Good morning everyone. How is your Sunday going? Mine is just fine. Today, I’m going to do something I haven’t done before at HMC. I am going to talk about a van. Now this is where we might blur the lines between commercial and personal car ownership. But you know what, I don’t care. It’s my blog, my rules.
So why would this be a fleet issue? Well, you see, the van in question is a 2003 Chevy Express G3500 15-passenger van. It has a V8 6.0 litter Vortec engine and history of being used for commercial purposes. Now, what makes this story awesome is that Christi, the proud owner of this ”fleet” van is using it 100% for personal reasons. She has been using it as family transport for the past thirteen years. Mini van be damned.
Christi tells me that the Express still starts well, but seems to have developed a clunk in the front end. The transmission, however shifts well. She does state there are two major problems with the Chevy. The paint is failing pretty hard, and there is a lot of rust at the roof near the windshield. Two serious issues which, much like gum disease, can really ruin a good day. Christi tells me her husband, father and the rest of her family have put a ton of maintenance into the van over the years, and its last major repair was a DIY camshaft position sensor that her 21-year-old daughter put work into.
Christi also states that the van has left her stranded twice. Once was due to a manufactures’ defect in the drive shaft bearing only days after the van was purchased. The other, was due to the aforementioned camshaft sensor failure, which shut down the engine.
Christi says she LOVES her van and despite its shortcomings, she is sticking with it. It also appears to be the kind of vehicle which brings the entire family together, unlike a mid-life crisis Porsche. The most up-do-date ODO reading is 313, 818 miles, which isn’t too surprising for a fleet van, but impressive for a fleet van used in a personal setting. Christi, keep us updated on your van. Thanks for sharing your story with us.