really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,068 miles

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problem #183

May 012008

Ram 1500

  • 89,000 miles
I bought my 2000 Dodge Ram brand new. About 3 years ago I noticed some small cracks in the dash, then some time last year, the dash started collapsing in huge sections. I then started having electrical problems. I checked with my mechanic and he said it is a result of the sun hitting the wires through the holes in the dash. I then bought a dash cover to stop any further sun damage but continue to have intermittent electrical problems. It has gotten to where it is unsafe to drive.

- Sanger, TX, USA

problem #182

Jun 102000

Ram 1500

  • 46,000 miles
Dashboard failure on 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 truck. The dashboard has fractures / cracks that propagate to airbag area passenger side. I have shut airbag off on the passenger side in fear of airbag ignition and flying shards of hard plastic coming from decomposing dash. It is apparent that this plastic material is defective considering the vehicle is garaged and has only 46,000 miles on it's od. Dash area on drivers side has completely fractured with pieces beginning to dislodge and fall into wiring harness above steering area. Fear is chaffing occurring at wire harness locations from dislodged plastic shards and creating the potential for electrical interior fire.

- Plainville, CT, USA

problem #181

Aug 232010

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • miles
Dash of 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 cracking in several areas and is now falling apart causing loose pieces to become lodged below the dash area that could interfere with the deployment of the airbag or become flying pieces in an accident.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #180

Jun 012004

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
`like thousands of other Dodge Ram owners, I have a severely cracking and collapsed dashboard in my 2000 Ram 1500. The cracking started around 60kmi and had started on the passenger side originating from the bolts securing the upper dash to the inside firewall. Eventually a crack will form from all of the bolts, with some crack connecting with others causing pieces of the dash to collapse. Once this happens, the upper (5) bolts will be providing no support to any part of the dash, except for those pieces directly connected to the bolts. This vehicle was assembled in the Mexico plant. I believe that the problem is with the installation. My theory is that when the dash is originally installed, the dash is rested upon (2) bolts at the bottom under the side kickplates and then the top (5) are used to bring the dash into its final resting position. While doing this, there may still be residual forces on those top bolts pulling the dash down even after the (2) lower bolts are tightened. The procedure should be to push or hold the dash in place until the lower (2) bolts are tightened and then the top (5) bolts are there only to secure the upper dash only. I would like to recommend installing a center shimmy brace that would be used to position the assembly in the final resting position that would connect between the dash subframe and the inside firewall. Once in position the dash the lower (2) bolts can be torqued. Then the (5) top bolts would not be attempting to hold the dash in place. I consider this a safety hazard during an event where the passenger side airbag is deployed and potential sharp pieces of the cracked dashboard are thrown about the cab area.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #179

Aug 132010

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
The front cover and top of the dashboard on my 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 has been slowly falling apart over the last two years. I have removed the front instrument cover due to dangerous sharp edges. The top of the dash has split into four sections with numerous cracks radiating from the bolts near the windshield. Had a 6"X10" section of the top dash pop out and land in my lap when I hit a pothole.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #178

Sep 152003

Ram 1500

  • 30,000 miles
The dash on my Dodge Ram 1500 is completly falling apart. This started when this truck had 30,000 miles but now the wiring, controling radio, speakers lights, etc is being affected - this has now became a safety hazard.

- Denham Springs,, LA, USA

problem #177

Feb 252006

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
The dashboard of my 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 has been slowly cracking and caving in over the past 4 years. I fear this is a safety hazard as it will affect the deployment of the air bags and electrical components exposed are also a hazard. Dodge Chrysler is well aware of this defect and needs to fix these pickups. We paid fair market for them and now we can't even sell an otherwise beautiful truck.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #176

Apr 042010

Ram 1500

  • 75,034 miles
Severely cracked dashboard...cut thumb / hand.

- Stockton, IL, USA

problem #175

Jan 012009

Ram 1500

  • miles
2000 Dodge Ram 1500 dash cracking all over and has large pieces missing and just keeps cracking before to much longer won't be any dash left to worry about. You all should make the Chrysler or Dodge Corp. Fix this problem I know I'm not the only Dodge truck owner with this problem.

- Leonardtown, MD, USA

problem #174

Nov 202008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
The whole dash on my 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 has caved in leaving jagged edges everywhere and my electrical wires exposed. Smaller pieces sometimes fall into the air vents and blow out into my face. The problem started with cracks and by November 2008, the dash was almost completely gone.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #173

Mar 082010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2000 Dodge Ram 1500 cracked dashboard. I have wires exposed the airbag can be seen, pieces of plastic fall and fly around the car daily. Updated 03/12/10

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #172

Feb 102010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Dash board collapsed and cut wiring underneath. Very sharp pieces!!

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #171

Feb 142010

Ram 1500

  • miles
2000 Dodge Ram 1500 with a disintegrating dash. We bought it used with a tiny crack in the dash, had no idea it was such a major problem. In a few short months, the dash has started disintegrating before our eyes. Large jagged chunks are breaking off, opening up the whole dash, even around the air bags. I am concerned that if there is a crash, the air bags either wont work or the dash will break off into a million shards and kill us. This is ridiculous! my son actually cut his finger picking up something from the dash the other day!

- Dryden, MI, USA

problem #170

Jun 042009

Ram 1500

  • miles
I own a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4. The dash board is cracking. If this continues the dash will fall down. I believe Dodge should recall these trucks & repair them...

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #169

Sep 232007

Ram 1500

  • 80 miles
Dodge dashboard cracked and disintegrated. 2000 Ram 1500 5.2 liter. The whole dash fell apart. Safety issues are the sharp jagged razor sharp edges, and structural integrity of dash assembly. Function of air bag is in question. I took after market dash cover, used it for a mold and laid up a new dash with fiber glass. Will not purchase new/used dash board as the problem appears to be chronic, poor quality ABS is the cause. Will not risk a repeat incident.

- Laguna Beach, CA, USA

problem #168

Jan 092009

Ram 1500

  • miles
We owe a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 and the dashboard is all cracked. We have tried to stop the cracking using glue but it is a waste of time. It gets worse and worse.

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #167

Jun 102002

Ram 1500

  • 46,567 miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Ram truck and the dash is all cracked. I called Dodge customer care and they cant do anything are don't want to do anything. It isthere fault they should fix it.

- Portland/Jay County, IN, USA

problem #166

Aug 012005

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
Plastic dash and facia has cracked and is breaking off in large pieces leaving very sharp edges on dash and facia.

- Silsbess, TX, USA

problem #165

Sep 282009

Ram 1500

  • miles
Bought used 2000 Dodge Ram 4X4 this past summer. It only has 61,000 miles on it. About three months after buying it, we noticed a very large crack in the center of the dashboard going from window to edge of front. I had read about this fault with this model truck, but when we bought it, it had no crack. I am afraid for our safety now. There should be a recall as it is a safety problem! but, of course, Dodge won't recall anything.........like the defective ball joints, front ends, etc.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #164

Nov 072009

Ram 1500

  • miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. And the dashboard has completely cave in. It has happen to lots of trucks this model and year of truck.

- Nephi, UT, USA

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