How many miles is on your older T1N that your friend has? My '05 is just about to turn 140K. I've put some money into this past 6 months (glow plugs, water pump, new coolant hoses) but pretty reliable otherwise. Whenever I get a big ticket repair, I always consider selling and getting something newer, but then reality settles in and I realize I can't really afford the newer vans. It's a little noisy but I do like driving it. Getting ready to head out to Colorado in a couple of weeks with new shoes on it. Should be fun!My ’05 T1N was routinely used to go from Albuquerque to Tao’s, Red River, Wolf’s Creek, Pagosa Springs, Durango, Silverton, as well as Crusty Butt, Breck, Cooper, and other skiing places, in the snow. In four winter seasons, I used snow chains once, to get unstuck and then took them off and drove four hours home in deep snow. My wife and I would see the Big three trucks, C, F, & D, most 4x4’s, creeping up and down snowy roads and we’d just pass them by with NO issues. Three winter seasons in Alaska, with three winter runs through the Yukon, NEVER got stuck. Stuck in a historical blizzard between Amarillo and Albuquerque for 36 hrs in snow so deep that when I opened the sldiding door to let my lab out to pee, I had to lift her on top of the snow so she could make her way out, and down, to find her spot. Next morning, behind three truckers, we crept up out of that situation, driving with a tow dolly and car on it, and leaving behind thousands of other stranded drivers.
Why did I sell my T1N! I loved that van, and it was the perfect skiing, camping, traveling rig I’ve ever owned. BTW, it’s still being used on a regular basis today, by a good friend, albeit he is having so tranny concerns. If I could buy a brand new T1N, exactly like the one I had, I’d jump on it in a NY minute!