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Hello all,

This is my first, I'm in the process of looking for a lightly used Metris.

I currently own a Dodge Promaster cargo van, which I have had nothing but bad experiences with. I am looking to replace it with a Metris cargo van.

As I am shopping around for low mileage used vans, I am seeing much more passenger versions available. I have a couple questions about the differences that I'm hoping to have answered.

  • Aside from windows and other obvious aesthetic differences, are the passenger and cargo vans mechanically the same?
  • Is the passenger version basically just seats and added headliner?
  • Can the headliner / additional interior trim pieces / seats all be removed to convert a passenger van into a cargo van?
  • Are there any other considerations when looking at a potential conversion?

I asked these questions of a dealer who was keen to show me a used passenger van, they said it would be as simple as just removing the unwanted pieces and revealing the steel below. I wanted to try and clarify that with van users and see if this was possible.

Thank you very much for the input!
 

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Cargo vans have the CF0 Standard Suspension. Passenger vans have either the CF9 Passenger Van Suspension or the CF7 Comfort Suspension.

Passenger vans have giant side airbags in back.

Passenger vans have a rear HVAC unit that will limit your cargo width.
 

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Thank you, that's all very informative. Glad to know what's behind all the interior passenger panels.
 

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I believe the passenger van has a sway bar in the suspension that the cargo version does not have, maybe someone more familiar can verify that
 

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The passenger van is available with two suspensions, one is quite similar to the cargo van suspension and lacks a sway bar. The other is softer, it’s known as the comfort suspension, and it has a swaybar. I have the non-comfort passenger suspension. My van is rated at 2084 Pounds of payload, which means ~2250lbs after removing just the rear seats, probably 2400 if you remove interior trim, airbags And the rear A/C, so you’d still lose some capacity relative to a cargo. I believe the comfort suspension brings this payload down quite a bit. You probably do not want a van with the passengers comfort suspension.
 

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Thank you, that's all very informative. Glad to know what's behind all the interior passenger panels.
The cargo only is available 2018-on as a 135" WB. At least one outfitter makes a pop-top for the extended wheelbase. Problem is, there are probably about 6 135s out there, including mine.
 

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Thank you everyone for your replies.

I'll focus on cargo versions as I look for a Metris. There are some promising low mileage cargo vans in my area that I plan on looking at over the next week.
 

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allow me to add that I think passenger vans are almost universally specified with the comfort suspension; mine was a custom order and I wanted to use it effectively as a crew van- 2 front seats, a single 3-person rear bench, and a 5-6’ long cargo bay. It does that admirably.
 

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Unless you're a plumber or electrician, or the like, with heavy loads,
these vans are beefier than a 1/2 ton pickup, which many tradesmen
use, so it may work fine. After all, the passenger van does haul a Ton.
 

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The cargo only is available 2018-on as a 135" WB. At least one outfitter makes a pop-top for the extended wheelbase. Problem is, there are probably about 6 135s out there, including mine.
I had no problem finding a 135" wb van. In Colorado and Utah, I would bet the passenger vans sit on the lot so long that the dealers avoid them, while the cargo vans sell well. Of the cargo vans I found, looking over a one year period, while I waited to sell my PMC, half were 135s. Right now, a new Metris is very scarce here, since Covid sent everyone camping.
 
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