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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,227 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #119

Oct 152009

Ram 2500

  • 28,500 miles


Hard plastic dash board cracks into lots of hard sharp pieces that can become deadly projectiles in a crash. Instrument cluster bezel also becomes brittle and can pose a severe laceration risk in a collision situation. Also, as the dash degrades, large chunks can become dislodged during driving on rough roads or when hitting a bump. These chunks can slide and move about the cab and either cause a dangerous distraction resulting in a crash, or, can fly about and potentially cause injury to occupants due to the sharp edges. Please prove that the NHTSA is not just another bloated government Agency in the pocket of the auto manufacturers and do something about this issue that has plagued Dodge truck owners for years.

- Elkin, NC, USA

problem #118

Oct 232010

Ram 2500

  • 55,400 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4, brake line directly behind gas tank above rear axle on the driver side rusts/corrodes which causes a major brake fluid leak and causes loss of brakes. This area is hidden from immediate sight by the spare tire and apparently buildup doesn't get washed away in the carwash or when it rains or from road spray etc. I have never seen brake lines rust so bad. They actually look like they swell as they rust and scale. The rest of the vehicles undercarrage is 90% black paint from the factory, but the brake lines are rusting. Manufacturer should have used stainless steel brake line material or at least a coated type brakeline. Loss of brakes is a big safety issue. There should be no warranty period on something like this, they should be the last thing to go on the vehicle. There should be a paid in full recall before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Avoca, PA, USA

problem #117

Oct 152010

Ram 2500

  • 122,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 dashboard cracked in so many places that it caved in and affected the high/lo beam switch. I turned the high beam switch on and the headlights went completely off. I immediately pulled over and somehow got the lo beams back on. This is a very dangerous situation that can put innocent lives in grave danger. Please do something to resolve this issue before anything bad happens.

- Marion, CT, USA

problem #116

Sep 012007

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


2001 Dodge Ram 2500 - cracked dash. Dash has been cracked for about 3 years now and it is completely falling apart on the drivers side close to the windshield. Dodge needs to address this!

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #115

Mar 042010

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel my dash has stared cracking and becoming loose I am afraid it will fall off my truck is in good condition other than that has there been any recalls.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #114

May 062005

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
My dash is cracked all over and when I went to take off just dash besal it cracked and if you just pick it up it will break in your hand. These are sharp pointing ends. I would hate to see what would happen to some one if and when the air bag deplore. I never had to take dash apart before so this is do to bad material that did not hold up to the heat or cold. I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500.

- Felton, PA, USA

problem #113

Jun 012010

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. While the vehicle was parked she noticed that the dashboard was cracked severely. She stated that as she was cleaning the dashboard it became progressively worse and caused her to sustain a minor cut to her hand. The contact stated that the dashboard was very brittle. She called the manufacturer and was advised to file a formal complaint and someone would call her back. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000 and the current mileage was 93,005. Updated 01/04/11 updated 01/10/11

- Clyde, OH, USA

problem #112

Jan 152007

Ram 2500

  • 70,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 truck. Complete dash failure, cracked, broken and caved in. Plastic material is brittle and chunks break off at slightest touch. Plastic edges are very sharp and could cause injury. Total replacement is only fix.

- Alturas, FL, USA

problem #111

Jan 232007

Ram 2500

  • miles
Dash on a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 is falling apart and leaving wires exposed to the sun.

- Klondike, TX, USA

problem #110

May 012004

Ram 2500

  • 100,000 miles
Entire dashboard crumbling, cracking, falling apart, disintegrating on 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. I believe this to be a significant safety issue as vehicle wiring is exposed and entire support structure of dash especially around the passenger safety air bag is falling apart. I believe this issue has rendered the air bag useless. Plastic shards are razor sharp and dangerous.

- Canyon Lake, TX, USA

problem #109

Jul 282010

Ram 2500

  • 187,450 miles


1.) after opening the hood the rubber strip running across the top edge of the firewall (where back of hood meets) may become dislodged and fall onto the turbocharger housing. 2.) this occurs almost every time hood is opened. The last time I had to open the hood it was dark and I did not notice that it had become detached again when I closed the hood. 3.) since the rubber had caught on fire I removed it and allowed it to burn itself out on my driveway. The last time it came in contact with the turbo I was able to notice it before it actually had caught on fire, this time I was not so lucky.

- Walnut Springs, TX, USA

problem #108

May 112007

Ram 2500

  • 110,000 miles
I am the second owner of a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 and approximately 3 years ago the dashboard cracked into multiple pieces and now has large holes in it that are exposing the electrical wires. Also pieces of the dashboard could become projectiles in the event of a crash. There are thousands of complaints about the same problem on multiple web sites; however, Dodge will not correct the safety issue. This needs to be addressed as a recall by Dodge.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #107

Jan 122006

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
In 2001 I bought a new Dodge 2500 truck at 50,000 miles the dash started cracking and now at 80,000 miles is falling to pieces. I called Dodge and since the warranty had expired got no help.

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #106

Jan 012010

Ram 2500

  • miles
Our 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup dashboard has cracked and is caving in (in all different places) - the Dodge dealer said it's not a recall so there is nothing they can do about it.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #105

Mar 062010

Ram 2500

  • miles
Dash cracked on my 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. Smaller cracks are branching off of the large one.

- Mocksville, NC, USA

problem #104

Apr 152009

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 the dash began to fall apart in pieces about a year ago. The pieces are now falling down in behind the dash. My fear is that these pieces may cause an electrical short. (lights, brakes, air bag, god only knows) the dash problem is so widespread, that after contacting numerous aftermarket and salvage suppliers, I have learned that there are no dashes available for my truck. I contacted Dodge and learned that my truck is "out of warranty". they do not believe the dash is a safety issue.

- Seguin, TX, USA

problem #103

Aug 152005

Ram 2500

  • 105,258 miles
Dash stared cracking an is totally crack now, Dodge wants nothing to do with fixing the prob. The edges of the plastic is very sharp an could cut an hurt someone seriously.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #102

May 062006

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
We have a 2001 Dodge 2500 the dash is falling apart and has become a safety issue for my family. It has been garage kept and only has 68000 miles on it, and even had the plastic cover over the sun visor from the factory. We use this truck in our towing business and some times we haul passenger and some are children who's fingers could be cut due to the sharp edge where the dash is cracked and even one place has fall out now to where a child can put it whole hand down in and there is a lot of electrical wire that could possible cause serious harm. Please help I have tried all I can to get something done but no help from Dodge. I went ahead and bought a new dash for our truck but having it put in will be my next issue. I think this is a major problem and Dodge needs to stand up and fix this problem. After this many complaints someone can be held liable.

- Burnsville, NC, USA

problem #101

May 222008

Ram 2500

  • 93,000 miles
The dash on my Ram 2500 is cracked and falling apart. The passenger side has a six inch hole in it and the plastic is very brittle. If the airbag was to deploy, it would send shrapnel of plastic into my passengers face causing great harm. Dodge says they don't have to fix it unless a recall is directed. They don't seem to care that they are putting people in danger by having a defective dash on the road.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #100

Jan 222000

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
Cracking in dash presents a cutting hazard. Edges are sharp and pieces are falling out.

- South Webe, UT, USA

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