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Location: West Texas
Not yet an owner, but intend to soon.

I will purchase a LWB, /mid/high roof, 3.5L engine, Wagon.
I Intend to use it as a commercial mobility transporter. MPG is important but not the sole determinant, NVH is equally important. I'll be watching for long idle time problems if any on the diesels with an eye to replacing a 03 E350.
I've already ruled out the Sprinter, too expensive and long delay in downtime, and the Promaster cost too much to upfit.

I am not choosing Ford by default. I am a serial Ford abuser. 79 F250 7.5L 153,000mls killed in an accident.
83 F350 7.5L (The Money pit), :(
91 F250 7.3L 272,000 5 Spd manual still running strong. Shared rides: Areostar died in an accident 297,000+ Ford Focus gave up the ghost @ 186 000, three kids learned to drive on that one, Ford 500 212,000 @ first sparkplugs change. '12 F250 6.7L may well complete 300,000 at the end of 2015, and the surprise '03 E350 5.4L sitting at 318,000 and making regular 300 to 500 miles round trip. A couple of Mercuries including a Sable that was literally our covered wagon. Almost forgot the Ford Escort Cosworth nicknamed the ticketmaster!:D
had a few chevy's, two to be precise, they just could not take the abuse.
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I'm also new around here. lurking a little and as much internet nerding out to see what version I should get.
I have had a 91 E250 and just totaled a 99 E350.
I ride dirt bikes and camp often so I will be doing some building to make it the perfect moto van.
I've narrowed it down to medium roof, 3.5 EcoBoost, open to either the 150 or 250, open to 3.31 or 3.73 rear, also open to no windows or rear windows. I'm open to either the 130 or 148 wheelbase. I'd like the short wheelbase for city driving/parking. but I'd like the long wheelbase for more room for possible RV style kitchen/cabinets/shelving for camping and riding.
I'm not going to order one so I'm at the mercy of what's sitting on the lot.
any tips would be much appreciated.
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