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

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 body / paint problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 9)

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problem #43

Nov 302009

Ram 1500

  • miles


Cracked dashed in 2003 Dodge Ram pieces fell into heater and broke it now I have to pay to get it fixed which isn't cheap.

- Statesboro, GA, USA

problem #42

Aug 092008

Ram 1500

  • 51,000 miles
I own a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The dashboard started cracking about a year ago. Now, it has three cracks( wind shield to front of dash). The truck has only 68,000 miles on it but it is out of warranty. I have read on a few message boards that this is a common problem on Dodge trucks. Obviously, it is due to defective plastics parts. I am worried that more cracks will surely appear and become a severe safety issue if there is an accident.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #41

Aug 102009

Ram 1500

  • 82,000 miles
The dash of my 2003 Dodge 1500 truck developed a small crack. I thought this would not be a problem. After a few months the entire dash is cracking with pieces lodged in the air vents making the heater inoperable. I also worry that the air bags if needed to deploy may be affected by this defect. I consider this not a cosmetic defect but one that could cause grave bodily harm.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #40

Oct 222009

Ram 1500

  • 67,000 miles


Cracked of dash pad on a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup.

- Saltville, VA, USA

problem #39

Jul 112009

Ram 1500

  • 50,400 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 truck with 54000 mile 2 month ago I found a small cracked on the top of the dashboard with in 2 month it is all over the dashboard with sharp edges in about 3 places I called the dealer which refused to do anything aboutthat problem. Later on I found out there is a lot of complaints with similar problem so please do something about it.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #38

Apr 102009

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
Dashboard is cracking despite keeping truck in shade and using a sun shade.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #37

Oct 012006

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles


Dashboard is cracking on my 2003 1500 Dodge. I use a mirror sun reflector and crack the windows. Vehicle is garage kept at home.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #36

May 262007

Ram 1500

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact observed when the vehicle was parked that the entire dashboard sustained warps, cracks and other significant damages. An authorized dealer stated that the failures were contributed to defective materials in the dashboard. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 46,000 and the current mileage was 53,000. Updated 10/22/09

- Spanish Fort, AL, USA

problem #35

Jan 012009

Ram 1500

  • 68,000 miles
Dashboard on 2003 Dodge Ram is cracking really bad now. I've owned since it was new and have 68K miles on it. I have researched and this is a huge problem with all Dodge Ram. No matter who, how many times I call they say it's normal wear and tear which is complete non-sense. Google this topica and there are thousands of threads and issues noted out there. I can't believe Dodge dealers, their 800 numbers etc. Just dismiss and don't do anything about it. It needs a recall!

- Gainesville, FM, USA

problem #34

Aug 102009

Ram 1500

  • miles
I own a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Unexpectedly, a major crack has occurred on top of the dash. There was no impact or force put upon the dash, it just seems to be cracking on its own. The cracks are causing very sharp edges where a serious cut can occur if a person's hand or finger goes across it.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #33

Jul 252009

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles


Cracked dashboard in my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #32

Jun 012008

Ram 1500

  • 94,000 miles
Dash board is falling apart.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #31

Feb 062009

Ram 1500

  • 42,000 miles
The dashboard of my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 laramie, cracked in half with one loud pop. I now see many such complaints on the internet. My insurance is paying for the replacement because it occurred while I was driving, but I now believe this is a factory defect that should be covered by the vehicle's warranty. My truck was purchased brand new and now only has 42000 miles.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #30

Nov 292007

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles
Dodge dashboard cracking and falling apart.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #29

Jul 012005

Ram 1500

  • miles
Cracked dashboard on my 2003 Dodge Ram is a safety hazard. Dodge has not recalled the problem.

- Port Allen, LA, USA

problem #28

Jan 012007

Ram 1500

  • miles
The complaint is regarding the dashboard on a 2003 Dodge Ram. It is completely cracked and is falling apart. Everytime I hit a bump on the road the pieces fly off and land all over the vehicle. This is a major safety issue and is happening to thousands of Dodge vehicles, especially the Dodge trucks. I've been trying to contact Dodge to attempt a resolution to this problem, but I keep getting the run-around and the Dodge dealers want nothing to do with the problem. I wonder what its going to take to have this problem addressed by either Dodge or the government"????????. how many injuries have gone unreported that have occurred as a result of shoddy construction and materials". this a serious problem that needs to be looked into soon!

- North Miami, FL, USA

problem #27

May 012007

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
The dashboard on my Dodge truck is cracked completely in two. It is a crack that has progressed over a year or so from a small crack to now being completely in two. I also have minor wiring issues that may be attributed to it as well.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #26

May 212008

Ram 1500

  • 56,000 miles
2003 Dodge Ram. The dash board is cracked in three places. I've talked with my dealer they say they split the cost with me, but it's not covered by Dodge at all. The dash board is cracked in three places. I've talked with my several people with this same problem and it looks like the 2001's have had the same problem. I think Dodge should be looking in to this.

- Bartow, FL, USA

problem #25

Apr 012005

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
I purchase a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 in August of 02 and in April of 05 my dash started cracking I contacted Dodge and of course there was nothing they could do.... my truck looks embarrassing also my paint is fading. No would damage there truck on purpose there is many many complaints already on these dashboards Dodge should take responsibility and fix this issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #24

Oct 102003

Ram 1500

  • 72,000 miles
The dashboard in my 2003 Dodge Ram is cracking and I'm concerned this may cause problems with the electrical components in the dash such as air bag etc.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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