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1996 Dodge B350

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1996 Dodge B350 Review

Reliable design at reasonable cost.

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Overview

The 1996 Dodge B350 continues the B-Series line as part of the third generation. The Ram van model proves to be a strong vehicle for cargo while the Ram wagon is known for its high capacity for moving people from point A to point B. Even though the fuel economy leaves a little to be desired by modern standards, it is still a great workhorse vehicle for a variety of commercial purposes.

The Range

Body Styles: cargo van, passenger van
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge B350 Ram van, Dodge B350 Ram wagon

What's New

The 1996 Dodge B350 was released as part of the ongoing B-series of vans dating back to 1971. The storied line deviates very little from its original design; however, the 1996 model did address some braking issues first raised in 1994.

Exterior

The 1996 Dodge B350 features two body styles: a two-door passenger and a two-door cargo. It receives the standard boxy design associated with the line, while it has 231 inches in length and 79.8 inches in width. While it features front and rear integrated body color bumpers, it also gets rubbing strips as an accent. The mechanical foldable mirrors are on each side and it also features an additional fixed rear mirror. Moreover, the gross vehicle weight rating is 7500 pounds.

Interior

The B350 features a good deal of headroom 40.5 inches in the front and 29.3 inches in the rear. While it's intended for work, there are few frills; a digital clock and basic AM/FM stereo are standard along with a front ashtray and illuminated cigar lighter. Below seat storage is available under the passenger seat, and the glove compartment is lockable and lit. The two front bucket seats are upholstered in vinyl, while the floor is plastic, and rubber is in front and in the load area. Furthermore, two rear cargo doors feature an automatic light.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Dodge B350 is powered by a 5.8-liter V-8 engine, which provides 220 hp at 4400 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. When empty or carrying a light load, it handles fairly well for a van of its size, but under heavy load situations such as transporting cargo, it can begin to feel a bit overburdened. The front-end suspension is dual-linked with a stabilizer bar for a more comfortable ride for those seated up front, while the back-end is a standard rigid frame with leaf spring stabilizers like most other vans from this time period.

Safety

The 1996 Dodge B350 gets a standard driver’s side airbag. Both front seats also feature head restraints and three-point reel seat belts.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge B350 Ram van: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High capacity seating
  • Spacious cabin design
  • History of long performance

You Won't Like

  • Weak acceleration
  • Minimal safety features
  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

Reliable design at reasonable cost.

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