really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,219 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Jan 112010

Ram 2500

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that there was a small crack in the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that there were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who stated to the contact that there were no recalls and provided no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired two years prior for the exact same failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Bartow, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 012011

Ram 2500

  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the dashboard fractured into several pieces due to defective material. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the dashboard defect was not under recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 155,000 and the current mileage was 185,000.

- Katy , TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 142011

Ram 2500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the dashboard was cracked and detaching from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 242011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 125,000 miles


Dashboard started to crack a few months ago, just hairline cracks at first. Now there are long cracks everywhere & the dashboard may fall in & disrupt whatever electric circuits are underneath. Local Dodge dealer wouldn't take action unless I paid for it. He said "don't use armourall" which I don't. Dodge customer assistance was no help either. There appears to be something wrong with the materials used to manufacture the dashboard. The cracks continue to expand. Afraid to drive it!

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 012007

Ram 2500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 quad. The contact stated that the dashboard was fractured and sharp edges were exposed. The dealer advised the contact to notify the manufacturer of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, did not offer any assistance. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 104,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Eastover, SC, USA

problem #6

Aug 252011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 110,000 miles
Recently I noticed that the dash had cracked on the passenger side. It was not very noticeable from the driver's side and a passenger pointed it out. Since first noticed, the crack (tear) has continued to grow. Other than the crack in the dash, the truck looks brand new.

- Laurens, SC, USA

problem #5

Jul 302011

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


The dash board on my 2003 Dodge Ram is crumbling on some parts and cracking very badly on others. If I should be in an accident the dash is so bad that it would cut the airbags no mater what Chrysler says this is a safety issue that needs to be taken care of asap. Before someone is injured not after.

- New Hope, , AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 132011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the A-pillar, which held the windshield in place, broke. As a result, the dashboard also suffered damage. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the bolts for the A-pillar were known to break. The failure mileage was 79,000 and the current mileage was 79,900. Updated 08/24/11 the consumer stated his father grabbed the front passenger side windshield pillar handhold to assist him entering the vehicle. When he was halfway up the handhold, it gave way and he fell back against the door which kept him from falling completely on the pavement. When the consumer examined the damage, he found the handhold was formed with the windshield pillar trim. It was made of plastic which was held on with two 8mm bolts. The bolts were recessed, one at the top of the handhold and one at the bottom. Both bolts were still attached; the top bolt trim base had broken away from the trim/handhold and still had the plastic trim behind the head of the bolt. The bottom bolt had pulled completely through the trim/handhold base. The trim/handhold pulled so far out, that it also broke the dashboard top. Updated 04/19/12

- Callahan, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 152010

Ram 2500 4WD

  • 64,186 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) (2003 Dodge Ram 2500 slt 4X4 w/ 64,186 miles) the truck has developed a three inch crack across the center of the dash. The crack starts at the front of the dash and works back towards the passenger compartment. Numerous complaints have been reported on multiple websites and/or forums regarding this issue. It is highly probable that fragments could become detached for the dash in the event of an accident and cause bodily harm to the occupants of the vehicle. Any assistance safecar.gov can provide regarding this matter would be greatly appreciated. Chrysler complaint reference number [xxx].

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 152009

Ram 2500

  • miles
Vehicle was parallel parked at the side of the road. Upon entering the truck, I used the grab handle on the a pillar as I've always done. This time the grab handle suddenly broke free from the pillar causing me to loose my balance and fall backward out onto the roadway.

- Princeton, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232005

Ram 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,219 miles
Contact states when she went to get into the truc, she put her hand on the grab bar and the whole panel that held the grab bar came out in her hand. She fell flat on her back. Thook the truck to the dealership, and they told her that all that was holding the grab bars on was plastic.

- Applesprings, TX, USA

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