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1997 Dodge Ram Van 1500

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Vehicle Highlights

Information shown for entry-level Van/Minivan.

Fuel Economy:
City 14/Hwy 16/Comb 15 MPG
Max Seating: 2
Engine: V6, 3.9 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: Canada

1997 Dodge Ram Van Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 126 Ratings for the 1995 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.0/10

conversion van loaded

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My van is a top of the line conversion van. all leather, tv, double bed in back. excellent condition. I have owned from day one"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Vehicle problems you would not expect

By on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good suspensions, comfortable seats, strong A/C"

Cons: "Breaking down, no rearview camera"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have purchased this Dodge van used with only 6 months after it was bought from the dealer and still had warranty on it. From the get go I had a few problems that needed attention such as the side sliding door gasket pop out and hinder the door from closing properly unless slammed. The lever for adjusting the seats is extended outward too much and that got broke twice, once under warranty. Year 3rd had to replace a gas pipe. And worst of all problems was the computer box. The computer went bad after about 5 years showing engine and gauges lights on at first and then after further deterioration the vehicle would cease running. Had to replace the computer with a reputable shop. After about 3 years the replacement computer box went bad again. Replaced it at the Dodge dealership. Now past 2 years March 2015 and another computer problems which last time cost me about $800 to replace. I complained to Dodge and they replied with "we will forward this to our development department" and from there on started fanning my email with their Dodge commercials and deals. This vehicle has a soft bed liner in the cargo area and the plastic threshold covers the floor bed where the back doors are is breaking down and not durable enough. This vehicle is used for business and I took excellent care of it. Overall I am not a happy customer. With the cargo lines I would highly recommend getting a reverse back camera and alert system for s"

Work horse

By on Friday, August 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Strong engine, pretty reliable, good A/C."

Cons: "Bad on short U-turns, computer problems."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Been an owner and operator of this vehicle since it was new. Used it for business hauling mostly light weight materials in a cargo van floor lining type of situation. At few rare situations I exceeded the weight limit this vehicle can carry of over 1500 pounds and had a towing trailer weight almost 2 tons and the vehicle performed nicely. I have modified the breaks and break pads from the factory original. Had to repair a few minor problems along the years of use such as fuel vapor pipe, computer went bad twice which is the bigger expense, and fuel pump. Under warranty I had to repair the passenger seat adjustment lever, side sliding door rubber gasket and other minor things. This is why I lowered my rating. Other then that the vehicle runs great. Good engine power for 5.2L. One annoying thing about this vehicle is the wide turns, can't make a full U-turn even in a 3 lane road. Love the freezing cold A/C even in hot desert environment works great."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Not to bad

By on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "very roomy and reliable"

Cons: "Transmission and taillight"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Second gear in automatic transmission went out at about 52,000 and I have never towed anything with it. Just changed the water pump and a brake line at 54,000. The right tail light gets water in it when it rains heavy and burns out the bulb. Abs sensor went out at 30,000. Body above running board is got a rust hole starting. Over all, I can drive it across the states with no major problems.( I hope)"

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Most reliable vehicle my families ever owned

By on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Large passenger capacity"

Cons: "Drives like a bus"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"GOOD: -Van has traveled cross country many times with no problems. -Nothing major (power windows, electric seating including recline-able bench, mechanical i.e. engine or transmission) has ever broken or failed except for the T.V. BAD: -Bit of a gas guzzler. -T.V. does not work reliably SIDE NOTE: -Has the Regency conversion package"

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Love the Van. Frame rusted out.

By on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great utility and travel vehicle."

Cons: "Frame rusted out"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Bought van used in 2012. Put new tires on and drove 10,000 miles including trip from Indiana to Wyoming and back. Very reliable. Drove many miles as a home healthcare specialist. Vehicle had conversion with captains chairs, etc. Loved the van. Steering started acting up and found massive rusting of frame."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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