Dodge B150 Origins
The B-series vehicles make up a popular line for Dodge. The B-series includes both pickup trucks and vans. B-series vans started production in the early 1970s and lasted until 2003. Early on, the vans were numbered B100, B200, and B300. In the 1980s, the model numbers were raised by 50.About the Dodge B150
The Dodge B150 is best known for its massive size. The van gained recognition for its physical shape and attributes; over its 30-year life span and three generations, the body style underwent small changes, but the main aesthetic remained.
The larger B150 is used for transportation and shuttle services, and it has been modified for use as an ambulance and military vehicle. Popular modifications to the van include conversion to camper vehicles and ""lifestyle"" wagons that owners can live and travel in (much like the VW van).
Dodge discontinued the B150 in 1993, in favor of the Dodge Sprinter, which also goes by the Freightliner Sprinter or the Mercedes-Benz Transporter.Dodge B150 Features
The B150 is the small guy in the B line, measuring 178.9 inches from front to tail. The resized 1991 to 1993 models of the B150 wagon measure 187.2 inches.
At its introduction, the B150 contained the small 3.7-liter, inline six-cylinder engine. This produces a paltry 110 horsepower, which did not change until the engine was finally upgraded in 1988.
The introduction of computer-selected front springs serves as the first big change for the B150. These new and improved springs increases the quality of the van’s suspension system. Dodge also refined the alternator and made it bigger, replacing the old 40 amp alternator with the new 60 amp and improving the vehicle’s power.
The B150 wagon offers more space for passengers as well as a bevy of new trim. It includes extra chrome throughout the vehicle and tinted windows. The B-model wagon is the first van to have a single back door installed. Vinyl, low bucket seats also come standard on the B150.Dodge B150 Evolution
In later years, Dodge neglected the B150 when it began focusing on other vehicles in its fleet. A modest facelift occurred in 1986, when the bumper was replaced and the front grille redesigned, but beyond this, the B150 stayed the same.
1988 brought about some changes. The poor 3.7-liter engine could no longer compete in the market, so Dodge finally changed it. A 3.9-liter V-6, an engine created for the Dodge Dakota, replaced the 3.7-liter engine in the B150. It has comparable power to a V-8, as it is essentially a V-8 with two cylinders sawed off. This new engine gives the B150 a boost in horsepower, producing 125 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
New safety features in the car include airbags. The passenger side airbag comes with an off switch.
The model shows some mechanical improvements as well. The van has a larger design and hood, which permits a forward engine. Tires and brakes boast upgrades, as does the vehicle’s suspension. This greatly improves the lackluster handling performance on the vehicle, especially in comparison to other vans on the market.
In 1990, anti-lock brakes were offered on the vehicle, but not as a standard feature. If you’re looking for an early 1990s model, try to find one with the anti-lock brakes installed.
Increases in engine performance were made in in early 1990s, but the B150 generally ran on the same mechanics from its introductory year. If you are in the market for a used van, you might want to steer clear of the B150, no matter how attractive the design. There are many other vans out there with better performance than the neglected B150. If you decide to go with a Dodge Ram van, consider buying one of the third generation B1500 vans. These have greatly improved engines and mechanics.