1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500

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1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 Review

A more than reasonable full-size van.

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Overview

Over the years, the Dodge Ram Wagon has established a worthy reputation as a capable workhorse that’s good for hauling substantial loads of cargo or passengers. Dodge’s full-size vans are delineated by its curb weights, with the Ram Wagon 1500 being the lightweight model when compared to the heavier 2500 and 3500.

The 1999 Ram Wagon 1500 is still a burly van that when properly equipped can manage a payload as big as 4264 pounds and accommodate up to 12 passengers. All 1999 Ram Wagon1500 models are equipped with rear-wheel anti-lock brakes.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size van
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, three-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Wagon 1500

What's New

With the model having been given a major redesign the previous year, the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 changes were fairly minimal. These included improvements made to the remote keyless entry system. Also, fleet customers now have the option of an available 5.2-liter compressed natural gas V-8 engine.

Exterior

Despite a front end that was redesigned the previous year, the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Wagon pretty much looks like any other Dodge full-size van that’s been released over the last 30 years. Additional exterior features include chrome front and rear bumpers, a chrome grille, and monotone paint. It's also equipped with styled steel, 15-inch wheels, and intermittent windshield wipers.

Interior

With a seating capacity of eight, the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 interior is nothing but spacious. Interior features include front bucket seats, fixed front head restraints, driver and passenger front armrests, four-way driver seat, four-way front passenger seat, rear removable bench seats, removable third row bench seats, and front cupholders. Reviews indicate that the 1999 Ram Wagon 1500 interior is well laid out and sensibly organized. However, some materials utilized in its construction are purported to be of poor quality. It also comes with cloth seats, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo system.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 features power steering and rear drive. For a full-size van, the 1500 provides decent handling thanks to suspension features that include front anti-roll bars, coil front springs, heavy-duty front shocks, and rack & pinion steering. However, some reviews have criticized the steering for being stiff, slow, and not providing much feedback. Models equipped with one of the V-8 engines perform much better than those equipped with the V-6, which tend to be a bit underpowered. Despite the model’s drawbacks in terms of maneuverability, the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 does deliver a smooth ride and has a high seating position that provides for excellent visibility while driving. It also comes with power steering and tilt steering wheel.

Safety

1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 standard safety features include driver and passenger airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, rear-wheel anti-lock brakes, and center high mounted stop lights. Among the standard features consumers will find bucket seats, power brakes, rear-wheel ABS, and driver and passenger front airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 3.9-liter V-6: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 5.2-liter V-8: 13/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cheaper than competition
  • Plenty of space for both passengers and cargo
  • Was given a major redesign the previous year

You Won't Like

  • Engineering is out of date
  • Interior utilizes low-grade plastics

Sum Up

A more than reasonable full-size van.

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