Bought a G20 full conversion van for the family and towing a race trailer around. More room the any SUV and better towing. Bought it used with 50000 and broke down recently at 93000 from a busted ignition lock.
Rear fold down bed and 17" with full entertainment system.
6 speed Alison transmission as the 4 speed does not offer any towing abilities.
This vehicle is a conversion done by Explorer. Captain's chairs front and center with the bench seat in the back that makes down into a bed. Mechanically, the van has exceeded initial expectations. Got it used with approx 60K miles. Made many long trips with kids as well as daily 3o mile commute to work. Still on original motor. Driver's side window has been biggest problem; power window motor has gone out 3 times. Passenger side window motor has gone out twice. Initially got 15/19 mpg. Due to excess miles, now gets 12/14. Usual mechanical/electrical problems that go with most aging cars, but all have been repaired when they arise and the van is still going.
Since van is a conversion, favorite features would be the rear seat that makes into a bed. A lifesaver for long trips with young children. Sitting higher off ground for better view of highway ahead is a definite plus. Handles well for such a large vehicle. Easy to park. ABS brakes are a plus.
A stronger a/c would have been desirable. Coastal Texas summers can make it hard to cool the inside compartment; even with the rear a/c unit. Better insulation of motor housing to cut the engine noise and further reduce ambient heat from motor would be good.
This vehicle is very dependable, roomy
and easy to drive for it's size. Fuel
economy is equal to more modern
vehicles that weigh much less with
smaller engines. The 350 V8 get
around 15 mpg city and 19 to 20
highway. Overall build quality was
good for it's day but styling is a
little dated now. Great for
interstate trips kids don't get cranky
and old folks just chill out.
Interior is conversion type and I just
love the foldout bed and captains
chairs. With the mood lights on it is
very restful sort of like a limo.
Sound system is primitive needs to be
upgraded also drivers seating position
and closeness to steering wheel make
it a bit tight.
I am original owner. Single mom 2 kids,
sports and 1/2 the neighborhood
outgrew great 92 Prizm. Mechanically
has been a great. Prob.with valve in
gas tank right off, was fixed, never
had anymore problems. Drivers pwr
window motor went $250.(after
warranty). Phoenix (flat land) about
20/22. Now Missouri hills only get
17mpg. Built on 2 ton steel truck
frame V6 eng. Loses speed up
hills. Only other problem is something
in fuel line. Can't park facing up
hill or clogs won't start. Park facing
downhill - no problem. Over all it has
been a great workhorse. I have run it
a lot and hard and it just keeps
Roomy, 3rd seat makes into bed.
Great for vacation napping, and naps
during lunch hour. Take out middle
seats (easy to do) and
you can haul everything but a just not
the fridge (it's too tall)
Rear bumper should have stuck out
further to avoid poles and cars from
hitting spare tire and breaking the
fiberglass cover that conseals it.