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 4 of 25)

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problem #434

Oct 142010

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles


The front dashboard exploded while driving down the highway. It is cracked everywhere up front.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #433

Jun 152010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I have had no trouble out of my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 until 2007. That's when the first crack came into being, with a crack I might add. I herd the snap and looked over and a huge crack appeared. It ran straight up and down the middle of the passenger side, more or less cutting the dash in half. Well it went all down hill from there. One day in 2010 I rolled down my windows and the wind caught a piece of the dash and flipped it in my face. I ran off the side of the road and nearly wrecked. I was just lucky that there was no road sign at the place I ran off the road, or someone walking there at the time. And here is the kicker, I was on my way to work. At the end of the day when I got off work I had a flat tire. There was a nail in the sidewall that could not be fixed. I had to buy a new tire, [thanks Dodge]. I can't touch the dash anymore, the lightest touch now will break more pieces off. And the plastic covers they sell to put on top of the dash is only a short term fix. The dash continues to fall apart under the dash cap causing the cap to warp and not fit right, or not at all. The only way to fix it is with a new dash, which I cant afford at a whooping $500 bucks. This is one problem that Dodge should step forward to fix because it is a safety issue.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #432

Jul 112004

Ram 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 #431

Nov 012004

Ram 1500

  • miles


Cracked dash panel top.

- Patterson, LA, USA

problem #430

Aug 252005

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
Over a couple of months the dash cracked in multiple places and ended up falling apart completely while driving over railroad tracks. Now there is a pile of sharp, brittle, hard, plastic pieces with more falling out each week. If ever in a crash these pieces will fly all over the cab of the truck and be a safety hazard.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #429

Sep 072011

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dash is cracked.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #428

Feb 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


I own 2001 Dodge Ram truck. My dashboard is badly cracking and I am now having electrical problems. I went online to find out that other people are having the same issue. Its a safety issue per local 6 news.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #427

Aug 242001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dash has cracks in it.

- Anderson Sc, SC, USA

problem #426

Jul 232008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 124,351 miles
Dashboard is cracking.

- Fountain Inn, SC, USA

problem #425

Aug 012010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 dash is cracked and falling through. It started with small cracks now its cracked bad and falling through instrument cluster and on passenger side air bag. The pieces are very sharp. Could cause a fire or deploy the airbag.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #424

Apr 062007

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles


I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4WD pickup. I am the original owner and the dashboard is falling apart, it has huge cracks and am afraid to put any pressure on it because I think it will cave in. The dash started cracking about three ago and I didn't know it was such a widespread problem with this vehicle until I did a search online and found that many other people have had the same problem. I have gotten the run around from my dealership about this issue and that is why I'm filing this complaint.

- Cottage Grove, OR, USA

problem #423

Feb 202006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I own a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup that has a mysteriously cracking dash panel. There has never been a front-end collision or anyone pounding on the dash, as I am the second owner. I noticed a small crack in 2006 when the truck was about 5 years old and had about 63,000 miles. I didn't realize how widespread this issue is until the last year or so when I started seeing different websites with tons of complaints about this, particularly Chrysler products and more specifically - pickup trucks between '97 - '02. I'm concerned about possible safety issues that could arise due to broken pieces damaging electrical wiring or components such as airbag wiring. Also, it seems a slight possibility that this plastic could become dangerous projected shrapnel, if you will, in the case of airbag deployment on the passenger side. This plastic is very brittle and seems to be an obvious manufacture defect in that maybe the plastic was not cured at an appropriate temperature causing the brittleness. I am not sure if the panel was purchased from a supplier or was manufactured by Chrysler. My particular truck was assembled in Mexico, just in case that is a common thread.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #422

Jan 182006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
My dashboard started cracking 5 yrs ago. I put a dash board cover over the dash to try to prevent it from cracking more, but it did not help. It continues to crack and now has some pieces missing bc it has cracked so bad.

- Rutherfordton, NC, USA

problem #421

May 212010

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dashboard starting cracking about a year ago. Now it keeps getting bigger and when I put the heat on my window fogs up from the cracked dashboard.

- Enoree, SC, USA

problem #420

Feb 202010

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Dash have broken to pieces. At times a good bump in the road will cause a piece to break away. My biggest concern is the air bag going off in an accident and causing shards of this plastic to cause worse injuries to a passenger than the accident itself. This started with a small hole and grown to almost the entire dash gone.

- Benrook, TX, USA

problem #419

Jul 102009

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The dash of my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 is cracked and broken so badly that it is a serious safety concern in a crash. During airbag deployment, or the forces incurred during a crash, shards of plastic from the dash can strike the occupants causing serious injury or death. This is a widespread problem among Dodge Ram trucks of this date range. It is such a widespread problem, in the interest of occupant safety, Dodge should recall and replace the dashes.

- Tifton, GA, USA

problem #418

Nov 012010

Ram 1500

  • 104,000 miles
Dodge Ram 1500 lst cracking dash vertically and horizontally and now chunks of it falling through. This is a manufacturer's defect and safety issue! it is also a nationwide issue as noted by hundreds and hundreds of lodged complaints and questions as to how to deal with this on multiple forums on the internet. Took my truck in to dealership to have it detailed and vacuuming dust out caused more cracks and actually pieces fell through so I have jagged edges. Anyone should be able to vacuum their dash! Dodge needs to recall this dashboard across numerous model years beginning 2000. The jagged edges are a safety issue as will be the exposed wiring when the other cracks cave in. I want this replaced and I should not have to pay for $1000 for it.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #417

Jun 182004

Ram 1500

  • 32,000 miles
Cracks and holes in the dashboard on my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, serious safety issue not being addressed by Dodge, shame on them.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #416

May 132003

Ram 1500

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the dashboard was fractured for almost nine years with sharp pieces of the dashboard exposed. The contact was concerned that the failure would puncture the air bags. The vehicle was neither inspected nor repaired for the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised her that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 32,000.

- Otawa, KS, USA

problem #415

Jan 012003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The dash continues to fall apart, the dash bezel surrounding the gauges is falling down on to the steering wheel. The dash went from a few minor cracks, to holes in the dash, to a full collapse. Every bump on the road another piece falls off. I am worried about the broken pieces flying toward my passengers or myself in the event of a motor vehicle accident or other driving hazards. This is obviously a safety issue and needs to be addressed. Nothing has been done yet to correct the failure yet, I have been using an alternate vehicle. Dodge needs to take responsibility for this defect and fix it.

- St. Cloud, FM, USA

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