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Old 07-31-2019, 07:25 AM   #1
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Talking about my van, I went to the GM/Chevrolet dealer last week end and what a joke. They no longer make AWD and they no longer make them with side doors on the driver side. They don't make high tops either(High top is not a deal breaker for me)

I asked for the american style KUV (if I'm correct?) and he didn't even want to check or see it if it was possible. I guess they don't want to sell work trucks anymore.



So my options are very limited. I either get a 2 wheel drive and install tires with studs and hope I don't crash in the winter or get stuck when it snows. I would have to void the warranty and cut side doors from my actual rusted van and displace some stuff out of the way like the gas filler pipe.

Option 1 :


There may be a 2010 awd coming to a dealer 6 hours away in a couple of week but I still have the issue of side doors.

Option 2 :

I have a shop cut out a portion of the frame on both sides thats rotted out so I can use the truck a few more years.

Option 3 :

Or I can visit ford dealers and mercedes. mercedes parts are probably real expensive. It also looks like they rot out and rust real fast, I saw a few on the road and they have rust streaks dripping from the sides.
I bet they still won't have side doors. If I buy a new van say goodbye to putting money aside for rainy days. I'll be working exclusively to pay that truck loan.

Option 4 :

Search for a van in the US but that may be a lot of problem getting it here.


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Old 07-31-2019, 07:45 AM   #2
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If you look at the ford transit website you can see that it comes with high roof and sliding door on the driver side as options.

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If you look at the ford transit website you can see that it comes with high roof and sliding door on the driver side as options.

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Oh wow their site is awesome, you can pick dozens of options. They have dual doors but I haven't seen AWD. They do have limited slip diff and also the option of gears in the diff.

Speaking of gears in the diff, All I know is my 4runner had 4.10 so I wonder what's a good ratio for city driving for a work van.



I can choose the color, I wonder what color, What would you guys choose?

Oxford White
Race Red
Shadow Black
White Gold
Magnetic
Blue Jeans
Ingot Silver
Green Gem
Stone Grey

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Based on their numbers on their website it would cost around 44K. After taxes 51K for a van that will be useful for 10 years?

I'll be shopping some more!
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Do you guys have anything like Craigslist up there? If I were you I’d keep an eye out for a used private sale. You obviously are half mechanic so you already know what you’re looking at. I wouldn’t go Mercedes, the Dodge service vans are hard to find a mechanic that works on them.
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What’s up with the you have now? Just wearing out?
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What’s up with the you have now? Just wearing out?
The frame where it rises up above the axle is completely rotted out. I had put a channel on both side except the one on the driver side the fuel tank is there so I only welded on the outside.

The problem is that it's not legal to patch it up but supoosedly you can weld in a new section? Second problem is I would have to scour the junk yard for a good one(probably all rotted too) and cut a frame out. How the heck am I supposed to hold it up so it doesn't crash on me? I can't be bringing 400$ of cribbing there and leave it when I'm done??? I don't know if they could grab a van and lay it on the side so I can cut it out safely.



Then I would need a mechanic to remove the tank and replace the sections. Probably messing with the spring leaf mounts too. That's way too much work for myself alone.


I could do all that myself except I would be spending weeks fooling around that ordeal.
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Do you guys have anything like Craigslist up there? If I were you I’d keep an eye out for a used private sale. You obviously are half mechanic so you already know what you’re looking at. I wouldn’t go Mercedes, the Dodge service vans are hard to find a mechanic that works on them.
I've been looking on kijiji for a while but there is only 2 awd in the province. One is 2010 22K modified for a handicap. and the second seems to be a dealer who didn't get on his lot yet without pictures. Another 2010 12K I think. Both are like 6 hours drive away. I don't want to take the bus there expecting they're in good shape and drive it home. If not it'll be a two day bus trip and hotel.

Both I would have to transplant my side doors and relocate the fuel hose and fuel door?
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I have heard that the transit is a really nice van. I have also noticed that enough people say it's in the shop getting fixed too often so reliability is is not guaranteed. I would probably get a newer used chevrolet express with low mileage if I had the money. Only because it's a very reliable van. No it's not the greatest in snow but invest in good snow tires and it would be fine.

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Just kiss Canada goodbye and move to the United States of America.....


Besides, the RCMP are searching for {2} killers up there. You can move here and set up shop in the lower {48}.
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