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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,801 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 272014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Defrost vent won't work every other setting works fine.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #9

Aug 142008

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
The ventilation system failed as is common with these vehicles. Due to weal parts, the, "doors" that control air flow through the ventilation ducts broke. I have slowly replace each of the four doors as they failed. As they went out it affected every aspect of ventilation, including the defrost. After doing some research it is evident Dodge was fully aware of this issue but made no improvements to the system, continuing to sell these vehicles to an unsuspecting public for several years.

- Green River, WY, USA

problem #8

Sep 232010

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
I have experienced a serious heating problem with this vehicle. The blend doors go bad in the heating system which in turn cause the windshield to ice over and which produces serious visibility problems.

- Carroll, IA, USA

problem #7

Jan 152010

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles


Besides heat not working, numerous gas cap replacements, numerous shorts in brake light, radio cutting off, my dash has cracked in several places which could cause injury if touched by youngsters. Apparently numerous complaints on all of the above!!

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 122010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 quad-cab. During normal use and care the dashboard has cracked in two places. A piece has broken off the dash and fell down into the area behind the dashboard. Subsequently, the heater stopped blowing hot air. The heater failure appears to be due to the broken piece of the dash interfering with the heater mechanism behind the dash. No repair or replacement has been attempted at this time. The plastic inserts in the door handles have also failed. This includes the components that hold the window, mirror, and door lock controls.

- Long Beach, MS, USA

problem #5

Apr 202010

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
There is a defect in Dodge Ram truck recirculation doors, inside the duct work. The plastic door breaks where the hinge holds it. The door then falls over the interior fan and causes the air flow to stop. A telltale sign is the fan making a roaring noise with little or no air flowing.

- Crystal River, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 102004

Ram 1500

  • 20,000 miles


My 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 truck has an issue with the air selector. I cannot defrost my windshield or warm the floor. It is broken with air blowing out of the vents to my face. My vehicle was fixed once before for the same problem. There are also many forums or posts in reference to the problem. Dodge has made a poor design which is faulty and expensive to fix. I believe there should be a countrywide recall to fix the problem and upgrade the plastic doors Dodge uses for the heat/ A/C system.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 072006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
: the contact stated the windshield and front seat windows would not defrost. The vehicle was driven to the dealer, who could find no problem.

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 282005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact stated defogger system stopped working due to the design. The inner routing flap broke, allowing the heat to go to the air conditioning vents instead of the windshield defroster/defogger blower. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer however, no repairs have been made due to excessive expense.

- Tuxedo Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 212004

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The windows of the van will not clear of fog with the heater on hot and the blower on high. The dealer said that they can't fix the problem, that all vans of this year act the same. I have to drive with the rear window open.

- Burlingtion, WI, USA

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