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2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500

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2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 Review

An affordable passenger van that probably won’t be around much longer.

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Overview

Even though the platform of the 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 seems archaic, it still gets by. Chrysler has not made any changes to the original concept of the Ram Wagon for almost 30 years.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door passenger van
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Wagon 2500

What's New

The 2000 model year brings minimal changes to the 2500. Like its sister model, the 3500 Maxi Wagon, hood-mounted windshield washer nozzles and chrome-clad wheels have been added. Sealing upgrades to keep out the elements.

Exterior

The 2000 Ram Wagon 2500 measures in at 79.8 inches wide, 79.5 inches high, and 205.2 inches long. It clears the ground by 7.2 inches and has a curb weight 5150 pounds, with a wheelbase of 127.6 inches.

Future owners can choose from several exterior paint colors: black, bright white, Colorado red, dark spruce metallic, hunter green metallic, light arctic gray, and medium red metallic.

Standard features on the 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 include power brakes; tinted glass; 16-inch wheels; intermittent windshield wipers; driver and passenger fixed third-row windows; driver and passenger, externally adjustable, black door mirrors; conventional lens halogen bulb headlights; driver- and passenger-side hinged rear windows; a fixed rear window; and front and rear chrome bumpers. The van offers towing with an optional camper/towing package. Entry and exit gets easier with an optional chrome step bumper and a lighted entry system.

Other options include a keyless entry system, limited-slip differential, a rear window defroster, sunscreen glass, and powered exterior mirrors.

Capable of the big cargo tow, capacity reaches 6750 pounds. Maximum payload totals 3099 pounds. The length of the vehicle measures 231.2 inches; the gross weight totals 8700 pounds; curb weight stands at 5601 pounds; the wheelbase stretches to 127.6 inches.

Interior

Camel tan and mist gray adorn cloth bucket seats inside the 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500. Drivers enjoy power steering, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, a front ashtray, an automatic drive indicator on the dashboard, a cargo area light, front reading lights, a cigar lighter in the front seating area, a clock, a full console with an open storage box, courtesy lights, front cup holders, fifth-row bench seats, plastic and rubber in the load area, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system.

Personalize your van with an optional power driver’s seat, 12-passenger vinyl seating, cruise control, power windows and door locks, an AM/FM/CD audio system, or infinity audio. Rear-seat passengers cool down with optional rear air-conditioning or warm up with a rear heater.

The 2500 Wagon interior measures in with 40.5 inches of front headroom, 39.4 inches of rear headroom, 40.5 inches of rear legroom, and 43.9 inches of rear shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

This passenger van boasts rear drive, an anti-lock brake system, and a turning radius of 23.1 inches. The axle ratio is 3.92:1, and two disc brakes include two ventilated discs. Suspension specifications include wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar, independent with coil springs and beam rear suspension, rigid with leaf springs.

Safety

Safety features on the 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 passenger van include driver and passenger front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes. Passengers get extra protection with three-point reel rear seat belts on the driver’s side, lap static rear seat belts on the passenger side, and lap static rear seat belts in the center.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Wagon 2500: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Room for 15 passengers
  • Bargain pricing

You Won't Like

  • Hasn’t had a redesign in almost 30 years
  • Terrible fuel economy

Sum Up

An affordable passenger van that probably won’t be around much longer.

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