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  1. #1
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    Ford, Chevy/GMC or Nissan

    i need a new service cargo van
    which one do you guys drive, pros and cons
    and which one would you buy next time ??

    go !!!!

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    Sprinter.
    We have 2 and we are on our 3rd.
    5 year lease, 100,000 mile extended limited warranty,
    We do our own maintenance.
    $600 Canadian a month.
    We have had excellent reliability and great fuel economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump_rrr View Post
    Sprinter.
    We have 2 and we are on our 3rd.
    5 year lease, 100,000 mile extended limited warranty,
    We do our own maintenance.
    $600 Canadian a month.
    We have had excellent reliability and great fuel economy.


    OK but what it is a Nissan ??

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    ohh Sprinter i see now

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    What is it?
    Can someone please explain to me -
    Why is there never enough time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it twice?


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    I really like my Ford T-250 with a KUV body, but it was spendy.

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    Almost every service truck I’ve had has been an Econoline. My last was a 2011 E250/4.6L regular wheelbase cargo van. I loved it, it did everything I needed it to do.
    I did drive a Transit and didn’t care for the driving position or cab in general. It also had absolutely horrible traction even loaded up.
    My current truck is a 2019 Chevy Express 2500 regular wheelbase/6.0 V8. I enjoy it, there’s plenty of space, with 350 HP there’s plenty of power, and it’s got a lot of cool little comfort features like remote start, Bluetooth, 115V power outlet, rear camera, and iPod input. Interior wise I liked the Econoline better, mostly because of the flat floors. But the Chevy is plenty comfy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark beiser View Post
    I really like my Ford T-250 with a KUV body, but it was spendy.

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    Yes this is too much for me
    i just need a base one
    but i like your truck

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    I’ve had Chevy Express 2500’s, Ford E-150’s, a Ford Transit and now I have a Mercedes Sprinter. The Merc gets the best fuel mileage but with the turbo V6 diesel it’s a gutless pig. And it drives like crap too. My Tansit was a gas turbo V6, better power than the Merc, had bad understeer. Both these vans had/have horrible storage. That’s not necessarily the fault of the van, more like my boss, who hasn’t spent more than 5 hours in a work van ever, not choosing the the best van racking.

    The E-150’s weren’t bad but I didn’t think they had enough power. But my personal favorites were my Chevy vans. They had good power, drove well in the snow, had good space in the cab and tha back. The van racks and storage were great too. Probably weren’t the best on gas though I don’t remember for sure.

    If you want one of the Merc’s good luck finding the midsize ones. Amazon apparently bought them ALL for the next year or two. We can only find the little ones or the super high top ones. And not all Mercedes dealers repair Sprinter Vans either. Just another reason why that van is the worst one I’ve ever had.

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    anyone driving Nissan NV ???

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    I am on my 3rd Express 3500 long wheel base... LOVE it!

    Yeah, they are rough on gas... however that is about the only complaint I can come up with...
    Drive well, comfortable, nice accessories in the cab area. Each newer one had more power... and the current 6x speed tranny seems to handle whatever I want it to do.

    Chevy's are not fancy... they just 'work'... grin
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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    I am on my 3rd Express 3500 long wheel base... LOVE it!

    Yeah, they are rough on gas... however that is about the only complaint I can come up with...
    Drive well, comfortable, nice accessories in the cab area. Each newer one had more power... and the current 6x speed tranny seems to handle whatever I want it to do.

    Chevy's are not fancy... they just 'work'... grin
    Ive had the express vans before. I liked them better then the Fords. They also had pressure readouts per tire on the console you could scroll to see, which was pretty nice.

    The cargo area was a touch wider. I could fit a 6 ft step ladder sideways behind the bulk head, which was very convenient.




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    One reason I stick with express vans... I have a custom set of wooden shelves I built for my van...
    I just pull it from one and move it to another...
    If I changed bodies (van bodies)... I would have to start over.

    Speaking of bodies... I am retirement age... wish I could get a younger body... grin!
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