I purchased a 1992 Ford E150 Conversion Van brand new in 1992, and was also disappointed in the overall reliability of the vehicle. Below is a sampling of the problems I had. The mileage is listed on the left and the problem on the right. Notice when the ball joints and transmission went out:
22914.0 - Sleeves for suspension
49980.0 - Rear air conditioner
56983.0 - Ball joints, brakes, tires
65488.0 - Transmission
80477.0 - Brakes (all around)
85846.0 - Muffler
94873.0 - Radiator
103552.0 - Rear bearing seal
104443.0 - Oil pan gasket
108412.0 - Oil change
109107.0 - Starter
109107.0 - Solenoid
111218.2 - Brakes (front)
117457.9 - Fuel pump, filler hoses
117494.0 - Fuel filter, oil change
130486.0 - Front brakes, right front rotor
131256.0 - Radiator
134382.0 - Intake manifold gasket
135552.1 - Rear brakes
136092.0 - Muffler
136394.0 - Driver window motor
140052.0 - Front right brake pads.
140373.0 - Front left brake pads.
142738.0 - Replaced alternator
144988.7 - Front brakes and rotors
144988.7 - Driver's side door lock actuator
145706.0 - Oxygen sensor
150184.0 - Speed sensor
I went through quite a few sets of tires until the tire company put 6 ply tires on it in place of 4 ply tires. This was my second Ford van (which was also a money pit). I am through with Ford vans.
I simply cannot believe what I'm seeing here. The earliest post was dated December 2003, and the last one before this one was dated sometime in 2012; that means that the vans being reviewed here were anywhere from 11-21 years old at the time the reviews were posted. Did you people expect your vans to be in factory new condition with no repairs required?
Most of the posts also failed to mention the mileage that was on the vehicle when each of the repairs was done. If you buy a vehicle this old with hundreds of thousands of miles on it, then you should expect there to be a wide variety of both major and minor repairs that are going to be required immediately or soon. The posts I am seeing here border on being libelous.
If you want a new conversion van, then save up the money and buy one, but don't buy a decrepit, old van for $500 that's on its last legs, then publicly slam the manufacturer or the conversion company when something breaks.
Are you serious? Really? The vast majority of the items that you mentioned are all regular maintenance items, and a lot of them should have been replaced a lot sooner than at the mileages where you replaced them. So you buy a van, then disregard the scheduled maintenance intervals, and somehow it is the fault of the manufacturer?