Friday, September 23, 2016

Cursed: 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Van

Unlike everything else posted on these pages, this next feature is a car that you don't want to own, but I'm going to post it because the description is priceless.  The short version is that the van is likely cursed and has crashed into multiple objects, including a John Deere tractor, and a loaner vehicle -- just read the ad for yourself. Find this 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Van offered for $750 in Keysville, VA via craigslist.

In case the ad goes away, here is the entire description:

First things first. This van is cursed. Please, oh please take it away from my house before it kills me. Secondly, the mileage listed above is wrong. Read on, dear buyer, and find out why.

I bought this van for our delivery drivers to deliver newspapers in. Since the driver's had no ownership in the van, they didn't care what happened to it. First, a yellow scrape appeared on the passenger side. These things happen, they say. Then it backed into a little old lady in a PT Cruiser. Nearly totaled her car and literally didn't scratch the unbelievably sturdy bumper on the back of this nightmare. "I didn't see her back there," they say. "That's why I left and the police called you asking about a hit and run involving your truck," they say.

For a little while after that, things were fine. According to the VIN, this is equipped with the 5.2 liter V8 making dizzying amounts of power and torque. Dizzyingly low, but dizzying all the same. 225hp at 4400rpm and 295ftlbs at 3200rpm, if you were wondering. Still, it has enough get up and go to get out of its own way and run over little old lady's PT Cruisers without any problems.

Then I got a phone call.

Employee: "Um, bossman? I need you to come out to RoadName."

Me: "Oh, what's up?"

E: "I, uh, hit something."

So I figure he's hit another PT Cruiser, no big deal. Not a fan of their styling anyway.


The tractor drove away with some minor damage that the kindly farmer decided to fix himself. The van has never moved under its own power again. We towed it to our friend's shop where it sat for a few months while I secretly hoped that my friend would burn it or file an abandoned vehicle title and take it from me before it killed again, but no. He called and asked me to come get it.

I called another friend and he came over with his rollback wrecker and towed it the hour to my office. When he got there, he came inside and said: "The van just rolled into your car." "Get out of here, you hilarious jokester," I said.

"No," he says, "The thing up and rolled off the truck and rolled into your car. Did you just get a new car?"

"No," I said. "That would be the loaner vehicle from the dealership while they're changing my oil."

TEN AND A HALF THOUSAND DOLLARS OF DAMAGE to the dealership's car. The demon-van? Not a scratch.

If you're keeping score, that's assault of one yellow pole, hit and run on at least one PT Cruiser, aggravated assault of a gigantic John Deere and attempted murder of a dealership's car with about 2000 miles on it.

I don't want this van in my life anymore. I am sure there are some useful things you could do with it. Like burn it at the stake. Or store old tires in it. Or live in it down by the river. I don't care. Just take it away. I bet this thing would beat everything at the local demolition derby, as long as you back into everyone and there aren't any John Deere's competing.

In all seriousness, I *believe* it would try and kill again, I mean run again if someone pulled the radiator out of the engine, replaced the belt driven fan and the C-shaped radiator. I am not willing to try. I am terrified that it will at some point succeed in either killing me or causing me to kill myself. I would haul it to the scrapyard, where they'd pay me a few hundred dollars and then crush it, but I'm scared to move it.

Also, when I went by to take pictures today, the front seats are gone. I don't know where they went. Maybe, if you're lucky, that was the cursed portion of the van and everything will be fine. The mileage listed (157,896) is incorrect, since the odometer requires that I put a battery in the truck and the only way I can be sure that it won't come after me is if the wheels are chocked and the battery is dead. If that matters to you, I will risk my life and sanity to find out what the actual mileage is.

Really sturdy rear bumper.
Lots of space inside, especially now that the front seats are gone. I'll throw in a five-gallon bucket to sit on if you want.
Lots of windows for not seeing PT Cruisers out of.
Spacious front windshield for not seeing John Deere's out of.
Rare long wheelbase model, what for hitting poles with.
35-gallon fuel tank. There may even be gas left in it.
Sold new for $26,365.
According to's VIN decoder, it was manufactured in Canada. Who knew.
Fairly new tires with good tread.

Will try to kill everything you love.

Edit to add: I listed this on an auction site and they were kind enough to provide a vehicle report detailing the history of this vehicle. In short, its previous owners before me have had just as much misery as I have. It's been wrecked, sold, used in a rental fleet, repossessed and sold at auction at least twice.

Fine print: This van is sold as is, where is, and how is. You are responsible for moving it. I don't know how. It fits on a rollback if by fits you mean hangs over the rear of the truck far enough to need an escort vehicle blocking traffic. There is no guarantee, no warranty, and no promises expressed or implied. I also cannot promise I won't laugh hysterically as you leave, dragging this demon infested, life-ruining piece of Manitoba engineering out of my world forever.


  1. Well, it is a Chrysler product...

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  2. Funniest thing I read all day. Thanks for posting.

  3. Deja vu...Skippy School. Instructors used these to have us Lime Rock 'students' learn the proper-line, bias-ply tires squealing to provide an 'audible-verification' (he said) to that same line, sans helmets too. Even worse, my instructor had a lap-time he was trying to improve on, both Formula Ford and van. Shot-gun held the watch.
    Damn kids. Today? Forget it. Killjoys abound.

  4. The entire production line of the 15 passenger extended van line from Dodge is haunted. From demon-possessed speakers and tape decks, headliners that fall unexpectedly and attempt to blind all passengers, to flashing air-bag lights, and destroying bearings, I have had near-death experiences in them multiple times. One van has tried to kill both myself and everybody in the van, and everything in it's path. The best thing to do is to disable it and let it sit in a field for 20 years and be overtaken by weeds. That just so happens to be about the only thing you can do to make these vans look even creepier than they already do. Maybe Diamler-Chistyler used recycled steel from WWII Germany for the frames...who knows, but there is something NOT right with these extended vans.

  5. Well it says Ram right in the name...

  6. a couple of friends of mine owned one or more of theses extended vans with the high roof made in 1989 or so, before Benz was involved. They were pretty indestructible for RV conversions and one of them is still around and going strong. It did hit a deer out west a few years back and needed some front end work after. My solution has always been to use a solid cow catcher in front and not overload the rear back of the axle.

  7. Son of Christine now play KISS 16....


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