really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,466 miles

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problem #49

Jul 072009

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have found that the Dodge pu's all have defective and failing dashes. What will it take to get you to have this problem resolved. A child decapitated in a minor accident from a "known defect" in Dodge dashes. A family burned alive while driving down the highway because the dash caves in and shorts out wiring. Or perhaps an accident when the air bag deploys at 70 mph due to an electrical short. This is a serious issue and Dodge/Chrysler need to address it and fix it now. Or perhaps we are too busy financing the continued defective manufacturing of death traps by Dodge/Chrysler with tax payers dollars to be concerned with lives of working class americans who supported the company by purchasing their junk vehicles. My dashboard is falling apart around me and this has been an issue for a long, long time. You have known of it, yet no recalls have been issued. Chrysler and Dodge have known of it, "profits over life seems to be their only concern". do a search on the internet and you will literally find thousands of Dodge Ram pu owners with the same issues and complaints about this vehicle. And you will also find that Chrysler and Dodge fully intend to just ignore the problem. Personally, I don't think my tax dollars should go to bail out a company that "willingly manufactures and sells defective products to consumers and when brought to their attention, they will just brush it aside or blame the consumer". and I strongly feel that your Agency needs to be a bit more forceful with Chrysler and Dodge to get these substandard items repaired and replaced at their expense before more "taxpayers who bailed them out get injured or die from their known defects".

- Del Rio, TX, USA

problem #48

May 052008

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have two 1998 Dodge 1500 trucks both have the dash breaking apart.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #47

Feb 072009

Ram 1500

  • 120,795 miles
Dash is cracking and falling apart due to defective material used for making the dash. This problem causes sharp protruding pieces. This could make it unsafe for the driver or passengers if an accident occurs.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #46

Oct 232004

Ram 1500

  • miles
Like many other american consumers owning Dodge Ram years ranging from 1994 -2006, the top cover of the dash has cracked and fell in. This has caused my air bag light to come on. Whether it is still functional is unknown, but highly unlikely for the light to appear. Even if it does work what would happen to my passengers, which could very well be my family, and I in the instance of a crash happening in the truck. It is very, very possible brittle, broke shards of plastic would end up in our face. With the accelerated rate that an airbag deploys, this could end tragically. Please help the tens of thousands of us that share this faulty chyrsler product problem. With little research it is very easy to see just how wide spread this problem has become. It will also be clear as to how many people this problem could harm. We are now taking a stand, starting with this. Please help us correct this issue before live are taken or ruined by faulty chyrsler products.

- Temple, GA, USA

problem #45

Nov 262008

Ram 1500

  • miles
I purchased a used 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 quad cab and the dashboard is in pieces. Obviously I knew it's condition when purchased but assumed a junk yard would be the answer. I'm now realizing this is a common problem with the Ram and am hoping a recall will be made...until then it's a dash mat.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #44

Jan 012006

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
Cracked dash, 98 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #43

Jun 012006

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles
The dash in my 1998 Ram 1500 is all cracked and falling apart. The VIN has fallen off too (it was riveted to the dash). I think this could affect the effectiveness of the air bag.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #42

Jun 082001

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles
1998 Dodge truck dash falling out on large pieces. One piece got behind brake pedal and nearly caused an accident.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #41

Jun 202008

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The dash on my 98 Dodge Ram 1500 truck has developed several cracks in various places.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #40

Jun 042008

Ram 1500

  • 74,000 miles
Dashboard cracked and crumbled from one end to the other.

- Lakeland, LA, USA

problem #39

Jun 302007

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles
The dashboard in my 1998 Dodge Ram pickup is cracking and falling apart. I have not yet replaced the dash, but if it continues to crumble, I will have to due to safety.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #38

Jan 212008

Ram 1500

  • 136,000 miles
Cracked, or should I say falling apart dash on truck.

- Piedmont, SC, USA

problem #37

Jun 012006

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
Dashboard is cracked in several place on my 1998 Dodge truck that I just paid off. This began 2 years ago as a result of the vehicle being in the sun. This has caused the dash to become loose and dangerous for the internal parts that the dash protects.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #36

Jan 012008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Dodge 1500 pickup truck cracked dash falling apart.

- Haines City, FL, USA

problem #35

Feb 212008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
My 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup has a chronic case of cracked dash. This has been heavily noted from 1998 models through the 2004 models. This is extremely hazardous to passenger safety because if the passenger airbag should deploy the passenger of driver could be impaled by sharp shards of plastic from the fractured dash. These dashes need to be recalled due to this extreme safety hazard.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #34

Apr 062007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
19980 Dodge Ram 1500 dash cracking, and falling apart creating large sharp plastic pieces.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #33

Jan 012007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1) nothing caused failure. No car accidents or crashes. Just started showing up over time. 2) two separate cracks in dashboard. One on the passenger side by vent that leads all the way towards the glove box while the other crack is above my gauge console. 3) the only repair possible is a whole new dashboard which has not been done as of yet.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #32

Jan 012001

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The front dash of my 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab began cracking in multiple places within three years of the purchase of the vehicle. The cracks have become so extensive that a large hole recently opened up in the top dash above the instrument cluster and steering column. Internal components under the dash are now exposed to sunlight. The dash is essentially slowly disintegrating over time.

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

problem #31

Sep 222007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 234,000 miles
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd. I have one large crack in the center of the dash and another small one on the drivers side. If I get one the passenger side at the air bag well.

- Forsyth, GA, USA

problem #30

Jul 112007

Ram 1500

  • miles
Small cracks in dash, which lead to large cracking. The dashboard has almost completely caved in the middle. The dashboard is no longer one piece. Very disappointed, and it may eventually lead to safety related issues.

- Coleman, FL, USA

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