Seeking Buying Advice (Used E-Series Cargo Vans)
I'm looking ino the possibility of starting a business where I'll need to haul around a 300-lb. machine, an air compressor, pressure washer, possibly a generator, etc. I'll probably also need a hitch. I've ruled out Astro-vans and the like (too small) so I'm now seriously considering E-Series Cargo Vans (approx. 1995-2000) which I know very little about. I'm aware of the three different models (150, 250, 350) and their corresponding load ratings. I'm assuming the only REAL differences between them are the suspensions and brakes, and engine choices.
From what I've seen, they all appear pretty rugged but are there any particular years to avoid, or any that are much more desirable than others due to engineering changes? Are the V6's a good choice as long as I'm not pulling heavy loads, or should I stick with V8's?
If I only need, say, a 150 are there any disadvantages (such as worse gas mileage, poorer handling, higher maintenance costs, etc) to buying one that's rated for a heavier load (like a 350)?
Finally, where's the best place to find a used cargo van that's still in decent shape? I'm in CA and most of the ones I see around the L.A area are fairly abused. There are a few on the Bay that sound good but most of them are long distance. Thanks for any help you can offer!