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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,451 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 12 of 13)

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problem #21

May 012006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Cracked dashboard.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #20

Mar 252007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dashboard has cracks that developed over time. There has not been any damage or action taken to cause the cracks.

- Belleview, FL, USA

problem #19

May 052007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Florida reports many cracked and collapsed dashboards primarily on Dodge Ram trucks. One ladies dash collapsed while driving with her child at night which shut off all lights and electrical systems. Many problems submitted ro scooper@local6news.com who has compiled many comlaints. Demnstration showed pieces of dashboard cutting paper like a razor. This makes it a safety defect as well as inferior materiel used for these dash boards.. so far Dodge has accepted no responsibility for this defect. My own 2002 Dodge Ram has such cracks in the dashboard. I believe that further research will show this to be a definite problem as well as safety issue.

- Barefoot Bay, FL, USA

problem #18

Aug 012006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

2002 Dodge Ram 1500 has many cracks in the dash.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #17

May 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500, has two long vertical cracks in the dashboard, have a cover on the dash to protect it from the sun, but cracked anyway.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #16

May 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
I saw a local news story about the Dodge Ram 1500S having dashboard issues cracking and collapsing. I own a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 that has five to six large cracks spanning the dashboard.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 012006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

I own a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. Around July of 2006 I noticed a crack developing on the passenger side of the dash board that ran from the windshield to the airbag cover. Since that time the dash has cracked in 7 different locations including the passenger side defrost cover which fell into the vent. I contacted my local Dodge dealership and they said that there was nothing they could do short of replacing the dash at a cost of $1000. I understand that this is a common occurrence among this model of truck and I would like my complaint to be on file with you. Thank you.

- Debary, FL, USA

problem #14

Mar 102007

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dash board cracking, dash light and headlight went out while driving. Also, replace windshield twice. Unknown why the windshield crack.

- Debary, FL, USA

problem #13

Sep 102006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dashboard cracking, breaking, on my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 quadcab. There have been rashes of this type of complaint on '01 Dodge Ram 1500's, I would like my '02 Dodge Ram to be included in any settlement, should there become a class action event brought against DaimlerChrysler. Here in central Florida the sun degades many items of plastic type manufacture. I believe this is what has caused my problem with the deterioration of my dashboard, it could also be from something else in nature. I taped over the cracks with plastic tape, and bought a carpeted dash cover from jcwhitney, made for my '02 Dodge pick up. In the mean time the little grille area over the center passenger defrost vent deteriorated to the extent that it fell into the vent. I fished it out, but it broke in my hands in the process of trying to retrieve it. By covering the dash, I have not seen a progression of the cracking, but I have to look at that "4X4" (approx.) sized hole every time I got to drive my truck. Also, as reported on local tv the last two (2) nights, at least one of these faulty dash boards has failed, and is causing head lites to go off on their own while driving. I am a 100% disabled veteran, and use my truck to carry my elec.powerd scooter, every where I go, and do drive after dark. I do not need this kind of thing worrying me as I drive.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 132007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
Large crack has developed in the passenger side dash board. Possible safety issue.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 252006

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

The dash on my Dodge Ram is cracking in several places, I am concerned that it is going to cave in.

- Ocala, FM, USA

problem #10

May 022007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
I have purchased a 2002 Dodge Ram P/U and have been reading that the dash in these vehicles crack and fall in. This makes the electricial system fail. I have notice 3 cracks in my dash. I want someone to know. I still make payments on this veh.

- Orange City, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
I have had large cracks develop in the structural portion of my dash. There has been no accident or damage to the vehicle.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 222006

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have a 2001 or 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 (can't recall the year sitting at my desk) and the dashboard has started to crack. At first it was one small crack and now I have 4 separate cracks and my dash appears as if it might cave in. I know there have been several similar issues like this with this model vehicle.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 052006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 truck - the dash has cracked in several places. I actually saw it crack as I was driving home from work, on a smooth highway. Also, the rotors warped within the first year, the dealer turned them, even though we asked that they be replaced. Several months later we had the same problem with the rotors and the dealer turned them again. Once more, we had asked that they be replaced and we were told Dodge would not pay for the rotors to be replaced.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 262004

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at interstate speed (70 mph), and switching lanes while on a bridge, the excessive bouncing and bad suspension of truck make me lose control of the truck. The truck pulled to the right and the rear end of the truck ended up spinning around, making a complete 180--- on a bridge!! I ended up slamming into the safety rail of the bridge. And the air bags didn't go off. Luckily, I wasn't injured. At first I thought the accident was my fault, but after talking to a few owners of this model, I figured out that many of us have had the same problems with this truck. The question is, why is this problem not being fixed?? I have talked to the dealer, and they just keep referring me to dealers from other towns.

- Pecos, TX, USA

problem #5

May 202003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 50 miles
While driving, the vehicle made a loud whistling noise.

- Basin, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 262001

Ram 1500

  • miles
The clock spring was replaced 3 times, there was a problem with the door locks, speakers, and body scratches. Also no keyless entry as promised when the vehicle was purchased. Also the passenger door regulator was replaced, the roof seam leaked water

- Jamestown, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 102002

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
While driving at 25 mph I drove over a rough, uneven patch of road I loss control of the rear of my truck. It was a scary situation since the loss of control caused me to skid into the next lane. Luckily there was no other car present. If you could keep me informed on this matter it would be much appreciated. Ph **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**768321

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 192002

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
While vehicle was parked in the garage, consumer discovered that the bed of the truck had come in contact with the cab and caused damage to it, consumer believes it may have happened during regular driving, possibly while in the mountains, the general manager offered to repair the damages, however consumer declined to have a 30,000 dollar truck repaired, consumer was then informed that the damage was most likely caused by him driving excessively, the manufacturer stated that they were not liable for any damages.

- Charleston, WV, USA

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