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Conversion Van Pricing

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  • AllynAllyn Posts: 1
    Want to buy a 1998 Chevy Astro All wheel drive Mark III conversion. The dealer's price is $36,000. The Astro appears to be about $20,000 at invoice. What could a good price be?
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Allyn,
    I had a bit of a problem with your e-mail address.

    New MSRP on the Mark III;
    LE 4948, LE Sport 7048, SE 4048

    Jerry
  • Could someone please help me find the dealers costs for 1998 conversion van prices. I located the Kelly's Blue Book and Edmunds dealers costs for cars and cargo vans but can not locate any information on conversion vans. I would be very greatful if you could help me out. My E-mail address is Jiggler2@Aol.com.
    Thanks
    Sally :o)
  • vango2vango2 Posts: 1
    Any good websites for used conversions? Looking for '96-'98 Chevy or Ford Explorer low miles. Went to Exp website-not much there.
  • bruce5bruce5 Posts: 4
    I am considering a conversion van. My wife would be the primary driver, and as such, she wants to stay with a shorter van. The options are either the Chevy Astro/GMC Safari, or a Dodge 1500, which is equipped with the 3.9 liter V-6.. I know that the Dodges can be had at a lower cost than the GMC or Fords, but what am I getting for my money with the basic conversion. What separates a good conversion from a lessor conversion. I'm looking at things like floors, windows, insulation, wiring, and seat construction. They all look pretty good on the lot, but what happens a year or two down the road? What about the dependability and the durability of the Dodge 1500 vs. the Astro? I have looked at the Imperial conversions
    of which one lady was lamenting the durability on her unit. They were at a very reputable GMC dealer in my area. How do you weigh these two factors? There is the old saying, that you get what you pay for.
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Bruce5:
    Here are some conversion company web sites you might choose to visit. I've personnally owned both Starcraft and Coachmen and would classify them as very good. I would first decide on the conversion company, then on the van manufacturer.
    My wife is 5'1" and has no aversion to driving our full size Ford. You might want to test drive a full size unit before ruling it out.

    http://www.coavans.com/
    http://www.starcraftcorp.com/scdiv.htm
    http://www.markiii.com/markiii.htm
    http://www.regencyvans.com/
    http://www.lawest.com/
    http://www.delegant.com/

    I would agree that you usually get what you pay for.

    Jerry
  • I have a 1997 D0DGE Ram 2500 extended length conversion van . For my money i don't think these can be beat . Mine was made by MARK III . Carpeting is beatiful , 4 captains chairs and 1 rear bench seat . Power windows , locks speed control , front and rear heat and air conditioning , Shades on all the windows , 318 V8 with 4 speed auto , will tow 7000 lbs. I paid $18400 brand new before trading in our 92 Ford Taurus . These are cheaper than a midsize car or minivan . So far I have no gripes at all , it is wonderful to travel in and the 1998 vans are supposed to have all new dashes in them to look a little more modern . It also has really thick fiberglass insulation in the back walls . They aren't gas misers , but I knew that going in . About 18 MPG on the highway . The van I bought is nice looking Maroon color with graphic stripes , chrome wheels with raised white letter tires so it looks pretty sporty also . A little bit of a chore to get into tight parking spots . For the money though these can't be beat . I have seen the base model 1500 vasns around here for about $15000 , that gets you a V6 and a 3 speed auto .
    If you do alot of traveling though these are wonderful . So far only 2 minor problems that i will have fixed soon , the bulb that is on the ignition switch burned out already and I'm getting a slight seepage of tranny fluid around a sensor .
  • We are looking at a Windstar MarkIII conversion
    van. I have the 1998 Edmund's book, but
    it does not list the prices for the conversion
    van. Does anyone know where I can obtain
    a price guide for MarkIII Windstar vans?
    Thanks...
  • I'm looking for pricing guides on Chevy Conversion vans. There are so many different makes it is hard to price them. I also haven't seen any distinction for raised roof vans. Any help is appreciated.
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    alwayslooking,

    N.A.D.A. Appraisal guides are a recognized source for estimated market valuations. They publish many different guides, one of which is the "Van/Truck Conversion and Limousine Appraisal
    Guide". Edmunds site does not presently offer
    market valuations for "conversions". Check your
    local library or possibly your credit union to see
    and use the publication. Another good source for
    market values in your area are papers like "Auto
    Swapper" that contain many "For Sale by Owner" ads.

    Jerry
  • I just bought a 98 brand new Dodge Conversion Van by MarkIII, So far its so good but I think I was cheated because on the sticker it shows the mileage is 14 MPG City and 17 MPG Highway, but actually the highway mileage was only 13 MPG just below of the sticker of 14 MPG.
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Clemente,

    You will probably need to put 5,000 or more miles on your van before your mpg levels out. My '97 Ford sticker say 15 and 20. It started at 13 everyday driving and seems to have setteled in at 15 everyday. I too had hoped for better efficiency. I had hoped to achieve 17 in my daily driving.

    Jerry
  • jim61jim61 Posts: 1
    My son is looking to purchase a van (not a high top) with a strong towing capacity. V6 with all dealer options except leather and moon roof. He would prefer six captains chairs. If rear wheel drive, limited slip differential is preferred. What van would you recommend? Where can he purchase this van? Would prefer to trade in the Jackson Tennessee/Memphis area. Will tade a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport with all dealer options except leather and moonroof. 110,000 highway miles. Asked for a quote on a Duarango SUV as a secondary choice from autobuytel.com and got a 30 second time out notification. Sent message to system administrator.
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    To G Grant,
    Mine is a 97 Ford with the 4.6L Triton V8 and auto trans. Now has 14K miles on it. I don't expect any further improvement in fuel economy. The 95 Chevy I drove had a 5.7L V8 and managed 14 to 15 mpg.

    Jerry
    PS E-mail was returned
  • budnybudny Posts: 1
    I am trying to locate a price comparison sheet for used hi-top conversion vans
  • For those of you looking for new conversion van prices; I just called the company that makes the conversions and told them that by using the internet I could find the dealer invoice for any production automobile. If they would like for me to purchase one of their fine vans then I would need a copy of the actual or invoice cost of the conversion. Most allowed me to talk to a sales rep. They provided me with the invoice and some were even happy for me to purchase it direct. PS Haven't bought yet but still looking.
  • You can all add these conversion company websites to jboater's posting #33:

    www.customcraftvehicles.com
    www.centurionvehicles.com
    www.travelq.com
    www.tuscany-vans.com
  • flrcvg:

    I am curious as to what conversion companies you
    contacted. Was Explorer one of them?

    convbyr.
  • I contacted Explorer back in early September but ended up placing an order through a smaller, custom, conversion shop about 5 hours away from me.

    The custom conversion company is a customer of the bank I work for. They were substantially less than Explorer's direct price and probably much better in quality. I took the tour one Saturday afternoon with the owner-- very enlightening. They were very meticolous in every aspect/detail. He sold me on the quality issues. I'm sure Explorer is also very good but they are more like an assembly line. I've been waiting 6 weeks for my van to be completed. Explorer promised delivery in 2 weeks. A lot of this is back log, but some is in the detail.

    I still haven't asked my converter how GM and dealers feel about direct through the converter purchases/contacts. The van must be purchased through an authorized dealer-- in my situation the dealer will make a small amount (holdback--maybe part of the dealer cash) because it is essentially found money for them. Still, I believe larger companies like Explorer must have rebates back to the dealer. The price they gave me was $3-4000 over what is should have been but still a great, no haggle, price. By the way, the Explorer rep wouldn't negotiate on price and got miffed when I told him what his competition was.

    Explorer advertises in the classifieds of local papers. Good luck, my van should be ready late next week.
  • I've been looking into custom conversions, but I'm looking for a company that will do the entire interior to my specs, not just the options. Who is the converter you are using, where are they located and did they do the conversion as you wanted it (ie. not a standard conversion with options to your liking).
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