7.9

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$840.00
Average Mileage:
81,598 miles
Total Complaints:
515 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. enough complaints to dodge will get a recall-1-800-992-1997 (226 reports)
  2. replace dashboard (126 reports)
  3. not sure (100 reports)
  4. replace dash (15 reports)
  5. band together class action suit- imply fit/merchantability (13 reports)
  6. call 1-866-726-4636 (Dodge) & 1-888-327-4236 (NHTSA) (13 reports)
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 accessories - interior problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 26)

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problem #455

Mar 052004

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

It is a damn shame that an auto maker as big as Dodge (as much as they brag about reliability) would let a vehicle look like this. Not only is it ugly but it is also very dangerous. If a person were to get in a wreck and the airbag should go off the dash is in little pieces like scrap metal and could blind, injure, or even kill. Yet they know about it, thousands of complaints and they refuse to recall it. This is my way of saying if anything should happen to me or my family because of this I can take all legal action available as they have been told of this condition.

- , Livingston, TX, USA

problem #454

Jun 012008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

My cracked dash has been annoying, but the issue has just become serious. I found out that they can't replace my defective airbag, included in the major recall, because of my cracked dash. The airbag attaches to the underside of the dash, and since it has already cracked, if they tried to remove the dash it will disintegrate. I guarantee, the Service guy was sorry he told me this information! When I inquired how much a new dash cost, I was told about $700, but none are available at this time, because of a back order. Then after reading the design flaw would still be in a replacement dash, what do you do? So ...here I am.

Update from Aug 20, 2017: It is well into 2017, and I am receiving notices, and calls regarding the airbag recall about every six months. I have to tell the callers the issue with the cracked dash, how Dodge won't accept responsibility, what the cost would be for replacing the dash, etc. I have begun to ask about the safety issue with the dash, and the airbags, which is going to injure an occupant of the vehicle the most? The pieces of the dash flying off when you turn on A/C, or defrost, or the airbag deploying, with debris from the dash. I also live in Florida, which is one of the states where heat is an added "bonus" to the whole situation!

- , DeLand, FL, USA

problem #453

Jan 012013

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

Initially I thought that my cracked dash cover was an isolated issue! I was somewhat comforted when I found through research that my issue was not mine alone! Since this issue is widespread, Dodge should replace this part (part & labor) at no charge to the vehicle owner in order to preserve brand loyalty! Minimally, Dodge should provide the part free of charge with free shipping and no handling charge to each Dodge Ram owner.

- , Ac, GA, USA

problem #452

Dec 032014

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I keep my truck nicer than most cars! The dash falling apart is the only damage on the vehicle.

- , loveland, CO, USA

problem #451

Oct 142014

Ram 1500 SXT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,754 miles

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED BY DODGE AT THEIR EXPENSE. THE DASHES ARE CHEAP PLASTIC THAT WERE PROBABLY IMPORTED.

- , TUCSON, AZ, USA

problem #450

May 052011

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

My truck was only 5 years old when the filler panel cracked in 5 places. The next year the dash cracked in 3 places. Never been wrecked

- , Smyrna, USA

problem #449

Oct 012004

Ram 1500 ST 3.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is totally ridiculous that Dodge has not replaced these hazards that could cause more damage to the vehicle and its passengers. I've taken this vehicle in numerous times only to be told it's cosmetic. But when I paid $26,000 for it that wasn't cosmetic or a problem. They knew these dashes were defective and still put them on vehicles. So what in the H did they need any bail out money I'm sure billions were save by cheating the consumer. So we should have said if you business is going under it's cosmetic so sorry.

- , Hampton, USA

problem #448

Feb 012015

Ram 1500 XLT 4.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 179,000 miles

I purchased my truck in Dec. 2002. It's always been garaged and dash has been kept clean with Armor All or other products. I was totally surprised when my passenger noticed a crack a couple of months ago. A straight line crack, front to back. While looking to find a replacement piece online, I noticed a forum where I found this was a common occurrence due to poor manufacturing practices.

I have to say, adding this to the faulty post handle on the driver's side I replaced and the faulty, broken ash try hinge....this manufacturer of all these plastic parts has failed miserably.

- , Renton, USA

problem #447

Apr 192013

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Cracked dash in front of steering wheel and passenger top side in line with left side of glove box, are about 1" wide and looks horrible. Reports are that Dodge dealers are refusing to work on faulty airbags. Recall because dash falls apart during work.

- , Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #446

May 012014

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I bought the truck in 2004, sometime around 2011 the dash had a hairline crack. Today the dash is completely cracked and pieces of the dash is falling into the vents. I thought Dodge made quality products. My truck only has 87000 miles on it and it looks cheaply made.

- , Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #445

Mar 012012

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have taken excellent care of my truck since the day I bought it. In fact, after it gets washed, people often ask me if I bought a new truck, which is a nice compliment for a 12 year old truck. However, the dash is cracked in two places - driver and passenger side. The cracks run the entire depth of the dash and makes the truck look extremely cheap, which, quite frankly, is a black mark on Dodge.

Those same people that ask if my truck is new, when they get in ask "you obviously take great care of your truck. Did Dodge just totally cheap out on this particular part?"

Answer - yes.

- , Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #444

Apr 012012

Ram 1500 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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cracked dashboard cracked dashboard

There is a crack (no, a total break 1/4 inch gap) on the passenger side of the dashboard. I took it to the dealer and they advised Dodge will NOT replace this even though there has been an obvious issue with this vehicle. It would expensive to repair this if I have to pay for this myself. Now, an additional concern is what is going to happen to the rest of this dash if they take the truck apart to replace the possibly defective airbag? I am concerned about anyone riding as a passenger in this vehicle. This is my primary vehicle for numerous trips I make with my camper as well as picking up other items I haul in this pickup.

We noticed this when it first occurred but thought it was normal for things to crack in the Texas sun. As it got bigger, we became aware this was NOT normal wear and tear for any vehicle.

Update from Apr 1, 2015: Adding picture of cracked dash. Unable to delete first picture which was in error.....

- , Midlothian, TX, USA

problem #443

Feb 052014

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

This is not cosmetic. The dash is cracked severely in two different areas.

- , Louisville, KY, USA

problem #442

Jul 272007

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Dodge Ram dashboards SUCK...They literally disintegrates before your eyes.. DON'T EVER BUY A DODGE RAM!!!

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #441

Jan 012014

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

Passenger window fails to operate from right window switch but works from driver's side. Standard cab with no window lock button I could find. Passenger airbag on and tried with it off.

- , Savannah, GA, US

problem #440

Aug 132013

Ram 1500 1500 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,111 miles

Pieces missing all over . When the windows down while driving , I had a piece come loose and hit my face. I jerked the wheel and almost hitting on coming traffic. I had to buy a dash cover, and now when taking off at a light , the cover slides and have to hold it down. Very dangerous problem.

Update from Apr 30, 2016: Driving with windows down on highway and a piece of the defrost vent broke off and hit my neck

- , Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #439

Sep 012008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Dash started as a small crack, but now is missing chucks. I tried to remove the broken pieces as they fell into the vents and parts just broke off and were very brittle.

- , Austin, TX, USA

problem #438

Apr 122014

Ram 1500 LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

I want my dashboard replaced.

And I want Dodge to replace it.

- , Mauldin, SC, US

problem #437

Jul 122013

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

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cracked dashboard

I love this truck and will fix it, I've taken care of it , and for the most part I'm very happy with it. Dodge stated the same things to me that I've been reading on all the sites, and I think they should have stood behind there product, at least some type of discount on the part. Very disappointed with them.

- , lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #436

Jan 012009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

I'm the original owner & this 2003 Ram 1500 has been well maintained. Only 50,000 miles on it in 12 years but the dash started falling apart about 6 or 7 years ago. The dealership refused to replace the dash under warranty, and quoted me about $1400 to fix it. It's gotten worse & worse, so now pieces of the dashboard are falling down into the wiring harnesses, & coincidentally I've had plenty of electrical problems.

It's obvious they had a defective batch of dashboards in 2003, so why don't they do the right thing & fix them. I've been shopping for a new truck & will probably go with Ford. Don't know if Ford is a better truck, but it just pisses me off that Dodge hasn't stepped up to the plate on this and made it right.

Oh well,, all I can do is steer clear of Dodge trucks in the future & let others know about the poor quality of their interiors.

- , Morgan Hill, CA, USA

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