The 2000 Dodge Ram Van 2500 classifies as a full-size van that represents part of Dodge's Ram Van Series, which can be traced back to 1971 when it debuted as the B-Series. It has not been redesigned in nearly three decades; however that lends itself to a practical price.
One-third of the components renewed a couple of years ago, and Dodge says that a wheelchair lift can be added in all Ram Vans and the roofline can be easily raised for the physically challenged. Overall, the 2500 makes an excellent van for hauling passengers or cargo and its design stands the test of time.
Body Styles: three-door van
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Van 2500, Dodge Ram Van 2500 Maxi
The 2000 Dodge Ram Van 2500 shows minor changes, including hood-mounted windshield washer nozzles and chrome-clad wheels. Sealing has been given a boost to reduce outside noise and the elements. The 2500 Cargo Van also gets a six-speaker audio system standard.
The 2000 Dodge Ram Van 2500 gives buyers eight colors to choose from. Exterior features include a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, an optional chrome step bumper (painted bumpers with step caps come standard), keyless entry system, a lighted entry system, limited-slip differential, power exterior mirrors, a rear window defroster, intermittent windshield wipers, flush-mounted halogen headlights, and sunscreen glass. Sixteen-inch silver steel wheels round out the bottom of the Ram Van. Metallic paint provides an option.
An optional camper/towing package allows for a maximum towing capacity of 7500 pounds on the 2500 Cargo Van Maxi. Maximum payload totals 2809 pounds.
The Van measures in at 205.2 inches long, 79.8 inches wide, and 79.9 inches tall. It clears the ground by 7.2 inches and it has a curb weight of 4736 pounds. It sits on a 127.6-inch wheelbase. The Maxi weighs in with a gross weight of 7700 pounds and a curb weight of 4891 pounds.
The interior of the 2500 feels comfortable and keeps practicality and functionality in mind. The 2000 Dodge Ram Van 2500 comes complete with air-conditioning, an AM/FM/cassette/CD audio system, an under-hood light, a sport steering wheel, a front installed door trim panel, a heavy-duty black vinyl floor mat in the front compartment, a cargo compartment light, bucket vinyl seating in camel or mist gray, cruise control, power door locks, and power windows.
The dashboard has plenty of amenities to assist drivers in their journeys: a warning signal for low washer fluid; vacuum fluorescent, digital display for both the odometer and the trip odometer; a single, low-note horn; a voltmeter on the instrument panel; an oil pressure gauge; a warning buzzer for key-in-ignition and seat belts; a digital clock; analog gauges; and several indicator warning lamps. Passengers enjoy 40.5 inches of front headroom, 39 inches of front legroom, and 68 inches of front shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Dodge Ram Van 2500 contains a 5.2-liter V-8 with 225 hp at 4400 rpm. The 2500 gets 295 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. Enjoy a smoother ride with a heavy-duty front suspension with upper and lower A arms, computer-selected coil springs, heavy-duty gas-charged shock absorbers, a heavy-duty rear suspension with longitudinal leaf spring, heavy-duty gas charged shock absorbers, and a front stabilizer bar.
Safety features on the Dodge Ram Cargo Van remain minimal with driver and passenger front airbags and a rear-wheel anti-lock brake system. Side airbags remain unavailable.
Seat belts come with emergency locking retractors and front three-point, height-adjustable belts. The steering column absorbs energy, and crumple zones and knee bolsters round out the extra safety precautions. Consumers can opt for additional safety measures to prevent theft. An optional vehicle anti-lockout device, valet lockout, wheel locks, and a locking fuel filler door or cap can be purchased for the 2000 Dodge Ram Van 2500 for an extra cost.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Ram Van 2500: 13/19 mpg city/highway
- Bargain pricing
- Room for 15 passengers
You Won't Like
- No redesign for 30 years
- Terrible fuel economy
Caught in the middle of a rapidly discontinuing van line.
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