2003 (1st yr. of all new design) Chevy w/"Explorer" Touring/Cruising conversion + mobility features
Miles: 43,000
Current Price: $21,900 

THIS CERTIFIED VEHICLE INCLUDES: 12 MO/12,000 MILE WARRANTY   

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Highlights of This Van:

  apx. $1,800 of new and very recent mechanical service: details below (extensive investment in cosmetic rejuvenation is in addition to this $1,800)

This 2003 is the same style inside and out as a new 2013 ! (2003 is first production year of current style)

Has drivers side entry "barn-doors"...the first year in decades this is available on ANY full size van

Mobility conversion was new in apx 2005 and has had very little use...lift looks nearly like new

 

Options and Equipment

THE VAN:

*** Very notable general info about this 2003 van: this is the first year of many upgrades and a significant "facelift" of GM vans (they were same from 96-02). Improvements include various body and functional changes, including an improved engine, which is a 5.3 "Vortec", upgraded from the 5.0 which earlier years of such vans had.  This 2003 van appears and functions nearly the same as a current, brand new one!  Actually, the average person would not discern the difference between this and a brand new van, as they are nearly the same! 

This began as what is called an RV 1500, which my research indicates is what folks in the past would have called a "heavy half ton", which is not as "beefy" as a 3/4, but is a more capable van than a standard 1/2 ton.  It is a standard length (not long or short) and began with a nice package of features such as: power windows, locks and mirrors; tilt and cruise control; gauge package; stereo system; etc.  And then, as a new van, it was converted by the same company as a couple of the other vans I currently have for sale, which is called an "Explorer" conversion. This company has been in business for about 35 years, and they have been one of the highest quality (and are the largest) van convertors for most of those years. They happen to be one of few such companies which have remained standing and strong after the deep recession and various market changes.

*** A notable feature: 2003 is the first year in several decades that ANY full size van has  passenger access doors on the DRIVERS side available. It became an option in 2003 on this new body style of GMC and Chevy full size vans. And this van has this awesome option! (see photos).  Imagine the comfort, convenience and flexibility this feature can add to your life when using a full size wheelchair van.   

Please read below about the fancy "Explorer" conversion...   

 

GOODIES:   When new, this was converted into a very sporty, super fancy van with a very long list of goodies, some are functional and some cosmetic. Here is a list of the primary features of the conversion: moderately tall, nicely contoured roof; sporty and sharp graphics and accents; contoured and "hidden" fiberglass running boards with wheel opening flares; large custom windows with vents and custom shades; Backup sonar system in the rear bumper; four (2 in front and 2 in far rear) luxurious and very adjustable leather captains seats; super quality and very extensive rear audio/video system with 22 inch TV (WoW) and 4 separate audio/video players; is designed to accommodate Play-station gaming system; many various bins and storage; ice-box between front seats; extensive and versatile custom interior lighting; beautiful, high quality, very upgraded 18 inch chrome wheels with nearly new quality tires; extensive interior and exterior custom appearance and functional features; and much more.

Please look closely at the photos and read the captions, this is an amazing van! 

MOBILITY:

* Has a quality lift by one the lift industry leader, Braun.  It was installed in apx. 2005 and has had VERY little use, and so it looks nearly brand new. This lift has a very desirable and helpful feature which is what is generally referred to as an "automatic bi-folding platform".  Just push a button and it folds out of the way creating access space. This folding feature allows for an able-bodied person to go in and out of the lift side of the van, when the lift is stowed.

* includes an EZ-Lock electronic docking station for a wheelchair, which also is in nearly brand new condition. This system is the "cats-pajamas' for folks who want safe, secure, fast and easy loading and unloading of the wheelchair person. When the process has been done to mate your wheelchair to this device, it only takes a matter of seconds to secure, or release, the wheelchair. Please ask for details if you are not familiar.

* Has smooth, solid flooring system with special commercial carpet, which is super for wheelchair use. This upgraded floor is very similar to several vans currently offered on my website. 

Dimensions, capacity and specifications:

Please feel free to email or call me with any such questions. I will gladly assist with anything you wish to know. I have discovered that due to the unique way each person evaluates, measures and expresses their needs, I can be most helpful regarding this subject if we communicate directly.

 

History of Ownership

The first owner had if for only about 8 months, and since then it has been owned by the second owner.  They traded it locally, toward the purchase of a new vehicle.

 

Certified

This vehicle is 'CERTIFIED': There are a combined 76 mechanical and cosmetic aspects  included in the Wheelchair Van Oasis "Certification" process.   A foundational step of the rejuvenation process is when each vehicle receives an extensive inspection by an objective, independent  third- party service and repair facility.  Suggested service, repairs and improvements are then performed by various professional specialists.   The  result is your assurance  that each of the 76 aspects  meets  or exceeds the condition level of good, or satisfactory

For details regarding list of 76 cosmetic and mechanical aspects, please click here.

Each van does of course have various elements which exceed the promised level of good, or
satisfactory, which the "Certified" program assures.  Some are brand new improvements performed during rejuvenation.  And others are obvious service or repairs performed recently, prior to my ownership.  As for those, I only list here those positives which are certain, based on my either having a receipt, and/or due to being obvious to the inspecting-mechanic.  I refer to these as  "NEW OR RECENTLY SERVICED ASPECTS".  As for this vehicle:

Note: during its life, this van had received such wonderful care and service (some very recent) there was a pretty short list of current recommendations following the thorough inspection process. Please read below:

New:  Cooling system flush; both tie-rod ends (steering system); alignment; service of lift and EZ-Lock; lube/oil change

Recent: front brakes (90% remain);  rear brakes (90% remain); tires (90% on super quality 18 inch)

Approximate retail value/cost of above-listed items: $1,800

 (extensive investment in cosmetic rejuvenation is in addition to this $1,800)

 

Carfax Report Summary

(Carfax is a widely used database which indicates the history of a vehicle including accidents, prior owners, etc.)

Nothing notably negative or unusual: no frame damage...no airbags deployed...no structural damage...no "red marks"...no major accident.

 

You Might Like To Know...

* Each of my vans has a superb paint sealant as the final step of the extreme detail. If you were to have a professional apply a treatment the cost would be several hundred dollars.

* As you may have read above, this is the first year of major changes since 1996, not only in styling, but also regarding various functional and mechanical improvements.  I suppose the biggest change is the available, optional drivers side "barn doors".  Very notably, drivers side entry doors for access to mid and rear area has not been available on ANY full size vans in decades. This feature is extra-helpful for a wheelchair van and the folks who use them.

Summary of this Gem

The pictures and captions on this one show and say so much. I suppose if this van were 20 feet away from a brand new one, most folks could not tell which one was new and which was 10 years old. This one is that nice, and its the same style (virtually no change) as a new 2013 !

Popular silver color with a range of gray accent stripes

Notice the drivers side access doors
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contoured, moderate height roof is not too tall, not too short...just right
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Notice rear backup sonar system in rear bumper (beeps rapidly when close to something)
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Gorgeous body that looks virtually the same as a brand new van

Notice sharp chrome wheels, which are 18's, up from the original 16's. (nearly new meaty tires)   
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So many custom features on this van
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The front is the biggest visual difference when comparing the 96-02 style, versus this body which began in 2003
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The lower side panels on this van hide the very functional running boards/steps, which are revealed when doors are opened
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Leather seats with many power adjustments.
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Gauge package
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Very low miles
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This is the control box for the EZ-Lock wheelchair anchoring device which is on the mid-floor area. 
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Fresh all-new style dash in 2003.
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Overhead switches operate various features in rear of van
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See the button, for engaging "towing mode" and also switch to control rear ventilation fan speed
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Clean under the hood, and everywhere else too
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This fancy conversion is called a "Limited SE"
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many power adjustments on front passenger seat too
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shows power adjustments on drivers seat (same as on passengers seat)
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Lift platform folds with push of button into two parts, making it easy for able-bodied folks to go in and out when lift is stowed.
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Platform is ready to fold down to "floor level".
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Floor level, ready to load
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This single switch operates the various functions of the lift.
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Large, custom, comfy front seats with many features such as pockets, adjustments, soft leather, armrests
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Classy, gorgeous, clean and simple forward cabin area
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This center unit has: ice box; DVD player ; VHS player; multi-headphone jacks
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Wow, this TV is the biggest I have ever had in a van...22 inches diagonal!
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Lots of space to park wheelchair, if you want a different exact location than where the EZ-Lock currently is.
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Check that out...a rear sunroof, nifty!
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Wow, how inviting does this area appear to be?  two large, comfy, adjustable leather seats, giant windows, shades; sunroof; storage areas; audio/video controls and systems and more
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Several types and stages of lighting and rear ventilation system and storage bins.
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EZ-Lock electronic docking system for anchoring the wheelchair.  Once your wheelchair is equipped with a certain part, it then only takes seconds to lock into, or get out of, this secure anchoring system. There are multiple locations where there is a button to release this "hitch" from the wheelchair


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This super audio system controller is next to the passenger side rear captains chair and there are audio jacks too 
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Even has dedicated jacks to plug in Play station!
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Another view of rear sunroof and rear ceiling area
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Notice in this photo the shades are down, nice for privacy and light control
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lots of space behind rear seats
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This is a bass-booster speaker, behind rear seat
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Wow, look at how cool this view is!  There is so much wonderful content in this van.  It looks, feels and functions soooo nice.
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Another great perspective view 
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Check out those side doors, this is first year they are available on any brand of van for several decades!
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Open sesame...go right in...
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A view of the rear area from drivers side doors area
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Front seating area
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Power lumbar on both front seats
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Ice box in front between seats
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These hidden running boards make getting in and and out much easier.
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Under that big molding is the hidden step  
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Take a look at this steering wheel...real wood and leather, neat and feels great!
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This company has been in business for about 35 years, and still going strong.
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* I apologize for any unclear photos. At times, the conditions make a clear photo impossible.

If you would like more information or to see and drive this vehicle,
please call Rick at 541-973-7377.