Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 Origins
Dodge released the Ram Wagon 2500 in 1995 as a replacement for the similar Ram Wagon B250. Like earlier Dodge vans, the Ram Wagon 2500 features a large body-on-frame construction and a rear-drive configuration. However, the Ram Wagon 2500 debuted with a more modern shape than its predecessor, including a smaller grille and more distinctly rounded curves.
The Ram Wagon 2500 comes in two trims: a base model and an SLT version. Both versions come standard with room for eight passengers. The SLT adds options such as cup holders and seat map pockets. Trims were later pared down to a single base model with increased options.
All Ram Wagon 2500 vans come standard with a 3.9-liter, 175-horsepower V-6 engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. However, many buyers choose to upgrade to an optional 5.2-liter, 225-hp V-8 or a 5.9-liter, 245-hp V-8. Both V-8 engines pair with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Dodge discontinued its line of Ram Wagons in 2003, replacing the passenger and cargo vans with the new Mercedes-based Dodge Sprinter.About the Dodge Ram Wagon 2500
The Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 is best known for its ability to easily shuttle small groups of passengers. Ram Wagons are frequently used for field trips, tour groups, and airport transportation. Many people use them as wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
While Dodge’s half-ton Ram Wagon 1500 comes standard with room for five, all Ram Wagon 2500 models seat eight people, thanks to a standard third-row bench seat. Vinyl seating comes standard on earlier models but can be upgraded to cloth. Other convenience options include a rear heater and rear air-conditioning.
Though both the 1500 and 2500 come standard with a base V-6 engine, the Ram Wagon 2500 features a 127.6-inch wheelbase compared to the half-ton model’s 109.6-inch wheelbase. When equipped with the optional V-8 engine and a trailer hitch, the Ram Wagon 2500 can tow up to 6,500 pounds.Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 Features
Dodge ceased production of the Ram Wagon 2500 in 2003.
The 2003 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 retains many features of the 2002 model. The Ram Wagon 2500 comes equipped with a standard 3.9-liter V-6 engine that produces 175 horsepower. However, the many buyers upgraded to a 5.2-liter V-8, offering 225 horsepower, or to a heavy-duty 5.9-liter, 245-hp V-8.
In 2003, Dodge cut its lineup to a single Ram Wagon 2500 base model, offering many amenities formerly included with the Ram Wagon 2500 SLT trim.
Standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, a matching spare tire, variable intermittent wipers, two rear side-hinged doors, bucket front seats, cloth upholstery, front cup holders, a front console with storage, front reading lights, 12-volt power outlets in the front, air conditioning, power steering, a clock, rear ventilation ducts, a low-fuel warning system, rear-wheel anti-lock brakes, and a six-speaker stereo with an AM/FM radio.
Optional equipment includes cruise control, four-wheel ABS, a rear heater, rear air-conditioning, a rear-window defroster, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, chrome wheels, a chrome bumper, sunscreen glass, power windows, power locks, power-adjustable mirrors, and an upgraded audio system with a CD player. An available camping/towing package outfits the van with a Class IV hitch receiver and towing accessories.
The 2003 Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 measures 205.2 inches in length, 79.5 inches in height, and 79.8 inches in width. It has a wheelbase of 127.6 inches and a curb weight of 5,150 pounds. Inside the van, the driver and front passenger receive 38.9 inches of headroom, 39 inches of legroom, 65.7 inches of hip room, and 65.7 inches of shoulder room. Back-seat passengers receive 39.2 inches of headroom, 40.6 inches of legroom, 65.5 inches of hip room, and 66.3 inches of shoulder room.
With its base V-6 engine, the Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 has an EPA-rating of 13/15 mpg city/highway.Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 Evolution
The Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 made its first appearance in 1995 as a replacement for the Dodge Ram Wagon B250. Along with a new name, Dodge’s three-quarter-ton, rear-drive passenger van introduces new options and a more modern appearance.
Early Ram Wagon 2500s came in two trims: a base 2500 and a 2500 SLT. Dodge fits both models with a 3.9-liter V-6 engine, which remained standard throughout the van’s production.
Dodge made a number of subtle updates to the Ram Wagon over the years. 1997 brought a new stereo system and wider cargo doors. The sound system was replaced again in 1998. Dodge also introduced standard dual airbags and a longer list of options that year. In 1999, the company added an optional Compressed Natural Gas V-8 engine for fleet customers.
In 2000, Dodge eliminated the SLT trim, leaving only a base model and individual options. A new stereo system with six speakers and hood-mounted windshield washer nozzles can be found on that year’s models. Dodge made its final changes to the Ram Wagon 2500 in 2001, when the brand added a tow package and more positions for the tilt-adjustable steering wheel.