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What kind of van is that?

September 23rd, 2012

the beatstIt’s a rare beast, it is.

It’s a GMC Savana. There are lots of ’em out there.

It’s got AWD to keep us rolling instead of looking for a tow. That makes it ‘rare’… at least in some parts of the country.

The AWD is rounded out by positraction. Apparently, most of these rigs come with an open differential rather than posi. With posi and AWD, it drives like it’s on rails. Finding AWD with posi was already in the realm of ‘nice, but unlikely’.

It has the Pro package which gives it fancy pop out side panels. About as rare as AWD, but combined with AWD, a pretty odd duck to find.

the beast

It came with the Pro Plus package that added low power fluorescent lighting in 5 different places. We didn’t really care about this, but it’s proven itself to be a very nice addition. They’re bright enough to double as outdoor lighting.

The real kicker is that it’s got both AWD and Pro on a 2500, which gives it better hauling and towing capacity. And THAT makes it unobtainable. They don’t make ’em. And according to some, they never have. 2003 was the last year for AWD in a 2500 and I believe it was the first year for the Pro package.

It had less than 90k miles on a 10 year old van in very nearly perfect mechanical shape. The guy that ordered this one knew exactly what he wanted and he took good care of it.

At least up until the point when it had a couple of rocker panels smashed in and the doors banged up. That’s probably when he took it out and shot it. I’m not kidding… I’m just glad he used birdshot.

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5 Responses to “What kind of van is that?”

  1. Judith says:

    Cool. Very cool.

    • jenn says:

      Thanks! We are pretty happy with it. We researched long and hard and finally found exactly what we were after for a reasonable price. So far, it’s been everything we were hoping that it would be.

  2. JD3 says:

    I’m calling your van Unobtainium.
    JD3 recently posted..Smiles, Snakes & Sunsets

  3. Blars says:

    Looks like it’s time to update your “Tech Specs”, some things have changed in the last 5 years….
    Blars recently posted..mirror-shelf

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