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2001 Dodge Ram Van

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Vehicle Overview
Like its mates from Chevrolet, GMC and Ford, Dodge’s full-size, rear-drive van has been around for a long time
— three decades, in fact, though they were upgraded and redesigned for the 1998 model year. The Ram Van is the cargo model, and the Ram Wagon is the passenger-carrying version; the Vans outsell the Wagons by a 5-2 ratio. The truck-based Ram comes in three sizes and three capacity ratings: 1500, 2500 and 3500, and the Ram name also is used for Dodge’s burly-looking full-size pickup trucks.

Unlike the full-size competition, Ram Vans and Wagons have unibody construction, which DaimlerChrysler says yields more cargo space and payload capacity than a separate body-on-frame design. Changes for 2001 include a new optional trailer-towing package, new front seat belt pretensioners and a vacuum-fluorescent gear indicator in the instrument panel.



Exterior
Regular-length Rams ride a 109.6-inch wheelbase and measure 187.2 inches overall. Rams with the 127.6-inch wheelbase come in either a 205.2-inch overall length or in Maxi form, at 231.2 inches. The bodies of Maxi models extend an extra 26 inches beyond the back wheels, and Vans in the 1500 series are available with either wheelbase; however, 2500/3500 models have a 127.6-inch wheelbase. All models are just under 80 inches tall.

A single rear door and twin doors on the right side of the vehicle are standard, but dual rear doors and a single sliding side door are optional.



Interior
Eight-passenger seati...
Vehicle Overview
Like its mates from Chevrolet, GMC and Ford, Dodge’s full-size, rear-drive van has been around for a long time
— three decades, in fact, though they were upgraded and redesigned for the 1998 model year. The Ram Van is the cargo model, and the Ram Wagon is the passenger-carrying version; the Vans outsell the Wagons by a 5-2 ratio. The truck-based Ram comes in three sizes and three capacity ratings: 1500, 2500 and 3500, and the Ram name also is used for Dodge’s burly-looking full-size pickup trucks.

Unlike the full-size competition, Ram Vans and Wagons have unibody construction, which DaimlerChrysler says yields more cargo space and payload capacity than a separate body-on-frame design. Changes for 2001 include a new optional trailer-towing package, new front seat belt pretensioners and a vacuum-fluorescent gear indicator in the instrument panel.



Exterior
Regular-length Rams ride a 109.6-inch wheelbase and measure 187.2 inches overall. Rams with the 127.6-inch wheelbase come in either a 205.2-inch overall length or in Maxi form, at 231.2 inches. The bodies of Maxi models extend an extra 26 inches beyond the back wheels, and Vans in the 1500 series are available with either wheelbase; however, 2500/3500 models have a 127.6-inch wheelbase. All models are just under 80 inches tall.

A single rear door and twin doors on the right side of the vehicle are standard, but dual rear doors and a single sliding side door are optional.



Interior
Eight-passenger seating is standard on 1500 and basic 2500 models. The 2500 and 3500 versions can be equipped to seat 12, and the 3500 Maxi Wagon can have an extra seat in the fifth row to hold as many as 15 passengers. Cargo capacity in the Wagon is 206.6 cubic feet for the short-wheelbase model, 246.7 cubic feet for the regular 127.6-inch wheelbase and 304.5 cubic feet for the Maxi. Cargo Vans have just two vinyl front seats, and the passenger seat can be removed.

A new passenger assist handle is mounted on the windshield pillar, and tilt steering is a new option this year. Dealers can install such convenience features as a video player system and rear air conditioning.



Under the Hood
Either a 175-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6 engine or a 235-hp, 5.2-liter V-8 can be installed in the 1500 series. Extended-wheelbase 1500 Vans also can have a 5.9-liter V-8 that generates 245 hp. Only V-8 engines are available for the heavier-duty models. A three-speed-automatic transmission is used with the V-6 engine, and V-8 models team with a four-speed automatic. Dodge also offers V-8 engines that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Ram Vans can tow between 4,150 and 8,600 pounds, while the Wagons are rated from 4,050 to 7,700 pounds, depending on the series and engine.

Safety
Standard antilock brakes operate only on the rear wheels; four-wheel ABS is an option. Next-generation front airbags and front seat belt pretensioners have been installed this year, but side-impact airbags are not available.

 
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From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

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Best conversion van i ever had.

by gospelsoundsduet from altoona, pa on May 24, 2018

This van is so cool, it drives like a car so comfortable on trips, not tired at all. Pulls a cargo trailer like nothing, sleep well in the back bed. Read full review

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Best conversion van i ever have owned.

by Gospel sounds from altoona, pa on March 17, 2018

This van is quiet, comfortable, roomy ,carry alot,lots of power. smooth going down the road,can sleep in it, cd player sounds great. Passing gear is great when needed. Read full review

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ram Van received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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