pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
105,600 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace disintegrating dashboards (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012013

Ram 2500 Laramie LST Turbo Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles


I bought this truck because I had another Dodge Ram and was really happy with it. Almost immediately I started to notice cracks forming on the dashboard. I thought this was odd since I had always protected the dash from the sun. Pretty soon a giant sinkhole opened up, with the whole dash just disintegrating by about 70,000 miles!

At first it was just ugly and annoying because you buy a new truck, you want it to look nice too. Then the pieces began to blow around the cab when I ran the fan, getting into my eyes! Talking to other dodge owners with 2001 on up, they have the same complaint, and are really worried what those sharp pieces could do in the event that the air bags deploy. I hadn't even thought of that, but is now a great concern. Being impaled by sharp shards of plastic shrapnel in the event of a fender bender is not a good thought.

Now the wiring is failing under the open sinkhole, because of the exposure. Speakers failed, and lights starting to occasionally shut off while driving! Called the Dodge dealership who won't do ANYTHING, after my mechanic told me he repairs these all the time, only to have to replace again in a couple of years if using Dodge parts! This is an expensive and dangerous problem that Dodge won't fix. So much for standing behind their products! Instead of RAM Tough, it seems to be RAM tough luck! Dodge needs to make this right, or it is the last Dodge I will ever buy.

- , Julian, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 272013

Ram 2500 Sport 5.9L I6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

The multi function switch that connects to the turn signal switch in the column, has a short wire that connects to the head lights and when you tilt the wheel it pulls the wire to the point that it shorted out and almost started a fire in the cab. was told by Dodge it would be over two grand to fix problem.

- , Nelsonville, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 282011

Ram 2500

  • Manual transmission
  • 168,000 miles

Put the truck in gear and started off.Suddenly,the usual power surge,seemed to effect the radio.Smoke came from the dash just above the radio.Days later ,I pulled the radio,exspecting to find a burned mess.Instead no seeable problems.Fuses in back of radio and for the truck are good.No power to radio or dome lights to be found.hoping some relay is the answer,

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 032008

Ram 2500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

wiring harness in tilt steering column was to short and would break and short out in the column. airbags still don't work because of this as per a local mechanic.

- , Connersville, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 022010

Ram 2500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

I have no power to the power mirrors,interior lights and radio.This happened after I accidentally shorted the power mirror wires.All fuses are good.

- , Zellwood, FL, USA

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