Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #1

May 012006

Ram 1500

  • miles


Crashed dashboard! the vent coverings are no longer present and have fallen into the air ducts. There are large cracks starting from where the dash meets the windshield and extending out to the end of the dash. There are triangular holes where the dash has fallen through. There are roughly 8 large cracks, each having roughly 3 or 4 smaller cracks radiating perpendicular to the main cracks. The cracks are very sharp, and can cause the potential for harm. When the A/C is turned on, there has been pieces of small plastic thrown out of the duct. This is a major hazard, especially when driving. Another problem with the cracks and holes is that there is now a change in contrast upon reflection from the windshield, which is very distracting. Instead of having a constant tan color being reflected, there is tan with black interruptions.

- Newark, DE, USA

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