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Unread 08-13-2019, 11:26 AM   #11
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They look pretty durable, here’s one I saw driving on the freeway.
thats the optional fresh air exchange option...uni-body design for a van that carries heavy stuff is a recipe for failure...no real chassis to speak of, just a bunch of folded up sheet metal...
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It's a diesel. The reason for the long delay is they are having trouble actually getting a new transmission from Chrysler..guessing it's because they are replacing a bunch of them.

They're not going to offer a rebuild as it's under warranty. Which I'm fine with...

Thanks for all the feedback.

I've already got a lemon lawyer working on things for me.
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They look pretty durable, here’s one I saw driving on the freeway.



It's a jeep thing, you wouldn't understand.










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I love my ford econolines. Since they don't make the van anymore an e series cut away with a kuv body would be the bees knees.








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It's a diesel. The reason for the long delay is they are having trouble actually getting a new transmission from Chrysler..guessing it's because they are replacing a bunch of them.

They're not going to offer a rebuild as it's under warranty. Which I'm fine with...

Thanks for all the feedback.

I've already got a lemon lawyer working on things for me.
i got a 2014 diesel, sorry for your troubles, so far i've avoided issues
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thats the optional fresh air exchange option...uni-body design for a van that carries heavy stuff is a recipe for failure...no real chassis to speak of, just a bunch of folded up sheet metal...
That frame looks like total junk. 7 years on our roads with loads of salt and slush and I bet the frame breaks in half. The frame is a U shaped channel for crying out loud! It's going to trap all the salt and mud from the top. The mud that saturated with salt stay wet forever and rots out frames real quick.
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However its what under neath that counts





It's front wheel drive so it's got just a wimpy looking non-drive axle in the back


And only 2 leafs on each side...and this is a one ton?




Not much for a frame either... just some stamped out folded metal

So Tango if your real frame truck rusted out when it did how do you think this would do for you
I'm thinking this wouldn't last very long here in Minnesota either





Here's the front suspension, guessing the transmission is in there somewhere
It does have some cast suspension parts



At least it has real tires..load range E 10 ply

Sheet metal frame, like I said give it maximum 7 years with salty roads and it'll be good for the junk pile. You can't repair a frame like that either.

2 leaf springs that means it can't be a plumbing truck, maybe for carrying potato chips to the supermarket. You let it be a plumbing van and the leafs will break in no time. One leaf spring breaks and it's not even safe to drive home. You'd need a minimum of 5 springs to last a while because we ride heavy with parts and the roads are rough with nasty potholes.

The tow truck driver told me he carries a bunch of dodge work vans on a weekly basis with broken transmissions. And you know what there aren't many on the roads now, there all scrapped I guess.

And lastly over here they have nasty rust spots forming way high. GMC van don't rot high like that. Check out this example, that's how they look around here.



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The tow truck driver was also a mechanic for a long time and he told me the best work vans were GMC. Fords and dodge broke down a lot more.

I believe him, most vans I see are GMC's

My transmission needed a rebuild near 400 000km. That's pretty darn good for a work van. The engine is fine but I don't know if the previous owner rebuilt it or not.
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if you can get the optional allison transmission in a chevy/gmc they are bullet proof and one heavy duty unit...
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