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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
136,667 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace the dash panel (2 reports)
  3. replace dashboard (1 reports)
  4. try to find a used one (1 reports)
1997 Dodge Ram 3500 accessories - interior problems

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1997 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012015

Ram 3500 SLT Turbo Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I have taken the dashboard off and do not want to replace it with fiberglass dash.(It is horrible and a waste of Money). The covers or overlay dash doesn't look good or fit correctly. So you tell me where, how and what is the replacement to fix this problem. Thanks Mark

- , Mount Olive, AL, USA

problem #5

Sep 162010

Ram 3500 SLE 5.9L I6

  • Manual transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Cant find a lower dash . My whole dash is cracked up. I can find an aftermarket top but not the lower part. It is definitely a safety hazard.

- , Gonzales, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 222006

Ram 3500 5.9L

  • Manual transmission
  • 150,000 miles

dash is literally falling apart. Very dangerous pieces fall off every day.

- , Conroe, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles


help!!!! the whole dash panel has cracked up!!! cannot utilize the dash what so ever. just the other day the heater would not work and low and behold a screw had fallen down and just happened to fall on the valve that opens the heater. got that fixed, but i should not have had to even spend any time on needs to add the components when the plastic is being mixed, that gives plastic the endurance to withstand the elements. just another shortcut for big corp., saves them money....costs the consumer.

- , Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #2

May 222004

Ram 3500 Laramie 5.9L I6 Cummins

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Dashboard has been cracking since 2004 and there is now a huge hole from the various cracks.

- , Jonestown, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 092009

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

I have been told it is the sun here in florida thats causing the dash to crack and get brittle I have been to many junkyards and when I spot a dodge the dash is already gone, but iI will keep looking

Update from Jul 12, 2010: Made a complaint to Dodge Fri 9th July 2010 concerning my damaged dashboard, Monday 11th July 2010 left message, monday afternoon recieved a call from case manager Ryan, who tells me the warranty for the dashboard is only three years and thats it !

So on Friday 19th July 2010 at 9am I have an appiontment at the local dodge dealership concerning a recall on the throttle linkage which I think will be a good time and place to "SHOW OFF" my dashboard, as it will be there all day on there lot for all customers to see (30% of the dashboard is missing)

- , Lakeland, FL, USA

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