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1998 Dodge B1500 Review

The power of the Dodge Ram in full-size van body.

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Overview

The 1998 Dodge B-1500 takes the design from the Ram series of pickup trucks and modifies it to create a spacious cargo van. The same engine model designations apply to the vans, as well. The Dodge B-1500 marks the lowest-power Ram van in the lineup, with a lower output engine than the B2500 or B3500. Despite the weaker engine, it makes for a capable cargo van that handles the needs of most drivers. The engine size makes a larger difference for the B-1500 than the passenger wagon. Since drivers move around cargo, it is important to make sure the engine option selected provides sufficient power. Drivers who plan to consistently push the maximum payload should consider upgrading to the more power B2500 or B3500 vans.

The Dodge B-1500 takes the performance on the Dodge Ram and turns it into a cargo van with as little performance lost as possible. The B-1500 generally goes to the most economic option in the B-Series lineup, since the impressive payload should satisfy most drivers. While the Dodge B-Series does not have any particularly unique or amazing features, it serves as a well-built, powerful cargo hauler that comes at a reasonable price. In such a utilitarian segment of the market, the Dodge B-Series does exactly what it should. As long as the engine comes properly sized for the intended usage, the B-1500 makes a reliable workhorse that takes quite a bit of punishment due to its pickup truck roots.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size van
Engines: 3.9-liter six-cylinder, 5.2-liter eight-cylinder, 5.9-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge B-1500

What's New

The 1998 Dodge B-1500 comes with dual front airbags. The doors, sound system, and brakes upgrade from the previous year’s models. The B-1500 also receives some minor alterations to the exterior design.

Exterior

The Dodge B-1500 looks like the Ram 1500 in the front, with the same grille design. Measuring in at 187.2 inches long, the 1998 Dodge B-1500 comes up a little shorter than the Dodge Ram pickup. Steel wheels, alloy wheels, chrome wheels, a camper towing package, keyless entry, and a chrome step bumper remain available as optional equipment on the Dodge B-1500.

Interior

The Dodge B-1500 serves as a utilitarian vehicle, like the pickup truck with which it shares similarities. It offers very little in terms of standard amenities, which seems fairly standard for a full-size cargo van. An AM/FM radio marks the only notable standard amenity. Drivers get the 1998 Dodge B-1500 for the massive interior and 2427 pounds of maximum payload with the base engine, not for luxury or comfort. The optional equipment list, however, looks fairly robust with drivers able to add a power driver’s seat, air-conditioning, power windows, power door locks, a cassette player, a CD player, and cruise control. While the Dodge B-1500, even fully loaded, does not feel as comfortable as a standard passenger vehicle, it takes a step up from most commercial vehicles with the right optional equipment added.

Performance & Handling

The Dodge B-1500 offers decent performance overall. Excluding the somewhat underpowered six-cylinder base engine, the B-1500 has reasonably good acceleration and speed for a vehicle of its size. Most drivers who get this vehicle want to upgrade to one of the eight-cylinder engines to ensure decent performance, especially when carrying around cargo. Turning remains about average. While not bad, it can take some adjusting for drivers used to smaller consumer vehicles. Drivers who have driven a full-size van or a Dodge Ram pickup should feel right at home in the 1998 Dodge B-1500.

Safety

The 1998 Dodge B-1500 features dual front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all models. It uses the same set of standard safety equipment found on the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge B-1500 3.9-liter six-cylinder: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Dodge B-1500 5.2-liter eight-cylinder: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge B-1500 5.9-liter eight-cylinder: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Massive interior cargo space
  • Relatively low price tag

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Archaic design

Sum Up

The power of the Dodge Ram in full-size van body.

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