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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.

2.1

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,835 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 miscellaneous problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Jan 012008

Ram 1500

  • 48,000 miles

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

2002 Dodge Ram quad cab sport 4X2 (1.)gas peddle has to be press down at all time in order for truck to stay on and once I let go of gas peddle truck stalls. (2.)first day I bought truck from dealership I ask, is that faint sound coming from transmission, I was told by Dodge dealer thats the sound transmission makes, I said really. (3.)interior top dash so thin sun is able to crack dash by its self with the hot heat and dash plastic is sharp and dangerous its become a hazard to all occupants or pedestrians, passegers. (4.)the whole back tail light found hanging tried to hook it back up its made of plastic components crack with no way of hooking it with nuts, so for now I tape it in place, it truly falls under a recall. (5.)ac works but no heater slite warm. (6.)mirror cover on passenger side has fallen off on freeway. (7.)all engine components seem to brake to fast due to being made of plastic clips wires not stable to hold on to devices once they brake off, some also crack off into devices, crack into devices which cause vehicle problems and issues that affect mulitiple hazards to truck speed, suspension, steering, fuel/propulsion, lighting, powertrain, brakes, engine, electrical, ele/ stability, rir bag, body, wheels, seat belt, visibility/wipers, in general all aspects has some kind of hazardous components that needs mandatory recalls.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #37

Jan 012008

Ram 1500

  • 48,000 miles
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab sport 4X2 1. gas peddle has to be press down at all time in order for truck to stay on once I let go of gas peddle truck stalls. 2.first day I bought truck from deal I ask is this faint sound coming fom transmission, I was told Dodge dealer thats a sound that trasmission makes, I said really. 3.interior top dsah so thin sun is able to crack dash by it self with the hot heat and sharp plastic and its now dangerous its become a hazad toall occupants or pedestrians passegers. 4. the whole back tail light found hanging tried to hook it back up its made of plastic components crack with noway of hooking it with nuts so for now I type it in place, its truly falls under a recall. 5.ac works but no heater. 6.mirror cover on passenger side has fallen off on freeway. 7.all engine components seem to brake to fast due to being made of plastic clips wires not stable to hold on to devices, hoses fall off, crack into devices which cause veichal problems and isusses that affect mulitiple hazards to truck speed control, suspension, steering, fuel/propulsion, lighting, powertrain, brakes, engine, electrical, elec, /stability, air bags, body, wheels, seats, seat belts, visibility/wipers, in general all aspects has some kind of hazardous componets that need mandatory recalls.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #36

Sep 142016

Ram 1500

  • 140,000 miles
Dash board started cracking and now is completely destroyed, parts of broken dash are falling into vents and obstructing blower motor. Dash will need to be replaced, no way to fix extensive damage. The damage gets worse every time I use the vehicle, damage has been ongoing for the past 12 months.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #35

Aug 032016

Ram 1500

  • 150,000 miles

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

Dashboard cracking and falling apart is hazardous when you cut air or defrost on debris and sharp objects fly in your eyes.

- Ninety Six, SC, USA

problem #34

Oct 102007

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dash board cracking all over...shed kept...help!

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #33

May 032011

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles
Dash is cracked big pieces broken and falling in messed up air box so that air and heat don't come out hot or cold sharp pieces could fly in to your face.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #32

Jan 082016

Ram 1500

  • 208,000 miles

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

When I turn on the heater the blend door and actuator make a popping sound when turned heat on, blend doors broken and actuator not working properly. It occurs while vehicle stationary and in motion when heat is turned on.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #31

Jan 112016

Ram 1500

  • 38,000 miles
Ignition / park interlock system inoperative.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #30

Oct 022015

Ram 1500

  • 204,000 miles
The entire dashboard has cracked in multiple places. This issue started in 2004 and has continued despite multiple attempts at finding a cause or a viable solution to stop the cracking. Noticed others have made the same complaint. Dodge did not attempt to fix or give a solution to fix the cracking. It now interferes with the air flow and causes windshield flow to be directed away from removing internal "fogging". now the blower will only operate at the highest speed.

- Barnwell, SC, USA

problem #29

Jul 192012

Ram 1500

  • miles
My truck started this grinding sound an it just stop working so I had to put it in auto service jimmy's 2407 kaw St new orleans cell number 5044511533 he can explain it better.thanks

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #28

Jan 012015

Ram 1500

  • 110,000 miles

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

The dashboard on my 2002 Dodge Ram is literally disintegrating before my eyes. It has multiple cracks all over it. The vent cover under the windshield has also broken, and the small pieces that cover the defroster holes have broken and fallen down into the defroster so that when it is turned on high small pieces of plastic will fly up and hit you in the face. It's ridiculous that you have to put on safety glasses if you are going to run the defroster so that you don't risk having plastic pieces strike you in the eyes. Several of the dashboard cracks run completely from the front to the rear of the upper dashboard. This is a well known problem to Dodge, and I am baffled that this safety issue of failing dashboards is not being addressed and corrected. This has to be corrected and I feel Dodge should be held responsible and be made to fix this defect!

- Millington, TN, USA

problem #27

Jul 302015

Ram 1500

  • 157,523 miles
Dashboard cracked, lamp light is on and alarm keeps dinging. Checked all lights and they are all working.

- Annandale, MN, USA

problem #26

May 152013

Ram 1500

  • 182,687 miles
Cracked dashboard. Parts of the dashboard are falling down into air conditioner and everything else under it. There are parts of the foam that are flying out of the air conditioner vents and pieces are coming out the vents, heas have been replaced and now engine sounded like it exploded now it needs an engine vehicle model year has many known non recalled issues

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #25

Apr 162010

Ram 1500

  • 15,500 miles
Cracked dashboard. Parts of the dashboard are falling down into air conditioner and everything else under it. There are parts of the foam that are flying out of the air conditioner vents.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #24

Mar 062014

Ram 1500

  • 125,000 miles
While driving the vehicle, the drive shaft came off and the rear end locked up. My 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 truck started to fish tail due to the rear end locking up before coming to a complete halt on a busy street. Luckily the car behind me was able to swerve around and avoid a terrible accident. The drive shaft twisted and tore into two pieces. This could have been very bad and could have been fatal. Dodge has a recall for this on 2005 models and newer but the 2002-2004 models of the Ram 1500 pick up should be included in this.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #23

Jun 022008

Ram 1500

  • 49,000 miles
I purchased this vehichle in June of 2008 and noticed a minor crack on the dashboard and didn't think much of it, since then the both pieces of the dashboard have severely cracked and I am concerned that if I get in a crash and the airbags deploy that shards of the broken plastic dashboard will become projectiles and cause serious injury.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #22

Jul 082013

Ram 1500

  • 95,000 miles
My 2002 Dodge 1500 pickup dash has cracked. It interferes with the front windshield defrost because of the cracked vents.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #21

Jun 302012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Dash board has developed several cracks both front and rear.

- Colleyville, TX, USA

problem #20

Jan 052009

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
1) electrical problems. Lights kept going in and out 2) dash cracking and crumbling. Pieces falling into air vents and preventing windshield from defrosting! dangerous! could cause an accident. Dash is in such bad shape that if passenger air bag were to be deployed it could kill someone due to flying pieces of hard plastic all over the vehicle. Make Dodge recall this product! what are you waiting for? you already have thousands of complaints for this problem!

- Locust Grove, GA, USA

problem #19

Oct 102006

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Seriously cracked dashboard, no wrecks or damage to cause the cracks.

- Weatherford , OK, USA

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