really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,598 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 miscellaneous problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Jan 012013

Ram 1500

  • 101,000 miles


Dashboard cover is falling apart! multiple cracking issues with pieces falling into the vents!

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #14

Jun 012015

Ram 1500

  • 108,876 miles
Dashboard is cracking. Sharp pieces coming off and could become a hazard to driver and passenger. This is a well known problem with Dodge/Chrysler.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 162015

Ram 1500

  • 95,000 miles
The dashboard on this vehicle cracked after about 7 years. A month ago, as my son was driving, a large section of the dashboard popped out and flew off the dashboard onto the floor. There have been multiple complaints about this the dashboard material on this vehicle and when pieces start flying off while driving, I can't imagine how this is not a safety issue. I realize all older vehicles can have cracked dashboards, but when cracks lead to parts popping off, safety is an issue.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #12

May 152015

Ram 1500

  • 139,055 miles


The dash cover has cracked in half on passenger side, down the middle. It was not broken the previous day. I discovered it while cleaning the dash, it cut my hand on the sharp edges. The crack is in a very bad place, it is right in front of the passenger and has exposed sharp edges where a person can easily cut their hands.

- Faribault, MN, USA

problem #11

Oct 032004

Ram 1500

  • miles
Defective dash which cracked after 24000 miles this car was covered all the time and yet the dash cracked in several places. Dodge knew this and did nothing about it. But they were quick to take our money for a defective vehicle. Wow!

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #10

Sep 102008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Dash board cracking open in multiple places (6) this is awful. Seems every body's dash boards are cracking.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #9

May 012007

Ram 1500

  • miles


The following vehicles do not have the required insurance pursuit to the state of Florida, they are: 1) 4 door Dodge Ram year 2003 driven by [xxx] 2) wagon Ford year 1994 driven by [xxx] 3) 2 door Chevrolet blue 1992, 4) wagon white 1994 driven by [xxx] 5) van Plymouth green 1994, 6) conv Chevrolet blue 1992, 7) 4 door Dodge tan 1998 driven by [xxx] 8) 4 door Saturn black 2002, 9) van Plymouth green 1994 10) all of these vehicles are not registered with any car insurance company. It is vital to investigate all proof required by the state of Florida for coverage. It would be against the law in Florida to drive with no insurance. The following addresses to find the vehicles are: 1) [xxx] 2)[xxx] 3) all information is from a reliable source, [xxx]and [xxx] at phone number [xxx] and will tell of the non- existed company that all the cars would have been subjected to fraudulent policies. The company name is: Asset management trust services, and asset acceptance funding group. I repeat no car insurance exists with [xxx], at any car insurance company in brevard county, Florida. Please investigate. This is against the law in Florida. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 202012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 134,145 miles
Cut my hand on a crack in the dashboard. Dodge is not standing behind its product, they have defective dashboards and will not replace them.

- Orwigsburg, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 022012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 75,454 miles
The truck was parked when the first crack occurred. Left side of glove box on top. New crack appeared yesterday. Based on the amount of failures people have experienced researching the internet, this must be a manufacturer defect. They only want $3000 dollars to fix with no monetary assistance.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 282004

Ram 1500

  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with multiple cracks in the dash. The dash started cracking a little over a year after I bought the truck new. I contacted the dealer ship, big O Dodge and my warranty provider and both state it is cosmetic and not covered under the warranty. The cracks have continued to get larger. I have holes where the vents are suppose to be on top F the dash. I also have parts of the plastic down in the vents where they have fallen. These small parts tend to fly around when you turn on the defrost or hit a bump. I have tried to take care of the dash by using multiple popular products but nothing seems to keep it from cracking. This is dangerous and I am afraid if I get in a wreck my dash could break apart and hurt or kill me or someone in my truck.

- Woodruff, SC, USA

problem #5

Jun 092009

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


Yes I own a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 and about 2 years ago I started noticing that there were small cracks forming in my dash board and wasn't sure why. Done some calling around and research and found out that there was nothing that could be done about it short of dropping 500 dollars on a new dash board. Now two years later my dash looks like a jig-saw puzzle. I am worried about my dash falling apart one day going down the road. I work in the emergency field and it scares me for me and my family to ride down the road in my truck for fear of pieces of plastic falling off the dash. Please help me......

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 072007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
I'm a Dodge Ram owner and I'm concerned about my cracking dashboards I have a 2003 Dodge Ram truck the dash cracked when it was 4 years old and the dash is getting more cracks in it I'm afraid the air bags will come out when we are driving I called big old Dodge where we got it new in 2003 and they said they could not do anything about

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #3

May 092010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
No event(s) have caused this condition, it just happened. The dashboard of a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 has cracked leaving sharp as a razor surfaces exposed. Nothing has been done to correct the problem yet.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 222006

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with the hemi engine. I have at least 20 different cracks on my dashboard. It looks horrible.... I only have 69, 000 miles on my truck. I drive my car most of the time. My truck in mint condition other than this ugly dashboard. The pieces are starting to fall in. Can you please start an investigation and get us a recall please...

- Grandfield, OK, USA

problem #1

Jan 152007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge 1500. The contact stated that his dashboard began cracking six months ago. The VIN, purchase date, and engine size were unknown. The current mileage is 47,714 and failure mileage was 42,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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