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#206 of 477 Explorer 2000 X Package
Mar 07, 2000 (5:34 am)
Thanks for the information on the StarCraft.
*** EXPLORER VAN INFORMATION ***
For everyone else that is looking for a new Conversion van here is my experience(opinion/information) on Explorer.
1. If Explorer treats customers they way the treat prospects, don't buy one! Here is why.
I sent e-mails to HQ, and to the regional rep, I also called HQ and the regional rep, I paged the regional rep. And guess what. No one would call me back and no one responded back to my e-mails. I finally reached someone at HQ on the phone and they would not talk to me they said I had to talk to the regional rep....who doesn't return calls, e-mails or pages.
2. Quality - the van does seem very well made, and I have not heard anything to change that feeling.
3. Price - I was looking at a 2000 GMC with the X package (fully loaded all the bells and whistles) sport top. The sticker price was $46,900. I got the GMC dealer in Manassas, VA. down to $39,500. He told me his cost on the van was $37,000. If he went below 39,500 he felt he was not going to make any money on the deal... lets see, GMC has a $500 dealer incentive on the savana, and I was going to order my van so 3% holdback was another $750+ I guess this dealer wants more than $3000 profit on each van they sell. Lets see if their tune changes closer to the end of the month. But I must say, at this point I am no longer interested in owning an Explorer Package.
My current van the 93 Starcraft I also bought new. The sticker in 93 was $38,000 we paid $25,000. I hope all this information helps anyone else that is looking to purchase a new Conversion van.
P.S. StarCraft answers e-mails and phone calls.
Mar 08, 2000 (11:34 pm)
I too once owned a Starcraft and found the company to be very good to work with.
Mar 11, 2000 (5:08 am)
My wife and I have 4 young kids and one on the way. We are interested in a conversion van that seats 8 or 9 comfortably. Any suggestions as to models? Is there such a thing as a conversion van with 4 bucket seats and two bench seats? Thanks in advance for the info. John
Mar 11, 2000 (5:00 pm)
I've never seen the configuration you are looking for.
Mar 11, 2000 (9:09 pm)
Jordan Ford in San Antonio Texas recently had a Ford extended conversion van with 6 captains chairs and a rear bench. Don't remember the conversion company, and had never seen one like it before. You might contact them for more information about a coversion van that seats more than 7.
Mar 11, 2000 (9:19 pm)
I currently have a 1990 Ford E150 Explorer conversion van. I have been extremely pleased with it. It was recently totaled in an accident and I am looking to replace it. My experience with Explorer has been very good so far. I contacted the company, and got the name of the local rep. He called me immediately, and has been very responsive. I have identified the options I want, and will have to order one from the factory, but the rep has been very easy to work with. I have looked at all the conversions around San Antonio, and, am still a big Explorer fan.
I have four kids, and with the exception of one overhead light, everything on my 1990 still works. I have been very impressed with the quality of the conversion, and that's the main reason I am looking at replacing it with an Explorer.
The only difference is that I am looking at a new GMC Savana instead of a Ford this time around. Anybody have any input on the Savana? I'm looking at the 1500 with the 5.7L V8. Occasionally, I tow a utility trailer and a 3000 lb. pontoon boat.
#212 of 477 Selling My Econoline
Mar 13, 2000 (2:03 am)
Due to a change in personal circumstances, I am not using my 97 Econoline E-150 with the Glaval Hightop conversion, and want to sell it. I won't be trading it in - just selling it, sad to say.
My questions are -
1) how do I find out what a reasonable price is - (20,000 miles, properly maintained, 5.4 V8, Electric Seats and Windows, running boards, and a stupid little TV that we never use.)
2) what is the best way to go about selling it?
(I should add that I tried taking it to a local CarMax here in Gaithersburg MD and got a price which I desperately hope is too low (14,800).
Mar 13, 2000 (8:33 pm)
The conversion wholesale can be estimated at 41-43% and the retail at 55-57% of original msrp. Glaval chooses not to release price info to the likes of NADA.
You can check Edmunds for cargo van values.
Absent the msrp, if the CarMax price is a wholesale price you could add 2,500 to 3,000 for retail price.
Mar 14, 2000 (2:58 am)
Quinn - thanks for the info re Jordan Ford. I called but the conversion they had in stock had six captains' chairs but no rear bench. I emailed some of the coverter companies directly; it can be madeon an extended version van; but it may not be worth the extra price. Thanks for your assistance, John
#215 of 477 Quality Check on Van Converters
Mar 15, 2000 (2:47 am)
I've been shopping for a late model used con version van for a few weeks now and have run across a few companies that I don't have any information on. Anyone have information on quality, owner satisfaction, web site address, etc. on these converters? Eclipse, Sherrod, Regency, Jayco, American, and Gulf Stream. I can be contacted at dalegahotmail.com. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!