dealt with, a damn bunch of cracks in my dashboard certainly wasn't one of them. As a matter of fact, I'm being kind by calling them cracks, they're more like 'splits'. Now I've heard all the excuses for Dodge not being responsible for the dash board issues. And every single one doesn't pertain to me. I never used Armourall or anything thing that would conceivably weaken the plastic used. The most, I used a damp cloth, considering that it's plastic to begin with, I didn't see the need to waste money on special interior cleaners. And being that this level of trim has the airbag on the passenger side, I'm scared to even think about what might happen if it were to go off by accident and pieces of the dashboard fly into my passenger's face.

But that's not all. It seems to me that every other plastic component in my truck is not snapping apart. air vents, reflectors, you name it. If it's plastic, it's coming apart now. If there's anything that needs to be done, Dodge should put out a recall to fix this problem. For many of us owners, this is our only means of transportation. Having told the dealership about this issue, I was told it would cost around $1000 to fix it. Hell, with that kind of money, I can take it to a fabrication shop and have them to make me one out of carbon fiber for the same amount and never see this problem again.

- , Wichita, KS, USA

problem #31

May 122006

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

Well i bought the truck used in 2006 of april. It's a regular cab slt sharp looking truck but about a month after buying it a huge crack running down the right center appeared. A week later rolls by another crack and both cracks go across the dash. I have read on one site that a test was done on someone's dash also i believe 2003 model ram 1500. For christs sake Chrysler still cannot make good interior. I also refuse to buy a ford or gm now. I liked the room in it for a reg cab . Also my fiance she has an 02 with the same damn problem we both had to buy dash covers. Just the other day i took it in for a recall and mentioned it to the tech. He replied really let me look then shrugged it off. I hate Chrysler s attitude and they have turned out to be a crappy co. I see no Mercedes Benz quality. My second one and never another.They ride like crap and only thing going for them is 2002-2005 body style now they are fugly. Oh hell they are junk!Screw you Chrysler i say class action lawsuit to these jackasses.

- , Gulfport, MS, US

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