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  1. #27
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    I just bought a 2005 GMC Safari Today. Forget all these mini trucks with 4cylinder motor's. My dodge neon SRT-4 has a 2.4L motor a Ford Transit 2.0L and is made for work? WTF?

    Chevy needs to bring back the safari/astro ASAP
    In canada a Dodge sprinter that is 2 years old is all rusty looks like hell. I would be pissed if I spent $70,000 and it rusted out before 50,000KM

  2. #28
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    Cool

    I still have my 2005 sprinter looks good 140 on it now, 26 mpg and rising

  3. #29
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    Have 2006 sprinter tall height and medium length body it gets 24MPG. You can't beat that with a fully loaded service/install van. Best purchase I have made. They are known to run 500k miles on original engine. These smaller cylinder Diesel engines have lots of torque. For residential install or service this is the way to go.

  4. #30
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    I find the new Ford vans interesting, not really any different in styling than the Sprinter Vans. As far as looks, not sure that's the point with a service truck. Just hope they are building them to stand up. The little Ford Transits are no good for Heavy Commercial /Industrial work. I've driven both Chevy and Ford Vans. personally have preferred the E series.
    " Go sell crazy somewhere else,we're all stocked up here.

  5. #31
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    http://www.viamotors.com/
    That looks great for those who mostly work in a crowded city. Drive electric on most days, but still have a way to go further when needed.

  6. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiHaoMike View Post
    http://www.viamotors.com/
    That looks great for those who mostly work in a crowded city. Drive electric on most days, but still have a way to go further when needed.
    Truly an interesting idea... IMO if the co gets some serious fleet purchases they will survive and this will be a significant option.

    We STILL need a leap in battery technology though... and from what I read that is a few years away.
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  7. #33
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    HOW ABOUT THESE BEAUTIES.

    Classic Buick Century svc truck with prop for marine repairs.

    Beater S10 with backup muscle for collecting outstanding tickets.
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  8. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeyBob View Post
    2014 full size Transit, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

    I am not crazy about the 150,000 mile severe duty life cycle. Also, from the side it's super ugly. Scroll down for wheelbase length and body sizes.

    Pretty interesting stuff.

    Optional 5 cylinder Power Stroke Diesel
    at this point, I don't care what it looks like, if I could get 3 times the mileage I am now, I am ALL FOR IT.

    My Chevy 2500 is 14 years old this month. Still running pretty good, but im getting 9.5 to 11mpg.....which SUCKS.

    If i could afford a 30+mpg truck, i would buy it in a hart beat (as long as it doesn't say "DODGE" on the side---I'll walk before I buy another POS dodge)
    BEING AN ADULT

    is the dumbest thing I have ever done

  9. #35
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    I had a Transit Connect when I was running my company. Not bad for service around the city. Sold it when I sold my company in April 2012.

    Fast forward to August 2013.... Big G thought it would be prudent to put the tech reps in Transit Connects. 12000 miles later... it sucks. Definitely not meant for 350 mile hot shots. My ass goes numb. My back gets sore. I drove the same territory for 16 months in my POV with no problems (Toyota Prius c). They definitely need a better seat if you're not just zipping around a metro for a few miles each day. Also, the 4-cyl doesn't get it done in the hills of Kentucky. 70mph at 4000 rpm. Loud!
    Perhaps you should have read the instructions before calling.

  10. #36
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    I was talking to an Alarm/Security Tech who had a Connect, he said he goes through tires every 30K miles? WTH is up with that? Just cheap tires or the thing is out of alignment?
    BEING AN ADULT

    is the dumbest thing I have ever done

  11. #37
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    Hmm. Haven't gone that far yet. I'll let you know in June if I need tires at 30K.
    Perhaps you should have read the instructions before calling.

  12. #38
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchoolMech View Post
    I just bought a 2005 GMC Safari Today. Forget all these mini trucks with 4cylinder motor's. My dodge neon SRT-4 has a 2.4L motor a Ford Transit 2.0L and is made for work? WTF?

    Chevy needs to bring back the safari/astro ASAP
    In canada a Dodge sprinter that is 2 years old is all rusty looks like hell. I would be pissed if I spent $70,000 and it rusted out before 50,000KM
    A reintroduction of the Astro/Safari would be cool. Make it look more like a mini-Express/Savana. Have an advanced V-6 that somehow give us 20-25 MPG. That would be nice. Chevy's station wagon is a joke. I've seen Honeywell use those station wagons and passenger vans for their Bldg Automation Techs. The vans have windows all around, they just have white-out decals on them. GM is losing out big there.

  13. #39
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    I think GM is waiting to see what trend 'works' in the market... and will bring out their 'version' of professional trades trucks/vans.

    Personally, I am a Chevy guy... just used to them and comfortable with them. They sure are ruff on gas though...

    I liked that VIA concept... but spending something like $80-90K for a service van... YIKES. The insurance alone would KILL my one man show budget... albeit the gas savings would be great! I really think this style of hybrid (diesel locomotive style, that is with NO mechanical connection between the engine and wheels) is the best way to go... it is actually a REAL hybrid... the Prius style is not a true hybrid in the traditional sense.

    Meanwhile... I get 10-11 MPH... and just have to live with it (I have a LWB Express 3500, it weighs well over 7000# loaded). One of the things I do is try to 'manage' my customer base so my travel distance is as short as reasonably possible.

    Has anyone seriously looked at 'tuning' their engine... that is, either re-programming the engine computer or replacing it? We do this with auto engines mounted on experimental aircraft... yet it is a laborious project... I have not looked into what could be done with a Chevy 5.7 or 6.0 V8 mounted in a van.
    Thoughts?
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