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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,064 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Dodge Ram 3500 body / paint problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Feb 112008

Ram 3500

  • miles


My 2001 Dodge Ram fell completely apart from the dashboard, it is no longer there. Anymore, , and I hear odd sounds coming from the inside of the dash.

- Cleveland, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 282006

Ram 3500

  • 120,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge 3500 and a 2002 Dodge 1500 both of them have extremely bad cracks in the dash. The 3500's dash is the worst of the two it is starting to cave in my fuel level gauge and A/C doesn't work because of the pressure on the connectors. It continues to get worst and Dodge should be held accountable for this.

- Indian Head, MD, USA

problem #15

Jul 242008

Ram 3500

  • miles
2001 Dodge Ram 3500 dash fell apart when I turned on the defroster sharp debri flew into my eye. Also small uts on face and neck from the flying shrapnel. Dodge says its not a safety issue. I beg to differ.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #14

Jun 102008

Ram 3500

  • 176,000 miles


Dash on my Dodge 3500 caved in and has several more large cracks that are likely to follow suit with the same failure. Dash pieces continue to fall in the structural part of the dash and several cracks are finding their way to my pass. Side airbag.

- Jasper, AL, USA

problem #13

May 152006

Ram 3500

  • 101,200 miles
My dash board is in pieces I have called Dodge and was told sorry about your luck and they have no one else with this problem hogwash its so brittle if you touch it will crumble no satisfaction has been given at all this could cause a fire I can see all of the wires its very scary.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 192008

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
2001 Dodge Ram with a cracked dashboard. Consumer states that the dashboard is cracked from front to back. He would like to know if there is a recall for this problem.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #11

May 112002

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The dashboard on our 2001 Dodge Ram pickup cracked only after a year. We took it so the dealership in mcalester, ok (riverside Dodge) and they refused to fix it. They said it was not covered under warranty. Now there is an 8 inch hole in the dashboard and numerous cracks over the entire surface and even on the inside trim work. Since first reporting this, it has come to my attention that there are hundreds if not thousands of vehicles exactly like ours with the same problem. We feel that Dodge/Chrysler needs to recall this and take care of this dangerous problem. We have seen and heard of reports on the internet about electrical problems, etc that worries us too.

- Mcalester, OK, USA

problem #10

Feb 012006

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dashboard of our 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 dump truck has caved in.

- Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

May 162004

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram. Three years ago, the contact noticed a crack on the dashboard. Currently, the crack has spread so far that the dashboard is completely damaged and coming apart. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that there was a recall ; however, her vehicle was not included. The contact stated that the cruise control sporadically disengages while driving. She further stated that the speed control switch took a long time to activate. The consumer stated broken pieces from the dashboard can injure or kill someone. The powertrain, recall number, and speed were unknown. The failure mileage was 87,000 and current mileage was 140,000. Updated 01/03/08. Updated 12/31/07

- Tavares, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 232004

Ram 3500

  • miles
Dash board cracking/collapsing, electrical problems secondary to dash problems. Broken plastic pieces of the dash are now projectiles for me and my family if there was an accident, or air bag deployment.

- Ft. Pierce, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 012004

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that the vehicle's dashboard began to crack and pieces are falling down into the instrument panel. He has written letters to the attorney general's office, the better business bureau, and daimler Chrysler. No one has responded as of yet. This failure has been ongoing since January of 2004. The contact stated that the vehicle was still under the original warranty when the failure first began. The failure still persists. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 91,000 and failure mileage was 36,000. The consumer stated the vehicle was taken to power Dodge for repairs. The consumer stated the dealer will provide a copy of repairs. Updated 06/29/07

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jan 092007

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles
The dashboard of the 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 had several cracks that has been in the news lately. Possible hazard if involved in an accident. Many complaints being lodged with Dodge and local media.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 012005

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
5/8/07. 2001 Dodge Ram. Consumer states that the dash shows cracks and is falling apart.

- Leesburg , FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 242005

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Was pulling a trailer at 45 mph the vehicle started fish tailing. Without the trailer at 55 mph the vehicle will fish tail. Took the vehicle to Chrysler, and found that it was shaky. The tie rods ends, ball joints, and the check bar malfunctioned on the front of the vehicle. Almost had a wreck. This happened on 24, June 2205. The consumer stated the vehicle was poorly designed, the front of the vehicle was too light for the weight of the engine. There was no grease fitting for the ball joint. The rotors were replaced.

- Richland Center, WI, USA

problem #3

Nov 102003

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The vehicle slipped out of gear and the body separated from the chassis on the passenger side front.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012003

Ram 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Dashboard panel split around passenger's air bag. Consumer believed this might cause an inadvertent air bag deployment. Dealer was notified, and informed consumer that warranty expired, and the part was not covered under a manufacturer's recall.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 052001

Ram 3500

  • miles
While driving could step on the brakes pedal and noise will come from bottom of vehicle, and another noise from fuel tank that makes a lot of noise, like bouncing. Could not be corrected by dealer. The consumer was concerned about the fuel tank noise and states that it should be investigated. There is a cluncking noise on take off or stoping due to trans mount failure.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

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