1981 Dodge B250 318 from North America
Comfy, tough, and reliable ride!!!
The only thing that ever "went wrong" was that the fuel filter got clogged and made the fuel pump leak (changed those in a parking lot... piece of cake, but I suspect both were original and can't blame the van.
When I purchased it, I replaced the ball joints, which were pretty worn; got new tires; changed the alternator as preventative maintenance (I'm a firm believer in preventative maintenance; changed the oil, air filter, and spark plugs (duh)... no real problems.
We bought this van on a whim to drive to Nova Scotia (we live in Georgia) thinking it would be comfortable to sleep in... boy were we right!!! We did the aforementioned preventative maintenance and away we went! This van made it all the way to Carlisle, PA before we had to stop because of the fuel pump. We spent the night in an Advance parking lot and purchased the fuel pump and filter for $23 the following morning. It only took a crescent wrench to fix! In a half hour we were on our way again, and never had another problem. It got us to Nova Scotia and back. This thing is reliable.
It has since driven all over the mountains of North Georgia and to Miami and back, and never let us down.
I was really sad when we had to sell it, and would highly recommend one to any fellow traveler. I must say, however, that ours had a four speed transmission swapped into it by the previous owner so it went 80mph without a problem, but these came factory with a 3-speed and I wouldn't recommend that... they rev at 50mph.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th December, 2009