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Old 03-04-2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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Newb Question: Thoughts on Value of 2005 4x2 lifted Ford 35

Hi Newb here:

I have been searching for SMBs, but most are out of my price range at the current time. I was thinking of buying a base van and customizing next year.

I located a local 2005 Ford E350 Econoline 15 Passenger Van, 4x2 with a 4" Kroger suspension lift. The truck looks new, has 44K miles, and they are asking $20K. Given all basic things check out on the van, is this a fair price?

Will SMB customize vans that are as old as 2005?

Thanks in advance and for patience with my newbiness.

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Old 03-04-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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Icgeek,
That seems high. There are many of these vans for sale on Auto trader and for less than 20K. Is it a V10? Do you know what the lift cost. Why would somebody lift a 4x2?
I don't know where you live but I see the E350 15pass vans and cargo vans listed on car lots for 13k up to 20k which means you could buy it for 2k to 5k less if you know how to bargain.
I'm currently negotiating for a 2007 E350 12 pass, 5.4V8. with 11k miles on it. With some luck I should be out the door under 16k. The market is soft. Dealers are suffering. Most of these vans came from rental fleets and the dealers paid around 13k for them wholesale. It's a buyer's market.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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I can see a lot of value in lifted 2wd van. It will go most places a 4wd will go. The ride will be similar to stock, maybe better. 8-10" Wheel travel for $2300-4300.

See the Camburg website:

http://www.camburg.com/fordsESeriesVanP.html

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Old 03-04-2008, 06:39 PM   #4
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thanks for the feedback...I'll keep looking.
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I found out the Van is actually a 4x4 with the 4x4 conversion done by Kroger, the same as the suspension. How much does that add to the value? Does this make this Van a decent buy at $20K? Thanks!
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An SK conversion is around $15k. How old is this van? What engine? Now it sounds too good to be true!
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Chris, you are right - too good to be true. It was mistakenly reported as a 4x4 but turns out after calling and asking questions it is only 4x2. Rats!
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I think 2x4 or 4x4 at that price is good. Check it over carefully, run a CARFAX for what it's worth (not much IMO), and get the VIN so an Oasis report can be run. You'll need to register and post the VIN on someplace like TheDieselStop.com and ask for an Oasis report to be run. Oasis is the Ford dealership system that says what Ford dealership warranty and non-warranty work has been done to the vehicle.

Even 2x4, if the S-K lift is forward compatible to their 4x4 system is a great start.


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I must have missed the engine it has. If it's the PS diesel then the price would seem pretty good to me. oclv
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Yeah I agree, if Diesel a good price, but it is V-10.

As a side question, anyone know how these V-10s are holding up over the long haul? Can they go 250K or more in a practical life? I still think I will pass on this one, but I am curious to know about the V-10 as they are popping up quite a bit in used SMBs.
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