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:
82,327 miles
Total Complaints:
500 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Dodge should recall the dashboard (safety issue) (274 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 23 of 25)

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problem #60

Nov 242006

Ram 1500 SLT 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles


I was cleaning my dash board and I noticed a little crack in the top of the dash board vent. I was upset that my dash vent had a crack in it. I kept an eye on it, and as days went by it kept cracking more and more. After two weeks went and I noticed that the vent broke all the way off, and after a short time the corner dash on the passenger side has cracked as well. I always keep a window shade up when I park my truck and I try to park in the shade. I have never had a truck or car with a cracked dash before. I think Dodge should recall the vehicles that have cracked dashes. I have a 1992 Jeep Wrangler and the dash is prefect.

- , Rocklin, CA, US

problem #59

Jan 022008

Ram 1500 SLE 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

Noticed a crack the entire length of dash from windshield to instrument panel in middle of dash. Thought that was strange because I think it may have cracked all at one time. A few weeks later I was wiping the dash with damp cloth and ran over defrost vent in the dash when it begin to break out into small pieces as though it were very brittle. I couldn't understand why the dash could be so brittle after only a few years. I started researching after the same problem was featured on the local news hear in Jackson from a complaint by a local resident. I agree that this is a common problem with the Dodge Trucks and need to be replaced by Dodge. I'm with Lillian from TX, I will contact my Attorney Generals office here in Mississippi and maybe if enough people complain to the right source Dodge will be made to correct this defect at no cost to the owner. I feel this is only fair....

- , Jackson, MS, US

problem #58

Apr 022008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

I have the same cracks that everyone else is describing. Definitely a material defect. I have never had a car or truck dash crack this bad this fast. 64000 miles and everything else is in good shape.

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #57

Mar 162008

Ram 1500 SEL 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Dodge needs to fix this problem. Dash is cracking in 5 places on both pieces. Always kept clean and covered from sun. Just started cracking one day and continued. Where can I call to talk to someone and maybe get relief?

- , Winfield, AL, US

problem #56

Nov 302007

Ram 1500 Ram 1500 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,200 miles

With the number of complaints about this issue Dodge should man up and fix the problem. It is obviously a defect in workmanship.

- , Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #55

Jan 022005

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

I was gently cleaning my dash one day when I suddenly heard a cracking noise come from the center of the dashboard near a vent. I could see it was cracked but figured it was my fault somehow. A while later a second crack appeared in the same area of the dashboard, the second one coming from the other side of the same vent as the first one. They are visible and make my nice truck look like a cheap piece of crap. The material used for the dash is obviously sub-standard and brittle, as I have a 1988 Honda Accord with NO cracks in the dash.

- , Paradise, CA, USA

problem #54

May 122008

Ram 1500 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


I called 1-800-992-1997, Chrysler customer service. They will replace the front and rear dash for a $200 co-pay. It is there f-up and we have to pay for it. Anyway, the parts have to be manufactured and I have been waiting two months with no end in sight. I have no idea the damn problem with Dodge with getting parts. If my truck was in an accident I would be rental car for God knows how long.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #53

Dec 282006

Ram 1500 SLE 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Nice truck, piece of crap dash. Dodge needs to own up to this & replace.NOW

- , Live Oak, TX, USA

problem #52

Jan 012008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I bought this BAD ASS Dodge truck over a Ford f-150 ... 1 month after i made my first payment i found one little crack in the dash about 3 inches long and now 1 year later i have 9 cracks in the dash, the largest one is about 10 inches long with a 1/2 inch gap. I bought an extended warranty for 3 years and 30,000 miles bumper to bumper and it's not covered !! WHAT A F#@$$%# RIP OFF !!!! DODGE !!!! RECALL THIS B.S.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #51

Aug 062004

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

This truck was way too new with way too low mileage to of had this major of a cracked dash problem. If it had been a Ford, they would have at least acknowledged the problem and tried some sort of compensation. All I get from Dodge is "They'll contact you if they see it's necessary." Yeah, right. I'm not waiting for that call to go on vacation.

- , Mccomb, MS, USA

problem #50

Oct 302007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


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

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

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

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