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My van has been nothing but trouble I bought it new in 2003 Chevy Express 2500
nothing but problems ball joint, wheel bearing, fuel pump, stupid anti theft lock out issue, driver side cargo door stuck and now leaking antifreeze
Stalled climbing a few steep hills now I have the change the fuel feed tube to the tank because it rotted Sad part it only has 48,000 miles on it.
They must of had a hang over when they put it together at the Chey plant
 

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My van has been nothing but trouble I bought it new in 2003 Chevy Express 2500
nothing but problems ball joint, wheel bearing, fuel pump, stupid anti theft lock out issue, driver side cargo door stuck and now leaking antifreeze
Stalled climbing a few steep hills now I have the change the fuel feed tube to the tank because it rotted Sad part it only has 48,000 miles on it.
They must of had a hang over when they put it together at the Chey plant
Yea and they probably would make it in the US instead of Canada and Mexico...

GM SUX!
I say and have said Let them go under!
 

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I'm using a 2004 GMC Savanah 1 ton cargo van, has 38K miles, no problems. I don't put a lot of miles on it, my service area doesn't cover 20 miles! I love it. Knock on wood! LOL
 

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Chevy Express cutaway 3/4 ton with Knapheide box, 94,000 miles. One set of front brakes and a new starter:thumbsup:.

Dont get me started on the Knapheide box:censored:
 

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My van has been nothing but trouble I bought it new in 2003 Chevy Express 2500
nothing but problems ball joint, wheel bearing, fuel pump, stupid anti theft lock out issue, driver side cargo door stuck and now leaking antifreeze
Stalled climbing a few steep hills now I have the change the fuel feed tube to the tank because it rotted Sad part it only has 48,000 miles on it.
They must of had a hang over when they put it together at the Chey plant
Make sure that antifreeze leak isn't the intake manifold gasket. those are known for that and can screw up your truck if not fixed.


Plumber Jim
 

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Make sure that antifreeze leak isn't the intake manifold gasket. those are known for that and can screw up your truck if not fixed.


Plumber Jim
Been there done that.
It was in the shop for a intake leak and they botched it...
Fired it up with a cylinder full of anti freeze...

2 engines, 1 fuel pump, 1 tranny rebuild...
The rest of it was all normal front end brakes etc...

A freakin lemon mine is...

Now I get to bail out the idiots?:furious::censored::furious::censored:

Throwing good money after bad is what it is....

Next time it dies I hope I get a bit of warning so it can...
Stall on the RR Tracks....
 

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Chevy Express cutaway 3/4 ton with Knapheide box, 94,000 miles. One set of front brakes and a new starter:thumbsup:.

Dont get me started on the Knapheide box:censored:

I had a Knapheide box back in 1995 on a Ford F250, the box was great for about a year and then started having door, lock and hinge problems, more less just started falling apart. Ok, got ya started!:thumbup:
 

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I've got a Knapheide box on the back of my Chevy van. Three times now the handle and lock on my back door has fallen apart on a job. I have to strap the door shut from the inside, drive to the shop, and rebuild the lock mechanism. Other then that, I really like the box.
 

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I've got a 1999 chevy k2500 4x4. I have three dia plate truck boxes and a plastic tote to keep cheap supplies in. I do 90% residential service with this set up. I'm the orignal owner, it has 108000 miles on it (almost all city). So far i've done front brakes 4 times, rear twice. Alternator, shocks, fuel pump, and brake cables as well. Just like every american truck with 100000 miles or more, it leaks a little oil and a little antifreeze. If I can find a toyota tundra with steel bumpers I may purchase one for my next truck.
 

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Heres my Chevy and I will not buy another Chevy.

Shocks me all the time and gotta be carefull when getting gas:censored: I mentioned this to them many, many miles ago. Around 3k and guess what nothing done until now at around 59k. Also I can't keep light switches in the back to work. Only thing good about it is, it stands out and you can see it from a good ways away.

In Christ,

Song Dog
 

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man that sucks. maybe should of went with a ford. just make sure u stay american my brother.
Yea, then we could get into the story of the second biggest POS I ever owned...

Fortunately I wasn't dumb enough to get a Dodge...

Funk, It may surprise you to find out just how "American" the big 3 automakers are...

The truth is that they are American Based Multinational Corporations and they all have manufacturing facilities off US soil...

If you have bought a GM, Ford, or Chrysler product in the last 30 years you probably have a better chance of having a Canadian or, Mexican vehicle than a US built one....

Wherever they can go to get it done cheaper...

Toyota the Japanese Multinational Corporation has plants in West Virginia, 2 in Kentucky, 2 in Indiana, Tennesee, Alabama, Mississippi, 2 in Missouri, Texas, and 2 in California. They also have Nano Operation/Manufacturing Facilities in California, Arkasas, and Michigan. Design centers in Michigan and California. They also have research facilities in California, Arizona, Michigan, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.

Kinda muddy isn't it?
 

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yah i know you right. we all want american cars but the truth is foregn cars will last twice as long as any american cars. and everyone knows it.
 

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I am currently shopping for a second work van. The current one is a 2006 GMC Savana 3500 extended wheelbase. I have been happy with it, but its hard to find a used extended. Most of the ones I find are regular wheelbase.
I am probably going to get another GMC Savana/Chevy Express 3500, but I was wondering what else might be recommended. I can't find anything else that looks suitable. I know GM sucks mechanically, but the used vans are really cheap, so even if I have to spend on repairs for a slightly used GMC/Chevy, I think it will still save money.
I looked at SPrinters...too tall and too much money.
I looked at Isuzu NPRs, not much to choose from and a box truck is a bit too big for what I need. I also looked at Ford vans but they look kind of crappy compared to similar GMC/Chevies.

Anyway, i like talking about work trucks/vans so let this thread continue.:thumbup:
I recently bought a Honda Pilot 4x4 for the family and it the best car I have ever owned, I love it and I wish Honda made work vans.
 

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I use a 1 ton box van I know its kind of big but i can carry all my machines in it and still have all kinds of room left. I have a tommy lift on the back which is nice for loading and unloading. Plus when i go get something I can stand up . Also room for a porta potty for those emergencies mentioned in an other thread. 1 little note though.....be sure to empty the potty before it gets to full!!!!!
 

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I use a 1 ton box van I know its kind of big but i can carry all my machines in it and still have all kinds of room left. I have a tommy lift on the back which is nice for loading and unloading. Plus when i go get something I can stand up . Also room for a porta potty for those emergencies mentioned in an other thread. 1 little note though.....be sure to empty the potty before it gets to full!!!!!
I found some great used 1 ton box vans with tommy-lift-gates for sale.:thumbsup: The only problem is they look a little TOO big. I am worried about the height. They look like they would be hard to park, scrape tree branches, get stuck, hard to turn around...etc. I live in a mountainous area, so the box truck maneuverability kind of scares me.
Other than that they look GREAT! I love the huge space in the back, and the lift gate would be awesome for unloading sewer equipment. I need to testdrive one and see how they maneuver.
 
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