1983 Dodge Van Review from North America

1983 Dodge Van B150 Van Wagon 318-2 V-8

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 318-2 V-8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance284000 miles
Previous carDodge Van

Summary:

Excellent utility vehicle, good reliability, timeless looks

Faults:

Differential, due to lubrication failure from leaky rear differential cover.

Engine replaced at 180,000 miles. Impending rod bearing failure.

Radio failed on FM band at 250,000 miles.

All seats recovered at 225,000 miles. Swapped front seats to reclining models from later model van.

Painted several times.

Fuel pump failed at 175,000 miles.

Starter failed at 200,000 miles.

General Comments:

The window van is used daily for school trips, shopping, and other errands.

The rear passenger seats are easily removed, and motorcycles can be loaded inside. Tie-downs affix to seat anchors.

Forward visibility is excellent, maneuverability is adequate, especially if outside rear view mirrors are used well.

Around town gas mileage with 318 motor is 10-12 MPG, with 15-17 MPG on highway at 65 MPH.

Wish I had Sure-Grip locking differential.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2002

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review