Originally Posted by jpau00
I wondered why the Dodge SMBs seem to sit a while while the Fords get snarfed up right away!
The biggest reason is probably the lack of a true frame in the Dodge, which makes it much more difficult to turn into a 4x4.
Also, the badges don't translate well... I.e. a Dodge 3500 van will have less GVWR than an E250 or even newer E150 van, which means you can't build as heavy without going over GVWR (not that the Ford vans don't go way over too
Drivability wise the Dodge vans tend to fall short, and the aftermarket doesn't really exist like it does for the Ford vans. Finally, reliability is a factor. And has been even before they stopped making them, and was a huge reason fleets were avoiding them even though sticker was many thousands less. If it weren't for the low sticker price, they probably would have stopped finding buyers for them in the mid-90s.
That said, and low-milaege and well-maintained Dodge will still probably last longer than a Ford that's been neglected.