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