Dodge Ram Van 3500 Origins
The Ram Van 3500 officially debuted in 1995, when it replaced Dodge’s previous one-ton van, the Ram Van B350. Dodge renamed its vans to match the weight designations on its Ram pickup trucks. As with Ram pickups, the 3500 is joined by half-ton 1500 and three-quarter-ton 2500 variants.
As a cargo van, the heavy-duty Ram Van 3500 is designed for hauling equipment, materials, and supplies. Other than two bucket seats up front, the rest of the van offers open cargo space. A passenger version of the van, known as the Ram Wagon 3500, offers room for up to 15 passengers.
All Ram Van cargo models come standard with a rear-drive configuration, double rear doors, and a sliding right-side door. The Ram Van 3500 contains a standard 5.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Dodge offers the vehicle in two lengths. The base Ram Van 3500 measures 205.2 inches in length, while the extended Ram Van 3500 Maxi measures 234.5 inches.
DaimlerChrysler retired the Ram Van 3500 and its siblings in 2003, replacing the series with the Mercedes-Benz-based Dodge Sprinter.About the Dodge Ram Van 3500
The Dodge Ram Van 3500 is best known for its heavy-duty engine and available cargo space.
The Ram Van 3500 comes standard with a 5.2-liter V-8 engine. With an output of 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the V-8 can handle a trailer weighing up to 8,400 pounds and a payload of up to 3,760 pounds.
With a cargo capacity of 200 cubic feet in the base model and 294.6 cubic feet in the Maxi, the Ram Van 3500 is ideal for contractors, maintenance workers, and delivery personnel who need a place to store equipment and materials.Dodge Ram Van 3500 Features
The last Dodge Ram Van 3500 was released in 2003.
The 2003 Dodge Ram Van 3500 contains a standard 5.2-liter, 225-hp V-8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. An available 5.9-liter V-8 engine increases power to 245 horses. Trim levels include a base Ram Van 3500 and extended Ram Van 3500 Maxi.
The base Ram Van 3500 comes with 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, vinyl bucket seats, vinyl flooring, front airbags, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, cargo lights, a front cargo console, front cup holders, power steering, anti-lock brakes, power brakes, intermittent windshield wipers, 12-volt power outlets, and a sound system with an AM/FM radio and a cassette player.
Dodge offers various packages for specific jobs. A tradesman package updates the van with interior shelving units, a ladder rack, a behind-the-seat metal partition, and rubber flooring. A camper/towing package adds a Class IV receiver hitch and other towing accessories.
Though standard amenities are few and far between, a large number of options can be added individually. Optional conveniences include cloth seats, air-conditioning, chrome wheels, a chrome step bumper, keyless entry, limited-slip rear differential, anti-lock brakes, power exterior mirrors, sunscreen glass, a rear window defroster, a rear heater, and a premium audio system with a CD player.
The base Ram Van 3500 measures 205.2 inches in length, 79.9 inches in height, and 78.8 inches in width and has a wheelbase of 127.6 inches. The Maxi version increases length to 234.5 inches. Inside the van, the driver and front passenger receive 38.9 inches of headroom, 39 inches of legroom, and 65.7 inches of shoulder room.
The Dodge Ram Van 3500 comes in eight exterior colors and two interior shades.Dodge Ram Van 3500 Evolution
The Dodge Ram Van 3500 replaced Dodge’s previous one-ton cargo van, the Dodge Ram Van B350, in 1995. While a number of features from the previous generation remain, the new van introduces a revised front end, a smaller grille, and a standard automatic transmission.
From the beginning, the Ram Van 3500 was the only model in Dodge’s Ram Van series to come standard with a 5.2-liter V-8 engine; others contain a 3.9-liter V-6. The previous Ram Van B350 also houses the 5.2-liter V-8, though the 3500 replaces the B350’s standard five-speed manual transmission with a three-speed automatic gearbox.
In 1997, Dodge updated the Ram Van 3500 with a new sound system, improved ignition switch, and wider cargo doors.
In 1998, the van’s standard three-speed automatic transmission was replaced with a four-speed automatic version. Dodge also offers standard rear-wheel anti-lock brakes and front airbags on these models, as well as an improved suspension system.
In 1999, Dodge introduced an optional 5.2-liter Compressed Natural Gas V-8 engine exclusively to fleet customers. The Ram Van 3500 received subtle updates in 2000 with optional chrome-clad wheels and a six-speaker audio system. For 2001, Dodge added an updated tilt steering wheel and a towing package with a Class IV receiver hitch. Dodge made no further significant changes to the Ram Van 3500 after 2001.