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Quarter million mile update on my TC

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I hit 250k miles about a month ago so I thought I'd update the group.  Still dead reliable but I FINALLY had to do brakes on it.  Well I had to do one side of the rear brakes, the other side still had life and since I was doing the rears I went ahead and did front rotors and pads but they could have gone another 100k, not even joking haha!  Did another windshield in the spring but otherwise this thing just doesn't quit.  I should do shocks as it does slam over some things now but its really not that bad and not 'floaty' at all.  Lastly I noticed a couple weeks ago that when I put the van into reverse the rear sensors turn themselves off after a couple seconds but I feel like its doing me a favor as I almost always turned them off haha!

 

Covid slowed down my mileage pretty good but I still did 50k in the last year.  I worked from home for about 5 months but I was going riding on my dirt bike, mountain biking, etc quite a bit so I still drove a lot.  Somewhat sad to say but now my TC has been relegated to weekend/utility use. I picked up a passat diesel because I know that I can only be this lucky for so long with it and I am piling miles on again so I'd be at 300k by spring or so.  I wanted to make the move before I had down time for repairs as that is a huge PITA for me and how busy I am.  I'll save about $4k a year in fuel too so that will be super nice.  I plan to keep the TC for a while since it's worth about $7 with all the miles and its still super useful to me.  I still get comments all the time about how cool it looks and stuff and its really still in very good shape other than all the rock chips on the front. 

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Thanks for the great up date!

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Sadly I said goodbye to the trusty transit today!  I stopped driving it daily a few months ago when I got a new vehicle for work use and my boys are getting into riding dirt bikes and all that with their old man.  The transit is just not big enough to drag around all our stuff so I posted it for sale last night and sold right away.  Final mileage was 257,000 and I'm sure there are many more miles left in it!  I'll be buying a Chevy Express extended length to build a moto van out of.  I'll be able to put several bikes inside and still plenty of room for us.  Can't wait to start the build!

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24 minutes ago, Spooner said:

I said goodbye to the trusty transit today! 

Condolences for your loss.

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Into your vehicle hall of fame it goes.  Is the Express new or used  ? If new did you look at a Transit?

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I haven’t bought one just yet but I’ll buy used. I would like a transit but this will be a second vehicle pretty much only used when I’m riding dirt bikes and mountain bikes so I don’t want to spend a ton. 

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9 hours ago, Spooner said:

I don’t want to spend a ton. 

Under stand that.  Hey take your time just the right deal could come up.  A raised  roof would be stellar for loading bikes.

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Found a pretty good one today and picking it up tomorrow.  Wanted a 2010+ extended 3500 passenger version so I would get the 6.0 and 6 speed and found a 2011 nearby that checked all the boxes with only 112k on it.  It needs a little work from sitting outside but not too terrible.  It was a little strange seeing how bare bones these things are compared to my VW and old TC but that's also kinda nice at the same time.  Especially when I'm just gonna gut the interior haha!

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Nice  The 6.0 is a great simple engine.  All of mine sit outside so a non issue for me.

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