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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,152 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 electrical problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 202015

Ram 2500

  • 130,000 miles


I'm having problems with my electrical wiring in my PCM and my circuit breaker where my fuses go under my hood. It makes real loud noises, it cuts off, to were I have to let it cool off and then it starts back up, and then it will cut off while in park. I was told it was my PCM module and my truck needed to be rewired!

- Cairo, GA, USA

problem #9

Nov 142012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 132,000 miles
The dashboard started to disintegrate almost immediately after purchase. At 70,000 miles it had opened up a giant sinkhole and started causing electrical shortages, like headlights going out occasionally while driving. Now every time the fan is run, small pieces fly around the cab. A piece got into my eye while driving, it was a bad situation. I had to be treated with antibiotics in eye for a cut. Now I am seriously concerned for my safety in the event the airbags deploy. Sharp shards of shrapnel could be forced into my body by the airbag deploying. It is a very unsafe situation for driver and passenger. I am having the whole dash replaced at my own cost because of this. Dodge refuses to help. Unfortunately my mechanic says he replaces these all the time because of this issue, but in two years new dash is disintegrating again. This is clearly an unsafe situation that needs to be dealt with, before fatalities occur.

- Julian Ca, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 112012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 70,000 miles
The dashboard in this vehicle started to disintegrate at about 70,000 miles, even though it had a dash cover and window sun protection in at all times, since purchase of the vehicle. It was like a sinkhole opening up in dash. It is now causing wiring problems to the point I have it in the shop. Called Dodge to see if there is a recall as the mechanic said he has the same truck, with same issue, and every Dodge 2001 truck he works on has the same issue. Dodge would not comment. I have a Dodge Ram 2500 1992, and the dash looks like new. It is a defect that needs to be recalled. It can cause the headlights to short out while driving.

- Julian, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 252013

Ram 2500

  • miles


Dash board totally destroyed lights and A/C switch won;T work properly radio is attached only by 2 screws I am afraid that the lights will not operate at nite anymore and became unsafe to drive. Contacted local Dodge dealers, indicating they don"T have any recalls on this item and there is nothing they can do to help. This is a serious problem with defective material, but Chrysler refused to knowledge the problem.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #6

May 202011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 102,000 miles
Turned key to start position and engine would not crank over. Turned key off and back on and found none of the dashboard warning lights came on (water in fuel, temp, brake, seat belt, etc.). there was no indication of electrical power to the dash or ignition switch. Upon inspection I found the main power feed wire to the ignition switch (8 gauge stranded) broken at the connector below the steering wheel hub. Further examination reveals that this wire flexes each time the steering wheel is tilted. I attached a new connector to the wire and plugged it back in, and everything worked as normal. After about a month I tilted the wheel up while the engine was running and the engine immediately quit and I had the same no-start, no-light condition as the first time. Found the replacement connector had come loose from the plug and reconnected it which again cured the problem. This has happened twice more until I finally spliced in about 5 inches of new wire to make a loop and relieve the stress on the original wire. If this condition, the first time the wire broke, had happened while I was underway and wanted to adjust the steering wheel tilt, I would have lost engine power, steering assist, brake assist, and I'm not sure what else. This would have almost certainly have caused a serious and ugly accident. I don't see any other complaints about this issue, so maybe mine was just a fluke. But I doubt it. I think this has the potential to be a deadly problem. Meanwhile, my dashboard is also in pieces. I just cover it up and try not to look at it. After all, it's a Dodge...

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 192006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 P/U quad cab that caught on fire after I turned the truck off. There was a safety recall in 2002, but I was never notified. Chrysler sent out an inspector and they denied the claim. I was under the impression that safety recalls had to be listed on registration so as to be done before you can re-register. I received a letter stating that they denied the claim but not told the facts of the investigation or why it was denied. The recall stated that this could cause a fire.

- Hollister, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 252003

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles


The electrical system failed, which caused the vehicle to stall.

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 112000

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,525 miles
While driving vehicle's steering wheel locked up. Dealer notified. Ts steering wheel wouldn't turn. Power steering pump replaced. Tire pressure was too low. Steering box failed and replaced. Windshield cracked and replaced. Vehicle won't shift at 40 mph. Clunking noise from park to reverse. Found normal operation. Oil leak in front of motor. Overflow bottle too full. Vehicle wandered all over the road. Steering box adjusted. And low tire pressure was to blame. Console on seat doesn't close properly. Turbo whistles on acceleration. No problem found. Transmission surges at 10 to 45 mph. No problem found. Power steering box leaked and replaced second time. Leak was found at vacuum pump seal caused leak at power steering reservoir. Steering drifts to right and wheel is off center. Center drag link adjusted second time. After set for a few days, vehicle won't move when it is placed in drive. Normal. No problem found. All accessories work with the keys out of ignition switch. Could not duplicate. Fluid leaking from truck. Replaced steering box for third time. Brakes pulsates when applied. Low fluid found due to steering leak.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 252000

Ram 2500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was wired to pull a fifth wheel, while driving the computer chip and alternator burned out and shorted out, causing fire, claim 55-S270-703.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252000

Ram 2500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was wired to pull a fifth wheel, while driving the computer chip and alternator burned out and shorted out, causing fire, claim 55-S270-703.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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