2002 Dodge Ram Van

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of the 2002 Dodge Ram Van. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Cargo Van
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Cargo Space:
    238.9 cu.ft.
  • Seating:
    1-5 Seats
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2002 Dodge Ram Van Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
After Dodge announced in 2000 that no more Ram Vans or Wagons would be manufactured, the venerable full-size van earned a reprieve, at least into the middle of the 2003 calendar year. When it does expire, a replacement is unlikely.

The basic design of Dodge’s (cargo) Van and (passenger) Wagon models dates back to 1971. Naturally, both have earned styling and mechanical updates over the years, most recently for the 1998 model year. But for the most part, they look and behave in much the same way as their predecessors did.

The truck-based Rams come in three sizes and three capacity ratings: 1500 (half-ton), 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton). Dodge also uses the Ram name for its masculine-looking full-size pickup trucks, the 1500 and 2500/3500.

Unlike the full-size competition from Chevrolet, Ford and GMC, the Ram Vans and Wagons have unibody construction. DaimlerChrysler has stated that this yields greater cargo space and payload capacity than a separate body-on-frame design, like its rivals employ.

Dodge ranks third in the full-size van sales race — behind the Chevrolet Express but ahead of the GMC Savana. Ford leads the league with its E-Series (Econoline). Dodge sold 36,537 Ram Vans and 18,321 Wagons in 2001, according to Automotive News. Sales of Ram Vans dropped by 26 percent, but Wagons declined more modestly. Ram Van sales totaled twice the figure for Wagons in 2001.



Exterior
The regular-length Ram rides a 109.3-inch wheelbase and measures ...
Vehicle Overview
After Dodge announced in 2000 that no more Ram Vans or Wagons would be manufactured, the venerable full-size van earned a reprieve, at least into the middle of the 2003 calendar year. When it does expire, a replacement is unlikely.

The basic design of Dodge’s (cargo) Van and (passenger) Wagon models dates back to 1971. Naturally, both have earned styling and mechanical updates over the years, most recently for the 1998 model year. But for the most part, they look and behave in much the same way as their predecessors did.

The truck-based Rams come in three sizes and three capacity ratings: 1500 (half-ton), 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton). Dodge also uses the Ram name for its masculine-looking full-size pickup trucks, the 1500 and 2500/3500.

Unlike the full-size competition from Chevrolet, Ford and GMC, the Ram Vans and Wagons have unibody construction. DaimlerChrysler has stated that this yields greater cargo space and payload capacity than a separate body-on-frame design, like its rivals employ.

Dodge ranks third in the full-size van sales race — behind the Chevrolet Express but ahead of the GMC Savana. Ford leads the league with its E-Series (Econoline). Dodge sold 36,537 Ram Vans and 18,321 Wagons in 2001, according to Automotive News. Sales of Ram Vans dropped by 26 percent, but Wagons declined more modestly. Ram Van sales totaled twice the figure for Wagons in 2001.



Exterior
The regular-length Ram rides a 109.3-inch wheelbase and measures 192.6 inches long overall. Rams with a 127.2-inch wheelbase are available in a couple lengths: 208.5 inches or 234.5 inches in the MaxiVan or MaxiWagon styles. The bodies of the Maxi models extend an extra 26 inches beyond the back wheels.

Vans in the 1500 series are available with either wheelbase, but 2500/3500 models are available only with the longer 127.2-inch wheelbase. Heights range from 79.7 inches for the 1500 series to 82.9 inches for the 3500 MaxiVan.

Twin doors on the right side of the vehicle and a single rear door are standard. Dual rear doors and a sliding side door are optional.



Interior
Eight-passenger seating is standard on 1500 and basic 2500 models. The heavier-duty 2500 and 3500 versions may be equipped to seat a dozen occupants. The 3500 MaxiWagon can have an additional seat in the fifth row to hold as many as 15 passengers. The Cargo Van has only two vinyl front seats, and the passenger seat can be removed.

Cargo volume in the Van is 200 cubic feet for the short-wheelbase model, 238.9 cubic feet for the regular longer-wheelbase version and 294.6 cubic feet for the MaxiVan. Capacities for the Wagons differ slightly, with a maximum of 299.5 cubic feet.

Tilt steering is an option, and dealers can install such convenience features as a video player system and rear air conditioning. Dodge can supply special equipment for commercial applications, such as a Tradesman Group that includes a ladder rack, shelving and partitions.



Under the Hood
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 can be equipped with a 5.9-liter V-8 that generates 245 hp. The heavier-duty models come with V-8 engines only. Dodge also offers a version of the 5.2-liter V-8 that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). A three-speed-automatic transmission is used with the V-6 engine, but V-8 models team with a four-speed automatic.

Ram 1500/2500 Vans can tow between 4,150 and 8,600 pounds, while the Wagons’ towing strength is rated from 4,050 to 7,650 pounds. Limits vary according to the model series and engine. Payloads range up to 4,160 pounds for the 3500 Maxi editions.



Safety
Standard antilock brakes act only on the rear wheels, but four-wheel ABS is an option. Front seat belt pretensioners and next-generation front airbags are installed, but side-impact airbags are not available.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

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(4.0)
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(4.7)
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(4.3)
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(5.0)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great family vehicle

by HappyCamper on May 16, 2018

My family has enjoyed many trips in this vehicle. The second row captains chairs are great for extra adults or teens. The kids loves having a tv with dvd/vcr/game hookups. The adults enjoyed the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best van for work

by random from missouri on January 25, 2009

This is my second Ram Van and the 2002 version is great its a v6 and i get great gas mileage i drive 200 miles a week and only have to go to the gas station once a week, i get compliments on how good ... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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