2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500

  • 2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 Base Cargo Van

    Base Cargo Van

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      5.2L V8
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2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 Review

Versatile and powerful; a truck with a van body.

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The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 provides a rear-drive cargo van most known for its size and ability to haul heavy loads. It also serves as a means to transport large groups of people. It has been around for three decades, and people often use it as a work vehicle. Over the years, its basic design has remained nearly unchanged.

Drivers get the satisfaction of operating a vehicle with a dominating presence on the road and strong acceleration. However, they seem unhappy with the amount of money they have to sink into the beast’s gas tank to keep it running. Overall, though, it offers dependability and does its job nicely.

The Range

Body Styles: cargo van
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Van 3500 LWB, Dodge Ram Van 3500 Maxivan

What's New

The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 sees only a couple of changes from the 2000 models. A new towing package offers a Class IV receiver hitch, and the steering wheel now comes with three positions.


The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 has approximately a 231-inch length, 80-inch width, 80-inch height, and 128-inch wheelbase. Its large size makes it stand out in a crowd. It has black front and rear bumpers, a chrome grille, adjustable black door mirrors, and tinted glass on the cabin. Twin doors and a single rear door come standard. The Ram Van 3500 weighs 4645 pounds and sits on 16-inch, silver steel wheels. Optional features include a sliding side door.


The interior of the Ram Van 3500 fits up to 15 passengers. In the front, it has vinyl bucket seats with head restraints, divided by cup holders and a small console. In the dash sit logically arranged gauges, conveniently located controls, a storage console, and an automatic drive indicator. The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 features passenger assist handles, an AM/FM stereo with four speakers, courtesy lights, and a ventilation system. Rear air-conditioning, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a CD player, an Infinity speaker system, and a video player system remain optional.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 comes packed with a 5.2-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It combines with a four-speed automatic transmission and runs on compressed natural gas. It has strong acceleration with a maximum towing capacity of 8600 pounds.

The Ram Van 3500 uses an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a beam rear suspension with leaf springs. It features good overall handling with an okay steering feel. It does experience a bumpy ride, as expected with such a large vehicle.


The 2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 comes equipped with a rear-wheel anti-lock brake system, driver and front-passenger front-impact airbags, and side-impact beams on the doors. Anti-lock brakes on all four wheels provide an option. Side-impact airbags remain unavailable. Three-point, height-adjustable safety belts with pretensioners on the driver and passenger seats restrain passengers in the event of an accident.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Van 3500 LWB: 17/20 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram Van 3500 Maxivan: 17/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Good power
  • Great for hauling and towing

You Won't Like

  • Below average gas mileage
  • Road noise
  • Outdated design

Sum Up

Versatile and powerful; a truck with a van body.

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