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2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500

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2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Review

With no redesign in almost 30 years, if it’s not broke ...

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Overview

The 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 has a payload of up to 4245 pounds and seats up to 15 passengers. The value, conveniences, and price of the Ram Wagon have stayed virtually the same for three decades.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door van
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Maxi Wagon 3500

What's New

The 2000 model year brings minimal changes to the Maxi Wagon 3500, with hood-mounted windshield washer nozzles and chrome-clad wheels. Sealing upgrades to keep out the elements. A six-speaker audio system now comes standard on this model.

Exterior

The base 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 comes in at 234.5 inches long, 78.8 inches wide, 83.6 inches high, and a wheelbase of 127.6 inches. Curb weight totals 4645 pounds and gross weight reaches 8700 pounds.

Owners 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 equipment for the 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 includes power brakes, tinted glass; 16-inch wheels; intermittent windshield wipers; fixed driver- and passenger-side third-row windows; externally adjustable black door mirrors; conventional lens halogen bulb headlights; driver- and passenger-side hinged rear side 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 power exterior mirrors.

Capable of the big cargo tow, capacity reaches at 6750 pounds. Maximum payload totals 3099 pounds. The 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 measures 231.2 inches long, comes at a gross weight of 8700 pounds, has a curb weight of 5601 pounds, and the wheelbase comes in at 127.6 inches.

Interior

Camel tan and mist gray adorn cloth bucket seats inside the 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500. 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 optional rear air-conditioning, a rear heater, a power driver’s seat, 12-passenger and vinyl seating, cruise control, power windows and door locks, an AM/FM/CD audio system, and Infinity audio.

Passengers in the Maxi Wagon 3500 enjoy 40.5 inches of front headroom, 39.3 inches of rear headroom, 40.5 inches of rear legroom, and 43.9 inches of rear shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The Dodge Ram Wagon 3500s receive superb performance with a standard antilock brake system, a 3.92:1 axle ratio, two disc brakes including two ventilated discs, a full-size steel rim under body spare wheel, wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar independent with coil springs, and beam rear suspension rigid with leaf springs.

Safety

Safety features on the 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 passenger van include driver and passenger front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes.

The front seat belts adjust, and they offer an energy management feature along with a pretensioner.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram Wagon 3500: unavailable

You'll Like

  • Power
  • Durability
  • Utility options
  • Road competence
  • Good for towing
  • Bargain pricing

You Won't Like

  • Shocks and bearings could be better
  • Brakes feel inconsistent on different surfaces
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Hasn’t had a redesign in almost 30 years

Sum Up

With no redesign in almost 30 years, if it’s not broke ...

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