10th Jun 2008, 22:38
I have a 1993 Chevy high top 5.7L (Tiara class motor coach) conversion van. I'm getting the 14.7, almost 15mpg that it's supposed to get in the city but not the 19mpg on the highway. As a matter of fact I'm getting 14.1mpg/HW, less than my city mpg. I think I have a bad rear axle. Other than that, it's very comfortable and has around 260,000 miles on the engine, give or take 10,000.
Update 21st May 2010:
It now has about 279,000. I found out it gets like 14.1mpg/HW because of the interior customization weight and un-aerodynamic hightop roof that takes off like 4mpg. I with my van had a diesel in it, it would get 10mpg MORE!
11th Jun 2008, 18:45
I have a mint 1990 Chevrolet DC Conversion, and it runs like new. I also have a new GM SUV and it is hard to choose what to drive between the 2.
I just put a larger flat screen color TV directly over the former recessed TV area, and added DVD. With the Duracell 600 box in the back, I can run both for up to 7 hours without running the engine. Great on long trips. I have dual battery setup from the factory and do not even use anymore unless I want to leave the overhead lighting on for a while.
In spite of gas pricing, this is a fantastic vehicle to own... great seating, comfort, pull next to a lakefront, beach or even a park and watch TV/DVD instead of being stuck at home. I have a new radiator, brakes, tires, and other than having it detailed, that's the extent of its repairs. I also have the tow package.
I am very impressed as well with the factory Conversion Cadillac Ditzler paint, which still looks great after 18 years.
2nd Aug 2008, 21:32
I have a 1995 Midway Chevy conversion van with a 5.7 engine, and 4 speed transmission w/OD. I have 121,000 hard miles on it. By hard, I mean three trips from New Jersey to Anchorage, Alaska and back without any problems other than two flat tires and a few paint chips on the lower running boards. I keep it tuned and serviced regular. I only use Quaker State oil and have had no problems. It gets around 20 mpg +-. Engine has never been opened and no leaks anywhere. I plan on keeping it for a very long time. This van has never let me down.
3rd Jan 2010, 12:41
I own a 1995 G20 with just over 100,000 miles. I love my van; very comfortable, nice ride. I pull a 25 foot travel trailer that it pulls without any problems...
13th Sep 2010, 19:17
I have a 1995 G20 conversion van, and the frame is rusting to pieces. This van came from the Midwest, and I understand that they use salt on their roads, but a van 15 years old should not be headed for the junkyard! I am very, very displeased!
14th Sep 2010, 19:54
My 90 in the saltbelt survived with undercarriage washes and buying a metal carport; under a grand for mine installed.
15th Jan 2011, 19:01
I have owned a 1995 G20 Explorer High Top Conversion since May 2010, and I love it! Fuel consumption is on par with my extended cab GMC. It is very rusty and not well maintained, but I got it for next to nothing, and it is the best looking conversion I've ever seen. Leather and wood. Gizmos everywhere. I've heard Explorer made the best one, and I believe it after seeing how well this one has held up to the years of abuse. Smooth, powerful, comfy, and a lot of fun.
My family really enjoys taking trips in it. I wish the frame was not rusting away or I'd rebuild it and drive it forever. Even with its terminal cancerous condition, I bet I'll get quite a few years of fun out of it before it fails for good. Then I'll buy another one. It is built like a tank after all. Why don't they make 'em like this anymore?
7th Feb 2011, 06:29
My 1995 G-20 shorty conversion van has been awesome. Paid 2300 for it in May 2009 with no rust. It has 185000 on the 4.3, and runs great.
This is my second winter owning it. I live in a snowbelt. This thing has fat BF Goodrich's on the back. Last night it got me through a NNY snowstorm and held the road. Climbing and descending these hills can be treacherous, but I felt secure as I listened to a song I recorded called "snowman" over and over. You can hear the song on my site myspace/deepfreezerecords. It kept me relaxed and in a good frame of mind, which is what is really needed in a blizzard on the highway at night.
The van was customized by "Unique Motor Coach". Its logo is "UMC". They did a nice job.
I give this van a triple A+ for handling, mileage, reliability, comfort, (heat works great too!) style etc. I went to Old Forge NY last summer with it. Had a blast with my new wife.
Just wish I had this back in 1995, even though my 1975 straight 6, 3 on the tree was also reliable. Went across the U.S.A. playing every dive bar that would have us four in mid-winter. Michigan to Iowa to Wisconsin, and all around the mid west and Canada.
I paid 500 dollars for it, and only put new tires on the front and set sail. It was so rusty and cold, we froze terribly.
The muffler fell off near Chicago as we flew toward Michigan one night. And a bolt came off the shifter somewhere on a Sunday, so I replaced it with a bolt from the battery.
The wiper came off in a windstorm. Put the passenger one on the driver's side. And my Mr. break-it singer broke the linkage one night > Never lend the van!!
The van did sputter and die occasionally as there was rust in the lines. I had skull drive as I poured gas into the carb to get us to the exit. Then she just took off and ran fine. So yes I do have a great love for all things Chevy.
I currently am building my last and final hot rod. A 1968 Camaro. I found a 283 out of a 1960 Chevrolet Wrecker LCF "Low Cab Forward". Never saw it, but it must have looked cool. The junkman just had the engine left. Good thing, or I may have wanted the old beast.
Well Chevy vans trucks and cars are #1 with me. Do us all a favor, keep buying USA so we can continue to build reliable old vehicles for our future generations to afford, drive and enjoy. That's America man. I'm proud to be a part of it. And thank you GM for making my journeys possible.
7th Feb 2011, 14:59
Glad someone else feels the same. I bought a G20 for $800, and it was one of the best trucks I ever had. Never had to spend a dime on it, and it was a reliable, unstoppable tank.
I ended up selling it for $1000 after using it for 2 years and not needing it anymore, one of the best investments I ever made.
Older V-8 GM's are bulletproof, I will never own anything else, as the quality does not compare.
I'm proud to buy American and have pride in my country and its products. Imports are not more reliable in any way, plus our economy needs all the support it can get in this difficult time of recession.
People who buy American seem to be more honorable, virtuous, and caring of others.
Anytime I have been stranded on the side of the road having run out of gasoline, or needing a battery boost, it has always been someone driving a domestic that stops to help me. Seems like those people like myself have more old fashioned values that include helping those in need, and thinking of others and being helpful and considerate.
Also with my experience buying used cars, anytime I have helped friends shop for imports, the sellers have been rude, dishonest, and have often sold the car before we came to see it, and failed to call us to tell us that.
Friends don't let friends buy imports! I don't anyways..