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Old 07-21-2018, 07:25 AM   #11
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If air does not blow cold - figure $600 to $2,000 for repair. There is no such thing as "it just needs to be recharged".

Amen to that......if the refrigerant is low....that means it leaked out somewhere.....so you have a leak....
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:34 AM   #12
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I love the 'AC just needs to be recharged' line. Classic Craigslist/classified ad line. Sure, and that flat tire? It just needs air put in it. That puddle of oil under the engine? Oh, just needs oil put in it!
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:20 AM   #13
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Re: Rear Factory A/C

I recently eliminated my factory rear A/C unit completely, accomplished this by simply converting a 2005 E350 Club Wagon back to the front-only arrangement. Since I don't haul anything alive back there this was fairly easy. This was done simply because there are just too many connections and plumbing between the compressor and rear evaporator, every inch of those runs prone to some sort of failure. Any leak from the rear plumbing/fittings disables the entire A/C system which isn't to my liking.

MaxWasser please go into this understanding that age vehicle could have several issues with the A/C system that could run into costly repairs. If you go forward with this purchase at least mentally budget some money into assuring the entire A/C is still leak free. Also have it checked periodically for proper refrigerant charge--that can save you a failed compressor.

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Old 07-22-2018, 11:59 AM   #14
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This thing is bound to be trouble. You don't need this in your life. It will likely bankrupt you and ruin all of your relationships to boot.

I'll take one for the team. Where is it?


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Old 07-22-2018, 12:03 PM   #15
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I love the 'AC just needs to be recharged' line. Classic Craigslist/classified ad line...



"ran when parked" my all-time favorite motorcycle Craigslist line


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Old 07-22-2018, 04:38 PM   #16
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Having logged 5k miles since it was sitting, would go a really long way for me to worry less about the fact that it was sitting for a number of years.

Even if the AC was charged and is now blowing cold, a compressor that's been sitting for many years is likely leaking around the shaft seal and will need to be replaced eventually.

There may be other issues like that as well, I'd inspect very carefully for leaks, and would pass if it's recently had its engine steam cleaned.
A/C blows cold. No visible leaks. No oil on the driveway. Many others are lining up to buy it! I don't think I'll get the opportunity to do a pre-purchase inspection. How often do you feel a van that clean/low mileage gets posted? The inside and seats are in excellent condition.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:36 PM   #17
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You can always get a prepurchase inspection, even if it's not your first choice the bit of money could save you a ton.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:44 PM   #18
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You can always get a prepurchase inspection, even if it's not your first choice the bit of money could save you a ton.
It's getting sold either to me or someone else tomorrow. I don't think it's going to happen!
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