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:
82,035 miles
Total Complaints:
495 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Dodge should recall the dashboard (safety issue) (272 reports)
  2. not sure (110 reports)
  3. replace dashboard (94 reports)
  4. class action lawsuit against Dodge for inferior dashboards (15 reports)
  5. bought an aftermarket dash replacement (2 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 1 of 25)

problem #495

Aug 082006

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


i DON'T understand why Dodge hasn't replaced the dashboards or done a recall on this.

- , Gainesville, US

problem #494

Jun 012008

Ram 1500 LT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,400 miles

The problem once it started only took a few months to completely break apart. The dash is defective and Dodge has a responsibility to fix and replace the dash.

- , Bronson, FL, US

problem #493

Nov 012006

Ram 1500 Lone Star 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 220,000 miles

The dash falling apart is a common problem with these vehicles, especially in the early 2000 models. This causes multiple problems, including where the defroster no longer blows correctly to defog the windshield. This is a driving safety issue.

- , Lewisville, TX, US

problem #492

May 012016

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,000 miles


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cracks in dashboard cracks in dashboard

The dashboard on my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 is getting worse and worse by the day. The plastic is so brittle and fragile, that it is impossible to try to fix. Touching the dash only causes it to crack more. This has been developing over the past year but is suddenly getting much worse. Dodge should offer a replacement dash.

- , Torrance, US

problem #491

Feb 152011

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Dodge should have to fix the dash. Parts of the dash have fallen into the fan vents. pieces have fallen off when ive hit potholes

- , Rockwall, US

problem #490

Jan 172017

Ram 1500 Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

What is the deal with cracking dashboards? After this many years you would think they could figure this out.

- , Keller, TX, USA

problem #489

Sep 062008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


Just wish they would stand behind their product. It's a safety hazard and look horrible. I have 3 cracks through the vent piece. 2 cracks in the larger piece above my radio. The cracks are all the way through. i can't touch until i buy a new 2 part upper dash otherwise i will have more pieces to deal with. parts to replace range from aftermarket to OEM $600-1000.Dodge just needs to step-up and Make it right!

- , Moun, WA, USA

problem #488

Dec 012010

Ram 1500 XLT 4.7 LITER v8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Dodge should be ashamed of the product they are turning out. They might only say it's a dashboard and it cosmetic. It ruined the hole look of the truck and is a safety issue with pieces of plastic dropping down in the vent. It's no wonder people are buying foreign cars and trucks no a days. They are the only ones made worth a crap anymore.

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #487

Oct 302004

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

All these trucks need to be recalled the dash is a can be dangerous it looks very bad

- , Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #486

Aug 032015

Ram 1500 360V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

The truck was a city work truck i bought in Aug 2015. . Has a dashboard cover so broken dash was not noticed, but it had begun to CRUMBLE. . NOT A REPAIRABLE BREAK.

NOW ON NOVEMBER 7, 2016 the front piece with the vents and radio has broken in several places though ZERO STRESS HAS BEEN INFLICTED ON EITHER.other than the weight of the cover.

Got on the internet to look for another one and freaked out at the price.. Glad I found this site cause that is unacceptable, and even if I bought one it would probably be also defective and unable to take the Texas heat if Dodge did not make sure to buy better ones for replacement ..

- , Lampasas, TX, USA

problem #485

Apr 042014

Ram 1500 SLT 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


The dashboard has broken and is falling into the vents and every time I turn the air conditioning on I get plastic blowing all over the windshield.

- , Terrell, TX, USA

problem #484

Sep 082015

Ram 1500 SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 213,356 miles

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cracks in dashboard

Bad car. Don't buy it because I bought the Ram 1500 slt but dashboard is bad, so don't buy it. The dashboard will crack after a few years. I traded it at Dodge dealer and bought a Toyota tundra because Tundras don't crack.

- , Nyc, USA

problem #483

Jun 292016

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,360 miles

I never realized how bad the dash was until this morning when I was doing a through detailing of my truck. I had seen one small crack a few years ago but didn't consider it a big deal at the time. But now there are several cracks running from the windshield to the front of the dash. Any pressure at all on the dash makes them spread open. I've had many vehicles over the years and have never had any of them with cracks in the dash. Even my old Rambler never had any cracks in the dash. From all of the complaints I see on line, there apparently is a problem with the material that Chrysler used in the production of these dash boards. I've been considering getting a new truck but now I have to repair the dash first and then rethink if I will get another Dodge/Ram truck. Considering my truck only has 54,000 miles on it, even though it is 14 years old, I think its pretty piss poor I have to worry about the condition of the dash before I can think about replacing the vehicle.

- , Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #482

Sep 012010

Ram 1500 Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

This cracked broken dash is a safety hazard. It hurts resale value and pieces of it have fallen down in so that baffles in air box don't open and close correctly, so air is warm and heat is cool. It sucks and I won't purchase another Dodge.

- , Winston Salem, NC, US

problem #481

Aug 292014

Ram 1500 Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,964 miles

Obviously I am not the only Person with a dash that is cracked and continuing to crack. Dodge touted quality and workmanship. that certainly was a load of crap. My biggest complaint is the cracked dash, but I have also had paint issues 1 year after buying the truck. I have complained, but to no avail. Only have 115K on my 2002 but I think I have had enough. Next truck will not be a Dodge regardless of al the Slick ads.

- , Scranton, PA, USA

problem #480

Oct 012014

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Dash cracked to pieces on the front part close to windshield, rear portion has one big crack all the way across and is very brittle as you can poke a hole in it with a little pressure with ones finger. Would hate for the airbag to blow all these sharp pieces of broken plastic into the occupants..

- , Meridian, MS, US

problem #479

Sep 032008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

I was told that this was my fault and didn't care for it properly so I fixed it myself. Then four years later the same thing and now there's hardly anything left of the dash and it makes the truck ugly as hell to be such a good truck. I wished that Dodge will at least reimburse me so that I can purchase a cover or something.

- , Franklin, KY, USA

problem #478

Oct 312015

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 212,000 miles

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

I have had several vehicles over the years some that were 10-15 years old and never had the dash board crack. I have seen cars that are 20 or more years old and there dash boards are not cracked. This is a safety problem if I was to get into an accident the pieces form the dash could possibly become shrapnel an cause serious damage or death to me or anyone in the truck with me not to mention the possibility of pieces falling into the vent and blowing in my eyes while driving and cause and accident that could lead to my death anyone in my truck or anyone else on the road this is a major safety problem that Dodge needs to address and recall

- , Shelbyville, TN, USA

problem #477

Jun 142014

Ram 1500 SLT 4.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,967 miles

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cracks in dashboard

The defroster vents were the first to go. Pieces broke off and fell down into the vent system. I removed all four vents and replaced them with brass wire screen formed over a wood block that was shaped like the originals.

A few months later the forward section of the top started crumbling in large sections. I removed it and contoured a hard wood board to replace the plastic. Soon the rear-ward section (nearest the seats) started cracking with large pieces falling off around the side window vents.

I had to replace the radio due to the DVD player not working. Upon pulling the front dash panels off I noticed that most of the clips that hold them in place are broken off. I re-glued what I could but my efforts were in vain.

The plastic catches on the ash tray door and the cup holder assembly were broken and I fabricated metal ones that will work until the rest of the plastic disintegrates.

Conclusion: Replacing the dashboard top covers (2 pieces) would be futile. The entire dashboard with all its panels should be replaced. Dodge needs to admit they used inferior plastic in 2002 and recall the truck.

- , Lamar, CO, USA

problem #476

Sep 182015

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

I take great care of my truck in fact this truck has spent most of the years that I have owned it in the garage when not in use.The dash started to have a small crack near the defroster vents and then within a month the entire dash started disintegrating. I have owned all types of trucks and cars and have never seen anything like this.It is clearly a manufacturing defect.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

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