1999 Dodge Ram Van 2500

  • 1999 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Base Cargo Van

    Base Cargo Van

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1999 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Review

Looks like an old standby but performs like a beast.

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Dodge has forever had a reputation of producing some of the best full-size vans and wagons on the market. Stylistically, the design of the vans and wagons has remained largely unchanged over the years. While this would be a negative for some manufacturers, Dodge’s reputation is stellar, and the vans and wagons are dependable and reliable. Like an old friend that people don’t want to part with. Many buyers will just move from one Dodge van or wagon to the next when the time has come.

In 1998, the 1999 Dodge Ram Van 2500 received a facelift. Aside from a redesigned front end, the new Ram van can still be mistaken for an older model from the disco era. This again isn’t a bad thing because it rides, handles, and has the practicality and cargo space that buyers have always flocked to. In many ways, the Dodge Ram Van is old faithful. The base engine for the 2500 series is a 3.9-liter, V-6 engine generating 230 horsepower. Most buyers will likely prefer the Maxi upgrade to a 5.2-liter, V-8 engine with 230 horsepower. Yielding 295-lb-ft of torque on tap, this V-8 engine responds better to demanding use, while sparing drivers of the loud noise and vibration sometimes reported with the standard 3.9-liter, V-6 engine.

The Range

Body Styles: van, wagon
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Van 2500 Commercial LWB, Dodge Ram Van 2500 Conversion LWB, Dodge Ram Van 2500 Commercial Maxi Extended Cargo

What's New

The 1999 Dodge Ram Van 2500 showcases a redesigned instrument panel with conveniently placed controls and dual airbags. The suspension has been re-tuned and the brakes are more powerful than ever.


The Dodge Ram Van 2500 hasn’t changed very much since the 1970s. Standard exterior features include tinted front door glass, tape strip along the lower body/rear quarter, halogen headlamps, dual black manual mirrors, and variable intermittent windshield wipers. All trims in the 2500 series have a 127.6-inch wheelbase and 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps.


The 1999 Dodge Ram Van 2500 modernized its instrument panel, making the controls more accessible and convenient. The van can seat two occupants up front. There is the option of a third seat in the rear for additional seating. Cargo and luggage space in the Dodge Ram is very ample. The vehicle is very comfortable during long road trips with plenty of head and legroom. Other standard interior features include a tilt steering wheel, black vinyl flooring, additional warning lights, a gauge for oil pressure, and a cargo compartment lamp.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Dodge Ram Van 2500 may be big but it offers very capable performance. The vehicle turns and handles great. The ride is overall very smooth. Acceleration is more than adequate for passing. This vehicle is great on the highway for trips and outings. The base model’s 3.9-liter, V-6 engine is known to carry a somewhat disturbing noise and vibration at times that may be bothersome.


The 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 has seatbelt pretension, meaning the belts tighten and place occupants in an optimal seating position in the event of a collision.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Van 2500: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious
  • Comfortable
  • Ample cargo carry
  • Well-built vehicle

You Won't Like

  • Noisy base engine
  • Turning ratio
  • Blind spots
  • Visibility

Sum Up

Looks like an old standby but performs like a beast.

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