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2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Review
Lagging behind the competition.
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The Dodge Ram Wagon has been sold in the United States since 1971. It's a full-size passenger version of the cargo van that is available as a base model. It can seat up to 15 people with its second, third, and optional fourth and fifth-row bench seats. It has a monocoque structure, which means that the chassis is the main source of support and strength for the vehicle rather than having an interior frame to support the weight. It was named after the successful Dodge Ram pickup truck line.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 is one-ton passenger van, and it's powered by a base 5.2-liter, V-8, overhead valve (OHV) engine. It comes standard with rear-wheel anti-locking brake system (ABS), air-conditioning, four-speed automatic transmission, and power steering. Consumers can get a variety of options packages to add more interior features such a rear entertainment system, power six-way driver’s seat, or an upgraded stereo system.
Engines: 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Ram Wagon 3500
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 did not receive any updates or changes.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 includes standard features, such as 15-inch steel wheels, chrome grille, black body-side moldings, remote keyless entry, manual windows, rear step bumper, manual locks, manual windows, and variable intermittent windshield wipers, tow hitch, conventional rear cargo door, vented rear windows, tinted windows, and halogen headlights. Chrome wheels optional, and the optional Power Convenience Package includes power windows, power locks, and illuminated entry.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 includes standard features, such as cloth upholstery with vinyl trim, front power four-way bucket seats, air-conditioning, second and third-row bench seats, a six-speaker in-dash CD stereo, and power steering. To increase seating capacity, consumers can add the optional fourth and fifth-row bench seats with optional cruise control, tilting steering wheel, and rear air-conditioning.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 hasn’t changed very much over the years and neither has the interior. The cabin is simple, clean, and plain. The materials used are of average quality that consumers will notice the copious amount of plastics used in the dashboard. The center stack is neatly organized with the stereo controls mounted on top of the air-conditioner controls. All of the knobs are clearly labeled and easy to operate. The optional fourth and fifth-row bench seats increases the seating capacity to 15 people. Foot and legroom is adequate, but the front seats have limited legroom because of the large wheel wells intruding into the foot space.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 is powered by a 5.2-liter, OHV, V-8 engine that makes 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The V-8 is mated with a four-speed manual transmission, and a manual transmission option is not available. This powertrain has rear-wheel drive and re-circulating ball steering. The front-independent suspension system consists of front independent coil and rear multi-leaf suspensions.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 may be a full-size van, but it rides more like a truck. The V-6 barely produces enough power, and the V-8 engine feels sluggish when passing and merging in highway traffic, but it produces plenty of torque for hauling a full load. Even though it is a passenger van, the towing capacity of the V-8 engine is 7700 pounds. The body shakes over rough roads and jiggles on undulating roads despite its monocoque build. The 127.2-inch wheelbase and wide turning circle make maneuvering and parking a little cumbersome, especially with the numb steering. The small rear windows limit rear visibility. The gas tank can hold 35 gallons of unleaded gas, which drivers will need with an average fuel consumption of 13.8 miles per gallon.
The 2002 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 is equipped with rear-wheel ABS, next-generation dual front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners, and ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes. Side airbags are not available, but consumers can opt for the optional anti-theft alarm system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave five stars for side-impact protection from the front and rear, four stars for frontal-impact protection for the front and rear, and three stars for rollover protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Cargo room
- Passenger capacity
- Neat interior
You Won't Like
- Dated styling and design
- Poor fuel economy
- Poor handling and steering
- Poor acceleration
Lagging behind the competition.
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