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Old 08-20-2019, 12:23 AM   #1
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Underpriced by $5k...Buy This Van Today!

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/rvs/d/san-diego-2003-dodge-sportsmobile/6959325369.html

Very Nice 2003 Dodge SMB, low miles, for ONLY $14,000! “Or OBO!”

Ive seen older ones for $20,000! THIS IS A STEAL!



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This one will fit in your garage too.



2003 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Sportsmobile. Low miles, 103k. Great camper van, pop top, propane stove and heater, sink, water tank, even a shower/porta potty closet. Everything you need for a trip to the mountains or beach. Work done: Transmission has been rebuilt, tune up, new alternator, new brakes and calipers. $14,000 obo
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:45 AM   #2
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I think that’s a realistic price for that van. Seems clean and nice, but the dodge is the least loved of all.
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Old 08-20-2019, 05:04 PM   #3
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You’re kinda missing my unclear point here...I have consistently seen these older, early 2000 year Dodges to go for sale at prices in the range of $19-22k in SoCal.

So this one seems to be a pretty good deal and, to me to be way underpriced.

And if you have an HOA that restricts parking, like many of do, remember that the Dodge models are the only full sized SMBs (you can still find for sale ) that are garageable!
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:25 PM   #4
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Dodge models are the only full sized SMBs that are garageable!
SMB had a garageable penthouse top option for the 2008+ E150 with the 8,500 GVWR. Prior to that, the 7,000# GVWR E150 was garageable with any penthouse top.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:09 PM   #5
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Thx.
That’s news to me though.

When I went to SMB back in about ‘06 and asked what they could build me that would fit through my 85” garage door (damn HOA rules) and was told only the Dodge would do...and that’s why I bought a used one! They specifically told me Ford and Chevy wouldn’t fit.

Oh well, now we all know better.
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Why are the dodges the least loved?

New tranny and brakes/calipers maybe a lot of towing?

I sent an email asking for contact info anyway.


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I think that’s a realistic price for that van. Seems clean and nice, but the dodge is the least loved of all.
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Why are the dodges the least loved?

New tranny and brakes/calipers maybe a lot of towing?

I sent an email asking for contact info anyway.
#1 reason at this point is probably the lack of support. There was never much for aftermarket anything for it, but since it's also an orphan, getting OEM parts can be a challenge. Sure, wear parts are readily available at any parts store, but if something vehicle-specific goes out, like an ignition module or PCM, you might be SOL.

#2 reason (which when new was the biggest disadvantage) - lower GVWRs. They did weight a little less empty because it was unibody, but not enough less to offset the lower GVWRs.

Plus, generally less power, no real 4x4 option, lower tow ratings, and shorter longevity.
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PCMs and other proprietary systems parts are available from Mopar/Chrysler.

I have the catalogue and it goes back to 1984.

I'd like to see theses lower power statistics.

Lack of information leads to prejudice.
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Heh... I was waiting for you to chime in.
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PCMs and other proprietary systems parts are available from Mopar/Chrysler.

I have the catalogue and it goes back to 1984.

I'd like to see theses lower power statistics.

Lack of information leads to prejudice.
Having a catalogue listing doesn't mean its available. I've had to replace these on 2 customer vans, my Mopar supplier was Lithia, who has the largest Chrylser parts inventory in the country. They struck out, but fortunately we were able to pull units from salvaged vans. But that supply line is nearly extinct. There's just not enough on the road for any of the large salvage companies with inventories cataloged, to justify keeping those vans on hand.

The 2003 Ram van 2500 came with the the 5.2L rated at 225 horsepower. Torque was rated at 206 ft-lbs @ 3,400 RPM. That era E-series 5.4L was rated at 255 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs at 2,500 RPM.

Even the premium Dodge 5.9L V8 was only rated at 255 hp and 335 ft-lbs of torque, while Ford offered the V10 rated at 305 hp and 420 ft. lbs.
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