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2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 Review
Incredibly versatile but aging model.
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The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 is part of a long legacy of carrier wagons. Dodge has kept the same design for the Ram Wagon and Van since its introduction in 1971. This truck-based van is capable of carrying lots of passengers or handling a series of work related tasks. Fuel economy on the V-8 engines leaves a lot to be desired. Although cheap, the lack of interior features can be a bit frustrating, especially with those drivers carrying large families.
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6 engine, 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Wagon 1500
Aside from the addition of a few new interior, safety, and custom features, the 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 is basically the same vehicle it’s always been. The last updates occurred in 1998.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 is available in a standard and an extended wheelbase. The standard models come with a 192.5-inch wheelbase. Extended wheelbase models measure in at 208.5 inches. The maxi models are only available with the 3500 models. It comes with a standard rear side-hinged door and a side door on the passenger side as well. Dual swinging doors on the rear are also available. A sliding door on the side is available as an option. A conversion wagon is also available for those requiring special lifting devices for wheelchairs. Conversions can be made using a conversion specialist. Other standard exterior features include intermittent windshield wipers, all-season tires, 15-inch steel wheels, short and long arm front suspension, solid live axle rear suspension, front independent suspension, and rear drive.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 is pretty big. There is enough room for eight passengers in the wagon with expansion seats for more if needed. It receives a few new items, including a refreshed instrument panel, new airbags that step the vehicle into the new millennium, and some custom features. Dealers could add a video entertainment system for those looking for a bit of entertainment on long rides. Furnishings are very minimalistic to keep the price down. The base model comes equipped with a front console with storage area, front cup holders, power steering, 12-volt power outlets, air-conditioning, front reading lights, clock, low fuel level warning, six speakers, mast antennae, and an AM/FM stereo.
Performance & Handling
The Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 comes equipped with one of several engine choices. The 3.9-liter, V-6 engine produces 175 horsepower. Those looking for a bit more hauling power better opt for the V-8 engines available. A 5.2-liter engine is available, producing 235 horsepower. A 5.9-liter engine is also available that produces 245 horsepower. The 5.2-liter pumps out 295 lb-ft of torque, which will handle most jobs with little problem. However, for those bigger jobs, consumers will want the 335 lb-ft of torque from the 5.9-liter engine. While the bigger engines give out a lot of power, they aren’t exactly the best on the market. The V-6 engines will handle most problems and are a bit more fuel efficient, but drivers also have to tangle with the three-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 engines are not without their problems either. Although the V-8 engines receive the upgrade to a four-speed transmission, the engine is less than fuel-efficient. No cargo van on the market provides a fantastic ride, but it the Ram Wagon’s is less than stellar. The steering is a bit numb and unwieldy, and the gas pedals are a bit mushy. This can be quite disconcerting when taking the van out on the open road.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 comes equipped with rear-wheel anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, rear center lap belt, and electronic brake force distribution. The NHTSA has given the Ram Wagon 1500 four out of five stars for driver and passenger safety, but only three out of five stars when put through rollover tests. The IIHS did not perform safety tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Cheap price
- Lots of sizes to choose from
- Worker styling
You Won't Like
- Old school design
- Dated interior
- Lacking legroom in front
- Fuel economy
Incredibly versatile but aging model.
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