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1997 Dodge Ram Van

   
 
Dodge Ram Van Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 225 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 1997 Dodge Ram Van

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Seriously undercuts Chevy, Ford and GMC competitors

  • Cons

    Original engineering dates to the Nixon presidency

  • What's New for 1997

    New this year are wider cargo doors, upgraded stereo systems, and an improved ignition switch with anti-theft protection. Front quarter…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Not too shabby

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Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Ram Van

I have nothing bad to say about my 1996 Dodge B1500. I have just passed 202,000 miles and the engine runs like a horse.The interior holds up well i have kids so thats important. Gas Mileage is also very good for a van of this size.But i do have the 3.9 Liter V-6. I would recommend this van any day to anyone. Good Job Chrysler!




1996 dodge ram b2500

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Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Ram Van

I find this to be the best Van we have owned. Runs like a tank and has never left us stranded. Now it has around 124k on it and runs as well as the day we got it. This year I've spent time doing preventative maintenance since it is now 14 years old. These vans are also very easy to work on. Gas mileage is also very good for this giant van. I get 10mpg-14mpg city(depending on the weight of my foot)and 26mpg on the freeway. The 5.2L 318 is a fantastic engine.




Bad design

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Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Ram Van

I have a leak on my upper radiator hose. What a joke this engine design is. There is not consideration of maintenance . I was a Air craft mechanic for many years and I have never seen a miss like these full size Vans. You have to take the Alternator out and a bunch of other stuff to get at the bolts on the thermostat housing. Did any one thing of Quick disconnects for the Electric lines? And why not add on to the engine block to install the thermostat. I am going to look into buying a Toyota Van . No wonder they are going out of business.. And this is the second Dodge Van that the differential went bad on. This Van only has 100,000 miles on it and everything going bad.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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Full 1997 Dodge Ram Van Review

What's New for 1997

New this year are wider cargo doors, upgraded stereo systems, and an improved ignition switch with anti-theft protection. Front quarter vent windows disappear for 1997, and underhood service points feature colored identification.

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