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1997 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500

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Information shown for entry-level Van/Minivan.

Fuel Economy:
City 12/Hwy 17/Comb 14 MPG
Max Seating: 15
Engine: V8, 5.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: Canada

1997 Dodge Ram Wagon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 31 Ratings for the 1993 - 2002 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

Great Vehicle.

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fast, big, looks great, drives great."

Cons: "bad on gas"

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

"Ive been driving my Ram truck for about 5 years now, and i have to say it has saved me plenty of times in a rough situation. Its very durable, semi- heavy duty, picks up speed incredibly fast. As long as you make sure it is well maintained and, do not drive it like its a abrams tank she will run smoothly for a long time to come."

Great, Strong, and Secure Vehicle

By on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great Price, lots a room, easy Driver, Lots o Powe"

Cons: "Needs Better side windows and radio, needs towing"

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

"Dodge does it again! One of the best trucks of its type that I have driven. For her age, you can't get better. Lots of power, responds well and with safety in mind, tinted side windows, no tipping side to side, solid roadhugger. If you don't require a lot of fancy electronics and interior stuff, shes for those who prefer Practical and comfy to Luxury. Has cup holders, auto trans, shift on wheel, a/c and climate control, cruise, stereo radio, cd, seatbelts, ceiling lites, nice heater, upholstered interior, Leather. Mine doesn't have the running boards and handles to grab in order to get in. She's a little highup for me as a Senior, so would like these as standard equipment. The radio is cumbersome to operate when you want to get to a particular station (can't get her off the autoscan) especially for weather reports (important when on long trips). And need something easier to operate for clock. Sound is very good, and good visibility for the driver. Gas mileage is pretty decent for this vehicle. I get 13-15 mpg carrying no heavy cargo. She has 3 bench seats holding 9 passengers behind the driver, so with 2 in front that makes 11 total seating capacity. The most serious drawback to this vehicle (a 2000) is the side windows are not power and one has to unlock the small push-out handle. The windows only open part way and they are the pushout type, good for safety but could be a problem re enough ventilation on hot days. Also rust can form on the handles. This can be improved upon. Because these vehicles are scarce and becoming more so, I will keep mine and have my Restorer give me what I need. Remove some of the bench seats and you've got a great cargo van and a great little movingvan. Great for animals and all your stuff. A couple Great Danes or Mastiffs can fit comfortably. This type vehicle is not for just anyone. For those who like big and roomy, and a smooth ride and good window visibility, easy Driver, You feel safe, then this may be your dreambaby. Sorry, you can't have mine, but hope you find yours."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I couldn't be more pleased with this van

By on Monday, May 13, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 199,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Ridiculous space. Drives like a dream. Dependable."

Cons: "No cruise control."

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

"First off, the pictures don't do this van justice. It is HUGE. Which is exactly what I wanted. When is says you can seat 15 people, you can actually seat 15 people comfortably. I bought this van for my band to tour in (basically live in on the road). Let me say, it has enough space for whatever you plan on using it for. I've seen people build bunkbeds in these things. If you are looking for a van for hauling equipment, people, basically anything in....this is the van for you. The seats are easily removed and create a HUGE cargo space. I have hauled a giant Harley in the back of this thing, and still had a row of seats in it. I've toured with 6 guys who had to all sleep in it, and we were able to do so comfortably. You just have to get creative. Obviously, the only drawback is the lack of fuel efficiency. However, if you are looking for a big car, don't expect to get any kind of normal gas milage unless you get a sprinter. Overall, this thing is great. 200,000+ miles and still kicking off the original everything in the engine. I know people who have gone 400,000 miles on the factory transmission. You just have to take care of it. Like any car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

working van

By on Monday, March 26, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"this has been a great van for us the last 10 years. we used it to flea market all over the southeast. only problem has been the bus mirrors constantly getting loose."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love my van!

By on Sunday, January 08, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Space, hauls everything! Runs well. Never failed!"

Cons: "Gas mileage."

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

"I have owned my Dodge Ram 2500 12-passenger (we added the 3rd seat) van for about 8 years now. I absolutely LOVE my van. Plenty of space. Runs really well. Tows our pop-up (and a few rental trailers) beautifully. The body just started to rust this past year (it is 12 years old), with a few patches here and there. The interior has held up really well, even with dozens of kids, adults, bikes, fishing poles, kayaks, furniture, and even a kitchen sink being hauled in it! You can fit just about anything in this van: when we vacation we put 4 kids, 2 adults, a dog, 4 bikes, suitcases, coolers, beach stuff, and a TV with DVD IN the van and still have room to move! The only drawback is the gas mileage...under 12 mpg. It now has 160,000 miles on it and has had a new radiator, new shocks/struts, new tires, and a thermostat in the past 8 years. Which is hardly any repairs for 8 years!"

Family Swiss Army Knife

By on Friday, November 18, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Room, comfort, versatility, easy tow vehicle. HD!"

Cons: "Wind noise on highway, MPG, back barn door."

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

"This is my second full size Dodge 3/4 ton van, Dodge calls it a "wagon" as it has seating and windows all around. Both based on a 12 pass setup, 127" wheelbase, the suspension package is head and shoulders better than the half ton version that sways and "wallows". The first one was a 1981, powered by a slant six and HD Torqueflite trans, it was bulletproof, had great gas mileage, but was fairly plain with a rubber floor and heavy vinyl seating. The paint quality was poor, the body needed work after 300,000 miles, but it was the family car, truck, and RV for more than 15 years. The 1996 was luxury by comparison, SLT package means power windows, locks, key-less entry, dark window tint all around, and attractive heavy cloth upholstery, chrome wheels, best of all front and back ice cold A/C. This van has the 5.2 L Magnum V8, lots of power, but averages 15 MPG, with the 4 speed OD transmission and tow package. Like it's predecessor this van at 165,000 miles has never broken down or been unreliable. We often took it to Florida for family vacations, approx. 1500 miles in 26 hours (each way). It always had regular maintenance. Now that the family is grown it doesn't get the use or the miles it used to. Rust has not been a problem in spite of New England salty winter roads and a home near the ocean. Worst problem is wind noise on the highway. Considering it's estimated value, I can't find a reason to sell it, or what vehicle could offer the versatility to replace it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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