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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,364 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.

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Oct 052011

Ram 1500

  • 111,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the dashboard was fractured and falling apart from the windshield to the front portion of the dashboard. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 111,000.

- Piedmont, AL, USA

problem #7

Jun 012011

Ram 1500

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle dashboard developed a fracture above the left side of the glove compartment that continued up to the windshield. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised the contact that the dashboard would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any immediate assistance and explained to the contact that once the repairs were performed, she could send the paper work in to determine eligible for reimbursement. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Marlboro, VT, USA

problem #6

Jul 172011

Ram 1500

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the entire dashboard was separated from the vehicle causing the wires to shorten. As a result, the horn and exterior lighting failed intermittently. The air bag was also exposed. In addition, the vehicle stalled intermittently while driving. The dealer had not been notified. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who informed the contact that the electrical wires were compromised due to the electrical system malfunctioning since the fragments were tampering with the wires. The manufacturer was aware of the failure; however, did not offer any assistance since there were no recalls. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 97,643 and the approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 062010

Ram 1500

  • 116,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the dashboard was cracked and causing the defroster to malfunction. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer advised that the entire dashboard needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer and the manufacturer stated there was nothing they could do to assist. The contact stated that the lack of working defrosters could impair his vision and cause a crash. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- North Lake, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 162010

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 5.7 hemi rusting out from the inside out around the rear wheel wells. Between the outer bed side and the inner metal fender. There are factory drilled holes that let the road dirt in and get trapped to rust out the bed sides.

- Glendale , WV, USA

problem #3

Apr 012010

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles
The side panels of the truck bed started to rust through with 2 inch holes. Then a couple of months later we noticed the truck was making a funny noise underneath. Climbed under to find out that the frame was all rusted and large holes throughout and it was only hanging on by a thin piece of rusted metal. A mechanic welded a small plate underneath towards the front of the frame to try and hold things together.

- Prospect, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 032007

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the grab handle on the passenger side broke and hit the passenger in the face. The passenger sustained serious injuries to the face; however, the occupant was not transported to the hospital. The dealer confirmed that there were no recalls or warranty related to the grab handle. The contact refused to purchase the replacement grab handle due to the cost. The vehicle has not been repaired. The Dodge manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup and the dashboard has recently started to crack dramatically. There are now 3 large cracks in the dashboard that go from the front windshield to the opposite edge of the dashboard. I owned a GMC pickup for 10 years and there was never a single crack and I have been living in the same environment/area so I know that the weather/sun is not the cause. I am afraid that the cracks are going to cause the entire dashboard to collapse and possible damage wiring or be a possible hazard while driving.

- Longwood, FL, USA

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