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2002 Dodge Ram Van 2500

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2002 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Review

Still in the race, but rising fuel costs and lack of features will keep it at the bottom of the list.

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Overview

The history of the Dodge Ram Van dates back to 1971. It is a full-size van that is available as a base, Conversion, or MaxiVan model. The cargo van seats two people in its two front bucket seats. The MaxiVan can seat up to 12 people with its second, third, and optional fourth-row bench seats. Unlike its competition, it has a monocoque structure, which means that the chassis is the main source of support and strength rather than having an interior frame to bear the load. Daimler-Chrysler named the van after its successful Ram pickup truck line.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Van 2500 Base, Dodge Ram Van 2500 Conversion, Dodge Ram Van 2500 MaxiVan

What's New

The 2002 Dodge Ram Van 2500 does not bring any notable changes over into this model year.

Exterior

The standard features for the 2002 Dodge Ram Van 2500 include 15-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, variable intermittent windshield wipers, tow hitch, sliding side door, split swing-out rear door with fixed window, tinted windows, halogen headlights, and an argent-trimmed grille. Even though it has received upgrades and redesigns over the years since its inception in 1971, the basic shape and appearance has remained the same. It has the classic smooth exterior beginning with the large silver argent front grille and square headlights and turn lights. The short hood slants upward at a sharp angle to the windshield. The flat roof and smooth sides enable buyers to attach company signs and logos. The only interruptions to the smooth line of the sides are the large side mirrors and awkward door handles. The rear barn doors open wide to allow easy access to the 294.6 cubic feet of storage space in the MaxiVan and 238.9 cubic feet in the Base and Conversion models.

Interior

The interior standard features for the 2002 Dodge Ram Van 2500 include vinyl upholstery, bucket two-way power driver and front passenger seats, manual windows, manual door locks, a tilting steering wheel, a six-speaker in-dash CD stereo, and power steering. The base model can get the optional rear bench seat. Buyers can also get the optional cruise control and rear air-conditioning, and dual illuminated vanity mirrors. The dashboard is simple but functional. The gauges of the cockpit use white printing on a black background. Even with the power seats, the upright position of the driver’s seat makes for an uncomfortable ride over a long distance. Legroom behind the steering wheel is minimal. Due to the large wheel wells for the front tires, passengers won’t have a lot of foot space. The small rear windows hinder rear visibility.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Dodge Ram Van 2500 is powered by a 5.2-liter, overhead valve (OHV), V-8 engine that makes 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a four-speed manual transmission and rear drive. The V-8 engine produces enough torque to haul a full load with no problem, but it doesn’t produce enough power for fast acceleration when merging or passing on the highway. It is sluggish and the chassis, despite its monocoque construction, shakes over bumps and undulating roads. The ride is more like a truck. The longer wheelbase and 46.2-inch turning circle makes the Ram Van 2500 cumbersome to maneuver and park. The steering is vague and braking power is adequate. Towing capacity is 7650 pounds and payload capacity is 3100 pounds.

Safety

The 2002 Dodge Ram Van 2500 is equipped with a rear-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), next-generation dual front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners, and ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes. Side airbags are not available. Buyers can get the optional anti-theft alarm system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave five stars for side-impact protection from the front and rear, four stars for frontal-impact protection for the front and rear, and three stars for rollover protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Van 2500 Base: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cargo room
  • Neat interior

You Won't Like

  • Dated styling and design
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable seating
  • Poor handling and steering
  • Poor acceleration

Sum Up

Still in the race, but rising fuel costs and lack of features will keep it at the bottom of the list.

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