1997 Dodge B3500

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1997 Dodge B3500 Review

A heavy-duty van for any purpose.

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The 1997 Dodge B3500 provides a rear-drive, full-size van designed to transport heavy loads. For roughly three decades, these haulers have consistently proven their worth versus rivals from General Motors and Ford.

Drivers get the satisfaction of having lots of torque available to push this beast wherever it needs to go. The hefty payload, large towing capacity, and overall reliability of the B3500 make hard to measure up to.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge B3500, Dodge B3500 Maxi

What's New

The 1997 Dodge B3500 gets wider cargo doors, improved stereo systems, and an ignition switch with anti-theft protection. It no longer has front quarter vent windows. Service points located under the hood feature colored identification.


The 1997 Dodge B3500 has approximately a 205-inch length, an 80-inch width, an 80-inch height, and a 128-inch wheelbase. Maxi size vans measure about 25 inches longer. The B3500 features body-colored front and rear bumpers with a rubbing strip, externally adjustable door mirrors, a fixed rear window, and tinted glass. Chrome bumpers and power door mirrors remain optional. It has a gross weight of 7500 pounds and sits on 16-inch wheels.


The 1997 Dodge B3500 seats two passengers. In the front, it has vinyl bucket seats with head restraints, two cup holders, and a lockable glove compartment. Pockets in the doors and bins on the seats provide easy storage. The dash contains gauges that look clear and placed for easy use. The B3500 features an auxiliary power outlet, a ventilation system with four fan speeds, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. A cassette or CD player, power door locks, and cloth upholstery remain optional.

Performance & Handling

The Dodge B3500 comes standard with a 5.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A 5.9-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 245 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. Both engines combine with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 1997 Dodge B3500 offers powerful acceleration and a maximum towing capacity of about 8000 pounds.

The B3500 uses an independent multi-link front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with leaf springs. The ride and handling seems exceptional for such a large vehicle. Steering has a nice feel and offers good control.


The 1997 Dodge 3500 comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on its rear wheels. Dodge also installs a driver’s-side front-impact airbag.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge B3500, 5.2-liter V-8: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Dodge B3500, 5.9-liter V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of space
  • Great for towing and hauling
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

A heavy-duty van for any purpose.

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