1973 Dodge Van Review

1973 Dodge Van Sportsman Royal 318 from North America

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 318 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired300020 miles
Most recent distance3725020 miles


A real money maker with little repairs over the years


Replaced seats at 300134 miles.

Replaced engine at 307089 miles.

Transmission work at 309902 miles.

Thermostat at 316976 miles.

Needed pitman arm at 3725020 miles.

General Comments:

An excellent utility vehicle and work truck.

Plenty of power for pulling trailers and hauling. The cargo doors open wide and stay out of the way. Able to haul and tow all week and travel on the weekend. Lots of room to stretch out and a sturdy roof for racks. Making this a great van for cross-country road trips.

The Dodge handles well for a van. In emergency's it can get going, and maneuver well.

At home both in the city and on the highway. Easy to park on city streets and fits down tight alley ways. Does just as well off road at job sites and camp grounds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2003

13th Mar 2007, 20:37

Regarding mileage of the 1973 Dodge 318 van. You state 3,720,020 miles. Is that correct?

I have a 1973 Dodge 318 Maxi-van and have heard great things about them from various mechanics... Such as..."they are bullet proof," and "they don't die." My friend says it must be a misprint...

14th Mar 2007, 15:36

The 318 is a super reliable engine, and it isn't uncommon to see them going 200,000-300,000 miles or even 400,000 miles. But 3 million miles -- wow! That would be one for the record books!

14th Jan 2009, 22:13

It's obvious that he made a typo.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review