Dodge Vans have always had very powerful, very dependable engines; so the passing power in my 360 equipped version while impressive (6000 Lb van) is not surprising; handles very well too! What is surprising is the interior arrangements and use of space. someone finally got it right. ususally I had to choose between large center console convenience (Ford) or ample foot space/ leg room (all others). Now Dodge has them both! and i just love the table top that flips out with an extension between drivier and passenger; plus cup holders that will easily hold a super gulp or 1 liter bottle, wow!! the outward visibility is excellent through very large windows, yet deep tinting allows for privacy.
Dodge has retained the traditional van appearance while doing much to improve the aerodynamics and ergonomics. Dodge learned their lessons well from the minivans too; these large vans are very stable and handle very car like with almost no body lean (2500 model).full size comfort & fun to drive!
The only thing I can suggest is for Dodge to keep learning from their minivan experience. The large bench seats in the rear should be able to both fold flat creating a king size bed behind you. That would make these vans qualify as RV's!!! Add 4wd and....
This was my second Dodge family Van.
The first was a 1980 model, 250 3/4
ton, we had it for 10 years. Never let
us down, exceptional utility, good gas
mileage, prone to body rust. 1996 SLT
(Luxury) 2500 model 3/4 ton, has firm
good handling suspension,(1500 1/2 too
soft-wallows) 5.2L Magnum V8 AWESOME!
4 speed Torqueflite transmission, 3.55
ratio HD rear axle. 50,000 mile
average fuel economy 15.6 Roomy, good
looking vehicle, easy driver, great
visibility, no mechanical/electrical
problems, simple service, No rust.
Many 24hr. trips Mass. to Fla.
Exceptional premium cloth seats-real
comfort! Great(dual)heat/AC. Many vent
windows too. Outstanding room.
Worst feature-Wind noise! (Later
models dropped rain gutters). Disliked
large single door in back(SLT). Missed
dual rear doors.
I admit it. I own a big blue van. The
big, 15-pass airport shuttle bus van.
I bought it because I race motorcycles
all over the country and I don't like
towing a trailer. I can fit two bikes,
all of my gear, my significant other,
and still have room to crawl in the
back seat and take a nap. Very noisy,
interior trim is very cheesy, and I've
broken a lot of plastic pieces.
However, the drivetrain seems bullet
proof. I almost ran it out of oil once
and I just refilled it with no
consequences. Has a lot of highway
power, but oviously slow off the line,
seeing how it's nearly 6,000 lb. dry.
It will carry almost anything dry and
secure. The view is great sitting up
high, and the motor has proven to be
stong and reliable. The front seat are
really pretty comfortable with lots of
bolstering - you need it with the body
roll this thing has!
This van has not really changed since
the '70's, and it rides like it. Lots
of road noise, lots of wind noise. You
have to continuously turn the stereo
volume up and down to match your speed.
The paint on the roof will go bad - you
can't reach it to wash it.
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