1982 Dodge Van Review

1982 Dodge Van 318 V8 from North America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 318 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carGMC Pickup


A poorly built vehicle from one of the worst quality-control periods in Chrysler's history


Water pump pulley cracked and fell apart.

Carburetor developed NUMEROUS issues. Van was very hard to start due to leaking float, something not adjusted properly, etc. Carb was rebuilt twice and problems with starting remained.

Smog pump bracket broke twice (probably affected the water pump bracket) Replacement brackets were flimsy.

Ignition key illumination timer stuck on and drained the battery.

Seat belt retractor got stuck and would not retract.

After-market conversion wiring shorted constantly.

General Comments:

This van was given to me by another family member. The idea was to use it occasionally for camping. However, I found the seats extremely uncomfortable (after-market conversion) and the van developed a lot of problems in a very short time-frame. It did not have as solid build quality as several GM products I have owned. The after-market conversion seemed to have been done in a hurry, I ended up rewiring quite a bit of the harness because it kept blowing fuses. Much of the wiring rubbed against metal and caused multiple shorts. Seats were also very uncomfortable, and driving position was not good. I decided not to chance this vehicle leaving me stranded with a problem and sold it after driving it only 4000 miles. A van with under 100,000 miles should not have this many issues. No wonder somebody wanted to give it away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th May, 2007

27th May 2011, 13:45

Most of your negative comments pertain the the conversion kit, why are you blaming the van for that??

Average review marks: 3.3 / 10, based on 1 review