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Old 06-06-2023, 01:08 PM   #1
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Newbie looking at 2009 Chevy Xpress 3500.

Hi. Just getting into all this and came across a 2009 Chevrolet express 3500 for sale at a local place. Little under 30,000 miles. 4.8L. And they’re asking a little under $35,000. From a tiny bit of research seems like that’s about double the worth? Just looking for some more “expert” advice from some of y’all. Looking to use it mostly for working out of town. Adding a bed, shower, and kitchen area. Enough electric for a fridge, a/c, heat, and tv/computer if possible. Any advice given would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-06-2023, 01:32 PM   #2
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that price is way to high in my opinion and i think that engine is to small for a bus.
i have an 04 3500 express with the gas 6.0 in it and with 130,000 on it and i payed 3500$ for it 4 years ago.
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Old 06-06-2023, 01:42 PM   #3
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Too high

I also think the price is too high. I'm not honestly all that familiar with the GM 4.8L small block, but specs say that peak torque values are somewhere around 280-290 foot lbs at 4,900 rpm - 5,400 rpm.

Part of my thought process on the too-high price is that this engine is kind of an entry level engine as well. I honestly don't know how well it will do in your application, but the above poster says they have the bigger version of this engine and thinks the smaller one would not perform well.

It looks like some of these vans have a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. You'd be winding up this engine to high rpms to achieve the power output to move this thing around, especiallyon hills I think...

Ask them to put something super heavy in it and drive it to see how it does lol
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Old 06-06-2023, 01:48 PM   #4
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the company i work for has many year model of the chevy cutaway box trucks with this engine and most of them struggle loaded down and barely make it to 200,000. and that is with a UHAUL box not a bus body.
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Old 06-06-2023, 02:11 PM   #5
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Good info to know. He didn't actually say it's a bus body. Well, if it is, I definitely agree it's underpowered with added weight and probably worse aerodynamics.
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Yeah it’s a bus body. I believe Collins? And it’s an old church bus in the Appalachian mtns.
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