Vans!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hayduke, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    I think the problem is that they would end up eating warranty work since lots of people don't know how to use a clutch, especially a torquey diesel. I've seen clutches burned out in less than a week buy those who were clueless. Build a strong enough auto and you get past the warranty date and keep your profits.
    My diesel van is much preferred as an auto by most as the trans is "bulletproof" :evil and the manual option was geared differently, resulting in worse fuel mileage.
  2. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Ford Transit Diesel

  3. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

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    Catch fire? :rofl
  4. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    Driven one have you?
    I've got an f150 with the ecoboost and it does quite well. That engine in a full size van
    might be pretty good.
  5. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Curious, I know the ecoboost are good engines and get good mpg. My friend gets low 20's with his F150 but doesn't haul with it at all. I wonder if the small turbo 6 gets worse gas mileage than a bigger v8 when hauling.
    I just don't know, here are some made up numbers to explain my question
    Ford 5.4 E250 unloaded 17.4 loaded with three bikes, gear and three guys get 16.2
    Same van with an ecoboost might 19 unloaded but 15.1 loaded because the engine has to work harder to carry the load.
    Totally made up numbers but anyone see numbers compared loaded or towing?
  6. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    I'd see where the numbers like that wouldn't be that bad depending on the usage.
    Our truck gets used as a family vehicle and doesn't see much of a load most of the time.

    For a fleet vehicle travelling loaded most of the time, the diesel would probably be better.
  7. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    I've towed my Melges 24 (about 3000 lbs) with a Subaru Outback 3.0R and a Chevy Express 2500.

    At 70mph, they both get 13.5 mpg. Unloaded the OBW gets around 23 and the van about 15 or 16.
  8. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    I did a trip with a friend in his eco boost F150 with 4 people and luggage. We got a bit over 19 running around 77 mph. When he tows his Jeep on a trailer he gets around 11, but it pulls really well and that transmission is awesome.
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  10. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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  11. JN3n

    JN3n Been here awhile

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    I tried to hold out for a 2014 fullsize Ford Transit but could not wait until the third quarter of 2013. Thought about buying a Nissan NV 200 as a small work van and it would be big enough for one race bike. But NO !! Nissan pushed back production until late first quarter or early second quarter of 2013 .

    I went down to Mercedes and got a Sprinter 144" short roof today ! I got tired of waiting for the big three ( Ford/GM/Dodge) to make a euro style van for the US market and then having to wait a year or more to get one !
    I walked into the dealer and the Sprinter sales guy wasn't a dick ! Then he introduces me to the GM who is a KTM rider , not bad ... We go back to service and the lead service tech has his BMW Single parked in the back of the Sprinter bay... Then we go to the service manager and he rides a BMW 800 Adventure .
    So we go in to make the deal and the sales guy says makes me a sweet deal on the van . It was like " Pinch Me" , I must be dreaming.... The paperwork was painless , no bullshit upsale from anyone and I had errands to run and will go back this afternoon and pick up my new van . Load it up in the morning and go racing this weekend .


    I have been dreading buying a new van and I was prepared for alot of bullshit car dealer crap , but they made me feel at home and when I left the dealer I felt like I wasn't raped and begging for a new van so I could just leave ! What a concept ! Customer Service !!
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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Dude! That's nice! I <3 me some Ford!
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    I will pick up my van from Ujoint tomorrow. 'til then:

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    Something you guys in Co. might find useful this time year. :D

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  20. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    ^^^ $10,000.00.:eek1 Not driven long enough/fast enough for the visor to cause problems. I know, had the same visor on my 78.:wink: May still be up in the rafters somewhere...!:lol3 Much better vans in the 20 Series anyway. Tough as hell and cheap to fix.:wink:

    Time warp all right....even the Cragars.:raabia When they became popular dad had to buy me (mostly) a new tire machine. Coats 10/10...not good so I only ranted :evil once and he traded for a 20/20.:clapHad to keep up with the changing times back in the 70's.:D

    BTW....sold my 78 a few years ago for $200.00. Had well over 200,000 hard miles and but for the rust was running like a top.350 4 Bolt main ...:thumb And is still running, saw it on the road last summer. Heavy mover that one.....rocks,gravel, motorcycles, lumber and then swing down the bed, back to camping.:D

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