Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Origins
Introduced for the 1995 model year, the Ram Wagon 3500 replaces the Ram Wagon B350. Like its predecessor, the rear-drive Ram Wagon 3500 sports a large unibody build. However, the 3500 features a longer list of options and a more modern appearance than the B350, including a smaller grille and a more heavily sloped hood and windshield.
Base models seat up to 12 passengers with front bucket seats and three rows of bench seats. Upgrading to the extended version creates room for 15 people.
The Ram Wagon 3500 is the most customizable choice in the Ram Wagon series. Early one-ton models come in four variations: a base 3500, 3500 SLT, 3500 Maxi, and 3500 SLT Maxi. The SLT trim adds more standard conveniences, while the Maxi increases length from 205.2 inches to 231.2 inches. Dodge later decreased trim choices to a well-equipped base 3500 and an extended 3500 Maxi.
All Ram Wagon 3500 models come standard with a 5.2-liter V-8 engine, producing 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Dodge offers a more powerful 5.9-liter V-8 as an option. Both V-8 engines pair with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Dodge managed to keep costs low on its Ram Wagons by retaining the same basic body shape over the course of production. The Mercedes-based Dodge Sprinter replaced the Ram Wagon 3500 and its half-ton and three-quarter-ton siblings after 2003.About the Dodge Ram Wagon 3500
The Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 is known as a functional and flexible passenger van.
With seating for up to 12 passengers in the base model and 15 people in the Maxi, the Ram Wagon 3500 remains an ideal choice for field trips, tour groups, and airport shuttle transportation. Standard convenience features include cloth seats and air-conditioning. Passenger comfort can be increased by adding options such as rear-seat air-conditioning and a rear heater.
When properly equipped, the 3500 Maxi can carry a maximum payload of 3,950 pounds and tow up to 7,750 pounds. Customers also popularly use Ram Wagons as conversion vans or wheelchair-accessible vehicles.Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Features
The Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 was last produced in 2003.
The 2003 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 contains a standard 5.2-liter, 225-horsepower V-8 engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. A 5.9-liter V-8 is optional.
By 2003, Dodge had eliminated the SLT trim level available on earlier vans, leaving just two models: the base 3500 and the extended 3500 Maxi. The 205.2-inch base model features two front bucket seats and three rear bench seats, accommodating a total of 12 people. Upgrading to the Maxi increases length to 231.2 inches, adds a fourth row, and expands seating capacity to 15.
Standard equipment on the base 2003 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 includes 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, a matching spare tire, cloth seating, air-conditioning, twin side-hinged rear doors, variable intermittent wipers, a clock, a low-fuel-level warning system, a front console with storage, front reading lights, front cup holders, 12-volt front power outlets, power steering, rear ventilation ducts, rear-wheel anti-lock brakes, and a six-speaker stereo system with an AM/FM radio.
Individual options include four-wheel ABS, rear air-conditioning, a rear heater, a rear-window defroster, chrome-clad wheels, a chrome step bumper, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, sunscreen glass, and a premium audio system with cassette and CD players. An optional camping/towing package adds a Class IV hitch receiver and tow accessories to the van.
Base 3500 models measure 205.2 inches in length, 79.5 inches in height, and 79.8 inches in width. The 3500 Maxi measures 234.5 inches in length, 82 inches in height, and 78.8 inches in width. Inside the van, 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. Rear-seat passengers have 39.2 inches of headroom, 40.6 inches of legroom, 65.5 inches of hip room, and 66.3 inches of shoulder room.Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Evolution
Dodge introduced the Ram Wagon 3500 in 1995 as a replacement for the similar Ram Wagon B350. The one-ton, rear-drive passenger van debuted with a subtly updated exterior, two trims, and two lengths. All Ram Wagon 3500 models came standard with a 5.2-liter, 225 horsepower V-8 engine, and a 5.9-liter V-8 was offered as an option.
While the Ram Wagon 3500 retained its basic design over the years, Dodge did make occasional revisions. In 1997, the van was updated with wider rear doors and an improved stereo system. The stereo was upgraded again in 1998. That same year, Dodge also added new options and standard dual airbags. Fleet customers were given the choice of an optional Compressed Natural Gas V-8 engine in 1999.
Dodge consolidated trim levels in 2000, eliminating the SLT model. The remaining base Ram Wagon 3500 and Ram Wagon 3500 Maxi received updates including a six-speaker sound system and windshield washer nozzles. In 2001, Dodge increased positions on the tilt-adjustable steering wheel and added a camping/towing package. No notable changes occurred in later years.