So I had a 1990 beauville with somewhere around 155k miles a few years ago. I loved it. It was owned by a machanic for it’s whole life then to some hippie kid for a year whom I bought it from. The trans went out a few months after I got it. I paid a bit much, 3000. After the trans was fixed the power steering was still out and we’d have to go under the van to change from going forward to backwards. We should have went back to the machanic but we were in between living situations and moving quickly across the country. It never got fixed and now someone else owns it which broke out hearts because we really loved that van.
Now that van is gone for one reason or any other and I was given a 1992 Chevy van that was just completely rusted out. After my grandfather put 1000 into it for computer issues and whatever else, the trans went about a month later. It won’t drive backwards and hardly switches gear when driving
I sill have it and a junkyard said they’ll give 400 for it but I will call around to see if I can get anything more.
Anyhow (now to my point) there is a beauville for sale within a few hrs from me. 1992 140k miles. Only one picture (I will ask for more before checking it out). Seemingly little to no rust. Asking 3000 obo. My plan is to go up there with 2500. Test drive it, check carfax, then if all that seems good, have a mechanic inspect it for me. If all goes well and I get the thumbs up, I will start with an offer of 2000. My goal would be to get it for 2200.
My father (who would be pitching in a bit as well as seeing if my grandfather would pitch in) is giving me a hard time because it is such an old vehicle. I will be pitching in alone with my husband. It is my golden birthday this month so I am crossing my fingers!
Mind you, I plan to eventually drive this from illinois to california with my under 2 year old son to relocate us with his father, my husband who is living out there, so i need something reliable, but anything over 3000 isn’t really possible.
I want/need a van. Only other vans I see for under 3000 are dodges, cargo vans, Astros, or a Sierra- all to me sound pretty nasty. My dad wants me to get a newer dodge with similar miles but I just have a bad feeling about going with a dodge. I really like Chevy vans, especially the beauville.
Sorry for being long winded. I am no car expert, but I usually get stuck on vehicles that I have had that seemed dependable and although the trans went out on my other beauville, I would consider it reliable. After the trans got fixed it made it from San Antonio all the way up to Northern California and is still being driven to this day by a new owner.
Before that I was stuck on 97 pathfinders.
If anyone has any pros or cons on the beauville or any knowledge on the reliability of older vehicles etc, please put forth your thoughts so I can pass that along to my father or so I can use caution when checking this beauville out.
Any input would be helpful. Or suggestions.
(Pictured is the van I am wanting to look at and possibly purchase)