- Dec 15, 2002
- Buffalo Ridge (southwest Minnesota)
- '15 Golf DSG, '13 JSW DSG surrendered to VW, '03 Golf 2 door manual
Good example of the effect of rust on vehicle longevity- I used to work for Continental Baking which had thousands of those 3rd generation Econolines, both full bodies and stripped chassis with aluminum step van bodies. The Ford 300 six was utterly reliable and got decent MPG for a gasser, in fact a lot of the mechanics wondered why they even bothered with diesels in such a small truck. But the full bodied E150s in the rust belt were lucky to survive 10 years, even after Ford gave them new body panels when they were only a few years old. Under their aluminum bodies many of the step vans survived until the company's 2012 bankruptcy liquidation, especially the ones engine repowered with Cummins 4BT diesels. I've done the numbers and suspect that the economy and efficiency of those aluminum bodied Ford chassis and Ford or Cummins engines kept Continental Baking alive for several years.I have 3 TDI's , 2 over 300K miles. It is not the engine that is the problem...it is the fiddly electronic gee-gaws that eventually kill the car.
My 1978 E-150 Van (with a stick shift) is on 317K+ and doing fine. Gotta take care of the rust spots tho and have the upholstery replaced when it is tattered. I attribute the long life to the manual tranny and the engine ( 300 ci-6) NOT having any weird EPA plumbing as I ordered it with the heavy-duty GVW package which put it off the list for that stuff. On the highway, it does nicely at 65mph and makes an honest 21mpg.
NO. It's not for sale.