"Absolutely a beast. I love this van. I have a 1993 5.7L V-8, bought it at 30k miles and currently have 138k miles on it. ZERO PROBLEMS! The drivetrain is amazing, it still shifts perfect. I built some shelving in the back for tools and it is a perfect van for contracting. I have driven it to countless job sites. I wish I didn't change professions... now I have to get rid of it :(
Excellent buy for the price, find one with low miles and it will go for ages."
"I've had my van for 14years. It is a 1994 light-duty G30 standard wheelbase, 5.7 liter V8, 4L60E transmission and no A/C. This van's engine and transmission lasted me 100k, and I bought it with 178k of hard service miles. With regular oil changes, chassis lubes, and yearly tune-ups, the G-series will serve you faithfully. They are very cheap to acquire and maintain. When buying one, be sure to look for evidence of the windshield seal leaking. If you spot rust stains on the interior side of the firewall, or soggy carpet, that is usually the cause. Repair will be around $1k if you have it done right. The front suspension on G30s needs a good shakedown every 10 years, depending on how gentle you are with the van. MPG with payload varies, but it's around 12mpg combined average. I don't mind at all, because new Sprinter/Transit work vans cost $35,000... Not to mention they can't touch the G-series reliability. I put a new engine and trans in mine recently. Looks like I'm set for the next 25 years. I've installed various factory options to make the van more livable. This thing is a tank and I love it. Best investment you can make in a work van. As sure as the sun rises, my van will be there when I need it."
"I got my van in 2008 and have had to make repairs to it but it runs great. The rust is another story but it does everything i need it to do. From towing to moving or road trips. The 4.3 v6 has been very good to me."