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  • That is helpful, yet ours is not a Hi-top. Would it be more accurate if I provided more complete listing of the features? (Well, I suppose that is a silly question, isn't it?)

    I could fax/email/copy&paste here, the features list I typed up a while back, if you are interested and if you don't mind looking at it again for me. Just let me know.

    Thanks!
    Craig
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Craig,
    These are '94 values for the low top.
    Brougham, whsle 4,030. retail 5,230. new msrp 11,375..

    Brougham Eagle, whsle 4,440. retail 5,760. new msrp 12,490.

    Jerry
  • mdeeba1mdeeba1 Posts: 1
    Sir, a 1999 gmc savana, regency,5.7l v-8, high top, leather, 2 t.v.'s..all the toys, what is a fair price.

    thanks

    mike
  • maurermaurer Posts: 3
    Does anyone know the value of a 1997 Ford E-150
    with the Waldoch Sierra Conversion Package. The
    van has 61,000 miles. The dealer wants $18,000.
    Fair price?? The engine is the 5.4 Triton V-8.
    The van just came from the Ford Red Carpet
    Lease/auction.

    Thanks in Advance!!
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    Also feel free to ask for pricing from Car Man:

    What's a fair price for this used car ?


    guitarzan
    Community leader/Vans conference
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    maurer,

    NADA shows used whsle 4,860. and retail 6,750. on
    the conversion.
    NADA also indicates the average mileage range for
    '97 vehicle @ 30 - 35 thousand.
    Miles on the prospective van should have a
    significant adverse impact on the value of the van.
    Check Edmund's on chassis value and look closely
    at mileage adjustment.

    Jerry
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Mike,
    I'm afraid I don't have any info for you.

    Sounds like a high-end conversion and probably very nice. Sorry I can't be of some help.

    Jerry
  • jboater,
    Can you help me out need info on the following conversions for a 99 Ford E150 with a 5.4l:
    dElegant 300 or 500
    LA West Excalibur Series or Elite Series.
    Thanks in advance,

    Joe
  • ryaj12ryaj12 Posts: 8
    Joe,
    If you haven't already done so, you may want to check out lawest's demo prices on their web site www.lawest.com. They usually always carry about a dozen demos at 20-25% discount. These are low mileage demos driven by their reps.
    Joel
  • Jerry & Joel,
    Thanks for the help. I'll let you know how this works out!
    Joe
  • Jerry,

    You seem to be the answer man when it comes to conversion values. I'm looking at a 94 Grand Voyager SE with a Mark III hightop coversion. I can figure the price on the base model but not the conversion. He says he is willing to let me have it at the price a dealer quoted for trade-in $10,500.

    Thanks in advance,

    Bob Smith
  • I just found this site;been looking for a while.
    I'm also looking for any way to get an idea of what I really should pay for a van conversion. Been looking at Ford, Chevy, GMC, and Dodge, but I have the same prolem in estimating what my cost should be. Has anyone developed a percentage to deduct from the van cost and also from the conversion cost to provide a ballpark figure. Any help appreciated. Ron
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Bob,

    '94 Mark III mini van:
    msrp 6,295. used whsle. 1,670. retail, 2,180.

    Sorry for the delayed response. Haven't checked the site in several days.

    Jerry
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Ron,

    New conversion values are often near impossible to get a handle on. It's why I think it is important to have a feel for the used market in your area. As an example, if you are looking at a new Chevy/Mark III, it can be very helpful to know what its' approximate value will be in say 2 years. If you can find a couple of comparable 2 year old vans for sale, their asking prices should give some insight on the market value of the new van 2 years from now. You may choose to not purchase a $32k van if you find that its expected 2 year old value is $18k.

    Im our area, the number of conversion units has declined quite a bit. I suspect that the high prices have a lot to do with it.

    I know this doesn't give you any hard and fast rules for buying a CV. For those of us who are cost/depreciation conscious, buying and or selling a CV can be quite a chore.

    I hope you do well in your endeavor.

    Jerry
  • I would like to do my own conversion but need help finding parts. I'm looking for suppliers of windows seats reefer ect. can anyone help.
    Thanks

    Augie
  • Check out the Town Hall Accessories conference also aferrara.

    guitarzan
    Community Leader/Vans Conference
  • Jerry,
    Sorry for this late response, been away on business. Thanks for your valuable input. I didn't realize there could be such a large drop in value. I'll be looking into the used market here in eastern PA. first. Thanks again, Ron
  • robbk6robbk6 Posts: 13
    I recently bought a 94 Astro (extended body) with a Gladiator conversion. I paid 4800, it has 90000 miles(lowest of any car I have incl my 95 escort I bought new), the interior was a little worn but not terribly bad. Only problem is the TV doesn't work. Any body know of good places to find 9" tv's. On the web or actual stores are fine. My local area doesn't have anything but Sears but I do travel alot. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    Robb
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    Is this a Sears hardware or Sears department store? The department stores, even if they don't have a TV in stock (which some of them do carry 9" TV's) should also be able to order one for you. You can get a head start by checking out the major manufacturers web pages. Magnavox and Sony come to mind as making these. The Sony was much pricier than others (I used to sell them), however, it's reception was much better!

    If you have a good place to order from folks, feel free to post it!

    guitarzan
    Community Leader/Vans Conference
  • I'm looking for a place to buy a new conversion van. I'm looking for a great looking conversion kit. Mark II has one that is ok, but I'm looking for a better one.
  • fsobofsobo Posts: 2
    I'm looking to buy a 99 leftover conversation van either a Mark III, LA West, or Universal. Would like to find out what the dealers invoice is on the conversation, the same way I've found the manufactures invoice on the van and options. Can anyone help?
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    Jboater, thanks for all your help throughout this topic!

    He has a NADA book fsobo, perhaps he'll be back around soon.

    guitarzan
    Community Leader/Vans Conference
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,019
    ...Jboater is a gem!

    Thanks for all the info, Jboater!

    KarenS
    Vans host

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • fsobofsobo Posts: 2
    Thanks guitarzan & KarenS! I've seen his input and hopefully jboater will have information that will be helpful. Leaning more to the Ford E157 Universal done by Glaval. The dealer gave me a copy of his invoice from Glaval showing a $6183.oo price. Does anyone have a feel for the fairness of this document?
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Hi:
    I've been a bit busy and haven't checked in for a while.
    NADA indicates that info on Universal for model years 1997, 1998, and 1999 are not available due to a lack of response from the manufacturer for pricing info. Original MSRP's for the 1996 model year range from 8195. to 14595. depending on the conversion model.
    Mark III MSRP's on 1999 full size van models range from 4499. to 11999.
    L.A. West MSRP's on 1999 models range from 6495. to 15465. again depending on the conversion model.

    My reference to model, as an example, would be LA West Elite or Enterprise, or Excalibur. Then there are two versions of each of these defined as Low Roof and Sport Roof.

    As you can see, I would need rather specific info to provide a more detailed answer.

    Feel free to follow up if I can be of more help.

    Jerry
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    Hi again,

    THANK YOU both for the nice acknowledgement.

    I hope the info is both informative and useful to the individuals who have made the requests.

    Jerry
  • I am looking at conversion vans but don't know
    what size engine is needed and would a v6 or v8 be better which is considered safer and more reliable
    I need to also know about a 3 vs a 4 auto so when I talk to a dealer I don't sound like an idot. They ask so many questions and I wnat to make sure I am getting what is needed.
  • jboaterjboater Posts: 199
    andisgd:
    An expert I'm not. My comments are simply from my personal experience with admittedly only a few vans.
    V6 vs V8 in a full size van - The Ford I'm driving came with the 4.6L V8. I've found it to be quite okay given my use of the van. Generally, commuting and hauling personal stuff in the van. I don't tow anything with it. Personally, I lean toward a V8 because of the weight of the van. Which V8 is a matter of what is available on the "in stock" vans because I don't buy "built to order". The bigger the better, unless there is a substantial difference in EPA fuel ratings.
    Transmissions - I'm not certain, but you may not have a choice on transmissions. It looks like Ford and GM both use a 4 speed automatic. Heavy duty versions on 3/4 ton and one ton chassis.
    Conversion company - search about for a company whom you believe has a solid reputation and good product quality. It could make a difference should you have a warranty claim. It may also make a difference in overall durability of the interior, electrical, stripping, and other components installed by the conversion company.
    Test drive - on an x-way at posted speed, windows up, radio off. Listen for road and wind noise. Some conversions have little or sub-standard sound insulation and noise levels are noticeably higher than in others.
    Rear Air/Heat - this is, in my book, a must have - can't do without "option". Usually found on mid to higher priced vans. Dealers will offer after market install of this but I prefer the van manufacturer version.

    I hope this is of some help.

    Jerry
  • Jboater,

    Hi. I'm trying to figure a fair price for a '99 Chevy Express Benchmark Conversion van. It has all the bells and whistles, TV, VCP, 2 CD's, 5.7 V-8, etc. with only 3,000 miles. The dealer is asking $29,900. They seem eager to move and willing to negotiate...any suggestions? Compared to some conversion packages, the Benchmark seems to be very nice, but I don't have any idea what is a fair price for this vehicle. Thanks in advance!
    Garth
  • Jboater, et. all,

    Hi. I'm trying to figure a fair price for a '99 Chevy Express Benchmark Conversion van. It has all the bells and whistles, TV, VCP, 2 CD's, 5.7 V-8, etc. with only 3,000 miles. The dealer is asking $29,900. They seem eager to move and willing to negotiate...any suggestions? Compared to some conversion packages, the Benchmark seems to be very nice, but I don't have any idea what is a fair price for this vehicle. Thanks in advance!
    Garth
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