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2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Review
A strong competitor for Ford and Chevrolet.
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The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 is a full-size van manufactured by Daimler-Chrysler under the Dodge brand name. The van belongs to Dodge’s Ram Van series; the history can be traced back to 1971 when it was introduced as the B-Series. The B-Series nomenclature was used for a decade until 1981 when the cargo van was renamed as the Dodge Ram Van.
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
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 is available with a new trailer tow package and a Class IV receiver hitch with a tilt steering wheel. The steering wheel can be adjusted to three positions, and it is an optional feature. Another optional feature introduced this year is a new passenger assist handle that is located on the windshield pillar of the van.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 is currently in its third generation, but the truth is that there are very few changes made to the exterior of the van over the course of these three generations. The van still bears a striking resemblance to its first appearance in 1971. However, this is not such a bad thing for Dodge purists, but it makes the van look very outdated when compared to its competitors. The regular vans have a wheelbase of 127.6 inches and an overall length of around 205.2 inches or 231.2 inches. All models have a fixed height of a little below 80 inches. All vans are fitted with either a single rear door on the right-hand side or twin doors. Single and dual sliding doors are also available as options.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 has a single row of front bucket seats with a cavernous interior at the back. The front seats offer more than adequate headroom, but the wheel wells up front reduce the available legroom by a huge margin for both the driver and passenger. The driver’s position in particular is not very comfortable, since the seat is high and upright like that of a bus, and there is not enough room to stretch the legs comfortably. Even visibility is less than adequate. On a positive note, the regular wheelbase of the 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 gets a whopping 247 cubic feet of space, and the extended wheelbase gets as much as 304 cubic feet of storage space. This is almost the same as other competing vans in the market.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 gets a standard 3.9-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 175 horsepower. Two optional engines are available as well. The first option is a 5.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 230 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and the second option is a 5.9-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500's base V-6 engine, with a rated power of 175 horsepower, does not provide enough acceleration for even basic hauling purposes, and it should be avoided at all costs unless the cargo space is going to be empty all the time. The V-8 engine options are much better because it provides enough power to get the van around and offer enough torque to easily carry around heavy loads as well. However, the Dodge Ram Van does not offer much of fuel mileage, which is a problem consistent with most other competing vans.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500's V-6 engine is available with a three-speed automatic transmission, while the V-8 engines use a four-speed automatic transmission. The outdated chassis of the van makes it quite unstable when driven over rough roads or taking relatively sharp turns. In other words, the Dodge Ram Van steers and handles more poorly than most of its other competitors. The extended-wheelbase versions of the 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 are difficult to maneuver around the city and park, and the steering feels numb in many cases. This reduces the handling and ride quality of the van even further.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 2500 has not been rated by the NHTSA, IIHS, or any other government agency for its safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Different body sizes
- Spacious interior
- Good value for money
- Different engines available
You Won't Like
- Outdated design
- Visibility and interior problems
A strong competitor for Ford and Chevrolet.
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