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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,363 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 8 of 9)

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problem #23

May 032008

Ram 1500

  • 79,000 miles


I have no idea to what caused the failure, I have 2 Chrysler products and both have the same issues, nothing has been done yet I am trying out what do I need to do. The dashboard is cracking.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #22

Jan 012008

Ram 1500

  • 30,000 miles
The dash in my 2003 Dodge Ram with 40,000 miles on it has large cracks in several places and getting worse. Earlier this year a piece of the dash fell in a ac vent and wedged the ac close in the dash, I had to pay over $150 to repair the ac, only to find out it was also due to the cracked dash. I have called Dodge and was told that the truck is no longer in warranty and it was now my problem because as of now there are no recalls for this problem.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #21

Jan 222007

Ram 1500

  • 32,000 miles
The dash board on my 2003 Dodge Ram is cracking and collapsing. It is getting worse by the day it seems and I am afraid that the pieces will fall inside the dash and cause a fire or affect my steering or electronics. Please help. I am finding that there are many more out there like mine and we are all worried for our safety.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #20

Mar 232007

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles


My dash cracked and large pieces of plastic has fallen into the void. Im afraid these jagged pieces may cut someone or cause damage to wiring below.

- Q, UT, USA

problem #19

Aug 182006

Ram 1500

  • miles
My dashboard is cracking very badly. At first I thought it was because of the way I drive but I found out that many people who drive this vehicle are having the same problems. Dodge should pay for this because it is a defect in the manufacturing of the item.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #18

Jan 102008

Ram 1500

  • miles
My 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 dash is cracking really bad. It has been doing this since the beginning of this year. I feel that if the plastic breaks into pieces they could cause bodily harm. If you are traveling at a high rate of velocity and come to a rapid stop or impact an object it may cause a piece of plastic to break off of the dash and fly into a person potentially harming them and or causing death. There are many complaints about this issue and it needs to be looked into as to why this is happening. Thank you marco.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 122008

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Cracked dash. Nothing has been replaced yet. I was told this is a very common failure in this model vehicle.

- Canton, MS, USA

problem #16

Apr 192008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,810 miles
Like many other Dodge Ram owners, mine (2003) has a cracked dashboard on the passenger side that extends over most of the dash. Less than 40K miles and already showing defects? to me that is not acceptable.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 142007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Dash board material has hardened and is coming a part. 1.concerns over the hardness of the material causing excessive head injury. 2. concerns over air bag deployment accidental (due to dash board fatigue, and or flying dash board debris upon deployment of air bag or bags.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #14

Jun 132006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Dash cracking in 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. Warranty does not cover trim. After conducting research, '01 and up Ram have a problem with the dash falling apart.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 292007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,700 miles


Dash board has cracked from windshield up to beginning of dash.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #12

Nov 232007

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Dashboards on Dodge Ram's are cracking, I'm experiencing this with my truck. I've also found a website called and also found that there were 43 other people that had the same complaint. We all feel that Chrysler needs to do right by us. They will repair at out expense starting at $700. This is rediculous and it seems the manufacturer will only listen to you. Please, is there anyway you can help us. Thank you. Gaspare bruno

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #11

Aug 152007

Ram 1500

  • miles
Purchase Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab used in September 2006. Did not have problem with dashboard until August 2007. Dashboard is cracked in 3 separate places the worst being all the way from the defrost vent to the front of the dash above the passenger airbag. I have done nothing to fix it as of yet. I have noticed that there has to at least be thousands of people having this problem and I am waiting for Dodge to step up and fix the problem before I pay out of pocket myself.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 062007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 slt with 48,000 miles on it. Today a crack suddenly appeared on the dashboard above the passenger side airbag while the vehicle was parked. The crack runs from the top to the bottom of the dashboard. I have not called about service or repair of it yet.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 102007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
While driving on the freeway, I heard aloud click sound. Thought it was a rock hitting the glass. However, when I looked in the direction of the sound, I could see a crack spreading across the dashboard. This was not trauma related!! it just cracked all the way across and stopped when it came to the part of the dash that starts going downward. It is now slowly traveling down now, but will end soon when it gets to the next seam. It is cracked on the passenger side in one continuous crack traveling from the dash seam near the windshield straight out over the top of the glove compartment/air bag. I would expect this from an older truck but not a truck that is just over 3 yrs old. This is not the type of crack from the sun, it is an obvious defect!! wouldn't a crack like this effect the passenger airbag operation? I have talked to my dealer and Chrysler and they say it is not covered. Even with mymaximum care extended warranty. A new dash was quoted to me at $1800.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 282007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,750 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 that I bought new in June 2003. The dashboard is cracking in several spot already. Other Dodge trucks dashboards are completely collasping. My dashboard is in ealry stages of this process and could affect the air bags and electrical as well. This truck has been taken very good care of and was even treated with the interior package from the dealer at the time of purchase. Dodge has not accepted any responsibility for the product as of yet. I am concerned that the dashboard will continue to self destruct. This appears to be a larger problem that the manufacturer is not will to deal with.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #7

May 012007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cracking dashboard.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 152007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500...large dashboard cracks. Concerned for safety due to electrical failure possibility.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Noticed a crack in my dashboard in January 2007. It was getting worse. I have found many website forums regarding this same problem with the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, and they started the same way and got bad enough that the dashboards fell in, creating a safety hazard. I feel there should be a recall from Dodge Chrysler on this but I could not find one anywhere. I fell that Dodge should replace the dashboard with a suitable one free of charge.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #4

May 052007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The dashboard on the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with only 20,000 miles on it cracked and has large chunks falling out of it.

- Titusville, FL, USA

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