Bought this baby used with 58,000 on it with no indication it had ever been worked on for major problems. Drove it from CA to MO twice and got between 13 and 17 mpg from the 318cc engine. Have replaced water pump, front wheel bearings, and spark plugs in the 20,000 miles I put on it. I have one concern with a noise from the tranny on backing up. This noise started after the van was frozen shut for several days during the ice storm in Springfield and the -5 degrees temps. This is the most comfortable ride I have ever owned although my Cadillac Biarritz was a close second.
Factory stereo is awesome. Captains chairs and fold down back seat make travel a snap.
Back doors don't open far enough and the spare tire is a little tricky to get to. Turning radius is surprisingly bad...u turns often take a second try to clear..
Good hauling capacity, got the 6 way adjustible seats which are the cat's pajamas, used mostly n the summer, fishtails on the slightest ice. Smooth riding for such a big vehicle. Would have liked the 3500 if I knew about the lower cargo capacity
Cruize, windshield washer squirters,
Better interior lighting, access to engine, quick release for rear doors so a 4 foot wide plywood can fit in without unscrewing the door hinges
Extended roof with T.V. and Video
Player; Plush Captains Chairs (4); Mood
lighting; fold down rear bench;
However, chairs don't rotate :( Plenty
of hauling room and comfort for
passengers and 'CAPTAIN'.
Visability; larger than most other
vehicals on the road; cruises nicely on
long distance trips
I bought this 1999 Dodge 3500 extended
cargo van brand new. This was after
owning three other dodge vans, which I
was very happy with. The older vans
were built much stronger and lasted
much longer between repairs. This van
has cost me more time and money than
it's worth. After just two years I had
to sink over $1,700. for the front end
to be rebuilt, The rotors were
replaced twice at the cost of
over$700., the fuel pump was also
replaced, the oxygen sensors were
replaced(by myself) for a cost of
$179.00 for two,the sensor in the rear
that controls the speedometer was
replaced, etc.Today I was told that
the heads need replacing, the fuel
pump, the fuel jets,$3,600!!!.. Dodge?
The only things I like about this van
are the MP3 player that I put in
myself and the design of the exterior
is nice, but because they moved the
driver seat foward the wind blows
directly in your ear with the window
open. DODGE? NEVER AGAIN!!
First and most important, MAKE THIS
VEHICLE MORE RELIABLE. It's amazing to
me that they can charge ridiculous
prices for these vehicles, but the van
was not built to last, maybe Dodge
figures that once we buy it, it's
cheaper to fix it, so they make their
vehicles like toys.DODGE? NEVER