really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,313 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 13 of 25)

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problem #254

May 102006

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles


I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The dash started cracking about a year and a half ago. I was driving down he road and heard this loud pop and pulled over thinking a rock hit the windshield. I noticed then the dash was cracked and separated. Now I can stick my arm in parts of my dash. I have holes and cracks all over the dash and pieces keep falling out while I drive.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #253

Mar 202008

Ram 1500

  • 83,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 dashboard cracked.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #252

Oct 202007

Ram 1500

  • miles
I own a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup and the dash is cracking in several places. Spoke to the dealership and was told not covered under warranty. These are several large cracks one comes from defrost vent towards driver and has started to curve down toward instrument panel, one other has gone behind passenger side airbag. At what point is Chrysler going to do recall when someone is killed?

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #251

Feb 102006

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles


I have a 2001 dodger Ram 1500 that I bought used around Nov. 2005. When I bought it I didn't really notice anything wrong with the dash, but then a few months later around 50,000 miles, I noticed a couple of cracks near the windshield going across the defrost vents. Since then my dash has about 12-15 cracks in it all going from the windshield all the way to the instrument bezel and the area near the passenger airbag. I contacted Chrysler about the situation about a year ago when it started to get real bad and they told me to take it to an authorized dealer and have a diagnostic ran on it (it is a plastic dash, what are you going to run). After having a certified Chrysler mechanic inspect the dash and tell me "yep, its cracked" and told me that "it is a very common problem due to bad plastic", I then called Chrysler back and they said "that there was not a recall on that item, the vehicle is too old and too many miles for them to replace it and that now I know that I have to replace the dash." The dealer then told me that the dash was on back order for about 2 years. The very sharp pieces of the dash now stick up and out toward the passengers in certain areas and weather conditions. It also started cracking the instrument bezel too. I am just waiting for the whole dash to fall apart on day. Obviously this is a major problem with 2001 Dodge Ram and I think that Chrysler should take responsibility for their poor craftsmanship.

- Vancleave, MS, USA

problem #250

May 172008

Ram 1500

  • 64,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram dashboard with severe cracks - defective part - poor workmanship - should be replaced by manufacturer.

- Silver Creek, GA, USA

problem #249

Oct 012006

Ram 1500

  • 55,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 dash cracked, then cracked again, and is now breaking apart. Passenger airbag may soon be affected, could pose a safety issue. This is a very widespread problem in this year/ make of vehicle due to a manufacturers defect.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #248

Dec 082008

Ram 1500

  • 127,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 50 mph, the hood of the vehicle flew back into the windshield. The contact was able to safely maneuver the vehicle off the road. The windshield sustained a dozen or more cracks, but did not shatter. He struggled with the hood in order to keep it from blocking his view, and managed to tie the hood down to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 127,000.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #247

Nov 012007

Ram 1500

  • miles
The dashboard on my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 truck is cracked in several places from the windshield to front of dash.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #246

May 102005

Ram 1500

  • miles
Cracked dashboard on a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 the dash started to crack about 2 years ago then pieces started to break off I glued the pieces back together but now their are other cracks if I was to get into a wreck I would not want any of these pieces coming back and hitting me or my family. Dodge should issue a recall because I am not the only one with this problem.

- Silver Lake, KS, USA

problem #245

Jul 012008

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 that I bought used 2 years ago. Truck was flawless now has 2 large cracks from the windshield to midway back on the top of the dash. Now having problems with hi beam lights.

- Eagle Grove , IA, USA

problem #244

Jun 082007

Ram 1500

  • 76,000 miles


I own a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. The dashboard is badly cracked at various locations. No action has yet been taken to correct he defect.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #243

Jan 012003

Ram 1500

  • miles
I am another victim of the 2001 Dodge Ram dash board crack up. This started in 2003 and continues today. The dealer says I have to pay to replace it. I have plastic pieces of dash board falling into my electrical components. I worry what will happen when/if I get into a mishap. When is the government going to recall these dashes" does it take someone getting killed" if there is a recall, I cannot find it but know I should not have to pay to have it replaced.

- Swansboro, NC, USA

problem #242

May 242006

Ram 1500

  • miles
I bought a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup brand new from a Dodge dealer. The dashboard has completely come apart. Tons of cracks in it.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #241

Feb 112008

Ram 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 #240

May 012005

Ram 1500

  • 65,239 miles
The dashboard of my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 has fallen in on itself. One day as I was driving a crack started. A few months later one piece fell in and 2 years later most of the dash is broken down. There are shards of broken plastic everywhere under where it was located. There are no old parts available as all of that model have the same problem. If there is ever a crash sharp shards of plastic will be flying everywhere. There is no recall on the defective parts that I can find. Parts that I can find are $300-$500 in cost which I will not pay in that excess. If I could find it for $100 I would replace it.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #239

Aug 012008

Ram 1500

  • 98,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 truck: The dash is cracking and falling in all at the base of the window. The plastic pieces are sharp and loose inside the dash. These pieces can get lodged in electrical components or fans causing shorts and potential fire hazards. Dodge is not offering to repair or replace this defect.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #238

Mar 052008

Ram 1500

  • miles
The dashboard of my Dodge 2001 Ram 1500 quad cab is completely cracked. I keep a sun visor on it but it made no difference. It is so evident it is a manufacturers defect. Every Dodge truck I see on the road in my area that is like mine has the same issue.

- Newport, NC, USA

problem #237

Oct 202006

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota that has a crack in the dashboard. I have seen that there are over a 100 people that have the same problem. But no one seems to be concerned about this problem. The airbag could deploy if you hit a bump or a pothole too hard. What is it going to take for Dodge to recall these automobile, maybe somebody dying.

- Charlestown, IN, USA

problem #236

Sep 242008

Ram 1500

  • 50,216 miles
Plastic dash has cracked all the way from front to rear of dash in front of steering wheel.

- New Bremen, OH, USA

problem #235

Feb 072007

Ram 1500

  • miles
I purchased a used 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 slt laramie 2X4 in May 2005 from cutter Dodge in Hawaii with 32,000 miles.. the truck was flawless. In the beginning of 2007 my dashboard began to crack. I have taken excellent care of the truck as far as maintenance and protective measures to prolong the truck. I contacted the dealership and they said I would have to pay for a new dashboard with parts and labor it was quoted at $2100. I've researched online and through networking that everyone who owns a 2000-2003 Dodge Ram has a bad dashboard. It seems to be a safety issue, being the majority of the cracks are above the passenger side airbag. I have purchased a dashmat to try and prolong what is left of the dashboard, and at the same time upset that Dodge will not replace the dashboards, that are faulty. I've owned older trucks that didn't have dashboards that cracked or fell apart. Could someone look into this?

- Aiea, HI, USA

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