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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 11
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,711 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

May 152010

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles


Several electrical issues due to pieces from broken dashboard falling into dash area wearing and cutting away wiring insulation. Have had problems with headlights turning off and gauges not functioning properly. Also on several occasions have seen smoke rising out of large holes in dash area. Glare from mounting brackets reflecting off inside of windshield has created visibility issues on bright days.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #30

Jul 042009

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The dash panels on my 01 Dodge 1500 Ram quad cab truck have cracked and are falling apart. The holes in the dash have exposed wiring and electrical components. It appears the molded plastics used in the dash panels are deteriorating over time due to the sun's heat and rays. I suspect, like polypropolene tubing, all dashes made of this defective plastic will desinigrate. Anyway, after some research it seems that a aftermarket dash cover is the best remedy, however I'm concerned about the sharp edges of the old dash panel could cut some wiring over time and cause a vehicle fire.

- Loganville , GA, USA

problem #29

Aug 122010

Ram 1500

  • 210,000 miles
Truck was running just fine. When truck was parked for less than 10 minutes, with engine off it suddenly ignited in the engine compartment. The truck was a complete loss. There was no warning before the event took place.

- Greenville, MI, USA

problem #28

Oct 232007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge 1500 quad cab. The contact was pulling into a residential driveway at relatively low speeds. He utilized the tilt adjust for the steering wheel and when he lifted upward, the electrical components of the vehicle failed. When he adjusted the steering wheel back downward, the electrical components became operable. The contact repeated several times and the failure occurred with each instance. The dealer discovered that the wiring harness wires were too short and was beginning to loosen. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred and the headlights failed. The high beams were the only front-end lights that would operate. The contact was concerned that the failure could potentially cause a crash. Updated 01/20/11 updated 04/20/11

- Redmond, OR, USA

problem #27

May 222010

Ram 1500

  • 125,000 miles
Dashboard has cratered and pieces break off to this day. Have had multiple cuts and wiring issues since the beginning of this problem and worried that air bag might be involved with the issues. Have placed a cover over gaping holes while waiting for a recall regarding this problem.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #26

Mar 292010

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dash is cracked and falling in. Vehicle stops running due to wires being exposed.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #25

Nov 152009

Ram 1500

  • 0 miles


Like many others, the dash fell apart...you aren't doing a thing about it until what" someone dies? 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 truck. Everyone I talk to knows someone whose truck did the same thing. If we are in a wreck and the airbag doesn't deploy due to the support system being missing....falling apart totally....then if we die, will something be done to make Chrysler stand good for the repairs? I have contacted them and they want us to pay 800 for our part. No...it is their widespread defect and we will not pay a penny. We have had a fire in the dash as everything is open to the elements now....we had to stop on the side of the road and crawl up under and find the wires burning. Whenever you turned on the key, it smoked and burned. Finally, after the truck was towed home, he traced the wire to the heated mirrors and removed it. Waiting for the next fire, I guess. What a shame for Chrysler to take bailout money and not help customers and ensure their safety. Will someone please step up????"

- Marble, NC, USA

problem #24

Sep 292009

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
I filed a complaint a few weeks ago about my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 since then I am now having electrical problems. First the windows then the radio and dome light and now this morning when I was leaving for work at :30 my head lights went out. This is ridiculous. What if I had been on the road. I drive down the interstate every morning at around 5:30.

- Dover, AR, USA

problem #23

Jun 282009

Ram 1500

  • 112,000 miles
I own a 2001 Dodge Ram pu truck 5.2.I was driving down road at night and went to click my bright lights on and the lights went out. This has happened several times. Checked the fuse and it was good. This is very dangerous.

- Flovilla, GA, USA

problem #22

Aug 302005

Ram 1500

  • miles
My 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 dash is completely cracked and has several holes in it where the plastic has caved in. I am concerned the holes and continued cracking will cause exposed wires to be burnt or severed, which could endanger the lives of the passengers in the vehicle.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 012003

Ram 1500

  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the dashboard cracked into pieces and the speedometer does not work. The dealer stated that the warranty for the interior of the vehicle expired at 36,000 miles. The estimated cost to repair the dashboard front cap is between $450-$600. The contact feels that the failure is a fabric defect and the manufacturer should be responsible for the repair cost. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 37,000 and current mileage was 67,179.

- Anmoore, WV, USA

problem #20

Sep 202005

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
My dash has been cracking out over the last few years. For about the last 10 months to a year I have had check engine light that has no significance to the way it runs, and the code is unrecognizable to auto garage. Also I have wiring problems for about the same amount of time. My dash lights will go out completely on their own and sometimes come back on, sometimes not. Also there are sharp edges on the plastic dash everywhere. As of two weeks ago, a section caved in, leaving a gaping hole about 6 by 8 inches in size. The cracks and hole look identical to pictures of other Dodge truck dashes I've seen on the internet and news. I feel that the sharp edges alone make for a safety issue, and since the cracks are so sharp and sever by the passenger airbag deployment site, I wonder if it would fail during deployment. Combined with the wiring issues that I and so many other owners are experiencing that a safety recall should be issued immediately before someone is seriously injured because of the faulty plastic used on all these Dodge trucks.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #19

May 232008

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 55,500 miles
2001 Dodge quad cab pickup has failing wiring in steering column which makes truck die while driving. Which in turn there is no power brakes or steering and no electrical functions that makes the truck run. Dead on the road literally. Who knows at what speeds this problem may occur. Luckily, it happened to me while going slow and I was able to stop the truck. No known human deaths yet that I have heard of from this. If the problem is not fixed with wiring harness there will be deaths, I'm pretty sure due to this problem. I would like to do my best to keep my family and other families safe. This needs to be dealt with before someone does die unnecessarily in an accident that can be avoided by replacing the problem part of the pickup. The bearing clutch, rear carrier bearing, axle seals, rotors, power steering pump, pinion carrier bearings were all replaced. Also, the right turn signal and headlights failed. The center seat console bolting system fell out of the truck, the plastic dashboard panel and housing around the instrument panel was cracked in four places. The gasket on the water pump was leaking. The gasket, water and timing chain were replaced. The clutch failed, due to the wrong year transmission being installed in the vehicle. A 2000 transmission was installed in the vehicle, instead of a 2001. Updated 10/15/14

- Redmond, OR, USA

problem #18

Jun 212008

Ram 1500

  • 88,117 miles
Flashing light on odometer reads, "no bus" and the gauges do not work. What is wrong with this trucks electrical system?

- Ft. Edward, NY, USA

problem #17

Apr 282003

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
When raining or high moisture the vehicle dies or will not start. Driving down the interstate several times it started to rain and the truck engine stopped running. Leaving me with no power steering and trying to pull off the highway in traffic. If raining or damp. When try to start, there is no such luck. We have to leave it sit in the drive unusable. When you turn the headlamps from high to low beam the lights go out. The engine light stays on most of the time.

- Warrenton, MO, USA

problem #16

Jul 132007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The dashboard has fallen apart piece by piece. Wires are now dangerously exposed and the broken pieces could turn into dangerous, sharp flying debris in the event of an accident.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #15

Jul 172007

Ram 1500

  • miles
The dashboar D is cracked in several places, and also a few places have caved in. There are some electrical problems with dashboar D also.

- Sweetwater, TX, USA

problem #14

Dec 072005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
2001 Dodge 4X4, 1500 quad cab truck. While driving down the hwy going 75 mph, at night time, the head light turned off and would not come back on until you kept flicking the high and low beams. Vehilce was taken to dealership and they replaced the (multifunction switch) if there would have not been other vehilce drivng in front of my vehicle, it could of been a serious or deadly crash with no lights at night going the hwy speed limite on winding roadways.

- Humboldt, AZ, USA

problem #13

May 102001

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Dash panel has went out on my truck 3 times already and is acting up now. Check engine light has been on more than it has stayed off.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #12

Jul 262005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,482 miles
Brake light computer control board had electrical short that caused light not to work. Had to replace board to get brake light to work. Could cause rear end accidents if brake lights do not work. Dealer(cass burch quitman, ga.) advised no manfacturer recall and they have replaced several.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

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