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Old 12-27-2017, 04:06 AM
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Yeah, but O.P. didn't mention pulling a trailer, and with the amount of mileage a company van will acquire, you'll want to get the most efficient engine for the job without sacrificing reliability. Cotton
Yes correct no trailer pulling for this project.
 
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I found and drove a 2001 E250 yesterday and it was decent. The 5.4 felt good and torquey.
Transmissions shifted nicely even though the fluid was the wrong color and smelled bad. 190,000 miles. Used car lot.
Brakes were a little shakey. LR tire was P rated instead of LT. Climate control only blows on high. $4500 plus sales tax. Itís a strong maybe.

Im going to see another van today. Private seller. 2004 E250 with V8. 237,000 miles. Much evidence of it having been owned by the local cable/internet company. $3500. The only thing a little weird is that he replaced the right side fender and all three right side doors (with used parts). The old parts are in the picture of the rear cab. It looks good and I would definitely do the same. I just feel like maybe other people wouldNT do that. Especially for that low price.
*Itís been posted on CL for 18 days. Iím a bit scared of that, because good vans and trucks sell for a premium (above KBB!) in my part of Florida. But this one is a bit outside my area, so maybe...

Both vans look good (very good), especially for their age.

And my purchase this week is only a short term plan. I just need a good van to last for 1year/50,000miles. At that point Iíll have enough profits and/or business credit to buy a real good $10,000 van.
 
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V10 because, well V10! The 4.6 is a good engine though.
V10 vans are hard to find. Iíve spent many many hours searching. Eexponentially more difficult to find one in good condition.
 
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the private seller texted me the VIN and look what I found:

https://www.copart.com/lot/35078747/Photos

I guess I'll be giving the RF suspension and steering a real good look.
 
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V10 vans are hard to find. Iíve spent many many hours searching. Eexponentially more difficult to find one in good condition.
The 5.4 gets a bad rep but my family and I have three, all over 140k with zero issues. The low-end torque is impressive for what it is for size. (No vans any more though).
 
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Bought one!!!!

Thereís no better people in the world than good Christians, so I checked the local Shepherds Guide to find a successful Christian air conditioning company. I was thinking Iíd call and ask if they have any vans not being used, that they might consider selling.
Well to my surprise it worked on the first try. The owner was amazed at the ďcoincidence ď of how perfectly it all worked out. Me too of course.
He had just recently decided to sell two vans. We talked for about 20 minutes and really connected (Christianity is the best brotherhood of all) and I headed his direction with my fistful of cash. 2 minutes after we hung up he texted me the sales flyer he recently created. Everything was perfectly matching my needs and desires. Including the price.
I bought the lower priced one with the higher mileage. I wanted the keyless entry and cruise control.

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The 4.6L is a real dog. But it moves the van and stays out of traffic.
 
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I know you already bought one, but here's a story: I have some practical experience in the matter of vans. My brother-in-law used to have a marine-parts wholesale business here on Long Island, selling engine parts, tune up parts, fluids, etc. He ran two trucks all over the Island for over 30 years. During that time, he used a variety of trucks, but mostly small diesels like the Isuzu NPR or Iveco's. Over the years, he no longer sold larger fluffy items like life preservers, so the actual cubic space he needed dwindled.

He bought a Dodge van with a 360. That thing was constantly in the shop for everything from rear-end (pinion bearings) to transmission, emissions electronics, all sorts of crap. It lasted to about 120K miles, but cost him dearly in maintenance.

He started to look at the newer Dodge/Mercedes vans with the small diesel. I took him aside, and explained that the Ford modular engines and the new 5-speed Torqshift were the greatest thing ever, and he should take a look.

Wound up getting an E350 with the 5.4, that had a Dana 70 rear end. It was 2005. That van lasted right up until he sold the business 2 years ago. 10 years of crushing stop-and-go Long Island traffic, it never skipped a beat, and just kept on going. I think it needed an idler pully for the sepentine belt. Once. Had around 200K miles on it and was still going strong, and he got a good price for it when he sold it. Needed brakes every 20-30K miles, and all the normal maintenance items like fluids.

In 2007, he picked up an E250 for a little lighter duty deliveries, with a 4.6. Same thing. Never missed a beat. One thing it did do, however, the water pump leaked at around 15K miles. Dealer took it in, next day it was back. Never another thing done to it except brakes and fluids. Another 200K miles truck, running strong in 2015 when it was sold.

You can't go wrong with either an E350 or an E250 as long as you realize what you're limited to with the 250. No overloading, and you'll be fine with a 250. The 350 will take almost anything you throw at it.

An E150 is almost what I'd consider an SUV or a Crossover, no real weight rating and if you do put any weight in it, it won't like it, handle like crap, and probably couldn't stop

Anyway, Merry Christmas, all.
 
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Minor correction, the 2005 E350 I mentioned about have, I believe, a 4R75W 4-speed auto.
 
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Iím glad to read your story about the 5.4L vans.
And couple that with my current V10 van exceeding 330,000 miles- Iím feeling pretty good about my purchase. If this $3700 van makes it to 300,000 miles Iíll be in excellent shape.
I cant shake the idea of going back and buying the 2nd one he had for sale. I feel like I could flip it for a very quick profit.
 
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I don't know about on the 05 vans but my 05 Expeditions 4r75 has been bullet proof other than that particular year they used a plastic check ball for the torque-converter lockup and it can crack. Cheap fix with updated parts.

4.6 and 4R75 should be a combination that runs forever in my experience. Not fast though. Lol
 
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I drove the ďnewĒ van home today.
Man that 4.6 is wimpy.
 
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What did you expect?
It is literally an Escort engine Plus a dirt bike engine smaller than the V10 you are used to.
 
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