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2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 Review
Versatility and power fuse into one.
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The 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 refers to the full-size vans manufactured by Daimler-Chrysler under the Dodge brand. The van went into production for the first time in 1981 when it was formerly called the B-Series. This nomenclature continued until 1981 when the cargo vans were renamed the Dodge Ram Van, and the passenger vans were renamed the Dodge Ram Wagon.
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Wagon 2500
The 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 has a Class IV receiver hitch and a new trailer tow package. A new tilt steering wheel with three positions comes as an optional feature, and a new passenger assist handle is mounted on the van’s windshield pillar as well.
Despite the fact that the 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 is in its third generation, there are very few changes made to the exterior of the van. In fact, the van still looks a lot like how it looked in 1971. While Dodge enthusiasts would not mind this, the exterior of the Ram Van and Wagon are clearly outdated. The regular Ram vans and wagons have a wheelbase of 127.6 inches and an overall length of either 205.2 inches or 231.2 inches. Irrespective of the model chosen, the height of the vans and wagons remain just under 80 inches. All vans come with twin doors or a single rear door on the right-hand side, although single and dual sliding doors are also available.
The basic Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 models can seat eight passengers, while the higher-end version can seat as many as 12 people. Space is adequate in the front, although the wheel wells in the region take away a hefty chunk of legroom for the driver and passenger. The driver’s position is not too comfortable either, since it resembles that of a bus and lacks enough room to stretch the legs. Visibility is mediocre as well.
The picture is a little better at the rear, where both rows of seats have a generous amount of legroom and headroom. However, like its competitors, the Ram Wagon uses hard and uncomfortable bench seats in the rear. The regular wheelbase variant of the 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 has 246.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the extended wheelbase version has 304.5 cubic feet of space. This is almost equal to the cargo space available in other competing vans.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 uses a 3.9-liter, V-6 engine as standard for its base models. However, two engine options are available: a 5.2-liter, V-8 engine and a 5.9-liter, V-8 engine. The basic V-6 engine delivers 175 horsepower, the 5.2-liter engine deliver 230 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and the 5.9-liter engine delivers 250 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 engine used in the base model barely offers adequate acceleration and proves to be a disappointment for those with even modest passenger and load carrying requirements. Any of the V-8 engines are a better option. It may not offer much in terms of power, but it compensates for that by providing enough torque to easily move around heavy loads. Fuel economy, however, is not the van’s strong suit.
The base V-6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while all other engines are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The van’s outdated design proves to be more than just an eyesore, since it results in a significantly more unstable ride over bumps than its competitors. In fact, the Ram Van Wagon feels more like a truck than its direct competitors do. The extended van versions of the Dodge Ram are difficult to park and very difficult to move around in the city. The steering feels numb and vague most of the time, reducing the ride quality and handling capabilities further.
The 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 comes with rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as an optional feature. There are no government crash-test results available for this van at present.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of engines available
- Variable body sizes
- Lots of interior options
- Spacious interior
- Good value for money
You Won't Like
- Outdated design
- Poor fuel economy, even for a full-size van
Versatility and power fuse into one.
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