A long-running utility vehicle in Dodge brand, the Ram Vans basic design and main structure remained unchanged since its introduction in 1971. Only the second time in 23 years that the Ram Van underwent major design change, the 1994 model gained a grille and light appearance resembling the Ram pickup.
For 1998, the Dodge Ram Van underwent another major update. Movement of the engine compartment resulted with the increase of interior space for the V-8 powered versions of the 1998 Ram Van. The interior also required a new dashboard adding dual front airbags and an improved sound system. Available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 model ranges, the 1998 Ram Van was available in wheelbase lengths of 109.6 inches as well as 127.6 inches.
Also offered in all ranges of the Ram Van was a MaxiVan featuring over 304 cubic feet of cargo volume. An ideal van for commercial enterprises, the full-sized Dodge van was powered by Magnum V-6 and Magnum V-8 engines. Standard gasoline propulsion on the Ram Van 1500 comes from a 3.9-liter V-6 engine while a 5.2-liter V-8 generating 230 horsepower is optional.
Eight-cylinder power is included on the 2500 and 3500 variants of the 1998 Dodge Ram Van. A 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 is also available on the larger capacity Ram Vans. Entry and exit for the rear cargo area can be accomplished through a sliding side door or hinged doors depending on the model. Standard equipment found inside the Dodge Ram Van included an AM/FM stereo and an adjustable steering column.
Changes to the Dodge Ram Van between 1998 and 2003 were minor. In 2004, a Mercedes-Benz based Sprinter van came from Europe to replace the Ram van.