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Old 11-12-2018, 09:07 AM   #41
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Have a good look at how the rear bench seat is mounted. I looked at GTRV's and it seemed that it was bolted to plywood and the ply was then attached to the van. We ended up with a PW Traverse and the bench is mounted to a fabricated steel frame and bolted to the van. Plywood is strong when used right but I didn't feel great about how the GTRV engineered that bench.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:41 PM   #42
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Hi all,

Letís continue the story. The mechanic guy did the independent check yesterday. It seems to be pretty good but there are still some stuffs to consider. I have sent this note to my indi to get a quote. But any input from your end would be super appreciated. Thanks a bunch.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:49 PM   #43
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Seems pretty standard for a 18 year old van with 122k miles. With the tune up you'll want to do spark plugs, plug wires, fuel filter, air filter, and flush/fill all fluids as standard maintenance as well. Expect to have to do a fuel pump in the near future, carry roadside assistance so when it happens you can get towed home.

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Old 11-14-2018, 01:25 PM   #44
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According the the guy, the van fits less than 7 feet. So, it should work for my garage.
Believe the real question now is: Is it worth it to you ?

I get the impression you are limiting consideration to Vans that fit in your garage - this narrows the pool considerably especially if you're interested in something with a pop-top. At some point in time you will come across exactly what you want, could be next week or could be a couple years from now. How badly do you want something you can start using immediately?
listed repairs aren't all that bad, suggest you get a quote and see if you can negotiate the asking price to subsidise.
Not intending to sway you one way or the other, the decision is the outcome of a family discussion.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:10 PM   #45
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Believe the real question now is: Is it worth it to you ?

I get the impression you are limiting consideration to Vans that fit in your garage - this narrows the pool considerably especially if you're interested in something with a pop-top. At some point in time you will come across exactly what you want, could be next week or could be a couple years from now. How badly do you want something you can start using immediately?
listed repairs aren't all that bad, suggest you get a quote and see if you can negotiate the asking price to subsidise.
Not intending to sway you one way or the other, the decision is the outcome of a family discussion.
Thank you for your input. I really think you are asking the right questions. The van seems good, the repairs expected and can be easily quoted, it fits in the garage and the family is supportive. I think the prize is good. Off course, all is negotiable but in the grand scheme,it will not make a big difference.

I will certainly have good and bad surprises but it is not related to this van but more to the fact it is a used one. (Even I know from experiences that new does not mean no issues).

I am waiting for a quote and we will use this as leverage for prize negotiation.

I will keep you posted shortly. Thanks again
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I agree with Twoxentrix and simplesez. Sounds like you are on the right course bfolens.
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:55 AM   #48
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Hey if you don't want it let me know I'll buy that thing with a heart beat
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Old 11-22-2018, 05:16 PM   #49
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Hey if you don't want it let me know I'll buy that thing with a heart beat
Thanks! I am actually going tomorrow to finalise the purchase. If for any reason it does not work. I will let you know.
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Hi all,

just a quick update from my side. We did an offer Sunday and waiting from the owners. We offer a full prize (15,000 USD) but asked to recondition some stuff (i.e. the interior of the roof and the stacks, armrest driver seat, etc.).

My mechanic guy told me to ask for a compression test, but the local mechanic told me that will cost 6-7 hours of works. So, I am not sure I want to do it. Questions for you:

- Does it worth it on those van with low mileage (of course it will if the test is negative):-);
- What should be the cost of labor for such a test?

Thanks
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