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    To Van or not to Van is the ?

    I really wanted to get a cargo van, before looking at the GTI Mk5...
    The more I think about it, I should have bought a van.
    The 06 VW is quick as balls and already got me in trouble ...
    The trunk is very small and run out of space for my work clothes alone, not to mention hand tools to take to the job...
    Now I look at trade in value and it makes me ill ...

    so far I have investigated the Ford E-250, good carrying capacity, V8 engine, high ride height, good for towing ski...
    BUT, FORD still has that crappy twin I beam front end that eats tires like mad ...

    The GMC savanna, has a nice interior, better front suspension, wider opening at the rear doors, powerful V8, good ride height...

    The mileage is about the same, cost is about the same...

    what aggrevates me most, is that I fell for the VW GTI (young minded) and it served the purpose of getting excellent mileage for the long far away jobs, but I sacraficed room big time...
    I can`t get dressed, warmer clothing in my VW, I don`t like to drive it with very dirty clothes on, etc. I know there are ways around seat covers etc, but I have air bags in the seats...
    I do think a van would be way more useful in the future, but i`m not willing to give my VW away and take a gigantic hit...
    If any of you are car salesman, what is your opinion on this???
    Oh what to do???

    I am driving the wifes Xterra since the weather has become increasingly cold, the VW sits in the garage while the ski is away!...Thanks...PR...


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    I'm not a salesman but...here's the current top of my short list.

    http://www.saturn.com/saturn/vehicle...otoGallery.jsp

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    that is a nice SUV or crossover, but I have a SUV already...
    The idea of the cargo van is open space for whatever, tools, parts, engines,
    you could take a crap in the damn thing is you had to ...
    I have to fold down the seats in the X, which most of the surface is plastic, crap slides, gets the inside banged up, and has limited height, can`t get a new TV in there!!!...PR...

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    Ahh 10-4.

    I drive an E250 at work....I got no complaints re it as a work horse. I got her weighing in at somewhere in the neighborhood of 9000lbs...13+ mpg average. E rated tires only. synthetic oil.

    I seem to remember back in the day...the chevy's had less interior room in the cab because the motor wasn't as far forward...body wise...engine cover took up more interior room...along with the doges...not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaRedneck View Post
    Ahh 10-4.

    I drive an E250 at work....I got no complaints re it as a work horse. I got her weighing in at somewhere in the neighborhood of 9000lbs...13+ mpg average. E rated tires only. synthetic oil.

    I seem to remember back in the day...the chevy's had less interior room in the cab because the motor wasn't as far forward...body wise...engine cover took up more interior room...along with the doges...not sure.
    true, but have a look at the new generation GMC vans.
    I think Dodge has the easiest in and out and front room to be able to spin around and go in the back of the van, but they don`t make the ram anymore, they have the hightop thing now...PR...

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    how about the dodge sprinter you can even get the cummins diesel in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    how about the dodge sprinter you can even get the cummins diesel in it
    that sprinter is fugly! not for a personal van ...PR...

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    hey pale
    I had a full size van for over 8 year (dodge ram2500) and LOVED IT.
    pulled the ski's all over the country, the nicest part is being able to "walk" threw it.
    get to the lake or jobsite and you just get up, walk back and get changed. same with cooling off or warming up. mid texas summers at the races my van became the "chill spot". thered be like 10 people in there hanging out with the AC cranked.
    just don't buy the dodge!! i had the tranny rebuilt twice in 108K i owed it.

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    Get a USED cargo van and keep your GTI.

    It's a work truck. No need for new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrotoys View Post
    Get a USED cargo van and keep your GTI.

    It's a work truck. No need for new.
    The GTI is a toy...
    it wants to go fast, but no where to go fast, know what I mean ...PR...

    besides, the van will come in handy when I start doing business for myself.
    I`m beginning to really be disgusted with my job, and have been looking to do something else...

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