Dodge Avenger 1995-00

Notes: This sports coupe shares a chassis with the Chrysler Sebring. The Avenger is, in fact, a Chrysler design, and was built in the Mitsubishi plant in Illinois. The Sebring and the Avenger differ primarily in the grille and headlights, and in the fewer standard features and less luxury present in the Avenger. The Avenger came in Base and ES models; Base models had a 140-horsepower I-4, while the ES had a 155-horsepower V-6 (though the I-4 was an option on the ES). The Base model could have a manual transmission, with an automatic as an option, but the ES came only with an automatic transmission. Dual front airbags are standard on both the Base and ES models; antilock brakes are standard on the ES and optional on the Base. Other options included power windows and locks, cruise control, and 4-wheel disc brakes.

1996 brought little changes, but the ES gained higher-quality seat fabric and 8 more horsepower for its engine. 1997 Avengers had revised front and rear ends, and the ES gained fog lamps, but again, little else changed. A Sport package was introduced in for the Base model in 1998, with a better suspension, the ESís V-6 engine, a spoiler, and larger wheels, along with a sway bar. There was again little change for 1999, but the I-4 engine was deleted from the Avenger.

2000 saw many changes for the Avenger, with many formerly optional features becoming standard. The Base model now had standard power windows and locks, cruise control, 4-wheel disc brakes, and larger wheels. The ES had those features as well as leather upholstery and remote keyless entry. The Avenger was dropped from the Dodge line after the 2000 model year, replaced by a Stratus coupe.

The base 4-cylinder engine isn't very satisfying, and most buyers, except for those more interested in fuel economy than performance chose the V-6. Unlike most sports coupes, the rear seats in the Avenger are actually comfortable for adults. Getting into the back seat can be difficult, as the opening is too small, especially for large people. The rear seats are split folding for larger cargoes, and the trunk is also large for a sports coupe. You do sit low in this car; however, visibility in most directions is good, except to the rear due to a high shelf, narrow window, and thick roof pillars. Instruments are easy to read. Most controls are easy to reach, except for the stereo. Handling is excellent, even in tight turns, and the Avenger grips the road well, even in wet or icy weather. However, noise is high and the ride is rather choppy.

Twilight 2000 Notes: the 1996 model year was the last for the Avenger.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

140 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.31 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

155 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.32 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

163 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.32 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

140 hp I-4 Coupe

622/124

145/30

61

62

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

155 hp V-6 Coupe

682/136

160/33

61

69

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

163 hp V-6 Coupe

712/143

165/33

61

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Caravan 1991-95

When the Caravan series came out in the early 1980s, it was one of the first minivan designs. 1991 brought the first major overhaul to the design since its inception. The vehicle comes in the Base Caravan design (the 3-door van), or the long wheelbase Grand Caravan, over 37.3 centimeters longer. The base engine is a 100-horsepower I-4 coupled to an automatic transmission. The Grand used a 141-horsepower V-6, also coupled to an automatic transmission. An optional engine for both was a 150-horsepower V-6, also with an automatic transmission. AWD versions were also available, with more capability on slick pavement and somewhat better performance on surfaces like dirt roads; they were available only with 150-horsepower V-6 engines. The AWD system is unusual in that there are no low-range gears on its transmission. The exterior and interior were both restyled from previous models; exterior corners were rounded off, making it slightly more aerodynamic, and the glass area was increased for better visibility. The Caravan shares a chassis with the Plymouth Voyager and the Chrysler Town & Country of the period. Antilock brakes were an option for both the Base and Grand. The Grand version has two bucket seats up front, a two-person bench seat in the middle (with bucket seats an option on the Grand), and a 3-person bench seat in the rear; the Base version does not have the third row seat.

1992 brought a driverís side airbag, and optional integrated child safety seats on the second-row bench. (These child safety seats are designed for children weighing between 11-18 kilograms.) One more horsepower was added to the Grandís engine, and manual transmission was an option on both models. The 1993 Caravan had front seat belts with a height-adjustable mounting point for the shoulder belt. If the Caravan has second-row bucket seats, the right seat folds forward to allow easier access to the third row seat. The 1994 model was given a passenger-side front airbag, and side door beams were added top increase structural strength. The new airbag necessitated a redesign of the dashboard and console. AWD was now limited to the Grand model, but antilock brakes were standard on the Grand (and now unavailable on the Base model). Exterior styling also changed somewhat, with new bumpers and side moldings. The 150-horsepower V-6 was given a boost of 12 horsepower, and it was joined by a high-torque V-6 that also produced 162-horsepower. 1995 brought little except new trim packages, in preparation for a major redesign the following model year.

Performances with the 4-cylinder or base 6-cylinder engines are somewhat lacking, and most people chose the 150-horsepower or 162-horsepower V-6s. The standard versions come with front-wheel drive; however, all-wheel drive versions are available, and these versions have far better handling and traction, albeit at the expense of harsh ride. The manual transmission tends to be a bit balky. Body lean in turns can be a problem. Grand versions seat 7 people, but this many people can be quite a squeeze. The middle and rear seats can be removed; however, each weighs nearly 50 kg and are quite cumbersome to remove. The dashboard hangs a bit low, and tall people may find themselves bumping their knees. Towing is 1.2 tons with the 100-horsepower I-4, 1.54 tons with the 141-142-horsepower V-6ís, 1.73 tons with the 150-162-horsepower V-6, and 1.9 tons with the 162-horsepower high-torque V-6.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

100 hp I-4 SWB Minivan

$6,420

G, A

950 kg

1.5 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

$6,820

G, A

950 kg

1.58 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

162 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

$6,820

G, A

950 kg

1.58 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

141 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$7,120

G, A

1.08 tons

1.62 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

142 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$7,120

G, A

1.08 tons

1.62 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$7,120

G, A

1.08 tons

1.62 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

162 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$7,120

G, A

1.08 tons

1.62 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

100 hp I-4 SWB Minivan

469/83

95/20

76

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

562/113

130/25

76

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

162 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

602/121

140/28

76

72

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

141 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

520/104

120/25

76

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

142 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

524/105

120/25

76

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

550/110

125/25

76

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

162 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

590/118

135/28

76

72

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Caravan 1996-00

These descendants of the original Caravans improve on their forbearers in interior space, cargo and towing capacity, engine power, and handling. The new Caravan is equipped with a plethora of nooks, crannies, and stowage bins, including a cabinet for a good amount of cassettes or CDs (depending on how the minivan is equipped). Locks, windows, steering, and brakes are all power assisted. They are more aerodynamic in shape, and once again are available in Base and Grand Caravan versions. Both of these came in Base, SE, LE, and ES trim levels. A passenger-side sliding door was standard; another one on the driverís side was an option. At the beginning of the 1996 model year, antilock brakes were standard, but they quickly became only an option for Base models. All of the 1996 Caravans have front-wheel drive. The base engine was a 150-horsepower I-4, but 150-horsepower, 158-horsepower, and 166-horsepower V-6s were options. The I-4 and the 150-horsepower engines were coupled to a 3-speed automatic transmission, but the others had a 4-speed automatic transmission.

In 1997 AWD Grand Caravans were available if the Grand Caravan was above base trim level. The AWD Grand Caravans had 4-wheel disc brakes. Low-speed traction control became an option for LE and ES trim levels. The 1998 model year brought the 4-speed transmission to the 150-horsepower V-6. The high-end 166-horsepower engine was given a boost to 180-horsepower. The front seats got hooks on the back for bags, and the ES trim level got automatic headlights. 1999 saw the addition of a cargo net between the front seats, an optional AutoStick transmission (which allows the vehicle to be driven as an automatic or a clutchless manual), child safety seats on the second row buckets, optional captains chairs instead of standard second row bucket seats, and an optional Sport package for the ES with a new grille, fog lamps, and a rear spoiler. 2000 saw the addition of a full Sport model, replacing the Sport ES and available only for Grand Caravans. A variant of the ES model, it had AWD, the top-end 180-horsepower engine, a load-leveling suspension, fog lights, and a rear spoiler. All models gained an AM/FM/Cassette, and air conditioning was now a standard feature instead of an option. A rear-seat VCR entertainment system was an option for all models.

Handling is more like a large sedan than a minivan, holding the road well and showing stability in turns. The noise level can get high at highway speeds, but they are otherwise very comfortable for long-distance travel. Another sliding door has been added to the driver's side for easier access to the passenger area. The dashboard is narrower and does not hang as low for more comfort, and the layout is revised to all gauges are easily read and all controls are easily accessible. The seats are larger and more comfortable in all three rows. The one unfortunate feature of the earlier Caravans that has been carried through is the huge and bulky removable middle and rear row of seats. Towing is 1.48 tons with the 150-horsepower I-4, 1.56 tons with the 150-horsepower V-6, 1.8 tons with the 158-horsepower V-6, and 2.13 tons with the 166-horsepower V-6.

Twilight 2000 Notes: Production of this version of the Caravan did not get beyond the 1996 model year.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

150 hp I-4 or V-6 SWB Minivan

$7,252

G, A

1.09 tons

1.6 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

158 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

$7,252

G, A

1.09 tons

1.6 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

166 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

$7,252

G, A

1.09 tons

1.6 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

$7,652

G, A

1.09 tons

1.6 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 or V-6 LWB Minivan

$7,516

G, A

1.21 tons

1.67 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

158 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$7,516

G, A

1.21 tons

1.67 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

166 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$7,516

G, A

1.21 tons

1.67 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$7,916

G, A

1.21 tons

1.67 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

150 hp I-4 or V-6 SWB Minivan

556/111

130/25

76

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

158 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

582/117

135/28

76

70

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

166 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

608/122

140/28

76

74

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

652/131

150/30

76

80

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 or V-6 LWB Minivan

536/107

125/25

76

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

158 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

560/112

130/25

76

70

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

166 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

586/117

135/28

76

74

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

628/126

145/30

76

80

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*With a VCR entertainment system, add $150.

Dodge Caravan 2001-05

Notes: Redesigned for the 2001 model year, the Caravan had new exterior and interior styling, more powerful engines, and some new tricks. The Caravan came in standard (SWB) versions and extended (LWB) Grand versions. The wheelbase was the same as the 1996-00 Caravan, but the body length grew by 7.62 centimeters and the width grew by some 5 centimeters. There were three models (in addition to the two lengths): the SWB version came in SE and Sport models, while the Grand came in those two models plus the posh Grand Caravan ES. All models and wheelbase lengths seated seven. The dashboard was redesigned, and the center console could be situated between the first or second-row seats and had a power outlet. The new Caravan had a rear shelf which featured pop-up storage dividers that could be positioned at mid-level or floor positions. Dual front airbags were standard, and front side airbags were options. Front-wheel drive was standard, but the Grand Caravan could have optional all-wheel drive. The base engine was the same 150-horsepower I-4 as the previous generation (and standard in the SE), but other models got a standard 180-horsepower V-6. AWD Grand Caravans had as standard a 215-horsepower V-6, and this engine was also an option for the Grand Caravan ES. All were coupled with automatic transmissions only, with a 3-speed one for the I-4 and a 4-speed transmission for the two V-6s. The standard gearshift was on the steering column, but the Grand Caravan ES could have an optional AutoStick. Antilock brakes were standard on all models except the SE, where they were options. The Caravan had a sliding door on each side, but only the passenger-side door was powered, except on the Grand Caravan ES, where both were powered. Grand Caravans of all models could also have a power liftgate in the rear. The third row of seats do not fold flat into the floor, but are split folding. All seats could also recline or fold forward, and the second and third row could be removed, with the third row splitting in half for this purpose (and weighing almost 25 kilograms apiece). Other options included a rear-seat VCR entertainment system and a navigation system.

The 2002 model year supplemented the VCR option with a DVD entertainment system option (either or, not both at once). A new higher-end model, the eC, was introduced, with an extremely posh interior and virtually all options fitted. The Grand Caravan had two new high-end versions, the eL and eX models (though the ES was still the top dog). By 2003, the Caravan was the best-selling minivan in the US. A power sunroof became an option on the Grand Caravan ES. The power liftgate became standard on the eX and ES, and optional on other Grand Caravans. Power-adjustable pedals became options, but the AutoStick option was no longer available for any Caravan. In 2004, a new option package was available. Called the Grand Caravan SXT, it was basically a 20th anniversary model which included chrome alloy wheels, a standard DVD entertainment system, a CD changer, leather upholstery, and unique trim. The 2005 model year brought the Caravan optional side curtain airbags which protect all three rows of seats. Trim levels were now only SE and SXT. The Grand Caravan SXT has standard traction control, but AWD was no longer offered on any Caravan model; neither was the 215-horsepower V-6, replaced by a 207-horsepower V-6. Antilock brakes were standard on the Grand Caravan and optional on the regular-length SXT. A knee driverís airbag was standard for all versions. Other new options for all models included a tire inflation monitor, UConnect (which offers a built in wireless link between a cell phone and the audio system), a roof rack, a roof storage bin, and a large first-aid kit. A standard feature for the Grand Caravan SXT only was Stow Ďn Go seats, in which the second and third-row seats fold flat into the floor.

The Caravan of any model labors with the 4-cylinder engine, but the V-6s give it good performance and power except in the Grand Caravan, where the 180-horsepower V-6 still makes the vehicle sluggish. The AutoStick feature was a welcome option, missed by many after its deletion. The ride is smooth even in SWB versions, and even better in Grand Caravans. Braking is adequate on most models, but the 4-wheel disc brakes of the Grand Caravan ES and AWD models make braking quick and secure. The low step and wide doors of the Caravan makes getting in and out easy, even for tall adults. The interior room for passengers is quite comfortable, as are the seats. The second row of seats still have the integrated child safety seats of the previous generation. Visibility is excellent except to the rear, where the high headrests impede vision. The controls are easy to reach and manipulate, but the cupholders block the CD player.

Twilight 2000 Notes: These Caravans are not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

150 hp I-4 SWB Minivan

$7,484

G, A

1.09 tons

1.75 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

$7,884

G, A

1.09 tons

1.82 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$8,116

G, A

1.22 tons

1.82 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

207 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$8,116

G, A

1.22 tons

1.83 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

$8,116

G, A

1.22 tons

1.84 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

150 hp I-4 SWB Minivan

514/103

120/25

76

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-6 SWB Minivan

582/116

135/28

76

80

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

582/116

135/28

76

80

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

207 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

656/151

150/30

76

92

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 LWB Minivan

676/135

155/33

76

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*With a VCR entertainment system, add $150. With a DVD entertainment system, add $200, with a navigation system, add $10,000. With UConnect, add $100.

Dodge Colt 1985-88

Notes: This was one of the original budget cars. It bears little resemblance other than name and low cost to later Colts. With the 1985 Colt, you got little more than a subcompact car, with damn little in the way of frills or extras. The engine is a pathetic little 68-horsepower I-4, which gets great mileage but give little in the way of performance. Only manual transmissions are available for these Colts. The base Colt may be little more than basic transportation, but the Colt Premier sedan is much better, having a 102-horsepower turbocharged I-4 and a somewhat more plush interior. 1985 Colts come in 4-door sedan versions, 3-door hatchback, and 5-door hatchback versions. All hatchbacks have folding rear seats.

1986 brought little but cosmetic changes, but the 5-door hatchback was dropped from the line. In 1987, more cosmetic changes were made, including exterior restyling such as flush aero headlights. A Colt DL station wagon joined the line for 1988, but little other changes were made other than a boost of 3 horsepower for the top-of-the-line engine.

Despite their light construction, they do surprisingly well in crashes, and many times the driver and passengers will walk away from even severe wrecks. However, these vehicles are not equipped with airbags or antilock brakes. Interior room is only marginally better in the front than the later model and even worse in the back seat, where in hatchbacks adults will be lucky to fit in the back seat, though sedans fare better in this department. However, there is a lot of cargo room due to the hatchback construction. Even a base Colt is pretty agile however, handling sharp turns and other maneuvers with surprising ease (except for acceleration maneuvers). All engines are very noisy.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

68 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,020

G, A

248 kg

902 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

102 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

248 kg

970 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

105 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

248 kg

970 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

68 hp I-4 3-Door Hatchback

$6,020

G, A

336 kg

851 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

68 hp I-4 5-Door Hatchback

$6,020

G, A

330 kg

892 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

75 hp I-4 Wagon

$6,020

G, A

477 kg

1.01 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

68 hp I-4 Sedan

460/92

105/23

45

30

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

102 hp I-4 Sedan

614/123

140/28

45

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

105 hp I-4 Sedan

628/126

145/30

45

46

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

68 hp I-4 3-Door Hatchback

484/97

110/23

45

30

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

68 hp I-4 5-Door Hatchback

464/93

110/23

45

30

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

75 hp I-4 Wagon

454/91

105/20

45

33

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Colt 1989-92

Notes: This version of the Colt has somewhat better engines, and a rounder, longer, wider, and taller body. The previous 4-door sedan disappeared from the lineup, but the 3-door hatchback and 5-door wagon remained. The wagon was virtually unchanged from its previous version, but gained optional AWD. The base engine for the hatchback was an 81-horsepower I-4, while for wagons with AWD it was an 87-horsepower I-4. Transmissions could be manual or automatic. The high-end Colt, the Colt GT, used a turbocharged I-4 developing 135 horsepower and was available in the hatchback version, and also had more amenities.

1990 saw the turbocharged I-4 replaced by a non-turbo I-4 version of the same engine, developing 123 horsepower. The 1991 model year saw the base engine jump in power to 92 horses. 1992 saw little other than cosmetic changes for the Colt, in preparation for a redesigned Colt in 1993.

As the Colt grew, so did the head and legroom, as well as cargo space. All could be better, and the back seat was still a tight fit for adults; though rated for three, two fit much better, especially if they are children. However, the performance of this version of the Colt is better than its predecessors, and it handles very adeptly. All-around visibility is excellent; the driving position and passenger seat are low and comfortable. The low-end engines are a bit underpowered, but the high-end engines make the Colt quite sprightly, though the turbocharged I-4 does suffer from slight turbo lag when shifting gears or accelerating quickly.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

81 hp I-4 Hatchback

$6,020

G, A

405 kg

996 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

92 hp I-4 Hatchback

$6,420

G, A

405 kg

996 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

123 hp I-4 Hatchback

$6,420

G, A

405 kg

1.01 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

135 hp I-4 Hatchback

$6,820

G, A

405 kg

1.07 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

87 hp I-4 Wagon

$6,420

G, A

606 kg

1.1 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

81 hp I-4 Hatchback

486/97

115/23

50

36

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

92 hp I-4 Hatchback

550/110

125/25

50

41

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

123 hp I-4 Hatchback

702/141

165/33

50

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

135 hp I-4 Hatchback

726/145

170/33

50

60

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

87 hp I-4 Wagon

480/96

110/23

47

39

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Colt 1993-94

Notes: This is a simple subcompact designed for first-time new car buyers, being cheap, mechanically reliable and simple, and with a small but decent array of options. The 3-door hatchback disappeared, replaced by a 2-door coupe, and a 4-door sedan reappeared. The wheelbase actually grew by 5 centimeters. There are two versions, a Base and a GL version, with the difference being primarily in the exterior trim and interior accessories. Two engines were available; a 92-horsepower I-4 was standard for the coupe, and a 113-horsepower I-4 was standard for the sedan. 5-speed manual transmission was standard for both, but 3 or 4-speed automatic transmissions were options. Antilock brakes were an option on the GL trim level sedans, and the GL also used 14-inch wheels instead of the standard 13-inchers. Power steering was an option for all versions.

1994 brought a driverís side airbag to the Colt. Power steering became standard on Colt sedans. The coupe got a new facia, and a new ES trim level sedan was introduced with special paint, trim, and interior improvements and accessories. The ES sedan had the 113-horsepower engine, which was also an option on ES-level coupes. The Colt was dropped after 1994, replaced by the Neon.

The engines supplied are not powerful, but they are economical, with good gas mileage. The ride is OK, but gets better if the suspension with 14-inch (as opposed to the base 13-inch) wheels is installed. Power steering is an option, as are antilock brakes, but there are airbags for the driver starting on the 1994 model. The dashboard and control are laid out well, and there are plentiful cupholders, pockets, and storage bins. The back seat is cramped (on the coupe, it actually has less legroom than the former hatchback), and getting into it on 2-door models is difficult for adults. Doors are a bit small. The trunk size is modest, but it opens wide. This vehicle was built in Japan, but sold primarily on the North American market. These vehicles are known for their bodies to be prone to rust and not very durable.

Twilight 2000 Notes: Any of these Colts found in 2000 will probably be in rather poor shape, but the mechanical components will probably still be good.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

92 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

239 kg

946 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

113 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

239 kg

957 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

113 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

239 kg

996 kg

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

92 hp I-4 Coupe

576/115

135/28

50

41

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

113 hp I-4 Coupe

680/136

155/33

50

50

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

113 hp I-4 Sedan

656/131

150/30

50

50

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Colt Vista 1985-91

Notes: This car is basically the Colt of the period on a longer and taller chassis, to carry more cargo or passengers. It is actually a Japanese design, built in Mitsubishiís plants in the US. The Colt Vista started off with front-wheel drive in 1985, but in mid-model-year gained full-time 4WD. The design features 4 standard doors and a hatchback. The engine is an 88-horsepower I-4. There are three rows of seats, and both fold flat to increase cargo space, or fold back to create a faux double bed. Few changes were made to the Colt Vista until 1988, when a 96-horsepower I-4 became available, though in 1986 shift-on-the-fly capability became an option, and in 1987 the center seat no longer folded.

The front and back seats are basically the same as in the Colt with a little more room, but there is also a folding rear seat that is best suited for youngsters. The engines until are way underpowered, but gas mileage is good. Both engines are noisy and gruff-sounding, even when simply cruising down the highway. Acceleration simply sucks, regardless of the engine, which makes passing, pulling onto the freeway, or even climbing steep hills problematic; the added weight of 4WD just makes it worse.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

88 hp I-4 Wagon

$6,420

G, A

626 kg

1.16 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

96 hp I-4 Wagon

$6,420

G, A

626 kg

1.16 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

88 hp I-4 4WD Wagon

$6,420

G, A

626 kg

1.31 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

96 hp I-4 4WD Wagon

$6,420

G, A

626 kg

1.31 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

88 hp I-4 Wagon

464/93

105/23

50

39

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

96 hp I-4 Wagon

500/100

115/23

50

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

88 hp I-4 4WD Wagon

418/84

95/20

55

39

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

96 hp I-4 4WD Wagon

450/90

105/20

55

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Dakota 1990-96

Notes: This is a midsized pickup, made for the market niche between the compacts like the Chevy S-10 and large pickups like the Ford F-series. 1990 Dakotas came in three versions, a SWB version with a 1.98-meter-long bed, a LWB version with a 2.44-meter-long cargo bed, and a Club Cab version with a 1.98-meter-long bed. The Dakota had a bench front seat, but twin bucket seats were an option. The Club Cab also has a bench rear seat, with a stowage bin under the hinged seat cushion. Rear antilock brakes were standard on all models. The buyer had a choice of a 99-horsepower I-4 engine or a 125-horsepower V-6. 2WD was standard, while 4WD was an option for the SWB and LWB versions. Transmissions were standard manual, with automatic as an option.

For 1991, a 165-horsepower V-8 became available as an option on all versions, and the base I-4 engine received a power boost to 120 horsepower. All Dakota versions got a new front end with a more modern grille and bumper design. The nose was also extended by about 7.5 centimeters. An LE and a Sport trim level were added to the line; the LE was plushier inside and had special trim and aerodynamic headlights, while the Sport model also had special trim, including a body-colored grille, front air dam, fog lights, and a chrome roof bar with off-road lights. The sport model also had standard 4WD. 4WD was also offered as an option for Club Cab Dakotas.

1992 saw power boosts for the V-6 and V-8 engines Ė the V-6 developed 180 horsepower, and the V-8 a mighty 230 horsepower. The I-4, on the other hand, lost power, to 116 horsepower. 1993 brought 4-wheel antilock brakes to the Dakota (which was the first time a pickup truck was sold in the US with such a brake setup). They got a stainless steel exhaust system and recontoured seats. 1994 gave the Dakota a driverís side airbag, a padded driverís side knee bolster, and side door guard beams. In the 1995 model year, a shift interlock was added to manual transmission versions, and a plushier 2WD Sport Club Cab Dakota joined the lineup. 1995 brought a new "Magnum" I-4 engine as the base engine, and power grew back to 120 horsepower. Electronic controls went into the automatic transmission versions.

The seats in the Dakota are known for being uncomfortable, especially in early models, unless you get the optional Club Cab. There is not much storage space behind the seats in the regular cab model, again unless you get the Club Cab. The rear seats in the Club Cabs are hard to get into and one's knees tend to bump into the front seat backs. The lever to operate the 4WD mechanism is low and mounted well forward, and the driver must reach under the dashboard to use it. Other controls are easy to reach, and the dashboard is well-laid out and clearly marked. The base 4-cylinder engine is inadequate unless you don't carry much cargo, and the V-6 tends to labor hard when towing or carrying large loads, especially in the later high-power iterations. Versions with rear-wheel-only antilock brakes tend to have those rear wheels lock in hard stops, though later versions with 4-wheel antilock brakes do not have this problem. Towing ability is 700 kg with the I-4 engine, 1.09 tons with the V-6, and 1.43 tons with the V-8.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

99 hp I-4 SWB Pickup

$6,420

G, A

1.18 tons

1.38 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

116 hp I-4 SWB Pickup

$6,420

G, A

1.18 tons

1.39 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 SWB Pickup

$6,420

G, A

1.18 tons

1.39 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

125 hp V-6 SWB Pickup

$6,420

G, A

1.18 tons

1.39 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-6 SWB Pickup

$7,220

G, A

1.18 tons

1.39 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

165 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

$6,820

G, A

1.18 tons

1.45 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

$7,620

G, A

1.18 tons

1.45 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

99 hp I-4 LWB Pickup

$6,720

G, A

1.18 tons

1.42 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

116 hp I-4 LWB Pickup

$6,720

G, A

1.18 tons

1.43 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 LWB Pickup

$6,720

G, A

1.18 tons

1.43 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

125 hp V-6 LWB Pickup

$6,720

G, A

1.18 tons

1.43 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-6 LWB Pickup

$7,520

G, A

1.18 tons

1.43 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

165 hp V-8 LWB Pickup

$7,120

G, A

1.18 tons

1.49 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 LWB Pickup

$7,920

G, A

1.18 tons

1.49 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

99 hp I-4 Club Cab Pickup

$6,784

G, A

907 kg

1.6 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

116 hp I-4 Club Cab Pickup

$6,784

G, A

907 kg

1.61 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 Club Cab Pickup

$6,784

G, A

907 kg

1.61 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

125 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

$6,784

G, A

907 kg

1.61 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

$7,584

G, A

907 kg

1.61 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

165 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

$7,184

G, A

907 kg

1.68 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

$7,984

G, A

907 kg

1.68 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov*

Com Mov*

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

99 hp I-4 SWB Pickup

442/88

100/20

57

44

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

116 hp I-4 SWB Pickup

504/101

115/23

57

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 SWB Pickup

514/103

120/25

57

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

125 hp V-6 SWB Pickup

534/107

125/25

57

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-6 SWB Pickup

740/148

170/35

57

80

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

165 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

660/132

155/30

57

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

896/179

210/43

57

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

99 hp I-4 LWB Pickup

430/86

100/20

57

44

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

116 hp I-4 LWB Pickup

492/98

115/23

57

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 LWB Pickup

502/100

115/23

57

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

125 hp V-6 LWB Pickup

522/104

120/25

57

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-6 LWB Pickup

722/144

165/33

57

80

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

165 hp V-8 LWB Pickup

644/129

150/30

57

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 LWB Pickup

874/175

200/40

57

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

99 hp I-4 Club Cab Pickup

390/78

90/18

57

44

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

116 hp I-4 Club Cab Pickup

444/89

105/20

57

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Club Cab Pickup

454/91

105/20

57

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

125 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

470/94

110/23

57

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

648/130

150/30

57

80

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

165 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

578/116

135/28

57

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

782/157

180/38

57

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add 25% to off road speeds with 4WD.

Dodge Dakota 1997-04

Notes: This is an improved version of the Dakota. Body styling has been changed (more aerodynamic), and the frame is stiffer for better handling and a smoother ride (especially true on 2-wheel drive models). Standard features now included dual front airbags. Again there are SWB, LWB, and Club Cab versions of the Dakota, with the same size cargo beds. Drive wheels went to the rear, or optional 4WD on demand was available (again, the 4WD is meant only for off-road use). Rear antilock brakes were standard, but 4-wheel antilock brakes were an option on all models. The base engine was a 120-horsepower I-4, but a 175-horsepower V-6 or a 230-horsepower V-8 were options. Standard transmissions were manual, but automatic transmission was available as an option.

1998 gave the Dakota a deactivation switch for the passenger-side airbag; this was primarily to protect children riding in standard cabs, since they have only one seat. About mid-model-year, a high-performance version of the Dakota, the R/T, became available; this version of the SWB had a 250-horsepower V-8 engine with automatic transmission, a sport suspension, and larger tires (but was available only with 2WD). 1999 gave the Dakota power windows and a redesigned overhead console which made controls easier to get at. In addition, the headlight knob was made a simple rotary knob, whereas in previous Dakotas, one had to both pull and turn the knob. The 2000 model year brought a new 235-horsepower V-8, replacing the earlier 230-horsepower V-8; unfortunately, this new engine, though smaller in size, does not have quite the torque of the earlier engine. In addition, a 245-horsepower V-8 was introduced as a new option. Mid-season, a Quad Cab version came out, differing from the Club Cab primarily in having rear doors. The LWB model was abandoned, leaving only the SWB, Club Cab, and Quad Cab, each with the same cargo bed. The 2001 model year gave the Dakota an unusual standard feature: a universal garage door opener (for use with houses so equipped). Sport and SLT trim packages were added, with alloy wheels, larger wheels, and optional handling and trim packages. The dashboards and consoles were redesigned for ergonomics, and the 4x4 control lever was moved to a more accessible position on the dashboard. The 2002 model brought little but cosmetic changes, but a more plush SXT version was introduced which had front bucket seats instead of a bench seat. For 2003, the I-4 engine was finally dropped entirely, and the V-8 could get a 5-speed instead of a 4-speed automatic transmission as an option. Larger wheels were installed on all models, and even larger ones on the R/T. Rear seats on the Club and Quad Cabs could be equipped with the LATCH system, which is an anchoring system for child car seats. A special Stampede edition was added mid-year, which gave the Dakota a special trim package and a special suspension package known as the Tire and Handling Group. In 2004, the 245-horsepower V-8 was dropped, and the 175-horsepower V-6 was replaced with a new V-6 developing 210 horsepower. The R/T model was also dropped in 2004.

This version of the Dakota is roomier than most pickups of its class, but the rear seat in the Club Cab is still cramped, and getting into it is difficult. The rear doors of the Quad Cab are not really full-sized, and though getting into the back seat is not as difficult, it can still be a squeeze. The rear seat can be folded upwards to give access to two underseat storage compartments. The dashboard looks modern, but is constructed of flimsy plastic that is not very durable. 2WD versions feel very solid and give a smooth, easy ride; 4WD versions feel noticeably less solid and can jiggle quite a bit over rough surfaces. R/T models can deliver impressive performance, but also the roughest ride of all the Dakotas of this period. Visibility is excellent all around, even on Club and Quad Cabs. Towing capacity is 700 kg with the I-4, 1.09 tons with the V-6, 1.45 tons with the 230 hp V-8, 1.43 tons with the 235 hp V-8, and 1.67 tons with the 245-250 hp V-8.

Twilight 2000 Notes: Like many civilian vehicles of this type, the lionís share of production after the 1995 model year went primarily to military, police, and civilian concerns, until production was finally shut down in 1997. Most of the Dakotas produced for the military, police, and government were 4WD versions; the police preferred the Crew and Quad Cab, while the military preferred LWB standard cab versions. The government took whatever was available.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew*

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

120 hp I-4 SWB Pickup

$6,684

G, A

907 kg

1.58 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 SWB Pickup

$7,084

G, A

907 kg

1.66 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

210 hp V-6 SWB Pickup

$7,484

G, A

907 kg

1.73 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

$7,884

G, A

907 kg

1.79 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

$7,884

G, A

907 kg

1.79 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

$7,884

G, A

907 kg

1.8 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

$7,884

G, A

907 kg

1.8 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 LWB Pickup

$7,016

G, A

925 kg

1.61 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 LWB Pickup

$7,416

G, A

925 kg

1.69 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 LWB Pickup

$8,216

G, A

925 kg

1.82 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB Pickup

$8,216

G, A

925 kg

1.82 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 Club Cab Pickup

$7,052

G, A

816 kg

1.69 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

$7,452

G, A

816 kg

1.77 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

210 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

$7,852

G, A

816 kg

1.84 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

$8,252

G, A

816 kg

1.9 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

$8,252

G, A

816 kg

1.9 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

$8,252

G, A

816 kg

1.91 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov**

Com Mov**

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

120 hp I-4 SWB Pickup

460/92

105/23

57

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 SWB Pickup

614/123

140/28

57

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

210 hp V-6 SWB Pickup

702/140

160/33

57

94

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

740/148

170/35

57

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

752/150

175/35

57

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

778/156

180/35

57

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-8 SWB Pickup

790/158

185/38

57

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 LWB Pickup

454/91

105/20

57

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 LWB Pickup

604/121

140/28

57

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 LWB Pickup

728/146

170/33

57

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB Pickup

740/148

170/35

57

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Club Cab Pickup

434/87

100/20

57

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

580/116

135/28

57

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

210 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

664/133

155/30

57

94

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

700/140

160/33

57

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

712/142

165/33

57

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

738/147

170/35

57

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*With bucket front seats, reduce Crew Rating by one.

**With 4WD, add 25% to off-road speeds.

Dodge Dakota 2005

Notes: The Dakota was redesigned for 2005, growing in size to nearly full-sized proportions (though still classed as a compact pickup). The standard cab type disappeared, leaving only the Club Cab and Quad Cab. The Club Cab version has a 1.98-meter-long bed and rear doors which are hinged at the rear and cannot open without the front doors being opened first. The Quad Cab version has independent rear doors hinged at the front and a 1.62-meter bed. The Club Cab has bucket front seats; the Quad Cab has a bench front seat and seats one more person. The base engine is a 210-horsepower V-6, but a 230-horsepower V-8 or a 260-horsepower V-8 are optional. 4-speed automatic transmissions are standard for the first two engines, with a 5-speed automatic transmission being standard for the 260-horsepower V-8 and optional for the 230-horsepower V-8. Trim levels are ST, SLT, and Laramie. 4WD is available as an option, as is AWD; the 4WD setup is not meant for pavement. Rear-wheel antilock brakes are standard, but 4-wheel antilock brakes are an option. Dual front airbags are standard; side-curtain airbags protecting both rows of seats are an option. Other available options are satellite radio and UConnect (a built-in hands-free interface between a cell phone and the audio system).

The V-6 is basically underpowered for the 2005 Dakota, since it is almost as heavy as a full-sized pickup. The 230-horsepower V-8 is a good engine choice, while the 260-horsepower performs really nicely. Towing for the 210-horsepower V-6 is 1.43 tons; with the 230-horsepower engine, 2.26 tons, and with the 260-horsepower engine, 3.24 tons. The Dakota of this period rides very smoothly, without the jiggle and bouncing that is typical of compact pickups. Body lean is noticeable but controlled. Interior noise is mostly well-muted, though there can be some loud wind rush at high speeds, and the V-6 engine can get loud when labored. Steering also has a good feel, again atypical of trucks of this class. Interiors of both the Club and Quad Cabs are surprisingly spacious, though the rear seat of the Club Cab is more comfortable for two adults than three. There are a lot of little pockets and bins inside the cab, offering many stash spaces.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This version of the Dakota does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

210 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

$8,084

G, A

780 kg

1.95 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

$8,484

G, A

780 kg

2.01 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

260 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

$8,484

G, A

780 kg

2.03 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

210 hp V-6 Quad Cab Pickup

$8,084

G, A

789 kg

1.94 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 Quad Cab Pickup

$8,484

G, A

789 kg

2 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

260 hp V-8 Quad Cab Pickup

$8,484

G, A

789 kg

2.02 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov**

Com Mov**

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

210 hp V-6 Club Cab Pickup

630/158

145/38

83

94

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

666/166

155/38

83

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

260 hp V-8 Club Cab Pickup

736/184

170/44

83

116

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

210 hp V-6 Quad Cab Pickup

634/159

145/38

83

94

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 Quad Cab Pickup

668/168

155/38

83

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

260 hp V-8 Quad Cab Pickup

738/185

170/44

83

116

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $200 for satellite radio; add $100 for UConnect.

**Reduce off-road speeds by 25% if not equipped with 4WD.

Dodge Daytona 1985-93

Notes: This is a sports coupe that was popular and good seller until discontinued in 1993 to make room for the Stratus. Two versions were produced in the 1985 model year: the base Daytona, and the IROC (International Race of Champions.) A friend of mine in the Army had an IROC; it would accelerate quickly to 40 kph with only an initial touch on the gas pedal, then taking his foot off of it. The 1985 model had a 97-horsepower I-4 as a base engine, with the IROC having a 146-horsepower turbocharged I-4. Either could have an automatic or manual transmission. The rear seats are folding to increase cargo space.

In 1986, the Daytona Turbo Z was introduced; it had the turbocharged I-4, but boosted slightly to 149 horsepower. The C/S (Carroll Shelby) handling package was also introduced, a sport-type package. The base engine grew to 99 horsepower. 1987 introduced a new 96-horsepower I-4 as the base engine, and a new version, the Daytona Shelby Z, was equipped with a 174-horsepower turbocharged I-4. Little changes were made for 1988, but in 1989 the earlier turbocharged I-4 engine was replaced by a larger one developing 150 horsepower. 1990 brought the Daytona a driverís side airbag, and optional electronic variable suspension, as well as an improved manual transmission, and also brought an optional 141-horsepower V-6 to the IROC version. In 1991, the 150-horsepower engine was improved by two horsepower, and got a big increase in torque; the base engine was also improved to 100 horsepower. The 1992 model year introduced the IROC R/T, with a turbocharged 224-horsepower I-4, and was the most powerful of all the Daytonas. In addition, exterior styling was facelifted, and antilock brakes were an option for all Daytonas. 1993 brought few changes to the Daytona family other than cosmetic, and after the 1993 model year, the Daytona was dropped.

The Daytona performs very well in crashes, doing a good job of protecting the occupants. Ride is not the strong suit of Daytonas, being stiff and choppy in its softest form. The engines of IROCs and Turbo Zs can get rather loud. Base engines deliver somewhat anemic performance, but good gas mileage. The headroom is barely adequate in front for the tall, and the rear seats seem to be sized for children. The seats are low, and the long, tall doors and thick roof pillars make for a rather closed-in feeling. Visibility is adequate, but only just so.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

96 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

449 kg

1.15 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

97 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

449 kg

1.15 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

99 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

449 kg

1.15 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

100 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

449 kg

1.15 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

141 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

449 kg

1.22 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

146 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

449 kg

1.22 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

149 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

449 kg

1.22 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

449 kg

1.22 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

449 kg

1.22 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

174 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

449 kg

1.23 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

224 hp I-4 Coupe

$7,620

G, A

449 kg

1.36 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

96 hp I-4 Coupe

504/101

115/23

53

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

97 hp I-4 Coupe

506/101

115/23

53

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

99 hp I-4 Coupe

516/103

120/25

53

44

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

100 hp I-4 Coupe

522/104

120/25

53

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

141 hp V-6 Coupe

668/134

155/30

53

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

146 hp I-4 Coupe

692/138

160/33

53

65

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

149 hp I-4 Coupe

702/141

165/33

53

66

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Coupe

708/142

165/33

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp I-4 Coupe

714/143

165/33

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

174 hp I-4 Coupe

806/161

185/38

53

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

224 hp I-4 Coupe

926/185

215/43

53

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Durango 1998-03

Notes: The Durango was an SUV based on the Dakota pickup truck frame and chassis. This made it unique in size and styling; it is classed as a mid-sized SUV, but larger than others in its class, having up to 8-passenger seating and a V-8 engine. For the 1998 model year, the Durango had only 4WD, with the base engine being a 230-horsepower V-8, and the optional engine being a 245-horsepower V-8, both coupled to an automatic transmission. The standard 4WD was of the shift-on-the-fly type, and not meant for standard pavement, though an optional 4WD system could be left on all the time. The Durango had two front bucket seats and second and third-row bench seats, with a front-seat bench seat being an option. The second and third row seats were not removable, but did fold flat into the floor to increase cargo space. Dual front airbags are standard as are rear antilock brakes, with 4-wheel antilock brakes being an option.

The 1999 Durango added a 2WD model, meant for use on paved roads and average customers. A base 175-horsepower V-6 engine also became available. New standard equipment included a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power locks, and power windows. Heated side mirrors were a new option. Both 4WD systems now had shift-on-the-fly capability. A new SLT high-end package included leather upholstery, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and (if the SLT was equipped with 4WD) larger tires and wheels. The 2000 model replaced the standard 230-horsepower V-8 with a new 235-horsepower V-8 (though the 230-horsepower remained standard with 2WD Durangos), using a different automatic transmission. The V-6 engine option was deleted, never being popular. All models had the new Accident Response System, which turned on the interior lights and unlocked the doors whenever the airbags deployed. The front suspension was revised and now had rack-and-pinion steering. The SLT package added new interior and exterior trim and fog lamps. A new SLT Plus package was added, with better-quality leather upholstery and wheel-arch flares, and the larger wheels and tires on 2WD and 4WD versions. 2001 deleted the 230-horsepower engine altogether, and had a revised dashboard with an oil-level indicator, a new center console, and a dashboard control for the 4WD system. 2002 brought optional side curtain airbags and an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system. 2003 gave the Durango 4-wheel disc brakes, but little else was changed as Dodge had planned to discontinue the Durango.

The ride of the Durango is more like a large car than a truck, absorbent even on bumpy surfaces and dirt roads. Body lean is not as bad as is normal for SUVs of its class, and the Durango does not feel heavy in turns. Steering can feel vague around the center and numerous small corrections are required to keep the Durango rolling straight. The 230 and 235-horsepower V-8s deliver good power, except in quick takeoffs. The 175-horsepower V-6 always feels sluggish and is definitely underpowered. Headroom, legroom, and shoulder room are excellent in the first and second rows, but the third row seat is best suited for children and small teenagers. The padding on the second and third row seats is also a bit thin. The cargo space when all seats are up is surprisingly small for an SUV, but substantial when they are folded. Except on 2001 and later models, the 4WD control is on the floor and a stretch for the driver. Thick side pillars and large rear headrests can impede visibility for the driver. Towing with the 245-horsepower engine is 3.31 tons, with the 235-horsepower engine 2.91 tons, with the 230-horsepower engine 2.96 tons, and with the 175-horsepower engine 2.22 tons.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The Durango does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price**

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew*

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

175 hp V-6 SUV

$7,384

G, A

453 kg

2.05 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SUV

$8,184

G, A

453 kg

2.18 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SUV

$8,184

G, A

453 kg

2.18 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 SUV

$8,184

G, A

453 kg

2.19 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov***

Com Mov***

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

175 hp V-6 SUV

510/128

120/28

95

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SUV

620/155

145/35

95

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SUV

628/158

145/38

95

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 SUV

652/163

150/38

95

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*With the optional bench front seat, Crew rating is 1+7.

**With DVD entertainment system, add $200.

***For 2WD models, reduce off-road speed by 25%.

Dodge Durango 2005

Notes: Dodge did plan to discontinue the Durango after the 2003 model year, but it was brought back by popular demand for the 2005 model year. The Durango returned with the same chassis and body, but in three trim levels: the SXT, with two rows of seats, and the SLT and Limited, with three rows of seats. (The third row of seats is also available on the SXT as an option.) The standard suspension has rear-wheel drive, but there are also two AWD versions, one of which has low-range gears. Three engines are available, a 210-horsepower V-6, a 230-horsepower V-8, and a new 335-horsepower Hemi V-8. The V-6 is coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission; the two V-8s have a 5-speed automatic transmission which can be switched into a tow/haul mode with greater torque and power but capable of less raw speed. Standard features include 4-wheel antilock brakes and dual front airbags. Options for both the SXT and Limited include traction control, side-curtain airbags which cover all three seating rows, a split folding third row seat (the third row seat normally folds into the floor, as does the second row seat), power adjustable pedals, satellite radio, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a manual sunroof, and UConnect. Options for the Limited only include a navigation system and heated front seats (also available on the SLT). Leather upholstery is an option for the SLT and standard for the Limited. The SLT has a special package available for it, the Adventurer Package, which include a rubber-lined cargo area, a built-in cargo organizer, a special roof rack, unique trim, and an optional navigation system.

The V-6 engine is rather weak in all areas. The mid-level V-8 performs reasonably well, but lacks power in passing or high-acceleration maneuvers. The Hemi V-8 performs quite well in all areas of performance (except fuel economy). A Hemi-equipped Durango can tow an astounding 4.06 tons; the mid-level V-8 can tow 3.6 tons, and the V-6 can tow a mere 1.66 tons by comparison. The Durangoís ride is among the best of US-made SUVs, though there is some truck-like bouncing over rough spots. Handling is hampered by over-assisted power steering and slow steering response, though body lean is moderate and the brakes respond promptly and evenly. The engines are virtually silent at idle and growl under labor, but never too loudly. Wind rush doesnít start until about 95 kph, and never gets loud enough to impede normal conversations. The front seats have plenty of head and legroom, but visibility is impeded by thick roof pillars, though the large side mirrors help somewhat. The rear seats get tight only for tall adults and only if the seat in front of them is more than halfway back. The third row seats lack support, however.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This version of the Durango does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price**

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew*

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

210 hp V-6 SUV

$8,316

G, A

794 kg

2.27 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SUV

$8,716

G, A

794 kg

2.33 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

335 hp V-8 SUV

$9,516

G, A

794 kg

2.49 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov***

Com Mov***

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

210 hp V-6 SUV

550/138

130/31

102

94

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SUV

584/146

135/34

102

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

335 hp V-8 SUV

770/193

180/44

102

150

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Without the third row seat, Crew rating is 1+4.

**With satellite radio, add $200. With a navigation system, add $10,000. With a DVD entertainment system, add $200. With UConnect, add $100.

***For 2WD models, subtract 25% from the off-road speed.

Dodge Dynasty 1990-93

Notes: The short-lived Dynasty was introduced in 1988, and remained in production only through the 1993 model year. It is basically a less-expensive and less plush version of the Chrysler New Yorker. Trim levels were Base and LE, and the engines available were a 100-horsepower I-4, a 141-horsepower V-6, and a 147-horsepower V-6 with more torque and acceleration. The I-4 had a 3-speed automatic transmission, while the two V-6s had a 4-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment included a driverís side airbag; an option for V-6-powered models was antilock braking.

The 1991 Dynasty had little but cosmetic changes, as did the 1992 Dynasty. The 1993 Dynasty also had little changes, other than the cosmetic, a stainless steel exhaust system, a tamper-resistant odometer, and an upgraded audio system. The Dynasty was replaced by the Intrepid the next model year.

Though the V-6s are far superior to the I-4, none are really that powerful, especially considering the Dynastyís weight. Even the 147-horsepower engine has merely adequate acceleration. The automatic transmissions tend to be slow to downshift and also tend to vibrate and jolt into gear; they also sometimes emit a high-pitched whine. The ride is soft and absorbs a lot of bumps and dips, but there is a lot of body lean and tire squeal in turns. The suspension is loose and bounces at highway speeds. The standard all-season tires tend to emit a lot of tire roar. The front seat has a lot of room, but the rear seat is a squeeze for adults, especially when all three places are occupied. The trunk is fairly large and will take a lot of bulky cargo.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

100 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

375 kg

1.27 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

141 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

375 kg

1.34 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

147 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

375 kg

1.34 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

100 hp I-4 Sedan

480/96

110/23

61

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

141 hp V-6 Sedan

614/123

140/28

61

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

147 hp V-6 Sedan

640/128

150/30

61

66

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Intrepid 1993-97

Notes: This near-relative of the Chrysler Concorde was, along with the Concorde and Eagle Vision, some of the first cars to feature the "cab-forward" design, which increases interior room by pushing the wheels further to the corners of the car. The Base Intrepid is equipped with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, while the higher-end ES has all-wheel disc brakes. Both are front-wheel driven. Both have a 153-horsepower V-6 as the standard engine, with a 214-horsepower V-6 being optional. Antilock brakes and traction control are optional on both. Bucket front seats are standard, but the Base could have a bench front seat as an option. Power steering is standard on both. Cruise control is standard on the ES, and an option on the Base. Otherwise, the Base and ES differ primarily in the ESs plusher interior and in the exterior trim.

In the 1994 model year, a Touring suspension became standard, which took little away from ride and gave the Intrepid precise handling and cornering. The base engine gained eight horsepower. A new variable-assist power steering (standard on the ES, optional on the Base) made the power steering more effective, especially at very low speeds (such as when parking). 1995 made antilock brakes standard on the ES, though they were still only options on the Base model. A cancel feature was added to the cruise control, which meant that drivers did not have to hit the brakes to stop the cruise control. A Performance Handling Group package was available on the ES, which gave it a sports-car-like ride. 1996 brought new trim and features to the Base modelís exterior, in an attempt to narrow the gap between the two models. Fog lights were added to both models, as well as additional sound insulation. 1997 brought no significant changes to the Intrepid of this period, in preparation for a redesign the following model year.

Acceleration with the base engine is adequate, but care must be taken when passing. The ride with the original suspensions is soft and form; with the Touring suspension, it is only slightly less soft, and it also adds precise handling and cornering. The optional Performance Handling Group package for the ES is very precise in handling and cornering, but the ride is quite jarring on rough surfaces. All occupants may fit in the car without crowding and with good headroom. The dashboard is ergonomically designed, and the controls are situated well, except for the climate controls, which are too low. The plastic of the dashboard and door panels is thin and prone to cracking. The trunk is of good size and it opens at bumper level, which eases loading. Earlier Intrepids are fairly loud inside, especially from tire roar, and the 1996 sound insulation upgrade does not lessen this very much. Intrepids of this period do tend to creak and squeak, even when new.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The 1997 model year was never built in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew*

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

153 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

380 kg

1.51 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

161 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

380 kg

1.51 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

214 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

380 kg

1.59 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

153 hp V-6 Sedan

594/119

140/28

68

68

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

161 hp V-6 Sedan

622/125

145/30

68

72

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

214 hp V-6 Sedan

770/154

180/35

68

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*On Base Intrepids with the optional front bench seat, Crew rating is 1+5.

Dodge Intrepid 1998-04

Notes: The Intrepid of this period shares most mechanical features and some of the interior design with the Chrysler Concorde of the same period, though it shared no body panels or styling. The front end of the Intrepid was greatly redesigned from the previous version. The base engine for the 1998 model was a 200-horsepower V-6, but the sportier ES edition had a 225-horsepower V-6 with greater torque and more acceleration. The ES also had had an AutoStick transmission (allowing it to change between an automatic and a clutchless manual transmission), while the base engine was coupled to an automatic transmission. Standard front seats for both were twin bucket seats, but the base Intrepid could have a bench front seat. The ES has standard antilock brakes, while they are optional on the Base model. Dual front airbags were standard on both models. Remote keyless entry was optional for the ES.

The 1999 model brought little except cosmetic changes, but remote keyless entry was now an option for both models. New, more durable and comfortable seat upholstery and padding was used. Both models also had an optional "chip0in-the-key" antitheft system. 2000 brought a new sporty R/T model, with unique trim, antilock brakes, and larger wheels and tires. There were little other changes to the other models, but the base model got optional larger wheels and tires and an optional power sunroof. Antilock brakes dropped to the options list for the ES. The base engine for both the Base and ES became the 200-horsepower V-6, though the ES could have the 225-horsepower V-6 as an option; the R/T used a 242-horsepower V-6. 2001 gave all Intrepids optional front side airbags and a 3-point safety belt for the center rear seat. Optional for the ES and R/T only was a split folding rear seat. The 2002 model brought optional chrome wheels (on the R/T and ES with 17-inch wheels only). For 2003, the R/T was replaced by an even plusher and more-performance-oriented SXT model, with an engine power boost to 250 horsepower. There were no major changes for 2004.

The suspension of the Intrepid of this period is firm, stable, and absorbs most bumps, without becoming harsh on rough pavement or dirt roads. Both the ES and Base models have identical suspensions, but the wider tires of the ES mean maneuvering is slightly better. Of course, the R/T and SXT are far better in the maneuverability department, but their rides are correspondingly stiffer. The 200-horsepower is adequate (but not sluggish), the 225-horsepower engine only a little better (though under manual control in AutoStick, acceleration is quick), but the two high-performance engine can deliver neck-snapping performance. The engines are all quiet, and wind noise and tire roar are also quite muted, leading to a very quiet interior. The headroom up front is generous, but since the Intrepidís roof slopes, tall people have problems in the back seat. Leg and shoulder room is excellent in both the front and back. Gauges are well laid-out and easy to read, and controls for the heater and air conditioner are easy for the driver to reach. Audio controls are a bit of a stretch for the driver, however. Visibility is good in most quarters, but the Intrepid of this period has a high rear shelf which can impair vision despite the large size of the rear window. The trunk space is ample.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This version of the Intrepid does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew*

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

200 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

418 kg

1.55 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

418 kg

1.61 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

242 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

418 kg

1.62 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

418 kg

1.62 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

200 hp V-6 Sedan

740/148

170/35

64

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-6 Sedan

798/159

185/38

64

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

242 hp V-6 Sedan

844/169

195/40

64

108

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-6 Sedan

870/174

200/40

64

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*On Base Intrepids with the optional front bench seat, Crew rating is 1+5.

Dodge Magnum 2005

Notes: There were no major changes in the Intrepid for 2004 because in the 2005 model year, the Magnum inherited the Intrepidís place in the Dodge lineup as their large sedan. The 2005 Magnum shares a chassis with the Chrysler 300, and is basically a modern version of a station wagon. There are three trim levels: The SE, the SXT, and the RT. The SE uses a 190-horsepower V-6 and has rear wheel drive; the SXT uses a 250-horsepower V-6 and can have rear-wheel drive or optional AWD; the RT 340-horsepower Hemi V-8 and has standard AWD and optional rear-wheel drive. The RTís V-8 also uses the Multi-Displacement system, which turns off four of its eight cylinders when cruising to reduce fuel consumption. The SE uses a 4-speed automatic transmission, and the others use a 5-speed AutoStick transmission. Standard features for all models include dual front airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes, split folding rear seats, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Options for all models include a rear load-leveling suspension, power adjustable pedals, satellite radio, and UConnect. Standard on the RT and optional on other models is leather upholstery. Antilock brakes and traction control are standard on the SXT and RT, and optional on the SE. SXTs and RTs use slightly larger wheels and tires. RTs use a firmer suspension than other models. A package that is optional on all models is the Protection Group, which features side curtain airbags for the front and back seats and a somewhat stronger frame.

The SEís V-6 is definitely underpowered for the Magnumís weight, yielding poor acceleration and passing response. The 250-horsepower engine has plenty of power for around-town and highway driving, but surprisingly also has poor passing response. The Hemi engine definitely has muscle for all tasks. The Multi-Displacement feature switches almost imperceptibly, though a slight shudder can be detected. Regular fuel is fine for the base V-6, but at least plus-grade fuel is recommended for the other engines. The Magnum has independent rear suspension and this helps deliver a smooth ride, though there can be annoying jiggling on rough pavement, especially in the RT. Dips and swells can also lead to a floating sensation. The steering had good road feel, and responds quickly. Handling is not quickly responsive for abrupt changes in direction, but otherwise delivers good road grip and smooth turns. The stopping power of the brakes is good, but the brake pedal feels a little vague. AWD is recommended, because stability can be easily compromised in bad weather or snow without it. The V-6 engines roar loudly during acceleration, while the Hemi is slightly louder. Wind rush is noticeable at highway speeds. The dashboard is largely easy to read, but the steering wheel design can obscure the view of the turn signal indicators and fuel temperature gauges when in the neutral position. The front seats are quite spacious, but can let the occupants slide during sharp cornering. The thick front roof pillars can obstruct visibility to the front side corners, and the low rear roof line obscures vision to the rear and rear sides. The rear seats are designed for three, but two adults will fit better. There is, however, plenty of head and legroom, except for the middle rider. The rear seats do not quite fold flat, but there are optional cargo nets and bins available. The RT can tow 1.72 tons; other models do not have a tow package.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The Magnum does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

190 hp V-6 Wagon

$7,220

G, A

669 kg

1.75 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-6 Wagon

$7,620

G, A

669 kg

1.83 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

340 hp V-8 Wagon

$8,420

G, A

669 kg

1.98 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap**

Fuel Cons***

Config

Susp

Armor

190 hp V-6 Wagon

634/127

145/30

68

85

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-6 Wagon

778/156

180/35

68

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

340 hp V-8 Wagon

966/193

225/45

68

152

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $200 for satellite radio; add $100 for UConnect.

**AWD versions and the RT use a 72-liter fuel tank.

***When cruising at roughly the same speed for at least one-half hour on the 340-horsepower engine, reduce fuel consumption for this engine by 30%.

Dodge Monaco 1990-92

Notes: This mid-sized sedan is a cousin of an earlier Eagle design called the Premier. The Monaco differs little from the Eagle, with a new grille and headlights, a new trim package, and new seats. Only one engine was available throughout the Monacoís short history: a 150-horsepower V-6 coupled to a 4-speed overdrive transmission. Trim levels were the base LE model and the well-equipped ES model. Both had as standard reclining front seats, a center console with a few storage compartments, and a floor-mounted gearshift.

1991 gave the Monaco antilock brakes, but little else other than some new paint colors. The 1992 model also had new paint colors, but little else. The Monaco was discontinued after this point.

The Monaco is not really a bad car for its period, but the styling is old and more the sort of thing that would have been popular in Europe at the time than in the US. The Monaco had a firm suspension which enables good handling and road-holding ability. The Monaco is not too heavy, so the engine delivers decent performance and acceleration, and the transmission shifts smoothly and efficiently. The front seats are very supportive (though the rear seats are less so), and legroom front and back are excellent. Headroom and shoulder room are likewise very good, and adults will not complain about filling the back seat. The trunk is spacious and has a flat floor with good capacity. The controls, however, are sort of weird; they are on pods attached to the steering column, and are difficult to manipulate and tell apart until you get used to them.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$6,820

G, A

386 kg

1.36 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

642/129

150/30

61

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Neon 1995-99

Notes: Nearly identical to the Plymouth car of the same name, the Neon is an inexpensive, average-performing subcompact, one step up from the Colt, with more options and standard features than the Colt. The Neon was one of the first cars introduced by Dodge for the 1995 model year, and was first offered as a notchback sedan, though a 2-door coupe quickly followed during the model year. Sedans were sold in Base, Highline, and Sport trim; the coupe came only in Highline and Sport models, with no Base model. At first, all Neons were powered by a 132-horsepower I-4 engine, but later in the model year, a 150-horsepower I-4 became available for Highline and Sport models. The Highline was different primarily in having more accessories and a plusher interior, but the Sport also has a domed hood, rear spoiler, stiffer suspension, and slightly larger wheels. A manual transmission was standard on all 1995 Neons, with an automatic transmission optional. Dual front airbags were standard on all models; antilock brakes were standard on the Sport, but unavailable for other models.

For the 1996 model year, all Neons got the larger wheels which were standard only on the Sport the previous year. Base models got body-colored bumpers (the previous ones were gray). A Base coupe joined the Neon lineup. Antilock brakes were now an option for Base and Highline Neons. An optional Competition Package was introduced for the base model; this included a sport suspension and the 150-horsepower engine. Few changes were made for 1997, but 1998 the Base Neon was dropped from the lineup, and the very sporty Neon R/T was introduced. The R/T was basically a subtype of the Competition Package, with additional trim changes including "race" graphics on the exterior. The 1999 model year was a short one, as Dodge began selling the 2000 model shortly after introducing the 1999 model. There were few changes for the 1999 model, but they included a Sport package for the Base models of the coupe and sedan.

The engines can get loud under hard work and shifting can be a bit abrupt with either manual or automatic transmission. Acceleration is quick, however, and the engines do not vibrate much. Fuel economy is excellent. Handling is solid, comparable to a sports car even in Base versions, and the suspension is firm enough to soak up most bumps and rough surfaces without too much trouble while remaining comfortable. The brakes stop the car quickly and firmly. Interior space is excellent for such a small car, though the rear doors are too small for easy entry to adults, and on the two-door model, entry to the back seat is even more difficult. The dashboard and controls are easy to read and well-laid out. The trunk is wide, flat, and at bumper level.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The Neon was not produced beyond the 1996 model year, and the 1996 model year was rather abbreviated, ending by February 1996.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

132 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

255 kg

1.1 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

255 kg

1.12 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

132 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

255 kg

1.08 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

255 kg

1.1 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

132 hp I-4 Sedan

690/138

160/33

42

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Sedan

766/153

175/35

42

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

132 hp I-4 Coupe

700/140

160/33

42

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Coupe

778/156

180/35

42

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Neon 2000-04

Notes: For the 2000 model year, the Neon came as an early 2000 model in a 4-door sedan version only. The exterior appearance of the Neon did not change much from the previous generation, and the only engine available was the same 132-horsepower I-4 as was the base engine for the previous generation, coupled to either a 3-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. Two trim levels were available, the base Highline and the ES, though the ES was actually an option package. Antilock brakes were options; if one got antilock brakes, they also got traction control along with them. An AM/FM/cassette was standard, with an AM/FM/CD changer an option. Power front windows were also an option.

In the 2001 model year, duel front airbags became an option, along with leather upholstery. The base model became the SE, with the Highline name dropped; two new versions joined the line, the sporty R/T and the even sportier ACR (American Club Racer). Both of these new versions used a 150-horsepower version of the standard Neon engine (coupled only to a manual transmission), and had antilock brakes and traction control standard. For 2002, a new, more-efficient automatic transmission was used, and optional chrome wheels were introduced, along with an optional compass/outside temperature gauge. The 2003 model year introduced a new high-performance model, the SRT-4. This version had unique trim, an air scoop on the hood, a rear spoiler, a sports suspension, specially-tuned antilock brakes, sports seats, and Ė most important, a 215-horsepower turbocharged I-4 engine. The SE, ES, R/T, and the new slightly-sportier SXT got new front-end styling and a new steering wheel design. 2004 brought the SRT-4 a power boost of 15 horsepower and a limited-slip differential. Other models basically stayed the same. The 2005 Neon came in SE, SXT, and SRT-4 trim levels; the SE and SXT used the 132-horsepower engine, while the SRT-4 used the 230-horsepower engine. Antilock brakes were options for the SE and SXT; the SRT-4 used specially-tuned antilock brakes as standard. However, the traction control which once came with antilock brakes was no longer available, since the antilock brakes were improved types. Side front airbags became an option for all models. The SRT-4 got polished-metal pedals. The 2005 model year was the last for the Neon.

This generation of the Neon is an improvement, but only a modest one in base and ES form. The base engine is still weak, with heavy downshifts required for passing or other high-acceleration maneuvers. The SRT-4 is, of course, the exception, having abundant power, torque, and acceleration, but the engine requires premium fuel. The suspensions absorb bumps and dips fairly well, but wind rush, tire roar, and especially engine noise are loud at almost all speeds. The front seats are very comfortable and roomy, but the back seats are not for the tall. The gauges are well-laid out and look good, but lose contrast in dim light, even with the backlight completely turned up. Visibility is good except to the rear, where the high shelf impedes vision. The doors are good-sized, but the shape of the rear doors impedes climbing in or out. The trunk is of decent size for a subcompact, but is has a high lift-over and the hinges intrude into the trunk.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This version of the Neon is not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

132 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

298 kg

1.16 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

298 kg

1.17 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-4 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

298 kg

1.26 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp I-4 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

298 kg

1.26 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

132 hp I-4 Sedan

656/131

150/30

47

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Sedan

736/147

170/35

47

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-4 Sedan

954/191

220/45

47

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp I-4 Sedan

1022/204

235/47

47

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Ram Pickup 1994-01

Notes: These trucks were made to compete with the Chevy C/K and Ford F-series. It was initially sold only with a standard cab, in three variations: the Ram 1500, the Ram 2500, and the Ram 3500, which allow larger and larger payloads; the Ram 3500 also has dual rear tires. They also came in short and long-bed versions, with the short-bed version having a 1.98-meter bed and long-bed versions having a 2.44-meter bed. Late in the 1994 model year, a Club Cab version arrived, with ST or Laramie SLT trim levels. The Club Cabís rear bench seat could be folded up for more rear cargo room. Another version was the low-end Ram 1500 Work Special, designed primarily for company and construction use, and devoid of almost all creature comforts. There were also trim levels above the Base, the LT, ST, and Laramie SLT, with ever-increasing levels of plushness. The 1994 Ram had a standard driverís side airbag; rear-wheel antilock brakes were also standard. 4-wheel antilock brakes were optional on the 1500 and 2500, and they operated in both 2WD and 4WD modes. A bench seat was standard, but a bench seat with a 40/20/40 split fold was optional, and the middle became a work table with this seat. The base engine was a 175-horsepower V-6; this equipped Ram 1500s. A 220-horsepower V-8 went into 4x4 versions and Ram 2500s, and was optional in Ram 1500s. A 230-horsepower V-8 was standard in Ram 3500s, and optional in all other Ram versions. A turbodiesel I-6 was optional for all models; this engine developed 175 horsepower with manual transmission, or 160 horsepower with automatic transmission. Another option for all models was a 300-horsepower V-10 engine.

1995 brought few changes, but 1996 brought a Camper Suspension package for the Ram 3500 which gave it a stronger suspension and more towing capacity. The turbodiesel gained power; it was now 215 horsepower with manual transmission, or 180 horsepower with automatic. Unfortunately, the V-6 dropped to 170 horsepower. 1997 brought minor trim and cosmetic features inside and out, as well as gain of 5 horsepower for the 230-horsepower V-8. The Club Cab gained tinted glass and an optional sliding rear window panel. 1998 introduced the Quad Cab, which was basically a Club Cab with rear doors; in addition, a passenger-side airbag was installed, one which could be deactivated if necessary. 1999 gave the Ram an easier to operate headlight switch, power front windows, and a new Sport package which gave the Ram new headlights, a new bumper and grille, and new trim. For the 2000 model year, an Off-Road package was available; this increased the ground clearance and gave the Ram a more stable suspension and better shock absorbers, but was available only on 4WD versions. It also included alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, tow hooks, and skid plates. A new high-end trim level, the SLT Plus, was available for Quad Cabs; this version had remote keyless entry, heated leather seats, a CD player, audio controls on the steering wheel, and a security alarm. New standard features for all models included a tachometer and a light under the hood. 2001 brought no significant changes, in preparation for a new version in 2002.

As has been said, the Ram was made to compete with similar Chevrolet and Ford trucks, but did not do as well as those trucks due to their lesser crash ratings. The Ram is big, but the cargo and tow ratings are only average, and the engines are fuel hungry, with the exception of the diesel engine models. The Ram is available with a powerful V-10 engine, but this engine sucks a great amount of fuel. The Ram's ride can get a bit bouncy over bumps when the cargo bed is empty, and the roar of the wind around the body can be deafening at high speeds, though handling is firm. The cab is very roomy, and the front seats can even be reclined, something you can't do in most pickups. There are various compartments and pockets to hold things needed during driving. The dashboard is well laid out, and the controls easy to reach during driving. There is even a slide-out holder large enough to hold two 16-ounce cups, but this gets in the way of the radio controls when slid out. Towing capacity is 1.63 tons with the V-6 engine, 2.13 tons with the 5.2L V-8, 2.34 tons with the 5.9L V-8, 3.12 tons with the turbodiesel I-6, and 3.19 tons with the V-10 engine.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The Ram was made up until the 1997 model year, but beyond 1996, they were built primarily for military, police, and government concerns. Most of those Rams were 2500s or 3500s with 4WD (especially those built for the military), and stripped of creature comforts and otherwise modified for official use.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

170 hp V-6 SWB 1500 Pickup

$8,048

G, A

943 kg

1.82 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

SWB 1500 Pickup

$8,048

G, A

943 kg

1.82 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

 

220 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

$8,448

G, A

943 kg

1.91 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

$8,848

G, A

943 kg

1.93 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

$8,848

G, A

943 kg

1.93 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 SWB 1500 Pickup

$9,248

G, A

943 kg

2.05 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 SWB 1500 Pickup

$8,048

D, A

943 kg

1.8 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 SWB 1500 Pickup

$8,048

D, A

943 kg

1.8 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 1500 SWB Pickup

$8,448

D, A

943 kg

1.8 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 1500 SWB Pickup

$8,448

D, A

943 kg

1.8 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 LWB 1500 Pickup

$8,448

G, A

1.02 tons

1.9 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

LWB 1500 Pickup

$8,448

G, A

1.02 tons

1.9 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

$8,848

G, A

1.02 tons

1.99 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

$9,248

G, A

1.02 tons

2.01 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

$9,248

G, A

1.02 tons

2.01 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 LWB 1500 Pickup

$9,648

G, A

1.02 tons

2.13 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 LWB 1500 Pickup

$8,448

D, A

1.02 tons

1.88 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 LWB 1500 Pickup

$8,448

D, A

1.02 tons

1.88 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 1500 LWB Pickup

$8,848

D, A

1.02 tons

1.88 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 1500 LWB Pickup

$8,848

D, A

1.02 tons

1.88 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,448

G, A

645 kg

2.05 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,448

G, A

645 kg

2.05 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,848

G, A

645 kg

2.15 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,248

G, A

645 kg

2.17 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,248

G, A

645 kg

2.17 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,648

G, A

645 kg

2.3 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,448

D, A

645 kg

2.03 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,448

D, A

645 kg

2.03 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 1500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

$8,848

D, A

645 kg

2.03 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 1500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

$8,848

D, A

645 kg

2.03 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,912

G, A

711 kg

2.11 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,912

G, A

711 kg

2.11 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,312

G, A

711 kg

2.21 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,712

G, A

711 kg

2.23 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,712

G, A

711 kg

2.23 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,112

G, A

711 kg

2.36 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,912

D, A

711 kg

2.08 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

$8,912

D, A

711 kg

2.08 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 1500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

$9,312

D, A

711 kg

2.08 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 1500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

$9,312

D, A

711 kg

2.08 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 SWB 2500 Pickup

$9,175

G, A

1.01 tons

1.95 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

SWB 2500 Pickup

$9,715

G, A

1.01 tons

1.95 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

$9,631

G, A

1.01 tons

2.04 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

$10,087

G, A

1.01 tons

2.06 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

$10,087

G, A

1.01 tons

2.06 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 SWB 2500 Pickup

$10,543

G, A

1.01 tons

2.18 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 SWB 2500 Pickup

$9,175

D, A

1.01 tons

2.04 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 SWB 2500 Pickup

$9,175

D, A

1.01 tons

2.04 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 2500 SWB Pickup

$9,631

D, A

1.01 tons

2.04 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 2500 SWB Pickup

$9,631

D, A

1.01 tons

2.04 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 LWB 2500 Pickup

$9,631

G, A

1.09 tons

2.03 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

LWB 2500 Pickup

$9,631

G, A

1.09 tons

2.03 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

$10,087

G, A

1.09 tons

2.13 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

$10,543

G, A

1.09 tons

2.15 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

$10,543

G, A

1.09 tons

2.15 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 LWB 2500 Pickup

$10,999

G, A

1.09 tons

2.28 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 LWB 2500 Pickup

$9,631

D, A

1.09 tons

2.13 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 LWB 2500 Pickup

$9,631

D, A

1.09 tons

2.13 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 2500 LWB Pickup

$10,087

D, A

1.09 tons

2.13 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 2500 LWB Pickup

$10,087

D, A

1.09 tons

2.13 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,631

G, A

690 kg

2.19 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,631

G, A

690 kg

2.19 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,087

G, A

690 kg

2.3 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,543

G, A

690 kg

2.32 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,543

G, A

690 kg

2.32 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,999

G, A

690 kg

2.46 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,631

D, A

690 kg

2.3 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,631

D, A

690 kg

2.3 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 2500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

$10,087

D, A

690 kg

2.3 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 2500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

$10,087

D, A

690 kg

2.3 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,160

G, A

761 kg

2.26 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,160

G, A

761 kg

2.26 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,616

G, A

761 kg

2.38 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$11,072

G, A

761 kg

2.4 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$11,072

G, A

761 kg

2.4 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$11,528

G, A

761 kg

2.54 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,160

D, A

761 kg

2.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,160

D, A

761 kg

2.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 2500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

$10,616

D, A

761 kg

2.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 2500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

$10,616

D, A

761 kg

2.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 SWB 3500 Pickup

$9,416

G, A

1.06 tons

1.97 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

SWB 3500 Pickup

$9,416

G, A

1.06 tons

1.97 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

$9,884

G, A

1.06 tons

2.07 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

$10,352

G, A

1.06 tons

2.09 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

$10,352

G, A

1.06 tons

2.09 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 SWB 3500 Pickup

$10,820

G, A

1.06 tons

2.21 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 SWB 3500 Pickup

$9,416

D, A

1.06 tons

2.06 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 SWB 3500 Pickup

$9,416

D, A

1.06 tons

2.06 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 3500 SWB Pickup

$9,884

D, A

1.06 tons

2.06 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 3500 SWB Pickup

$9,884

D, A

1.06 tons

2.06 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 LWB 3500 Pickup

$9,884

D, A

1.15 tons

2.06 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

LWB 3500 Pickup

$9,884

D, A

1.15 tons

2.06 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

$10,352

G, A

1.15 tons

2.16 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

$10,820

G, A

1.15 tons

2.18 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

$10,820

G, A

1.15 tons

2.18 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 LWB 3500 Pickup

$11,288

G, A

1.15 tons

2.31 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 LWB 3500 Pickup

$9,884

D, A

1.15 tons

2.15 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 LWB 3500 Pickup

$9,884

D, A

1.15 tons

2.15 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 3500 LWB Pickup

$10,312

D, A

1.15 tons

2.15 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 3500 LWB Pickup

$10,312

D, A

1.15 tons

2.15 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,884

G, A

726 kg

2.22 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,884

G, A

726 kg

2.22 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,352

G, A

726 kg

2.33 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,820

G, A

726 kg

2.35 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,820

G, A

726 kg

2.35 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$11,288

G, A

726 kg

2.49 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,884

D, A

726 kg

2.32 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$9,884

D, A

726 kg

2.32 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 3500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

$10,312

D, A

726 kg

2.32 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 3500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

$10,312

D, A

726 kg

2.32 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,427

G, A

800 kg

2.28 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6

LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,427

G, A

800 kg

2.28 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,985

G, A

800 kg

2.39 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$11,363

G, A

800 kg

2.41 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$11,363

G, A

800 kg

2.41 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-10 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$11,831

G, A

800 kg

2.55 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-6 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,427

D, A

800 kg

2.38 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp I-6 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

$10,427

D, A

800 kg

2.38 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp I-6 3500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

$10,895

D, A

800 kg

2.38 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

215 hp I-6 3500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

$10,895

D, A

800 kg

2.38 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov*

Com Mov*

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

170 hp V-6 SWB 1500 Pickup

537/134

125/31

98

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

SWB 1500 Pickup

547/137

130/32

98

77

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

657/164

155/38

98

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

680/171

155/38

98

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

694/173

165/41

98

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 SWB 1500 Pickup

832/208

190/47

98

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 SWB 1500 Pickup

490/123

115/28

98

47

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 SWB 1500 Pickup

526/132

120/28

98

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 1500 SWB Pickup

548/138

125/31

98

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 1500 SWB Pickup

650/163

150/38

98

64

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 LWB 1500 Pickup

534/134

125/31

98

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

LWB 1500 Pickup

546/136

125/31

98

77

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

644/161

150/38

98

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

666/166

155/38

98

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

676/169

155/41

98

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 LWB 1500 Pickup

802/201

185/47

98

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 LWB 1500 Pickup

510/128

120/28

98

47

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 LWB 1500 Pickup

528/132

125/31

98

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 1500 LWB Pickup

564/141

130/31

98

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 1500 LWB Pickup

662/165

155/38

98

64

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

500/125

115/28

133

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

510/128

120/28

133

77

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

600/150

140/34

133

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

622/155

145/38

133

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

630/158

145/38

133

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

748/188

175/44

133

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

476/119

110/28

133

47

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 SWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

490/123

115/28

133

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 1500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

528/133

120/31

133

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 1500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

618/155

145/34

133

64

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

488/121

115/28

133

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

498/124

115/28

133

77

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

586/146

135/34

133

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

606/151

140/34

133

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

616/154

145/34

133

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

730/183

170/44

133

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

466/116

110/28

133

47

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 LWB 1500 Club Cab Pickup

478/119

115/28

133

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 1500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

518/129

120/31

133

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 1500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

604/151

140/34

133

64

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 SWB 2500 Pickup

522/130

120/31

98

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

SWB 2500 Pickup

534/134

125/31

98

77

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

630/158

145/38

98

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

650/163

150/38

98

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

662/165

155/38

98

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 SWB 2500 Pickup

786/196

180/47

98

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 SWB 2500 Pickup

474/119

110/28

98

47

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 SWB 2500 Pickup

512/129

120/28

98

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 2500 SWB Pickup

526/131

120/31

98

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 2500 SWB Pickup

618/154

140/34

98

64

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 LWB 2500 Pickup

504/126

115/28

133

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

LWB 2500 Pickup

514/129

120/31

133

77

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

606/151

140/34

133

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

626/156

145/38

133

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

336/159

145/38

133

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 LWB 2500 Pickup

754/189

175/44

133

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 LWB 2500 Pickup

458/115

105/25

133

47

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 LWB 2500 Pickup

494/124

115/28

133

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 2500 LWB Pickup

506/126

115/28

133

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 2500 LWB Pickup

592/148

135/34

133

64

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

472/118

110/28

98

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

482/120

110/28

98

77

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

566/141

130/31

98

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

586/146

135/34

98

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

594/149

140/34

98

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

704/177

165/41

98

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

428/108

100/25

98

47

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 SWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

462/114

105/28

98

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 2500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

474/119

110/28

98

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 2500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

554/139

130/31

98

64

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

460/115

105/28

133

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

470/118

110/28

133

77

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

548/138

125/31

133

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

568/143

130/34

133

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

576/144

135/34

133

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

684/171

160/41

133

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

418/105

95/25

133

47

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 LWB 2500 Club Cab Pickup

450/113

105/25

133

52

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 2500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

462/115

105/28

133

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 2500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

540/135

125/31

133

64

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 SWB 3500 Pickup

518/130

120/31

98

76

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

SWB 3500 Pickup

528/133

120/31

98

77

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

622/155

145/38

98

98

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

642/161

150/38

98

103

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

652/164

150/38

98

104

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 SWB 3500 Pickup

776/194

180/44

98

134

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 SWB 3500 Pickup

470/118

110/28

98

47

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 SWB 3500 Pickup

508/128

120/28

98

52

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 3500 SWB Pickup

522/130

120/31

98

53

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 3500 SWB Pickup

602/150

140/34

98

64

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 LWB 3500 Pickup

498/125

115/28

133

76

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

LWB 3500 Pickup

508/128

120/28

133

77

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

598/150

140/34

133

98

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

618/155

145/34

133

103

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

628/158

145/38

133

104

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 LWB 3500 Pickup

746/186

175/44

133

134

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 LWB 3500 Pickup

454/114

105/25

133

47

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 LWB 3500 Pickup

490/123

115/28

133

52

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 3500 LWB Pickup

502/126

115/28

133

53

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 3500 LWB Pickup

588/146

135/34

133

64

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

466/116

110/28

98

76

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

476/119

110/28

98

77

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

560/140

130/31

98

98

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

580/145

135/34

98

103

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

588/148

135/34

98

104

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

696/174

160/41

98

134

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

426/106

100/25

98

47

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 SWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

458/115

105/25

98

52

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 3500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

470/118

110/28

98

53

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 3500 SWB Club Cab Pickup

550/138

125/31

98

64

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

456/114

105/25

133

76

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6

LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

466/116

110/28

133

77

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

546/136

125/31

133

98

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

566/141

130/32

133

103

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

574/144

135/34

133

104

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-10 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

682/170

160/41

133

134

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-6 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

416/104

95/25

133

47

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp I-6 LWB 3500 Club Cab Pickup

448/113

105/25

133

52

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp I-6 3500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

460/115

105/28

133

53

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp I-6 3500 LWB Club Cab Pickup

538/134

125/31

133

64

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*If not equipped with 4WD suspension, reduce off-road speeds by 25%. With the Off-Road package, increase off-road speeds by a further 10%.

Dodge Ram 2002-04

Notes: The Ram pickup truck was changed for the 2002 model year Ė but only the 1500 version; the Ram 2500 and 3500 stayed the same, with their new versions not scheduled for change until the 2003 model year. The 2002 Ram 1500 had two new engines; the engine lineup included a new V-6 developing 215 horsepower, a new 235-horsepower V-8, and the previous generationís 235-horsepower engine, boosted to 245 horsepower. All these engines except the 245-horsepower V-8 had manual transmission with automatic being optional; the 245-horsepower V-8 was automatic only. The two-door Club Cab version was deleted, replaced entirely by the Quad Cab with four doors; this Quad Cab had doors which opened normally instead of being hinged at the rear. There were three trim levels, the Base, SLT, and SLT Plus, with increasing plushness and accessory levels. Both the regular cab and Quad Cab versions grew by 3 inches in the cab, with the beds becoming correspondingly smaller (a short bed being 1.92 meters long, and a long bed being 2.44 meters long). The front seats were bench seats, which split-folded in a 40/20/40 manner; the Quad Cabs also had a bench rear seat which split-folded in 60/40 form and had stowage compartments under the seats. The 2002 Ram 1500 could have 2WD (rear drive wheels) or 4WD (which is not meant for use on pavement). The 4WD controls were on the dashboard instead of the previous generationís floor-mounted lever. 4WD Rams had an independent front suspension instead of a solid axle. 4-wheel disc brakes with rear-wheel antilock brakes were standard for all versions; 4-wheel antilock brakes were an option. Standard wheels were 17 inches, but 20-inch alloy wheels were options. Other options include power-adjustable pedals and front and rear side curtain airbags.

The 2003 model year brought on the new Ram 2500s and 3500s, with changes equivalent to what the 1500 got the previous year. A low-end Work Special joined the line with few amenities, drab colors, and gray trim. An optional Off-Road package also joined the line, with all-terrain tires, a higher suspension, skid plates, standard 4WD, and other such off-road accessories. For former top-of-the-line SLT Plus trim Package changed its name to the Laramie, and a more powerful 345-horsepower V-8 became available, coupled only to a 5-speed automatic transmission. For 2004, AWD became an option along with a navigation system (except on Base and Work Special models). Dodge also introduced the high-performance SRT-10 model, with a 500-horsepower Viper V-10 engine coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission, a sport suspension, 22-inch wheels, and a special trim package.

The 2005 model brought the 6-speed manual transmission to all engines, with the 5-speed manual transmission being deleted. Of course, a 5-speed automatic transmission is offered as an option on all V-6 and V-8 models. The Hemi-engined version has standard 4-speed automatic transmission if it is a Quad Cab, but only manual transmission if it is a standard cab. The engines remain the same, but automatic transmissions now feature a tow/haul mode that increases torque and power at the expense of raw speed. Trim levels for 2005 are ST, SLT, and SRT-10, in standard and Quad Cab versions. Standard for the SLT and SRT-10 is navigation radio, which is a navigation system that offers directions via prompts over the Ramís audio system and also has a small map system as a part of the audio systemís faceplate. An option for all models is UConnect. A manual sunroof is optional for all Quad Cab models. SLT and SRT-10s have power adjustable pedals as standard.

The V-6 engine should really be forgotten about, since it is labored under most conditions. Other engines perform anywhere from adequate to exceptional, depending upon power. Though few full-sized pickups really ride comfortably, the Ram of this period is among the best, with minimized body jiggle and bouncing. Steering and handling are pretty good for a truck of the Ramís class. The stopping power of the brakes is good, but one must get used to the way the brake pedal feels first. Wind and tire roar are surprisingly quiet, and engine noise is likewise fairly quiet, unless the Ram is equipped with the V-6 engine. The gauges and controls are easy to read, but the audio and climate controls are somewhat of a reach for the driver. The vents on top of the dashboard can cast unwanted reflections into the windshield when the light hits them the wrong way. The front is spacious for even large adults, unless they are sitting in the middle position, where the center hump gets in the way of the legs. Rear seats have good headroom and shoulder room, but legroom is lacking unless the front seat is at least halfway forward. All the seats have too little padding to really be comfortable. The doors are heavy, and the step-up is quite high.

Vehicle

Price**

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

215 hp V-6 SWB 1500 Pickup

$8,680

G, A

839 kg

2.05 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

$9,080

G, A

839 kg

2.11 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

$9,080

G, A

839 kg

2.12 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

$9,880

G, A

839 kg

2.28 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 SWB 1500 Pickup

$11,080

G, A

839 kg

2.52 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 LWB 1500 Pickup

$9,180

G, A

840 kg

2.14 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

$9,580

G, A

840 kg

2.2 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

$9,580

G, A

840 kg

2.21 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

$10,380

G, A

840 kg

2.38 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 LWB 1500 Pickup

$11,580

G, A

840 kg

2.63 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$9,180

G, A

711 kg

2.18 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$9,580

G, A

711 kg

2.24 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$9,580

G, A

711 kg

2.25 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$10,380

G, A

711 kg

2.42 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,580

G, A

711 kg

2.67 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$9,676

G, A

801 kg

2.31 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$10,076

G, A

801 kg

2.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$10,076

G, A

801 kg

2.38 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$10,876

G, A

801 kg

2.56 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

$12,076

G, A

801 kg

2.82 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 SWB 2500 Pickup

$9,895

G, A

898 kg

2.34 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

$10,351

G, A

898 kg

2.41 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

$10,351

G, A

898 kg

2.42 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

$11,263

G, A

898 kg

2.6 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 SWB 2500 Pickup

$12,631

G, A

898 kg

2.87 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 LWB 2500 Pickup

$10,465

G, A

899 kg

2.44 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

$10,921

G, A

899 kg

2.51 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

$10,921

G, A

899 kg

2.52 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

$11,838

G, A

899 kg

2.71 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 LWB 2500 Pickup

$13,201

G, A

899 kg

3 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$10,465

G, A

761 kg

2.49 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$10,921

G, A

761 kg

2.7 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$10,921

G, A

761 kg

2.71 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,838

G, A

761 kg

2.92 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$13,201

G, A

761 kg

3.21 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,031

G, A

857 kg

2.67 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,487

G, A

857 kg

2.75 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,487

G, A

857 kg

2.76 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$12,399

G, A

857 kg

2.96 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

$13,767

G, A

857 kg

3.21 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 SWB 3500 Pickup

$10,156

G, A

944 kg

2.4 tons

1+2

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

$10,624

G, A

944 kg

2.6 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

$10,624

G, A

944 kg

2.61 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

$11,560

G, A

944 kg

2.81 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 SWB 3500 Pickup

$12,964

G, A

944 kg

3.09 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 LWB 3500 Pickup

$10,741

G, A

945 kg

2.5 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

$11,209

G, A

945 kg

2.71 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

$11,209

G, A

945 kg

2.72 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

$12,145

G, A

945 kg

2.93 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 LWB 3500 Pickup

$13,549

G, A

945 kg

3.22 tons

1+2

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$10,741

G, A

800 kg

2.55 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,209

G, A

800 kg

2.76 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,209

G, A

800 kg

2.77 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$12,145

G, A

800 kg

2.98 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$13,549

G, A

800 kg

3.27 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

215 hp V-6 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,321

G, A

901 kg

2.7 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,789

G, A

901 kg

2.92 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$11,789

G, A

901 kg

2.93 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

345 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$12,725

G, A

901 kg

3.15 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

500 hp V-10 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

$14,129

G, A

901 kg

3.46 tons

1+5

2

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov*

Com Mov*

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

215 hp V-6 SWB 1500 Pickup

612/154

140/34

99

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

648/161

150/38

99

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

670/168

155/38

99

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Pickup

856/214

200/50

99

154

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 SWB 1500 Pickup

1104/276

255/63

99

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 LWB 1500 Pickup

590/148

135/34

132

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

624/156

145/38

132

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

646/161

150/38

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Pickup

822/164

190/47

132

154

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 LWB 1500 Pickup

1060/265

245/63

132

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

580/145

135/34

99

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

614/154

140/34

99

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

636/159

145/38

99

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

810/203

190/47

99

154

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 SWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

1044/261

240/59

99

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

552/138

130/31

132

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

584/146

135/34

132

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

604/151

140/34

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

770/193

180/44

132

154

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 LWB 1500 Quad Cab Pickup

992/249

230/56

132

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 SWB 2500 Pickup

546/128

125/31

99

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

576/144

135/34

99

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

596/149

140/34

99

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Pickup

758/190

175/44

99

154

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 SWB 2500 Pickup

976/244

225/56

99

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 LWB 2500 Pickup

526/131

120/31

132

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

554/139

130/31

132

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

576/144

135/34

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Pickup

730/183

170/44

132

154

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 LWB 2500 Pickup

938/234

215/53

132

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

516/129

120/31

99

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

520/130

120/31

99

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

540/135

125/31

99

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

684/171

160/41

99

154

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 SWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

880/220

205/50

99

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

486/121

115/28

132

96

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

512/128

120/28

132

105

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

530/133

125/31

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

674/169

155/38

132

154

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 LWB 2500 Quad Cab Pickup

880/220

205/50

132

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 SWB 3500 Pickup

534/134

125/31

99

96

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

538/135

125/31

99

105

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

558/140

130/31

99

109

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Pickup

708/176

165/41

99

154

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 SWB 3500 Pickup

912/228

210/53

99

223

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 LWB 3500 Pickup

514/129

120/31

132

96

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

518/130

120/31

132

105

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

538/135

125/31

132

109

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Pickup

682/170

160/41

132

154

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 LWB 3500 Pickup

878/220

205/50

132

223

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

506/126

115/28

99

96

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

510/128

120/28

99

105

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

530/133

125/31

99

109

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

670/168

155/38

99

154

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 SWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

768/191

180/44

99

223

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

215 hp V-6 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

482/120

110/28

132

96

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

486/121

115/28

132

105

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

504/126

115/28

132

109

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

345 hp V-8 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

638/160

150/38

132

154

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

500 hp V-10 LWB 3500 Quad Cab Pickup

822/205

190/47

132

223

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*If not equipped with 4WD suspension, reduce off-road speeds by 25%. With the Off-Road package, increase off-road speeds by a further 10%.

**With a navigation system or navigation radio, add $10,000. With UConnect, add $100.

Dodge Ram Van 1994-03

Notes: This is another common van on the US scene, and widely distributed throughout the Western hemisphere. The body design of this vehicle has changed little since it was first built in 1971, but technical improvements have steadily increased. Three sizes of Ram Van are available, the standard length, the Extended length, and the Maxi length, as well as three models, the B150 (later called the 1500), the B250 (later called the 2500), and the B350 (later called the 3500). The Ran Van is not generally a passenger-carrying vehicle, having only front seats; the passenger-version of this vehicle is the Ram Wagon (see below). This vehicle was also commonly used for conversions, with accessories and luxuries limited only by the imagination and technical know-how of the mechanics doing the work.

The 1994 version did not include a B150 Maxi, nor a B350 Standard. There were two engines available: a 220-horsepower V-8 for the B350 Extended and Maxi, and a 175-horsepower V-6 for all others. The B350 Extended and Maxi also used exclusively automatic transmissions, while manual transmissions were the only ones available on the other models. Air conditioning is only an option for all models. Antilock brakes are standard on all models. Power door locks are optional on all models except the B150 and B150 Extended. Cruise control is an option for all models, as is a tilt steering wheel. None have a radio installed, but a cassette player is an option. Alloy wheels are an option for all B250s. A full-sized spare tire is standard on the B150s and an option on all other models (otherwise there is a reduced-sized spare tire). Power windows are an option on all models except the B150s. All of these vehicle have doors on either side for the driver and passenger, and a large sliding door on the driverís side for cargo loading and unloading, as well as double doors in the rear. The 1995 model is virtually identical, but the B150 changed its name to the 1500, the B250 to the 2500, and the B350 to the 3500. In addition, a driverís side airbag became standard, and the alloy wheel option was limited to the 2500 Extended version.

In 1996, the fuel tank size for all models except the 1500 Standard was increased to 132 liters. An automatic transmission became standard on all models; a 3-speed transmission was standard on all except the 3500 Extended and Maxi, where a 4-speed transmission was standard. The 4-speed transmission was otherwise optional on all other models except the 1500 Standard. A bench front seat was an option on all models, allowing seating for one more person. A full-sized spare tire became standard on all models.

1997 brought an unusual feature to the Ram Van Ė an optional 200-horsepower engine for the Maxi Van versions using compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of gasoline, which gives off fewer emissions and was less expensive than gasoline at the time; this was primarily a feature for commercial businesses and government agencies and not generally sold to the public. The side and rear doors opened wider starting on the 1997 model, making loading easier. A new electrical system made custom conversions easier. New engines became available; a 225-horsepower V-8 was standard for the 3500 Extended and 3500 Maxi, and optional for all others except the 1500 Standard. A 235-horsepower V-8 was optional for the 2500 Extended, 3500 Extended, and 3500 Maxi. 1998 brought another change in nomenclature Ė the Standard version was now referred to as the SWB (Short Wheelbase), and the Extended version was now called the LWB (Long Wheelbase). The Maxi version was still called the Maxi. Fuel capacity for the 1500 SWB increased to 121 liters. The 4-speed transmission became available as an option on the 1500 SWB. A 245-horsepower V-8 became an option on all models except the 1500 SWB, while the 225-horsepower V-8 became an option on that model. A passenger-side airbag became standard on all models, as did the formerly-optional tilt steering wheel. Radios were still not available, but a CD player was a new option (with the cassette player still being an option too). Another new option on the 2-seat versions is a driverís side power multi-adjustable seat. Alloy wheels were again an option, this time for all models.

1999 brought improvements to the instrument panel to improve clarity and readability. Controls for the audio system, air conditioning (if so equipped) and heater are also placed to be more easily reached by the driver. The suspension was re-tuned for a smoother ride and the brakes were made larger and more powerful. The standard engine for the 1500s was still a 175-horsepower V-6, but the optional 225-horsepower engine was dropped in favor of a 230-horsepower V-8. That 230-horsepower engine was also an option on the new 1500 Maxi, and standard on the other models. The 245-horsepower engine option was also dropped, replaced by a new 250-horsepower engine, and it was optional on all models except the 1500 SWB and 1500 LWB. A 200-horsepower V-8 was also an option for the 2500 LWB, 2500 Maxi, and 3500 LWB. Fuel tanks were again increased in size on all models except the 1500 Standard, to 136 liters. The 2000 model has optional chrome-clad wheels (though the alloy wheel option was dropped), and features an improved powertrain diagnostic code display system to aid mechanics. The 250-horsepower engine option was dropped, replaced by a similar engine with better emissions which developed only 245 horsepower. The 230-horsepower engine was likewise modified for better emission control and dropped 5 horsepower. A new optional feature was a "chip-in-the-key" anti-theft system; another new option was a limited-slip differential. An AM/FM/Cassette was standard for the first time in this vehicle, with a CD player or CD changer being an option. Another option was mudguards for the rear wheels. Power-adjustable side mirrors and deep-tinted windows complete the new options for 2000. The 1500 LWB could also have an optional second-row bench seat; if this option was taken, the optional bench front seat is not available.

The 2001 model made the towing package standard (previously an option), and the headrests and seatbelts were improved. In addition to the optional tilt steering wheel, an optional tilt steering column was also available. Another new option was set of step/running boards, running the length of the cab and side door on the driverís side and being a simple step on the passenger side. The optional second row seats were now also available on the 2500 LWB and 3500 LWB. There were few changes for 2002, but the power door lock option was deleted. A new standard feature was interval-capable windshield wipers. The fuel tank of the 1500 SWB shrank to 117 liters. 2003 also brought few changes, but the standard steel wheels were now painted in the body color, with chromed wheels being an option. Steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system and climate controls (if so equipped) became an option. The Ram Van was discontinued after the 2003 model year, in favor of minivans.

The Ram Van is not the best performer in crashes, tending to fold up like an accordion and causing often-fatal injuries to the driver, and especially the front passenger, and tending to roll. Mechanically, however, they were thought of by many as the most dependable van on the road, with breakdowns rare and parts relatively cheap. Of course, the ride is more tuck-like than car-like, and gets bouncier with increases in size. They are very roomy inside, which lends them to cargo carrying capacity, but also very spartan unless customized. Braking is very good and quick, especially with the larger brake drums of later models. The defrost setting was always a problem, especially for the side windows, tending to be on the inadequate side. Quick rusting on doors could also be a problem. Towing capacity of the B150/1500 SWB is 2.7 tons, 3.74 tons for the B150/1500 LWB or B250/2500 Maxi, 3.7 tons for the 1500 Maxi, 2.82 tons for the B250/2500 SWB, 3.9 tons for the B250/2500 LWB and B350/3500 LWB, and 3.81 tons for the B350/3500 Maxi.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This van was not produced beyond the 1997 model year, and that model year was abbreviated.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew**

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

175 hp V-6 B150/1500 Van

$8,080

G, A

985 kg

1.72 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-8 1500 Van

$8,880

G, A

985 kg

1.78 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 B150/1500 Extended Van

$8,548

G, A

1.08 tons

1.76 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-8 1500 Extended Van

$9,348

G, A

1.08 tons

1.77 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-8 1500 Extended Van

$9,348

G, A

1.08 tons

1.78 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 1500 Maxi Van

$9,176

G, A

1.14 tons

2.02 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 1500 Maxi Van

$9,976

G, A

1.14 tons

2.09 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-8 1500 Maxi Van

$9,976

G, A

1.14 tons

2.1 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 B250/2500 Van

$8,403

G, A

1.02 tons

1.69 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-8 2500 Van

$9,235

G, A

1.02 tons

1.7 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 2500 Van

$9,235

G, A

1.02 tons

1.71 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 2500 Van

$9,235

G, A

1.02 tons

1.71 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-8 2500 Van

$9,235

G, A

1.02 tons

1.72 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 B250/2500 Extended Van

$8,890

G, A

1.12 tons

1.75 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

200 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

$9,306

CNG

1.12 tons

1.76 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

$9,722

G, A

1.12 tons

1.76 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

$9,722

G, A

1.12 tons

1.77 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

$9,722

G, A

1.12 tons

1.77 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

$9,722

G, A

1.12 tons

1.78 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

$9,722

G, A

1.12 tons

1.79 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 B250/2500 Maxi Van

$9,543

G, A

1.18 tons

1.84 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

200 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

$9,959

CNG

1.18 tons

1.85 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

$10,375

G, A

1.18 tons

1.85 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

$10,375

G, A

1.18 tons

1.86 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

$10,375

G, A

1.18 tons

1.86 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

$10,375

G, A

1.18 tons

1.87 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

200 hp V-8 B350/3500 Extended Van

$9,485

CNG

1.15 tons

1.83 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 B350/3500 Extended Van

$9,485

G, A

1.15 tons

1.83 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

$9,909

G, A

1.15 tons

1.88 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

$9,909

G, A

1.15 tons

1.89 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

$9,909

G, A

1.15 tons

1.89 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

$9,909

G, A

1.15 tons

1.89 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

$9,909

G, A

1.15 tons

1.9 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

220 hp V-8 B350/3500 Maxi Van

$10,151

G, A

1.21 tons

1.9 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

$10,575

G, A

1.21 tons

1.95 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

230 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

$10,575

G, A

1.21 tons

1.96 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

235 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

$10,575

G, A

1.21 tons

1.96 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

$10,575

G, A

1.21 tons

1.97 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

250 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

$10,575

G, A

1.21 tons

1.98 tons

1+1

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap*

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

175 hp V-6 B150/1500 Van

596/119

140/28

83

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-8 1500 Van

726/145

170/33

121

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 B150/1500 Extended Van

582/117

135/28

83

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-8 1500 Extended Van

726/145

170/33

132

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-8 1500 Extended Van

798/159

185/38

132

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 1500 Maxi Van

516/103

120/25

132

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 1500 Maxi Van

642/128

150/30

132

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-8 1500 Maxi Van

646/137

160/33

132

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 B250/2500 Van

604/121

140/28

83

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-8 2500 Van

754/151

175/35

132

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 2500 Van

770/154

180/35

132

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 2500 Van

816/163

190/38

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-8 2500 Van

822/165

190/38

132

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 B250/2500 Extended Van

586/117

135/28

83

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

200 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

658/132

150/30

132

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

730/146

170/35

132

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

746/149

175/35

132

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

758/152

175/35

132

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

786/157

180/38

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-8 2500 Extended Van

794/159

185/38

132

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 B250/2500 Maxi Van

560/112

130/25

83

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

200 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

630/136

145/30

132

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

698/139

160/33

132

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

712/143

165/33

132

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

754/151

175/35

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-8 2500 Maxi Van

762/152

175/35

132

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

200 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

636/127

145/30

132

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 B350/3500 Extended Van

694/139

160/33

83

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

692/138

160/33

132

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

704/141

165/33

132

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

714/143

165/33

132

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

744/149

170/35

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-8 3500 Extended Van

752/150

175/35

132

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

220 hp V-8 B350/3500 Maxi Van

670/134

155/30

83

98

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

668/134

155/30

132

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

230 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

680/136

155/33

132

103

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

235 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

690/138

160/33

132

104

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

716/143

165/33

132

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

250 hp V-8 3500 Maxi Van

724/145

165/33

132

111

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Fuel capacity of all models except the 1500 Standard increased to 132 liters with the 1996 model year, and then to 136 liters with the 1999 model. With the 2000 model, this capacity again decreased to 132 liters. Fuel capacity of the 1500 SWB (Standard) increased to 121 liters with the 1998 model year, but shrank to 117 liters with the 2002 model year.

**With the optional bench front seat (available starting with the 1997 model year), Crew rating increases to 1+2. With the optional second row seat for the 1500 LWB, 2500 LWB, and 3500 SWB, the Crew rating increases to 1+4.

Dodge Shadow 1990-94

Notes: This vehicle was discontinued after the 1994 model year in favor of the Neon. It shares many components with the Plymouth Sundance, though the Dodge version is considered the sportier of the two. The Shadow came in 4-door hatchback sedan and a 2-door hatchback coupe version, and the engines for 1990 were a 93-horsepower I-4, a 100-horsepower I-4, a 150-horsepower turbocharged I-4, and, for the high-end Shadow ES, a 174-horsepower turbocharged I-4. The standard transmission for all but the Shadow ES was a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 3-speed automatic transmission optional. The Shadow ES was available only with the manual transmission. The 1990 Shadow was designed for young car owners and had few amenities other than a radio and air conditioning.

For the 1991 model year, a convertible Shadow joined the line. (This was unexpected and not announced by Dodge until very late in the 1990 model year.) In addition, a very basic version, the America edition, also joined the Shadow lineup, with very basic amenities and only with the 93-horsepower engine, though they did come in both sedan hatchback and coupe hatchback versions. The former base version was renamed the Highline, and came only with the 93-horsepower or 100-horsepower engines. The powerful 174-horsepower turbocharged engine was gone, but the Shadow ES got a sport suspension and was equipped with a 152-horsepower version of the other turbocharged I-4. In 1992, changes were largely cosmetic, but the Shadow ESís turbocharged I-4 was replaced by a 141-horsepower V-6 which had more torque and greater acceleration (if not as much power). 1993 brought antilock brakes as an option to all versions of the Shadow. The America edition dropped that name, becoming simply the Base model. Base and Highline models could have a 93-horsepower or 100-horsepower engine, while the ES had the V-6 with the 100-horsepower I-4 as an option if cost was a problem. 1994 brought upgraded seatbelts to comply with federal regulations, as well as non-CFC refrigerant for the air conditioner.

The Shadow is a poor to medium performer, especially poor with the base 4-cylinder engine; the 1990 Shadow ES is an exception to this. There are two turbocharged engines available, and performance with these engines is much improved, but they are much more fuel-hungry than the two base 4-cylinder engines. The Shadows fitted with automatic transmissions also perform poorly, especially the 3-speed model without overdrive. The suspension is the Shadow's saving grace; it is firm and graceful, with handling approaching that of a sports car, especially so in the ES. The interiors are well designed, with easy to read gauges and handy controls. Rear seats are a bit cramped, but the seats are comfortable. Shadows have been described as unrefined and mechanically crude; however, they are simple and easy to take care of.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

93 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

395 kg

1.31 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

100 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

395 kg

1.31 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

141 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

395 kg

1.38 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

395 kg

1.39 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

395 kg

1.39 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

174 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

395 kg

1.4 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

93 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

385 kg

1.19 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

100 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

385 kg

1.19 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

141 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

385 kg

1.25 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

385 kg

1.26 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

385 kg

1.26 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

174 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

385 kg

1.27 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

93 hp I-4 Convertible

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.32 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

100 hp I-4 Convertible

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.32 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

141 hp V-6 Convertible

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.39 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Convertible

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.4 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp I-4 Convertible

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.4 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

174 hp I-4 Convertible

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.41 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

93 hp I-4 Sedan

434/87

100/20

53

41

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

100 hp I-4 Sedan

466/93

110/23

53

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

141 hp V-6 Sedan

598/120

140/28

53

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Sedan

630/126

145/30

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp I-4 Sedan

636/127

145/30

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

174 hp I-4 Sedan

716/143

165/33

53

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

93 hp I-4 Coupe

472/94

110/23

53

41

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

100 hp I-4 Coupe

506/101

115/23

53

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

141 hp V-6 Coupe

654/131

150/30

53

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Coupe

688/138

160/33

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp I-4 Coupe

694/139

160/33

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

174 hp I-4 Coupe

782/156

180/35

53

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

93 hp I-4 Convertible

432/86

100/20

53

41

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

100 hp I-4 Convertible

464/93

105/23

53

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

141 hp V-6 Convertible

594/119

140/28

53

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Convertible

626/125

145/30

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp I-4 Convertible

632/126

145/30

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

174 hp I-4 Convertible

712/142

165/33

53

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Spirit 1990-95

This is a mid-size car, sharing a chassis and basic body with the Plymouth Acclaim, and roughly equivalent to the Ford Contour or Taurus. It was cheaper than those cars primarily due to the less comprehensive option package, cheaper materials used, and the lack of some safety features, such as passenger-side airbags. Antilock brakes were present only on the 1991 or later models.

The 1990 model came is Base, LE, and the sporty ES trim levels. The Spirit began the model year without a driverís side airbag, but it was added early in the model year, and all-disc brakes were added to the ES at the same time. Base and LE models started the model year with only one choice of engine, a 100-horsepower I-4, but an optional 141-horsepower V-6 was added early in the model year. ESs also had the option of a 150-horsepower turbocharged I-4. I-4s could have a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic transmission; the V-6 was available only with a manual transmission. The 1990 Spirits had front bucket seats and a back bench seat as standard; a front bench seat and a split folding rear seat were options.

1991 brought optional antilock brakes to all Spirit models except the ES, where they were standard. The antilock brake option also included all-wheel disc brakes. 1991 also introduced a limited edition Spirit R/T, with top-level trim and amenities (for a Spirit), and a 224-horsepower turbocharged I-4 engine with abundant torque and acceleration. The Spirit R/T had only manual transmission, and was produced in very limited numbers. The base engine increased slightly in power, as did the V-6. For 1992, the Spirit R/T got an improved engine (with the same horsepower) that produced even greater acceleration, and the suspension was re-tuned to make the handling even better. The V-6 got an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. In the 1993 model year, the turbocharged I-4s were no longer available, nor was the Spirit R/T. The Spirit line was pruned to only two trim levels: the Highline (the former LE) and the ES. They had colored grilles and revised taillights, as well as a stainless steel exhaust system and tinted glass. 1994 brought improved seat belts to meet federal regulations, but little else. For 1995, the antilock brakes were deleted from all models, and the only transmission available was the 4-speed automatic.

Power with the base 4-cylinder engine is meager, but mileage is good. Most customers opted for one of the turbocharged I-4s or the V-6, which offer much improved performance, but upshifting with automatic transmissions can be a bit too quick, especially with the V-6. Likewise, downshifting tends to lag, again especially with the V-6. Turbocharged engines also tend to suffer from slight turbo lag. The turbocharged engines also tend to be noisy and coarse. The Spirit R/T breaks these rules; acceleration is swift, turbo lag is minimal if present at all, and handling is excellent. Other Spirit models also had decent suspensions and offer good ride and handling, though somewhat stiffer than competing models. Wind rush can get loud on all models at highway speeds. The interior is roomy, with large openings, comfortable seats, and good headroom and legroom. Visibility is excellent in all directions. The trunk is large with a flat floor. The dashboard is well laid out with gauges that are easy to read, and controls which are easy for the driver to reach.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

100 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

327 kg

1.3 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

101 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

327 kg

1.3 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

141 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

327 kg

1.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

142 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

327 kg

1.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

327 kg

1.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

327 kg

1.37 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

224 hp I-4 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

327 kg

1.51 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

100 hp I-4 Sedan

470/94

110/23

61

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

101 hp I-4 Sedan

472/94

110/23

61

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

141 hp V-6 Sedan

602/121

140/28

61

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

142 hp V-6 Sedan

608/122

140/28

61

63

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Sedan

638/128

150/30

61

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp I-4 Sedan

644/129

150/30

61

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

224 hp I-4 Sedan

840/168

195/40

61

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Sprinter 2005

Notes: Depending on how you look at it, the Sprinter is either a large van or a small bus Ė with the optional extended-height roof, it certainly looks more like a bus than a van, and the Sprinter is intended more for commercial than private use (though it is sold to both company/government concerns and individuals). All have cab doors, a sliding passenger-side door, and two doors in the rear. There are two models, the 2500 and 3500, with the 3500 able to carry more cargo. They also come in three wheelbase lengths. Only one engine is available, a 154-horsepower I-5 turbodiesel, coupled to 5-speed automatic transmission. An optional extended-height roof adds nearly 23 centimeters of height, and the 2500 LWB version and the 3500 MWB and LWB are available only with this type of roof. The 3500 is not available in a SWB version. 4-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard on both the 2500 and 3500; the 3500 adds an antiskid system. Dual front airbags are standard for all models. Cargo models have two front bucket seats. Passenger models seat up to 10 more passengers on four rows of seats. Standard features include a vehicle diagnostic system; options include a heated sunroof, manual-operated sunroof, and a back-up alarm to notify people when the Sprinter is backing up. Of course, like most large vans, the cargo version of the Sprinter is eminently suitable to customization in almost anyway imaginable.

The engine, while having a lot of raw power, offers little in the way of real speed, acceleration, or passing power. The engine, however, is much smoother and quieter than most diesels. The long wheelbase, even in the SWB version, lends itself to a smooth ride, but also tends to bounce over ruts and humps. The height of the Sprinter makes body lean almost scary, especially with the extended-height roofline. Turning is tight, however, and the power steering is extremely effective. Interior noise is very effectively muted, except in the very rear, where wind rush can get loud. Though head, leg, and shoulder room are all excellent, the seats are rather flat and not very supportive. Storage and cargo room are huge, even in the passenger version.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The Sprinter does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

152 hp 2500 SWB Van

$8,972

D, A

1.88 tons

1.96 tons

1+9

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp 2500 SWB High-Roof Van

$9,444

D, A

1.88 tons

2.05 tons

1+9

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp 2500 MWB Van

$9,808

D, A

1.72 tons

2.19 tons

1+9

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp 2500 MWB High-Roof Van

$10,416

D, A

1.72 tons

2.21 tons

1+9

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp 2500 LWB High-Roof Van

$11,804

D, A

1.58 tons

2.23 tons

1+9

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp 3500 MWB Van

$11,572

D, A

2.31 tons

2.19 tons

1+9

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp 3500 MWB High-Roof Van

$12,361

D, A

2.31 tons

2.21 tons

1+9

1

Headlights

Open

152 hp 3500 LWB High-Roof Van

$13,966

D, A

2.16 tons

2.32 tons

1+9

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

152 hp 2500 SWB Van

470/71

110/17

100

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp 2500 SWB High-Roof Van

452/68

105/15

100

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp 2500 MWB Van

428/64

100/15

100

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp 2500 MWB High-Roof Van

424/64

100/15

100

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp 2500 LWB High-Roof Van

420/63

95/15

100

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp 3500 MWB Van

428/64

100/15

100

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp 3500 MWB High-Roof Van

424/64

100/15

100

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

152 hp 3500 LWB High-Roof Van

406/61

95/15

100

45

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Stealth 1991-96

Notes: The Stealth is basically a Dodge-made version of the Mitsubishi 3000GT. The Stealth came in four trim levels: Base, ES, R/T, and R/T Turbo. The first three were front-wheel drive vehicles, while the R/T Turbo had all-wheel drive. Each had a driverís side airbag and a V-6 engine, but the Base got a 164-horsepower engine, The ES and R/T used a 222-horsepower engine, and the R/T Turbo used a turbocharged engine with 300 horsepower. The R/T Turbo also had 4-wheel steering, enabling tighter cornering, easier parking, and better maneuverability. The Stealth came with 5-speed manual transmission as standard, but there was an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The R/T Turbo could be found only with the manual transmission. Optional to all models except the Base were leather upholstery.

For the 1992 model year, the Stealth could be found with an optional removable glass sunroof which could also be tilted open, but it was one of the few changes for the Stealth that model year. The 1993 model year gave the Base model optional lower body sill molding like the ES, while both the Base and ES could get the spoiler of the R/T. 1994 gave the Stealth a passenger-side airbag, and new front-end modeling gave the car exposed projector-type headlights. The ES model was deleted (the Base pretty much became the ES). The R/T Turbo got a power boost of 20 horsepower and a new 6-speed manual transmission. 1995 gave the R/T Turbo optional chrome wheels, but no other changes were made to the Stealth. For 1996, the Base Stealth could have front leather upholstery, but the best the rear seats on a Base model could get was vinyl. All three models had a standard rear spoiler.

Because the Stealth is fairly light for its class and the engines have anywhere from decent to incredible power, the Stealth has excellent speed and acceleration. Front-wheel-drive models are much quieter than the R/T Turbo, which also can suffer from turbo lag and a rather stiff suspension (and corresponding ride). The manual transmission is preferred, since the automatic tends to retard the enginesí performance. Of course, gas mileage isnít that great. The interior of the Stealth is rather tight, even for small adults, and since the doorways are small and the car is low-slung, the Stealth isnít easy to get into or out of either, especially the rear seats (which are best for children, and small ones at that). Trunk space is likewise small. Four-wheel steering can make the driver overconfident in his ability to maneuver, making accidents more common.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

164 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

252 kg

1.39 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

222 hp V-6 Coupe

$7,620

G, A

252 kg

1.52 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

300 hp V-6 Coupe

$8,020

G, A

252 kg

1.61 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

320 hp V-6 Coupe

$8,420

G, A

252 kg

1.61 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

164 hp V-6 Coupe

680/102

160/24

75

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

222 hp V-6 Coupe

830/125

190/28

75

99

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

300 hp V-6 Coupe

1040/156

240/36

75

134

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

320 hp V-6 Coupe

1106/166

255/38

75

143

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Stratus 1995-00

Notes: This cousin of the Chrysler Cirrus and Plymouth Breeze has the exterior dimensions of a compact car, but the interior room of a mid-sized car, due to cab forward construction. The 1995 Status came in Base and ES trim levels. The Base model could have a 132-horsepower I-4 or an optional 150-horsepower I-4; the 132-horsepower engine came only with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the 150-horsepower engine came only with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The ES had a third engine option, a 164-horsepower V-6 coupled only to the 4-speed automatic transmission. All models had standard antilock brakes and dual front airbags.

The 1996 model year brought few substantive changes, but an optional power sunroof was available for part of the model year, and the V-6 ES could be equipped with AutoStick, which is a transmission that can be changed between an automatic and a clutchless manual transmission mode. 1997 brought even fewer changes, most of which were merely cosmetic, though there was a new center console with storage compartments. In 1998, antilock brakes became an optional feature, but the power sunroof was again an option, and the sound insulation was improved. For the 1999 model year, antilock brakes were again standard, and the suspension was improved to give the car a better ride. New options included alloy wheels and a power adjustable driver seat. In 2000, a new base model called the SE became available. This version could have the 132-horsepower engine with manual transmission or the 150-horsepower engine with automatic transmission. Four more horsepower were added to the V-6, which was still available only on the ES, and a new engine was available, a 147-horsepower I-4. A new option was a manual emergency release inside the trunk.

Headroom and legroom is comfortable for adults in front or back. The two more powerful engines are available only in automatic transmission, and this transmission may be a little delayed in response when shifting. The engines actually get quieter as power increases, but the Stratus is not really a quiet car with any engine. The handling, acceleration, and ride are more like a sports sedan than a regular sedan, with agility and a ride with a bit more vibration than you might normally get from such a car. Visibility is excellent in all directions except the rear, where a high shelf impedes the view. The trunk is large with a flat floor and the opening is at bumper level.

Twilight 2000 Notes: Production of the Stratus stopped after the 1996 model year.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

132 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

357 kg

1.31 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

147 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

357 kg

1.32 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

357 kg

1.32 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

164 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

357 kg

1.33 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

168 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

357 kg

1.33 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

132 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

370 kg

1.37 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

147 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

370 kg

1.38 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

370 kg

1.38 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

164 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

370 kg

1.39 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

168 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

370 kg

1.39 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

132 hp I-4 Sedan

590/118

135/28

61

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

147 hp I-4 Sedan

650/130

150/30

61

66

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Sedan

660/132

155/30

61

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

164 hp V-6 Sedan

708/142

165/33

61

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

168 hp V-6 Sedan

724/145

170/33

61

75

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

132 hp I-4 Coupe

566/113

130/25

62

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

147 hp I-4 Coupe

624/125

145/30

62

66

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Coupe

634/127

145/30

62

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

164 hp V-6 Coupe

680/136

160/33

62

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

168 hp V-6 Coupe

694/139

160/33

62

75

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Stratus 2001-04

Notes: The Stratus was redesigned for the 2001 model year, with new styling, new engines, and new options and standard features. It still shared a chassis with the Chrysler Sebring of the same period, however, which was similarly redesigned. The exterior dimensions did not change much, but new metal technology made the coupes a little lighter. The sedan version actually gained weight. Sedans came in SE and ES trim levels; coupes came in ES, and R/T trim levels. The SE sedan retained the 147-horsepower I-4 of the previous generation, coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The ES sedan had a 200-horsepower V-6 (the same as on the Intrepid) also coupled to a 4-speed automatic; this engine was also an option for the SE. SE coupes had a 150-horsepower I-4 as standard, with a 200-horsepower V-6 (though not the same one that went into the Status ES sedan) as an option. Both these engines for the SE coupe could have either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. The R/T coupe had the 200-horsepower engine as standard, coupled to an AutoStick transmission, as well as alloy wheels. Optional features for all models included front side curtain airbags (which did not protect the lower body) and antilock brakes (except on the SE coupe). Standard features included dual front airbags, rear seat anchors for child safety seats, an emergency trunk release inside the trunk, new headlights which were 25% brighter than on the previous generation of Stratuses, and thicker front door glass to help dampen sound levels inside the vehicle.

The 2002 Stratus brought few changes, but a new R/T sedan joined the roundup, with similar specifications to the R/T coupe. The 2003 model year gave coupes revised styling in the front and rear of the exterior, and a new dashboard and door panels inside. The new SXT coupe (replacing the SE coupe) could now get front side curtain airbags as an option. The R/Tís alloy wheels were replaced by chrome wheels. The trim levels changed; sedans now came in SE, S, SXT, and R/T trim levels, while the coupe came in SXT and R/T trim levels. The 2004 model year had no major changes in store, though sedans got the exterior facelift the coupes got in 2003. The 2005 model year brought reduced the Status sedan to two trim levels: SXT and R/T. The 2005 R/T has standard 4-wheel antilock brakes and traction control; these are options on the SXT. Side curtain airbags are an option on both sedans. The coupe is similar, but the antilock brakes and traction control are not available on the SXT coupe. The 2005 model year was to be the last for the Stratus coupe.

Though the Stratusí engines for this period are an improvement over the previous generation, the I-4 is still a rather noisy and underpowered engine for the Stratus. Changes were made to the automatic transmission to make it shift more smoothly, evenly, and efficiently. The AutoStick transmission is a joy, especially in manual mode. Manual transmissions, on the other hand, tend to shift roughly on the Stratus. The suspension and tires offer good grip and little body twisting when maneuvering, and have less body lean than previous generations of the Stratus. The coupes are even more nimble. The power steering gives good road feel and response, except on I-4-equipped version, where it feels over-assisted. Tire rush noise can be a problem, but most other noises (except the I-4 engine) are effectively suppressed. The interior is surprisingly roomy, though there is a slight loss of headroom from the previous generation. Three adults will fit in the sedanís rear seat with little squeezing, but the coupeís rear seat is a better fit for two adults. Until 2003, coupe drivers and front-seat passengers tend to sit a little too low to the floor, hindering visibility and climbing in and out.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This generation of the Stratus was never built in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

147 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

364 kg

1.46 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

200 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

364 kg

1.54 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

370 kg

1.37 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

200 hp I-4 Coupe

$7,220

G, A

370 kg

1.45 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

147 hp I-4 Sedan

594/119

135/28

62

66

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

200 hp V-6 Sedan

744/149

170/35

62

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Coupe

638/128

150/30

62

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

200 hp I-4 Coupe

786/157

180/38

62

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Viper 1992-02

Notes: This is the Dodge version of a hot rod, in a class with cars such as the Corvette. It is a very powerful car, using a 10-cylinder engine, and outperforms most American-made cars and even a great deal of European supercars. Only 200 Vipers were available for the 1992 model year, and most of them were sold before 1992 calendar year actually started. The 1992 Viper was a two-seat rear-engined convertible with a powerful 400-horsepower V-10 engine coupled only to a 6-speed manual transmission. The transmission had the ability to force the engine to jump the car from 1st to 4th gear for fast takeoffs. The Viper had exposed dual exhaust tubes running down the carís rocker panels, finished in stainless steel. Body panels were made of fiberglass-based composite material to decrease the weight of the car, bonded and bolted to a tubular steel frame. The Viper was available only in red this first model year. There were no exterior door handles or roll-up side windows; the Viper had a keypad for entry and zip-up vinyl side windows. Leather upholstery and an AM/FM/Cassette were standard, along with an excellent sound system. The seat belts were door-mounted and could be left buckled at all times if desired, even when entering and exiting the vehicle.

The 1993 model year brought a black version to the lineup (though early on, advertisements said that other colors would be available; they never materialized that model year). There were few other changes, and only 1500 Vipers were built in the 1993 model year. For 1994, air conditioning, previously an option, was standard and had CFC-free refrigerant. As previous Vipers could actually be put into reverse gear while the car was moving forward at full speed, an electronic device was installed which prevented this, and the shift pattern for the stick was changed to further inhibit this tendency. New colors were again features: emerald green and yellow. If the car had the emerald green exterior, a black and tan interior could also be had. 1995 brought no real changes to the Viper.

The 1996 model year brought a host of changes. The exposed exhaust pipes were now enclosed, routed through a single muffler and emerging in two central exhaust pipes. This new exhaust system improved back pressure and boosted the horsepower to 415. The Viper could now be a ragtop or have a removable hard top. The vinyl side windows were replaced by sliding glass windows. The wheels were restyled and mounted high-performance Michelin tires. In the spring of 1996, a GTS coupe version joined the original model (now called the RT/10); the GTS was the high-end model, with dual front airbags, power side windows, new, more comfortable seats, electronic door latching and an antitheft system, adjustable gas, clutch, and brake pedals, a 6-speaker sound system with a CD player instead of the cassette, and a new 450-horsepower engine.

At the beginning of the 1997 model year, the GTS was the only version available; however, the RT/10 appeared again shortly thereafter. The RT/10 now had the 450-horsepower engine as well as dual front airbags. 1998 gave the Viper a cutoff switch for the passenger-side airbag (for when children or small adults were in the seat), and the exhaust system was made from lighter materials. A new exterior color, metallic silver, was added to the choices of color. The 1999 model year brought larger wheels, power side mirrors, aluminum finish for most of the interior accents, and a fancier gearshift knob. Connolly leather was a new option for the interior, and black was a new color option for the exterior. The 2000 model year brought little in the way of changes, but silver was now available as a body color. 2001 also brought little, but antilock brakes were now standard features. For 2002, the removable hard top, previously an option, became standard. A new color was also available, metallic graphite.

The Viperís handling is very precise, even at high speeds, without the fishtailing, sliding, and body lean that other cars in its class do. Braking is also very fast. The power and torque of the Viper are incredible, enabling massive acceleration and speed levels. Luxury levels are high. The Viper is, however, a very noisy car, and it is also tiring to drive since the suspension is so stiff. Taking the Viper onto a dirt road, is not recommended due to the low suspension; forget about taking it off-road as you will probably damage the undercarriage in short order. The Viper is a gas guzzler with its 10-cylinder engine and high horsepower. Trunk space is virtually nonexistent, and there is almost no room inside the car for storage (even the glove box is small). Heat from the engine can turn the interior of the car into an oven, especially with the top up or on, and on early models, air conditioning was only an option. The shoulder room is good, but headroom and legroom are a bit small (tiny if you are tall). The RT/10 tends to flex and squeak excessively over bumps and dips, while the GTS feels quite solid. Of course, premium-grade fuel is an absolute necessity for the Viper.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The Viper was not built after the 1995 model year. As with most such cars, the Viperís utility in a post-World War 3 world is questionable.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

400 hp V-10 Roadster

$9,840

G, A

155 kg

1.51 tons

1+1

2

Headlights

Open

415 hp V-10 Roadster

$10,240

G, A

155 kg

1.51 tons

1+1

2

Headlights

Open

450 hp V-10 Roadster

$10,240

G, A

155 kg

1.53 tons

1+1

2

Headlights

Open

450 hp V-10 Coupe

$10,240

G, A

207 kg

1.53 tons

1+1

2

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

400 hp V-10 Roadster

1448/145

335/34

72

178

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

415 hp V-10 Roadster

1498/150

345/35

72

185

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

450 hp V-10 Roadster

1604/161

370/35

72

201

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

450 hp V-10 Coupe

1604/161

370/38

72

201

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Dodge Viper 2005

Notes: The Viper disappeared from the Dodge line after the 2002 model year, but returned for the 2005 model year with a vengeance as a convertible with a manual-folding ragtop. The engine is a 500-horsepower V-10 coupled only to a 6-speed manual transmission. Tires are of the run-flat type, with the rear wheels and tires slightly larger than the front tires. Standard features include leather or faux-suede upholstery, a tilt steering column, power-adjustable pedals, high-intensity xenon headlights, dual front airbags, a limited-slip differential, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, an emergency trunk release inside the trunk, a theft-deterrent system, and a tire pressure monitor. As with previous Vipers, the 2005 Viper is basically a street-legal race car, and is not really meant for anything else but bragging rights.

With such an engine and a comparatively light car, acceleration is explosive, even at low RPMS or a light touch on the gas pedal. The clutch and gearshift demand good timing and attention, but are not too difficult to master. Premium fuel is required for proper performance. The ride is very firm, but not brutally so, though it can get choppy at times. Unlike most cars of this class, there is a lack of body flex. The steering has a good feel and steering response and maneuvering are impressive, aided by a low center of gravity and wide stance. The road grip is also extraordinary due to those features and the large tires. The brakes respond firmly and quickly with little nosedive. The twin exhaust pipes are at the sides of the car, so things can get a bit loud when accelerating quickly or moving at what would probably be an illegal speed. Due to the cloth top, wind and road noise are a problem, more so with the top down. The dashboard is well laid-out and mostly readable, but suffers from sun reflections if it is hit at the wrong angle. The seats are firm and hold the occupants well, but of course getting into and out of such a low-slung car is difficult, even for those of moderate height. The floor area can turn into an oven from engine heat, and the doorsills can become too hot to touch since the exhaust pipes run through them. You will be lucky to get much more than weekend luggage or a few grocery bags into the trunk, and interior storage space is extremely limited, with even the glove box being tiny. The Viper is a car bought primarily for ego, and not practicality.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This version of the Viper does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$10,640

G, A

191 kg

1.55 tons

1+1

2

Headlights

Open

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

1752/175

405/40

70

223

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1