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Old 08-23-2020, 05:29 PM
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I’ve been looking at work vans for the shop, towing capacity is important as we’ll be towing 7-8000 pounds occasionally. I was surprised to see that the Nissan NV2500 with the V8 has the highest towing capacity out of all of the high top models. I would’ve thought the Mercedes or Ram would have been higher, turns out they are about half of the Nissan’s 9800 pound rating. Does anyone have experience with these vans, I’ve never owned a Nissan and wouldn’t have even thought of looking at one until I started researching towing capacity on work vans.
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Not personally but my plumber loves the Nissans and while I think it is likely over, one of his guys pulled a mini ex with a 3500 Van.

I am seing a lot of the trades going to Nissan trucks and vans for fleet vehicles.
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From what I understand they get terrible mileage. I think a big selling point for them is the warranty.
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awful gas mileage but by far the best out of the promasters, sprinters, transits.

I service an amazon fleet of about 500 vans right now and the nv2500 is by far the most reliable and cost efficient.
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Originally Posted by ho1ywars View Post
awful gas mileage but by far the best out of the promasters, sprinters, transits.

I service an amazon fleet of about 500 vans right now and the nv2500 is by far the most reliable and cost efficient.
that says a lot, thanks for replying.
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Originally Posted by ho1ywars View Post
awful gas mileage but by far the best out of the promasters, sprinters, transits.

I service an amazon fleet of about 500 vans right now and the nv2500 is by far the most reliable and cost efficient.
Got to ask. What condition are those 500 vans in? Every amazon delivery van around Philly looks like a mad max van with debts on almost every body panel. I’m talking most likely. Insurance company would total them out if it had to fix them.
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
From what I understand they get terrible mileage. I think a big selling point for them is the warranty.
The the big selling point for the original poster is the towing capacity
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We own a 2017 Nissan NV 3500 Passenger van. We bought it because we are a family of 7 and travel a good bit. For us it has been awesome there is plenty of room for all the kids and stuff. So far we have not had to work on it other than oil changes (50K miles), and we run it pretty hard. I have never found it lacking in power, but I will admit that I have not towed anything with it yet. I do know that it was able to run 92 MPH for a large part of a trip across West Texas (speed limit 85).

If I had to do it over again, I would buy another one vs the Dodge or Ford.



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Can't speak to the Van but we had a 2005 Titan with the 5.6l V8. Truck had zeros issues when we sold it at 160,000 on the clock,,, and the 5.6L V8 scoots. It pulled my Contender just fine when needed.
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I owned a 2012 NV2500 V8 high-top Van for 5 years in my horticultural supplies business. It was a rolling warehouse that I stocked to the gills to be a growers’ “good humor man”.

Not the best mileage, but better than the Ford Ranger with big V6 it replaces. It was durable as hell and carried. everything. No problems whatsoever.

Never towed more than a log splitter, but it did serve as a camper for fishing trips.

I don’t have a need for it any longer, but I wish I still had it!
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Originally Posted by gtpvettte View Post
Can't speak to the Van but we had a 2005 Titan with the 5.6l V8. Truck had zeros issues when we sold it at 160,000 on the clock,,, and the 5.6L V8 scoots. It pulled my Contender just fine when needed.
I have an 05 Titan. Only have 53k miles on it that's why I still have it. Lol. Other than the standard exhaust manifold and differential issue (all the Titans from that era seemed to have those two problems) it's been a great vehicle.

My nephew is a Nissan master mechanic and says the engine, transmission, and transfer case on that vehicle are practically bulletproof. He says he sees them with 200,000 miles still going strong.
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I run a logistics business and we have had both the Ram and Nissan vans. The Nissans are worth their weight in gold compared to the Ram Power wagons. The rams are junk 6 ut of 6 - new engine or tranny before 60K the Nissans in the same period zero issues. Everything breaks on the ram.
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I certainly appreciate all of the replies, I think we'll start the process of buying one. Probably look around for a used low mile one first but not holding out much hope for that, probably buy new. It seems like all of the reviews are good except for gas milage and that's a small price to pay for something that will do the job dependably.
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
Got to ask. What condition are those 500 vans in? Every amazon delivery van around Philly looks like a mad max van with debts on almost every body panel. I’m talking most likely. Insurance company would total them out if it had to fix them.
300 are super shitty and 200 are nice.
Amazon is redoing their DSPs though. All the shit white vans are out. 90 percent of the vans now will be the gray prime vans which are in much better shape. All the junk white vans will be out as of end of October im hearing.
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We just bought an NV3500 passenger. It is great so far, it tows our 5,000# boat over mountain passes better than my father in law’s Tundra
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Originally Posted by Dan_F View Post
We just bought an NV3500 passenger. It is great so far, it tows our 5,000# boat over mountain passes better than my father in law’s Tundra


He needs to get that truck out of D and into S and learn how to shift it...5.7 Tundras with a 4:30 rear gear can easily tow up to 8500 #'s if done right. Over any mountain.
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Around here they had to discount the Nissan a lot to sell them.
Talked to a few plumbers using them , they all say the same thing. More reliable then there other trucks , but once weighted down they can’t pass a gas station without stopping for a drink.
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Have a ‘19 nv3500 passenger and love it. Rides nice and pulls my 8000# camper like it’s nothing. Get 8-9 mpg towing, 12-15 empty depending on city/hwy. 20,000 trouble free miles so far. Best of all it cost almost half of what a comparable truck would have.


It pulls the boat too 😂
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Nissan vans are being discontinued. They have been unable to compete with the competition except at low pricing.

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