1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500

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1999 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Review

Perfect mix of tradition, power, and pleasure.

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Dodge’s reputation for well-produced, dependable, and reliable full-size vans and wagons is well known. Dodge vans are a familiar timeless standby that has changed very little in appearance in nearly four decades. Competitors like Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC are most likely envious at the brand loyalty drivers of full-size vans and wagons have towards Dodge.

A 1998 redesign modifies the front-end design of the Dodge Ram Van but the cosmetic change is not drastic. The Dodge Ram Van 3500 stands out the most for its power. This model comes standard with a 5.2-liter, V-8 engine that generates 230 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. For anyone wanting a van capable of handling more demanding use, there is also a 5.9-liter, V-8 engine with 245 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. The 35-gallon gas tank that Dodge includes in all vans and wagons make any thirst for power more economically viable.

The Range

Body Styles: van, 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 Van 3500 Commercial LWB, Dodge Ram Van 3500 Conversion LWB, Dodge Ram Van 3500 Conversion Maxi, Dodge Ram Van 3500 Commercial Maxi Extended Cargo

What's New

The 1999 Dodge Ram Van 3500 introduces a more modern instrument panel with sensibly-placed controls for easier access and convenience. There has been a re-tuning of the vehicle’s suspension. Dual airbags have been added along with braking enhancements for enhanced safety and protection. All doors have remote keyless entry.


The 1999 Dodge Ram Van 3500 hasn’t changed very much in appearance over the years. All trims in the 3500 series are built on a 127-inch wheelbase and weigh up to 8700 pounds. It shares a width of 78.8-inches with the Maxi vans having a few more inches in height and length. It's built from fully galvanized steel with three-doors and a split swing-out cargo door. Wheels are 16-inches. The exhaust on all trims is stainless steel. Additionally, it shares heavy-duty front and rear shocks with coil springs. Standard exterior features include halogen headlamps, tinted front door glass, tape strip along the lower body/rear quarter, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and dual black manual mirrors.


The 1999 Dodge Ram Van 3500 modernized the interior’s instrument, laying out the controls more sensibly for easier access and more convenience. Vinyl bucket seats can seat two occupants up front. Additional rear seating is optional. There is very spacious cargo and luggage space. The vehicle offers both the driver and passenger comfort; especially on road trips. Other standard interior features include an oil pressure gauge, warning reminders for keys left in the ignition, low windshield wiper fluid, and unfastened seat belts, black vinyl flooring, and a cargo compartment light. Seat belts exist for both driver and front passenger with a cancel switch for the passenger-side airbag. Options are available for a glove compartment lamp, rear air-conditioning, and a rear window defogger.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Dodge Ram Van 3500 offers a smooth ride, pleasant performance, and great handling. The vehicle accelerates nicely, simplifying passing on the highway.


The 1999 Dodge Ram Van 3500 has no crash data available, but it comes with seatbelt pretensioners, tightening seat belts to place occupants in an optimal seating position at the time of impact. The rear-wheel anti-lock brake system can detect when tires stop rotating at sudden stops, modulating them to allow tires to move to enable turning when brakes are slammed.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Van 3500: N/A

You'll Like

  • Plenty of room
  • Comfortable ride
  • Abundant cargo space
  • Well-built vehicle

You Won't Like

  • Bad visibility
  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

Perfect mix of tradition, power, and pleasure.

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