really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,740 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 092013

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Pulled out of parking lot hood flew open cracked windshield bent hinges and hood, barely got shut, afraid to open again, had it checked out by my mechanic and he said that these latches are recalled and fail all the time.

- Island Lake, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 022011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Driving on the road, going about 40 miles an hour, the hood to my Ram has flown open. This is the 2nd time this has happened. I thought the first time was my fault but lightning doesn't strike twice. I spent over $1000 the first time to get it repaired.

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 012010

Ram 1500

  • 93,000 miles
We were driving approximately 45 mph when the hood suddenly flew up and smashed into the windshield. We were able to maneuver the truck to the shoulder without there being an accident. The hood was bent and had to be replaced, hood mounts had to be straightened. A new hood latch was installed as the mechanic said this was the problem that it was stuck open, and in his opinion, defective.

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #7

Dec 232009

Ram 1500

  • 87,000 miles


I was driving about 35mph, when the hood of my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 popped open. It bent the corners of the hood, I was able to push the hood down, with the help of 2 other guys. If I would have been driving faster, I believe it would have smashed my windshield. It has only happened once, but I am scared that it's going to happen again. We haven't looked into fixing it, because we just don't have the money. We are hoping to at least get it looked at this spring, unless it happens again.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 232009

Ram 1500

  • 157,000 miles
The hood latch of my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 failed, releasing to hood while I was driving down the road at 40 mph. My windshield was broken and had to be replaced also the hood is beyond repair.

- Statesboro, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 172009

Ram 1500

  • 197,600 miles
Driving approx. 30 miles an hour, hood unlatched flew up. It damaged hood, hinges and smashed windshield.

- Cochecton, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 152008

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles


I was driving my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck at approximately 30 miles per hour and the hood flew open, completely blocking my view. The hood and hood hinges were damaged and the windshield was cracked and required replacing.

- Union, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 042009

Ram 1500

  • 103,000 miles
I was traveling in the range of 30-45mph when out of no where my hood flew open and smashed against my windshield, causing me to be totally blinded and crash into a tall curb tearing apart some suspension parts and also the wipers were pinched and later began smoking. Followed by the truck not going into reverse. The truck is a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 032008

Ram 1500

  • 93,802 miles
My 2001 Dodge 1500 truck experienced hood latch failure while driving today, 10-3-08. I had the hood open earlier in the day and closed it the same way I've done for 7 years, which is with enough force to latch the hood. Five minutes into my drive to pick up my daughter and driving appx. 30 mph, the hood unlatched and flip completely up onto the windshield. Fortunately neither myself, my son or others were hurt when I had to stomp the breaks and get off the road. The hinges and hood are both bent. I came across the NHTSA action number : PE08047 while I was on the net attempting to find out how to fix the damage. Please include me as part of the complaint file. Thank you, glenn zimmerman

- Leola, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 and the dashboard has multiple cracks in it. I went to the Dodge dealer and the say they haven't had any complaints on the dashboard. That's bull, my father has a 2500 Dodge and he has the exact same problem with his dash. It's a problem Dodge doesn't want to address.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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