1999 Dodge Van 1500 5.9 from North America


A wonderful pleasure for all


Ball bearing joints went on both front wheels. First repair (left) was under warranty. The second repair (right) cost me $300 at 40,000 miles.

General Comments:

This van has been a great addition to our family. There is plenty of room and space for our 3 kids plus some. It pulls our travel trailer easily.

Its not the most economical thing, but we feel safe in it. For our family our size it has worked out great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2003

1999 Dodge Van 1500 Sherri Conversion 5.2 Magnum V8 from North America


Nice Van, but the 5.2 Magnum V-8 engine may have a serious problem/defect not covered under warranty


My freeze plug failed and leaked all the antifreeze/coolant out of the engine. I was driving my 1999 Dodge 1500 Conversion Van, with 52K miles on the 5.2 Mag. V-8 engine, down the interstate. After driving about 10 miles from town where I had just filled up with unleaded gasoline, the engine started to "ping" like bad gas. Then without warning, smoke started to pour out of the engine and tail pipe. I pulled over and called tow truck. I had the van hauled to the local dealer where I purchased the van and had been receiving service and oil changes. The dealer said "freeze plug had small hole in it, all coolant drained out, need new engine, not covered under any warranty". I have talked with several people about this, and no one that I have spoken with has ever seen this happen on such a new model van with low mileage.

General Comments:

Has anyone else experienced this problem with the 5.2 Magnum V-8?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2003

10th Jan 2004, 07:29

I just had it happen to me also. 53,000 miles, conversion van, 5.2L engine. I'm hoping I can salvage the engine and trade the thing.

4th Apr 2007, 08:57

Yes, I have seen this happen several times. The thin steel freeze plugs seem to be inferior. Proper and frequent antifreeze changes can delay or even prevent this problem. I have 2 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cabs. One has 176,000 miles on it and the other 28,000 miles on it. Both have had issues with hoses leaking and the higher mileage Ram has has been through 2 waterpumps in 2 years. I constantly smell antifreeze in both after their warmed up, but have no visible loss of coolant.