Thanks for your time and attention! Usually when I’m looking for a used vehicle (which has been all my vehicles!), I research reliability, performance and other statistics in Consumer Reports Guides to Used Cars. And then I know, if I’m interested in a Subaru Impreza for example, which years tended to have what problems, performance and safety issues, etc.
But if I’m researching older vans, is there any source of information like this besides word of mouth?
Just for backstory and more about my intentions, I lived in my 67 VW bus when I was in my mid 20s, off and on for a couple of years. It was a dream of mine…and it’s still alive. However at almost 66 and with a couple of recent surgeries behind me, I know I need more comfort than I did then. And I want to proceed cautiously, and not spend much money until I’m sure I want to jump in full-time.
So I’m looking at older Class Bs, though honestly they have more ‘stuff’ in them than I think I need and have a more crowded feeling than I’d like. I’d like to be able to put my yoga mat down on the floor on those days when the weather/external environment doesn’t allow me to be outside.
So I’m also looking at passenger vans. And…because of said surgeries and budget issues, I really don’t want to have to do too much to it. A level clean floor, a basic bed build or cot, some simple furniture, campstove, water jugs…I’m more than good with keeping it simple to start with.
But how do I find out which vans, which engines, which years are still reliable? I’m told Dodge is good but can have rust issues. I’ve heard to avoid Fords after 1999. I’ve been told Chevys are good.
Budget is about $10,000 though I would go to 15K if it didn’t need anything right away.
Thanks so much for your time and any advice or wisdom you care to share! Much appreciated.