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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,071 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 body / paint problems

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2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 112004

Ram Van 1500

  • miles


The dashboard is cracked all over and is falling apart completely. I feel there needs to be a recall and this needs to be replaced because this is a safety hazard!!! Dodge has not fixed this issue and I will not buy another vehicle from this maker again until it is fixed.

- Shadyside, OH, USA

problem #13

Apr 092011

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
The vehicle is a 2001 Dodge Ram truck. The dash board has cracked and poses a safety hazard by dangerous sharp pieces. If I was in an accident one of these pieces could inflict potentially severe injury.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #12

Jul 012003

Ram Van 1500

  • 40,000 miles
I own a 2001 Dodge that (just like everyone else) has many cracks from the windshield to the front of the dash (plastic). This problem started about two yrs after purchase. I am lucky that all of the electrical in the dash still works, but it looks like crap. The sunglass door on the overhead console (plastic) is broken. The cup holder (plastic) is broken. This is crazy everyone with an 01 Dodge Ram knows there was a problem with the plastic that went into the interior. Please do what you can to make these people stand behind there product.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 252009

Ram Van 1500

  • 70,000 miles


I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel pickup and the dash is cracked and have a couple of large holes approximately 8 inches wide. I have heard that there are many other 2001 Dodge Ram's that have this same problem. I am concerned about the wiring behind the dash exposed to the elements. I am concerned about component failure and possibly a fire resulting from exposed wiring.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 152006

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
2001 Dodge Ram - the dashboard started cracking and has since cracked from front to back and now into the front trim pieces. Dash pieces are now falling out and popping out while driving. This is distracting and dangerous. I am concerned the cracks may affect the deployment of the passenger airbag in the case of a collision. Thousands of the same reports are visible across the internet. This should be a mandatory recall. Chrysler refuses to fix as this is not a "recall item".

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #9

Feb 112008

Ram Van 1500

  • 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 #8

Mar 192008

(reported on)

Ram Van 1500

  • 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 #7

May 112002

Ram Van 1500 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 #6

May 162004

Ram Van 1500 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 #5

Nov 012004

Ram Van 1500 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 #4

Sep 012005

Ram Van 1500 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 #3

Jun 242005

Ram Van 1500 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 #2

Nov 102003

Ram Van 1500 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 #1

Apr 052001

Ram Van 1500

  • 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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