really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,363 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 6 of 9)

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problem #63

Jan 012010

Ram 1500

  • miles


2003 Dodge Ram 1500 dashboard cracked all over. Would definitely be a safety issue if in an accident. I have to wonder if an airbag would do any good if it hits the sharp pieces of the dash. Or worse if a person hit the sharp pieces. Dodge told me it was only a few trucks with this problem, but almost every truck made around 2003 has same problem to some extent.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #62

Jul 102010

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
My 2003 Dodge, 1500, 4X4 truck has two cracks in the dash. It has cracked completely from the front windshield all the way to the glove box. It has cracked in two different places. The windshield has also cracked in close to the same place in two different places. It appears that the entire vehicle is coming apart or splitting down the center.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #61

Jul 272010

Ram 1500

  • 74,609 miles
My 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 the dashboard is cracking and I'm concerned that the pieces will fall down and cut the wires in the dash or get into the airbag system causing blindness or harm when the airbags come out!! this is a defect on Dodge's part and it needs to be a recall on this safety issue!! there are to many of these trucks on the road with this problem for it not to be a defect and a safety issue! you need to put a recall on them!!!!

- Newbern, TN, USA

problem #60

Jun 012010

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles


The dash on my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 is cracking. These are not cracks from the sun. Two cuts/cracks appeared suddenly and a third about a week later. They look like cuts that were made with a saw blade. Parts of the dash over the air bag are loose and flopping around. The edges are sharp and can lead to a person cutting them selves. I'm afraid that in an accident the air bag would not properly deploy. The dash is an intrical part of the cabin structure. This is not an isolated case as I've found hundreds on the internet.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #59

Jun 012010

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While entering the vehicle, the contact noticed four cracks along the hard cover of the dashboard. The dealer advised there was no recall for the failure and any repairs would be at the owner's expense. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 62,000.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #58

Jul 042010

Ram 1500 4WD

  • 113,000 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4, that has a dash that has become cracked spontaneously, which is leading to exposure of electronic components, the air bags, the vehicles engine and has severely sharp edges. This vehicle has never been in an accident, has been cared for, and yet, just like what seems thousands of other instances with this model has become unsafe, yet Chrysler, who accepted taxpayer funds through the bailout, refuses to do a thing about it. This defect can lead to fire, explosion, improper airbag deployment or lack of, sharp plastic cutting, exploding, etc among other hazards.

- Westminster, SC, USA

problem #57

Jan 012005

Ram 1500

  • miles


2003 Dodge pick up trucks dash board crumbles. Pieces of the dash board have gone into the area where the airbag is to be deployed from. With the impact of the airbag it could cause death, blindness and/or other injuries. This is an issue Dodge needs to correct.

- Chokoloskee, FL, USA

problem #56

May 062010

Ram 1500

  • 85,862 miles
II own a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, and my complaint is my dashboard is starting to fall apart. My issue is that the parts that are breaking off may cause an electrical short, due to the plastic falling into my electrical compartment. I am also concern it may even spark an electrical fire while I'm driving. So if you would please take this problem into consideration and investigate, because I do think it is a Dodge problem not wear and tear. Thank you very much for your time.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #55

Feb 202010

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Dashboards collapsing, cracking 2003 Dodge Ram 1500.

- Liberty, NC, USA

problem #54

May 252010

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles
The dash in my 2003 Dodge is collapsing, I have had large pieces of plastic fall in my dash and wedge in my ac unit. The entire dash is cracked. I have went to the Dodge dealer where I was told I would have to pay O have it replaced, I was told that unfortunately that 9 out of 10 Dodge Ram made between 1999 & 2006 are doing the same thing and that it is only in Florida. I called Dodge and spoke with a very rude rep. Who first told me they would pay 25 to 40percent. I still have to pay right at $600. I was told they are still using the same dashes so it will probably start cracking at 3 years old like this one did. I don't have the money and I am having to borrow to have this fixed. I have had to spend over $400 to have other items fixed because of the dash. I don't know what else I can do. I don't think it is right to have to pay to fix a part that the dealer admits to being defective.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #53

Sep 012008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Dashboard started cracking about two years ago and is getting worse. I am afraid pieces will start falling inside the dash and cause safety problems such damage to wiring causing a fire or damage to airbag system.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #52

Jan 012010

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have a 2003 1500 Dodge Ram the dash board started with a small crack and then within a few months it became a very large crack. Also the driver's side grip handle has completely pulled off.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #51

Apr 172010

Ram 1500

  • 80,132 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 dash board is cracking around passenger air bag.

- Mira Loma, CA, USA

problem #50

Mar 202010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab swb 4X2 4.7L V8. The dashboard is cracked and has caused the heater operation to be degraded. Major concern is what effect this may have on passenger air bag deployment.

- Tifton, GA, USA

problem #49

Mar 012009

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2003 Ram 1500 quad cab and the clear coat is deteriorating on every panel. I have got three estimates, all of which were 4 to 5 thousand dollars to repair. I see thousands of other Dodge owners with this exact same issue. Please help!!

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #48

Apr 152009

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 98,500 miles
My dash cracked on my 2003 Dodge Ram pickup above the air bag on passenger side front. My truck is well kept and covered when setting in the direct sun. I belong to a Dodge club and several members are getting this fixed as a factory defect. I was directed to the ntsb to file a complaint... I have two other Dodge vehicles that are older and they are not cracked at all... many dashes I've seen are cracked in the exact same location as mine. Right above the air bag on passenger side. Most people that are experiencing this problem have had it start much sooner than mine which may be due to my truck being covered most of the time I would like to have this fixed before more cracks occur and someone gets cut on sharp plastic or even worse it may affect the air bag deployment. Most seem to start with this and continue cracking all across the dash.

- Marysville,, CA, USA

problem #47

Dec 152009

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dashboard has cracked in two locations.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #46

May 102009

Ram 1500

  • miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with 86,000 miles. Large crack in dashboard on passenger side.

- Odum, GA, USA

problem #45

Mar 012007

Ram 1500

  • 79,000 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. Very well kept but the dashboard is completely cracked. I think is time that someone do something about it since I have been searching and everyone is having the same problem. Now my heater system is not working.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #44

Jan 192010

Ram 1500

  • 52,240 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500. Dashboard cracked above the glove compartment. One day no crack - next morning, cracked from back to front. No reason - no warning. Why won't Dodge replace these dashboards"??"

- Murphysboro, IL, USA

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