1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500

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1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Review

A nice, modern take on the classic Dodge full-size van that’s been around for decades.

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Overview

Dodge has been making full-size vans pretty much the same way since the early 1970s with only minimal changes having been introduced over the decades. However, with the model having undergone a major redesign the previous year, the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 does offer some newer features than you might expect to find in a Dodge full-size van. Part of the reason that there has been so little in the way of change and evolution introduced to Dodge’s line of full-size vans is that these rugged workhorses have proven themselves to be extremely capable and reliable over the years. The numbers in the Ram Wagon lineup are intended to delineate weight. Weighing in at just over half a ton, the 1500 is the lightweight of the bunch. The 2500 weighs in at close to three quarters of a ton, while the 3500 is the heavyweight of the line, weighing in at 8700 pounds.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size van
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8, 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Wagon 3500, Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Maxi

What's New

Changes made to the Ram Wagon 3500 for 1999 have been relatively minimal. Seat track travel has been increased and improvements been made to the model’s remote keyless entry system. Fleet customers also now have the option of an available 5.2-liter Compressed Natural Gas V-8.

Exterior

The 1999 Ram Wagon 3500 is essentially styled in much the same way that Dodge full-size vans have been for decades. In the 1998 redesign, changes were made to the van’s front end, which now prominently features Dodge’s trademark crosshair grille. Some of the other exterior features found on the 1999 model include front and rear bumpers, monotone paint, and a chrome grille. Standard features included on the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 include 16-inch wheels and intermittent windshield wipers. Additional available options include a camper/towing package, chrome step bumper, sunscreen glass, and power exterior mirrors. The Maxi Cargo Van carries available extras that include chrome wheels and power exterior mirrors.

Interior

The Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 is spacious inside and designed to accommodate eight passengers. Among the interior features found are front bucket seats, fixed front head restraints, driver and passenger front armrests, four-way driver’s seat, four-way passenger seat, rear removable bench seating, removable third row bench seats, and front cup holders. Standard features included on the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 include bucket seats, vinyl seats, and an AM/FM stereo. Additional available options include keyless entry, power windows, power door locks, and an improved stereo with AM/FM/Cassette and CD player. The Maxi Cargo Van carries available extras that include a power driver’s seat, power windows, power doors, power locks, and a stereo system with AM/FM/Cassette and CD.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Ram Wagon 3500’s formidable lineup of engines are all basically capable of providing power that’s more than adequate for moving the van along, even when fully loaded with cargo or passengers. The base 5.2-liter, V-8 engine is rated at 230 horsepower and produces 300 lb-ft of torque. With a turning circle of 52.4 feet, the Ram Wagon 3500 is no less maneuverable than any other full-size van model, and delivers a ride that is generally pretty smooth. Standard features included on the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 include power steering. Additional available options include a limited slip differential and cruise control.

The standard engine for the 1999 Ram Wagon 3500 is a 5.2-liter V-8 that comes paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. There is also the option of either a 5.9-liter V-8 or a 5.2-liter V-8 that runs on compressed natural gas. There is also a special version of the 1999 Ram Wagon 3500 known as the Maxi Cargo Van.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 include driver and passenger front airbags and rear-wheel ABS. No crash test ratings are available for the Dodge Ran Wagon 3500 from either the IIHS or the NHTSA. Standard features included on the 1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 include rear-wheel ABS and driver and passenger airbags. Additional available options include four-wheel ABS.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Wagon 3500: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent value
  • Major revisions
  • You Won't Like

    • Outdated engineering and design
    • Low-grade plastics in the interior

    Sum Up

    A nice, modern take on the classic Dodge full-size van that’s been around for decades.

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