1997 Dodge Ram Van Consumer Review: i miss this van

1997 Dodge Ram Van - Consumer Review

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1500 Cargo Van (3.9L V6 3-speed Automatic)

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i miss this van
By JLJones on


1997 Dodge Ram Van 1500 3dr Van


I purchased this van 1 year old used, a former fleet van. I have owned a 1991 dodge van previously. 1997 van had 3.9l v6 and 3-speed automatic trans. drivetrain not high on power but reliable and the transmisson worked well only problems were a cracked catalyst caused by using bosch platnum plus-4 spark plugs. ran this van overloaded most of the time and regularly exceeded tow rating bu 1500-2000 lbs van held up well to 3-years of my abuse then i traded it for a new 2001 dodge van. my 1997 sold to a friend of mine had 56,000 miles at trade now has 130,000 with no trouble while my 2001 van has been a nightmare 38,000miles 3 sets brakes weak 318 v8 and terrible tranny, eats rear tires, leaks, junk. will buy a ford van next time

Best Features

1997 dodge ram van the old 1978 dash design, 3.9v6 3speed pulls as good as my 2001 5.2v 8 both 3.55 gear, old 777 3-speed auto rock solid reliable

Worst Features

dodge B- series vans have been around a long time since 1971, it id time to retire this design. i have noticed a decline in quality since the mercedes merger and the new sprinter van is too expensive and thin skinned.
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