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Old 09-03-2013, 09:34 PM   #15
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Difficult trip packing the whole family

Good thing you had the money to keep paying, my 2002 Chevy Van has given be a bit of grief on the road but I got lucky and had a great mechanic know what to fix.

You have a lifetime of memories with that trip and your family is safe.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:39 PM   #16
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I like how we now have computers to tell us what's wrong with the auto computer,
but never seem to be able to diagnose and fix like it's supposed to.

I loved the fix it with bailing wire until you get home to the automotive store.
Course I was 50 years younger then.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:58 PM   #17
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Other than all that, David, how was the vacation? :-)
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:05 PM   #18
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Man...what a horror story...David.
Now you have grown in FAITH, ENDURANCE, PATIENCE, STRENGTH & DEBT...
My drinking friends back in the Day used to say "are ya lying, leaning, or Just Propped Up!"
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:25 PM   #19
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Oh my goodness David, what a horrible story. It just kept getting worse and worse. You poor thing and the amount of money that was put out was crazy. I think it will be a while before you all laugh over this one! Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:34 PM   #20
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Time to sell the 17 year old van and buy a 6 or 8 year old van, IMO.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:05 AM   #21
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This is an example of why I don't buy it when people claim that a Chevy truck is so easy and cheap to get fixed - in any little town in North America. Another example is the Chev pickup we owned...

I do understand the choice of a vehicle with space, comfort, and towing capacity. I also appreciate the high cost of a newer high-roof van and the interior conversion. There's no easy fix here!


If a lottery win makes a new van an option, a Nissan NV2500 high roof V8 would probably work well...
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:14 AM   #22
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This reminds me of when I was in grade school, and our family's 1960 Pontiac Catalina station wagon transmission broke down in the Ohio countryside. Us 8 kids were left to amuse ourselves for 6 hours at a rest stop on old US30, while the car was towed away to be repaired. I can now appreciate what Dad and Mom must have gone through then, thinking about what you recently went through.

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Old 09-04-2013, 12:39 AM   #23
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Wow, sounds like all my vehicle problems in the last year all rolled into 1. Started with the tranny at bolerama. 6 weeks in the tranny shop mixed in with a few short drives every time it was ready. Last one was 10 feet from their front door with the inability to change gears out of drive.

I feel for the family thing. Been there, done that, won't ever do it again.

Sorry I didn't know you were in Toronto for portions of this. Let me know if I can be of any assistance on the last leg of your saga. I'm a few clicks from YYZ.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:53 AM   #24
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Just had to throw my own 2 cents in on the van....

I think another ECM is a good idea, and DEFINITELY get the connectors as well. Given the issues you're having are intermittent and different "answers" each time, I'm thinking you have a bad ECM, bad connections/pins on the connector, and/or a bad ground connection somewhere.

Was the battery replaced or just recharged when it died?
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:38 AM   #25
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Thanks for all the sympathy, but I am already at the "laughing about it later" stage. Everyone is OK, the kids had fun, and we are now back to normal.

What I am looking for now is criticism on my plan to go back and get the van going. The fuel system seems to work, when I crank, there is a strong smell of gas, at the tail pipe. I am almost certain that it is an ignition problem.
- Since a rebuild ECM, (VCM) is only $120 on ebay,
Savana Express 1996 96 PCM ECM Engine Computer 16244210 Programmed to Your Vin | eBay
it seems like a good idea to replace the suspect one that the GM dealership put in.
- The old ECM was so coroded, the connectors that plug into it must be suspect as well. I want to find a 96 Savana, or Express van. The ECM for my van was installed in only these two vehicles. I want the connectors. I will test them for continuity before I go back to my dad's place.
- Ignition coil. Heck, almost every other part for the ignition system has been changed. This one should not be too expensive. I will probably get one locally, but I found this online. I will change the coil wire while I am at it.
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- Battery, It has been run dead several times.

Any other suggestions are welcome.
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If a lottery win makes a new van an option, a Nissan NV2500 high roof V8 would probably work well...
Brian, I appreciate what you are saying. The Nissan is probably a very good van, but it is the ugliest vehicle I have ever seen. I know, not a very practical consideration, but I have to get my wife to buy in as well.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #27
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Well, there are a lot of Mercedes Sprinter and its offspring being used as shuttle buses that should come up as used sooner or later.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I see one daily around here being used for seniors. Nice silver colour, tinted windows all the way around and a 2" receiver on it already.
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Brian, I appreciate what you are saying. The Nissan is probably a very good van, but it is the ugliest vehicle I have ever seen. I know, not a very practical consideration, but I have to get my wife to buy in as well.

Perhaps not a very practical consideration, but a very real factor.

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Well, there are a lot of Mercedes Sprinter and its offspring being used as shuttle buses that should come up as used sooner or later.
Sorry, I shouldn't have launched the "vans for towing" subject...
The Sprinter, while quite capable, does not seem so optimized for towing as the big-engined NV.
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