pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
81,114 miles
Total Complaints:
504 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. enough complaints to dodge will get a recall-1-800-992-1997 (224 reports)
  2. replace dashboard (121 reports)
  3. not sure (98 reports)
  4. replace dash (15 reports)
  5. band together class action suit- imply fit/merchantability (13 reports)
  6. call 1-866-726-4636 (Dodge) & 1-888-327-4236 (NHTSA) (13 reports)
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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 23 of 26)

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problem #64

Jul 012009

Ram 1500 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


I give my baby a gentle rub-down approximately one a week, especially the dash. Approximately 1 month ago I detailed the dash and the next morning I noticed two small cracks! The morning following that, 4 large cracks! My blend door shattered somehow so now I have to tear the whole dash apart to replace that!!!!!!!!!!! There will be no way in hell to put the dash back together/in!!!!!!!!! Any word on a $#@% recall? Or any assistance? Or maybe letting a brother know where to get a replacement dash??? Im fed up! THIS IS JUST 1 OF 4 RECENT PROBLEMS!

- , Saginaw, TX, USA

problem #63

Jul 182009

Ram 1500 Quad Cab 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

It just keeps spreading like wildfire. I am the proud recipient of two new dash cracks this morning.

It is hard to believe that my father slaved for Chrysler for over 41 years trying to make the best products. He always encouraged the kids to buy American made products, but I see that Chrysler is not standing behind their products. I hate to say this, since I was raised on Mopar, but this is the last time Chrylser will ever see anything from me.

- , Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #62

Aug 012006

Ram 1500 ST 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I bought my Ram in 2004 and tried to keep the dash looking nice. I keep the Truck in the garage, use a windshield screen, and use Armourall every Thursday, In 2006 small cracks appeared in the 2006. In 2007 the small cracks spread all over the dash and the vents fell all apart. Also, in 2007 a BIG crack appeared in the main dash. The parts were quoted by the dealer to be $1200 and they would NOT replace this KNOWN defect.

I will never buy a Dodge again!!!! I feel sorry for the workers who have to be embarrassed to work with such crappy material and know their company does NOT care. What a waste of bailout money. I don;t know anybody who will buy another Chrysler product after buying their first. Maybe they can sell them to third world countries who haven't heard what a piece of crap Dodge is.

- , Keller, TX, US

problem #61

Mar 122008

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,650 miles


Add me to the list of passenger side cracked dashboards

- , Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #60

Jul 012009

Ram 1500 XLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Last month I made my last payment on my 2003 dodge ram 1500, This week I noticed a crack thru the entire right dash board from window. I am shocked that I am not alone with this issue. a friend with a 2002 ram 1500 has the same issue. Why has dodge never recalled this and corrected it. We the customers have now BAILED them out, when do we get HELP from big brother?

- , Treasure Island, FL, USA

problem #59

Jun 012009

Ram 1500 Sport 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

I have a 2003 Ram 1500 4x4 with offroad pk., was a SLT but i have had the sport bumpers put in an the leather from the delar. i have spent more on this truck then the custom cars I HAVE REPLACED THE DASH THE LOWER ONE NEXT TO THE WINDOW, THE UPPER DASH COVER, THE LOWER WAS 360, AN THE TOP WAS 760 AFTER TAX. IM SORRY I DONT THINK I SOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR ANOTHER DODGE HAS A PROBLEM AN NEED TO FIX, OR MAKE THE PARTS MORE F-N CHEEPER pardon my words. DODGE PARTS ARE WAY TWO HIGH I THOUGHT FORD WAS BUT DODGE HAS THEM BEAT, I tought armural did it to my dash know i know its a flaw an dodge needs to do something. know i would rather use the money on a down payment for a new Chevy, Toyota, or ford.

- , Justin, TX, US

problem #58

Mar 042009

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles


2003 Dodge Ram ...my dash cracked as well. Made complaint to dot 800#

- , Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #57

Apr 182009

Ram 1500 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Add me to the list of cracked dashboards on the 03 Dodge Ram pickup. For a 6 year old truck, I was expecting little things to start taking a hit on my budget. But a cracked dashboard on a truck that has been well cared for was a BIG surprise. I have had relatively good luck with my truck...the things that are popping up due to wear, but several cracks in the dash have appeared within the last couple of months and it's pretty frustrating knowing that there is not much you can do to prevent further deterioration. Add my to the list of unhappy owners with the cracked dash!

- , Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #56

Nov 232007

Ram 1500 Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

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This dash is a piece of crap. I use a sun visor & this still happened. Today the driver's side speaker cover just broke into pieces. I'm thinking of trading the truck in & buying a kia. The cracks seem to be getting bigger by the day. I will never recomend anyone to buy a Dodge.

- , Casselberry, FL, USA

problem #55

Jun 012009

Ram 1500 1500 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

Dash on my 2003 Dodge ram is cracking to pieces. No wonder Dodge is going out of business. Had a number of problems with this truck. Don't know where to turn... r

- , Taylorville, IL, USA

problem #54

Sep 162008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,988 miles


Don't see why Dodge will not replace this, garage kept, no reason for cracking

Truck has had many issues, all covered under warranty except this. Would think twice about another dodge unless they eventually fix it, might go chevy instead

- , Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #53

Dec 172008

Ram 1500 3.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 64,000 miles

My dash is cracking all over the F_______ place to. I would hope that American made vehicles would be made better than this......but i guess that's why Japans cars are kicking our asses......thanks dodge for being so good to your patrons and repairing this issue.....yea hahahaha.....

- , Santee, CA, USA

problem #52

May 252009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

If this had happened before i bought the avenger i would have reconsidered

- , Somerville, TN, USA

problem #51

Jun 012008

Ram 1500 Larimie 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

My 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie dash about a year ago started cracking and now has cracked in 5 areas in half. Hell I don't even know how it's hanging on.Also the speaker grill that are molded in on the dash are very bridle.I have friends with 2002 Rams, no problems. 2004 Rams,no problem. WHAT IS UP? CARPET FITTED DASH OVER LAY ON A $36,000 (THAT WAS IN 2003 ). I DON'T THINK SO.

Update from Aug 25, 2010: Dash now has over 12 cracks. It's completely falling apart.

- , Wylie, TX, USA

problem #50

Mar 252009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

I also have a cracked dash and I too take excellent care of my truck. This crack just showed up on the passenger side of my truck. None of my other vehicles have cracked dashes. i even have a 92 ford no damage. This makes for a very ugly eyesore.

- , Tehachapi, CA, US

problem #49

Apr 082008

Ram 1500 Quad Cab 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Just another one to add to the complaint list. I too had a crack appear from the airbag back to the dash separator. 1 week after the first crack another one appeared from the top of the stereo back to the dash separator. Two cracks over 12 inches each. Pretty shotty craftsmanship. I should have went with my instincts and bought the Toyota.

- , Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #48

Jun 172007

Ram 1500 LX 3.2l V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


- , Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #47

May 022009

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I have taken very good care of my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. I keep protection on the dash at all times but a 8 inch crack appeared on the passenger side dash board. It obviously looks like I am not the only person with this problem, but now that Chrysler has declared bankruptcy I'm sure nothing will be done to help us out. I can't imagine what it will cost me to replace my dash. This SUCKS!!!!!

- , Washington, NC, USA

problem #46

Mar 012009

Ram 1500 SLT V8 Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Same problem here as multiple other persons. Have a cracked dash on my Dodge Ram despite the fact that windows are tinted and dash covered when parked in the sun. The cracks run all the way from the window to the edge of the dash on the passenger side.

I emailed Dodge and pointed out this site and the multiple owners experiencing the same problem. The customer service rep sent me a canned response saying that this is not a recall item and they have not plans to add it at this time.

Meanwhile my 10 year old 100,000 Corolla dash looks as good as new.

- , Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #45

Jun 012008

Ram 1500 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I bought my truck brand new in 2003. It's had a visor in the window any time the suns out or if I'm at home it was in the car port. Last year sometime, I noticed a small crack in the dash around the defrost vents. It was all down hill from there. Now I do not have a dash in the front two sections, and there is a giant crack over where the airbag is. This looks horrible. I've invested a lot in my truck for keeping it in good shape and to have this happen is a slap in the face.

I have had to have the instrument cluster replaced by dodge, but it still doesn't work right. I have had to replace a vacuum line when the truck was only a year old. I have had to replace the radiator hose. I have had to replace a crank shaft sensor. I am currently waiting to get my truck back from the shop because the whole COMPUTER has to be replaced.... at 60,000 MILES!!!


I think Dodge needs to fix this dashboard problem. If not I don't see myself being able to buy another one. Which is a shame because I was considering going and getting a new 4x4.

- , Jax, FL, USA

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