Dodge B250

The Dodge B250 is a part of the B-model van line from the Chrysler Corporation. B-model vehicles include three generations, spanning from 1971 to 2003.

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Dodge B250 Origins

During that long period they experienced few changes to the main architecture of their design. In 1979, when the B250 was introduced, the line had stagnated somewhat. The B250 was not only a rebranding of the model (the 250 denotes the vehicle’s three-quarter ton weight), but it also changed the line.

Do not confuse the 250 with the B250 when searching for used vehicles. The Dodge Ram 250 is a pickup truck.

About the Dodge B250

The B250 is a big, hauling vehicle that can fit a lot of passengers. The van is used in conversions to campers, for lifestyle vans that people can travel and live in, and for the transportation of large groups as well as the disabled and elderly.

The B250 sold well as fleet vehicle throughout the 1980s. For whatever reason, Dodge became a bit lax about updating the van. Unfortunately, this means that performance began to suffer towards the 1990s. Competitive vehicles could be bought for the same price with better features.

Dodge discontinued the B250 after the second generation of B-model Dodge Ram Vans was replaced by the third generation. The B250 became the B2500 in the 1994 model year.

Dodge B250 Features

The Dodge B250 is a hefty, three-quarter ton vehicle. In 1988, the length of the van measured 196.9 inches and the height 79.9. In 1990, the length increased to 222.9 inches.

A Dodge B250 wagon has extra seating and can haul a trailer, making it suitable as a lifestyle conversion vehicle. The wagon is known by its single back door, which is the first in the business. The interior flaunts more luxury as well. Bucket seats have a vinyl back. Heating inside the vehicle betters cold winter drives. Molding can be found around the rear quarter windows. Speaking of windows, all B250 Wagon glass comes tinted as a standard feature.

Dodge B250 Evolution

The van’s design remained relatively unchanged throughout the 1980s. The B250 received new bumpers and a redesigned grille in 1987, along with the entire B-model fleet.

The first vans in the B250 fleet house a standard 3.7-liter, inline six-cylinder engine that produces 110 horsepower. This engine remained in place until the B250 powertrain received its first major update in 1988, almost a full 10 years after the vehicle’s release. Dodge produced a new 3.9-liter V-6 for the Dodge Dakota. This is actually the 360 V-8 engine with two cylinders sawed off. This gives the B250 a lot more power, raising the 110 horsepower up to 125 horsepower with 195 lb-ft of torque.

The model has a new dash with user-friendly switches and buttons. Safety improves with dual airbags in the dash; although these airbags deploy with a bit too much pressure. The passenger airbag has a shutoff switch to prevent damage in cargo vans. The removal of the spare tire from under the floor in the back of the van greatly increases storage space. The van’s audio equipment also shows improvements.

The revamped exterior of the vehicle includes an increased body size at the hood. This permits the forward engine design of the vehicle, giving passengers inside the van more space. The front door seals are improved as well to decrease heat loss.

Mechanically, a lot more action happened under the vehicle. The brakes and tires of the van are enlarged to increase control on slippery roads and in other dangerous driving conditions. The improved suspension of the vehicle also increases handling precision.

Later engine modifications include the introduction of a 5.2-liter fuel-injected engine that increases power to 170 hp with 262 lb-ft of torque. The carburetor was removed from this model, and a five-speed manual transmission replaces the four-speed.

In 1990, anti-lock brakes became an option.

In 1992, the engine was again improved with multiple-port fuel-injection, and a tuned intake manifold was introduced. The Magnum engine produces 180 hp in the V-6 version and 235 hp in the V-8--markedly better performance than the older models.

Return-less fuel injection was introduced in 1993, just before Dodge introduced the third generation of the vehicle. Many of these improvements carried over into the new B2500 line.

The B250, although impressive at the time, lags behind modern vans. If you have your heart set on a B250, make sure it is a later model with all of the engine and safety improvements included.

Select a Dodge B250 Year

1996 Dodge B250


The 1996 Dodge B250 is part of the B-series as is sold as both a passenger van and a cargo van.