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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 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 13)

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problem #181

Jan 262010

Ram 1500

  • 147,299 miles

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

I purchased a 2002 Dodge Ram in 2007, in the past year I have noticed two cracks in the dashboard.

- Wellford, SC, USA

problem #180

Aug 242011

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • 90,012 miles
02 Dodge Ram 1500 crack dashboard with sharp edges my years old son cut his index finger while inside my truck.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #179

Mar 102008

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the entire length of the dashboard surface exhibited cracks. The vehicle was not repaired for the defect. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact stated that the defect was a common issue with this vehicle model year. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #178

Aug 012005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 38,000 miles

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

2002 Dodge Ram 1500 dashboard cracked falling to pieces just after 3 years Dodge told me it was not covered under warranty and a common complaint.

- Pauline, SC, USA

problem #177

Aug 232011

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dash board cracks and busting into pieces--radiator cracked--air condition cooler fan.

- Jonesville, SC, USA

problem #176

Aug 232011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Dash in my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 is cracked.

- Mooresboro, NC, USA

problem #175

Sep 012010

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles

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

2002 Dodge Ram - quad cab dash board cracked. Only owner and no complaints on overall performance of the truck. But almost over night the dashboard developed nearly a dozen cracks all the way across.

- Cowpens, SC, USA

problem #174

Mar 152007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
Dashboard is cracking up. Big piece are falling down in behind the instrument panel. Have talked to my local dealer and the say there is nothing they can do about it.

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #173

Feb 012011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500, dash cracking. This truck stays covered up in the driveway most of the time. 81K miles on the truck. I beleive this to be a manufacture defect.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #172

May 062011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Dashboard cracking across top.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #171

Feb 022009

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles

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

Significant cracks in both primary dash and auxiliary dash section between dash and windshield. Existing cracks growing/opening and new ones developing. Starting to experience unexplainable electrical issues, like power windows, and door locks not working on occasion. Dealer quoted replacement cost is outrageous.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #170

Jul 292011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The front part of the dash next to the windshield is cracked, broken etc. I heard that they are a lot of these dashes like mine. I think they need to recall the item or fix it at company cost not by the consumer.

- Corbin, KY, USA

problem #169

Aug 142011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 cracked dashboard over air bag on passenger side. This problem seems to be happening too many Dodge Ram pickups from the 1993 model year through 2005 model year. The edge of the cracked plastic is sharp and pose a serious injury probability in the event of accident and airbag inflation. A person can easily cut their finger or hand while cleaning the dash are servicing the vehicle.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #168

Oct 102010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. Dashboard began cracking and now has totally cracked and parts have fallen into the defrost/air unit as well as causing sharp edges that can cause injury. Afraid that if airbag deploys this will cause jagged edges of plastic to be propelled to driver or passenger, causing serious injury, in addition to the damage of the A/C and defrost. There have been ten of thousands of complaints about this and Dodge refuses to repair this defect on their trucks from 1995-2006.

- Zephyrhills , FL, USA

problem #167

Oct 102005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 dashboard started crumbling to pieces after only 3 years. Dodge dealer told us it was not covered under warranty. We would have to replace the dashboard at our own expense. The dealer even told us this was a common complaint from Dodge truck owners.

- Union, SC, USA

problem #166

Feb 072008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
Big cracks in the dash of my 2002 Dodge Ram truck.

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #165

Jul 162011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L sport. I paid a lot of money for this special order truck and now the dash is cracking all over"???? never had a new vehicle do this in all my 54 years. I live in Texas and I know it is hot, but it shouldn't be cracking like it is, none of my other cars or trucks are cracking at all, I take good care of all my vehicles so why is the Dodge the only one cracking"I think it should be recalled to get this fixed!!

- Mineola, TX, USA

problem #164

Feb 012009

Ram 1500

  • 138,000 miles
I have a 2002 Dodge pickup with a cracked dash. I had to replace the heater core and when the dash was removed I noticed cracks all in the dash. While removing the dash I and my helper both sustained severe cuts from very sharp edges of the broken dash. This prompted me to file this complaint because of the nature and shape of the cracks can cause severe injury or even death to occupants, especially children, in the event of a crash as well as cuts and abrasions when simply entering and exiting the vehicle.

- Glen, MS, USA

problem #163

Sep 012004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated the instrument panel cover failed and the panel broke into pieces, causing the electronic door locks to fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who inspected the vehicle and advised that the heat was causing the instrument panel plastic covering to deteriorate. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 16,000 and the current mileage was 94,000. Updated 8/29/11 updated 09/21/11

- Allen , TX, USA

problem #162

May 292011

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • 149,999 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph when the front driver seat unexpectedly reclined. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the dashboard was cracked in various locations. The failure mileage was 149,999. Updated 09/15/11 updated 09/26/11

- Orlando, FL, USA

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