Re: Crossing 200K Miles on a 98 E250 with a Triton V8
Ah yes, vans with lots of miles. We had a 1990 Chevy van that we bought new and drove for over 20 years and 300,000 miles. Over that time, I spent more than $15,000 on various repairs, service, etc. $2,400 for rebuilding the head (they didn't seem as good as before, but they were leaking antifreeze and had to be removed. Spent a couple thousand on the transmission and similar amounts on the AC over the years. Still, it was doing the job and only averaged $750 per year on repairs. My springs were soft and the shock were gone, but it still made a trip to California from Indiana and back with 260,000 miles on it in 2006 to celebrate my retirement. Kept if for 3 years after getting the SMB, but finally traded it in for $500 discount on a used Porsche Cayman S. Not sure what the salesman thought, but we still hated to let it go. We did a 4 month trip once and never stayed in a hotel.
If your van is doing what you need, and you can spend a few thousand to get 3 or 4 years, it may be worth it. The thing is, the older they get, more little things start breaking. We had to remove most of the dash in New Mexico in the parking lot once to repair the fan motor on the heater/AC. We got to the point that we could fix most problems because we had seen them before.
2008 Ford E-350 Quigley 4x4 V10 - 164,000 miles
RB50, PH Top, Dual AGM Group 27 Deka, 2000 Tripplite Inv., No Propane or Water Systems
Van Weight 8,100 pounds, added one rear leaf spring, BFG AT KO LT265/70R17 E Tire press 50psi.