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Old 03-31-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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1993 Ford E250 Sportsmobiles

Hi everybody,

It is my first post on this forum. I am in Houston for 3 years and I am looking for SBM. I come France (Nantes, if you know).
I am not an expert on the SBMs, that's why I ask you some questions.
I found an internet an 1993 Ford E250 Sportsmobiles with 128kM for $10000. But when I check on Carfax, there is no information between 2003 and today. I have really no idea about the Ford engine, but do you think that 128M is a lot? When I ask to seller is said me that I just need to change the exhaust flange gasket.
Now I am in Houston, and it is very difficult to find a SBM near Houston. So if you plan to buy a SBM in texas ( near Hosuton), let me know.
Thank you for your informations.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:16 PM   #2
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Re: 1993 Ford E250 Sportsmobiles

Moved to General since you're not selling but asking advice.

That's a lot of mileage, I wouldn't listen to a guy who says "all you have to do is this one tiny thing..." sounds like sales BS to me and that is the kind of rig you drive away and the engine falls out...

If there is nothing wrong, have them provide a warranty... they won't and you can walk away. $10K seems like a lot for an old high mileage van, but I'm sure some others will have input too.

128,000 miles == 205,000 km
128,000 km == 79,000 mi

The actual reading on the dash would be miles, so that changes things (I misread your units originally) 79K miles is not bad. But I'd still be leery of the sales tactic.

Clear as mud, no?

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Old 04-01-2011, 10:00 AM   #3
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Re: 1993 Ford E250 Sportsmobiles

Even 128,000 miles isn't too bad for that era of van. To make a mechanical generalization, it likely has the 5.8L V8 which should still have some decent life in it. The weak link may be the transmission as the early E4OD was notorious for going between 80-120,000 miles before needing work.

That being said, if I was buying an older vehicle I guess I would rather have one that was driven a few miles every year rather than one that just sits. Low miles always seems to be a selling point but with an older rig low miles may equate to more damage from just sitting (depending on where it was stored).

As far as the interior goes if it is a layout that you like and has the features that you're looking for then that's great. If it needs some remodel work to change things around it doesn't become a good value. Pricing seems on par for what most people are asking for that era 2wd rig.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:02 PM   #4
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Re: 1993 Ford E250 Sportsmobiles

Thank you very much guys for your comments> I appreciate. The problem is that the van is in florida (lakeland), and I am in Houston. So unfortunatly I cannot check it. But Thanks a lot.
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