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    Default Express/Savana purchase advice wanted

    I am familiar with GM late model vans, having owned a 2002 Savana G2500, which was sold in 2006. I am back in the market looking for a 2005 - 2007 G1500 or G2500, on a limited budget.
    What I am finding is my price range ($6,000 - $7,500) are vans with 100k to 140K., mostly with fleet history.
    How big a gamble am I taking buying a high mileage van with good maintainence history?
    In your opinion, should I move my budget to say $7,500- $9,000, and buy a unit in a range of say 65,000 to 90,000 miles?
    Your experience and advice is appreciated!!

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    Jr. Apprentice
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Saint Clair Shores Michigan


    This is a tough call. If it were me I would move into whatever was in the budget. Don't over extend the budget! You need to sleep at night.
    Here is my experience... I have owned my 2000 Express since new. My first big ticket repair came at 72,481 miles. (fuel pump) My second big ticket repair came at 93,947 miles. (intake manifold gasket) After that all has been good. I'm at 139,000.
    As you know anything is possible. I would look for lower miles and a documented good maintenance plan.
    2011 Chevy Express 1500 AWD
    Pin Striped, AVS Bug Shield, Rear Splash Guards

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    There are tons of vans out there if you aren't picky about options or colors. You can find a good used one. I would have bought a used one but I had specific needs. I had to have a sliding cargo door, rear flip out windows, tilt, power, no windows on the rear sides and windows on the cargo door and it was hard to find all that in an AWD. So I went new.
    2010 GMC Savana AWD
    Silver Metallic, 5.3L, 3.73 Gears and G80 Heavy Duty Locking Rear Differential, American Racing Off Road Series ATX Chrome Assaults 17X8, BFG T/A KO's 245/70/17 (Stock Size).
    Alpine ida-x303 head unit, Alpine Power Pack, Alpine SPS-600 Speakers
    Viper 350HV car Alarm
    Coverking Neoprene Seat Covers
    42" Slider Windows
    Custom Bed with 6" Memory Foam Mattress
    Avery Berber Carpet

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    I looked for 2 months before I found mine.

    '08 Savana std nose, slide door, windows, locks, CD

    White i didn't want, but its growing on me........LOL. But seriously I love this thing

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