Bought a Mark 3 conversion with 77k miles a year ago for $6,500 - these Dodge Vans seem very cheap. Have used as both people hauler and for antique business for 10k miles with no problems. Expect to replace transmission eventually, heating/cooling controls have a mind of their own, interior & exterior trim are poor. The fuel injected 318 is smooth and solid, always starts. Interior space is fantastic. Gets surprising 17 mpg on freeway at 75. Buy one for $2.5k less than a Ford or GM, then put the money away for any possible repairs and you won't be disappointed. I also found the ride a little less truck-like than my old Ford Van. With the reliable 318 may be the best used van bargain.
Space, engine, good AC, very good stereo, cheap parts, not horrible gas mileage, OK seats. Worth upgrading from an older van for airbags and ABS. Don't expect too much and you'll be happy.
Poor quality fit/finish, electrical problems, don't drive in snow, slightly lower crash scores than other full-size vans.
1999 B2500. Everything that could go
wrong has. Van has 80,000 miles, had
to replace water pump, rear ABS
sensor, seals on front pump, power
train control module, intake manifold,
many gaskets. Total repair bills,
excluding brakes and routine tire,
oil, and coolant changes, over $5000.
Body fallen apart, interior and
exterior. Decorative side molding on
outside has come off, and interior
Noisy, gaskets around doors, supposed
to cut wind noise, don't. Just come
We will never buy another Dodge
It's big and has a lot of interior
space. The rear seats come out.
We bought this to replace our 97 8 (vs.
12) passenger B2500. There were
aspects of the 97 I liked better, but
overall the 99 is superior. Lots of
power; comfortable seating for the 7
kids, wife, and me; well equipped from
the factory. Only get 12 MPG :-( but
to be expected with the 5.9. Wish we
had the limited slip for pulling the
snowmobile trailer. Only real problem
has been bad ball joints early on, and
a rare, intermittant engine ignition
cut-out that the dealer can't diagnose.
Sliding side door, great dash layout,
Needs map pockets behind front seats;
needs more map-style dome lights back
thru passenger compartment. Someone
REALLY needs to fix the design of the
plastic clips for that keep the lock
mechanism attached to the lock motor in
the sliding side door! Should have
rear disc brakes too.
This vehicle served well for our
family van before being totalled in a
wreck last week. However, it
was "falling apart" on the inside.
Especially had problems with the front
seats. The main sliding door was next.
Dodge needs to improve the quality of
their work inside this vehicle.
Otherwise, A/C excellent, engine
strong, could use a little better
Having the spare outside the van
provides more room.
Must find a better system for the
sliding side door. It rarely closes on
first attempt. Mechanism breaks too
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