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Old 08-12-2015, 12:19 PM   #1
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Ford Transit Connect Van?

I saw and checked out a 2015 Ford Transit Connect Van last weekend and it looks like a really good TV for someone like me, with my dogs and my Scamp 13'. The towing capacity is 2,000 lbs., it has a spacious cargo area with built in tie down points, no rear seats at all, Good mileage - 29 mpg reported (not towing), the driver's seat and position is very comfortable and a lot nicer than I expected, no carpeting in it, a low jump-in height for the dogs, Front Wheel Drive with Traction Control, comes with a tow hitch and optional larger HEATED towing mirrors. The only drawbacks I could foresee: Not AWD (not a deal breaker), and I suspect a lot of road noise since it does not have insulation in the roof or side walls. Just wanted to mention it in case anyone had experience with these and wanted to share.
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:35 PM   #2
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I agree. They seem promising as tow vehicles for the smallest eggs. I'm sure you could add insulation and some kind of lining to the cargo area. If you weren't up to a DIY, an auto upholstery shop could do it.
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:04 PM   #3
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Make sure you drive one uphill in your test drive. The transit connect van is very common out west here for small service vehicles but everyone I talked to about says they are just OK and are real dogs. I was impressed with the design and wanted to use one to hold my Quad and then tow the 13 Scamp. But I was looking when they first came out and maybe the power is better now. The service guys using them really weigh them down. I see the eco boost is now available and would definitely take that option. It gets 1 extra mile per gallon but uses premium fuel. It brings peak torque down to 2500 rpm which makes better sense if towing.
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Make sure you drive one uphill in your test drive. The transit connect van is very common out west here for small service vehicles but everyone I talked to about says they are just OK and are real dogs. I was impressed with the design and wanted to use one to hold my Quad and then tow the 13 Scamp. But I was looking when they first came out and maybe the power is better now. The service guys using them really weigh them down. I see the eco boost is now available and would definitely take that option. It gets 1 extra mile per gallon but uses premium fuel. It brings peak torque down to 2500 rpm which makes better sense if towing.
A lot better than the first generation as far as power, still no stick and I like the looks of the first gen better.
I have towed my Scamp13D with a 2.3L (predecessor to the 2.5) for 9 years with great satisfaction. It is an Escape stick.
I would sure consider a Transit Connect for a new TV if I could stomach the BS which comes on all new cars(read Smart phone with wheels)
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:40 PM   #5
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Ford has a very extensive chart for towing with the Transit Vans and Wagons. here's a link: http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/g...nsit_Apr22.pdf


But it appears that the smaller Transit Connect vans are much lower, about 2000 lbs.
http://www.ford.com/commercial-truck...ct-commercial/
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:46 AM   #6
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Drove one for work, wouldn't be my choice!
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:14 AM   #7
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Trailer Life Magazine just did an article featuring that Ford vehicle.
Are you aware it is available with a number of different engines including a
275 HP V6 ? That combo would tow something like 5,000 lbs.
It seems like an interesting vehicle with a lot of space and many body combinations.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:53 AM   #8
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Don't confuse the Ford Transit Vans with the Ford Transit Connect vans. They are two entirely different vehicle lines. The OP was asking about the smaller, Transit Connect models. See post #5 for links to both lines
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Drove one for work, wouldn't be my choice!

Was it the first or second generation? The second brought some significant drivetrain upgrades.
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Unhappy Read specs carefully

Notice the weight ratings go down when you have a passenger version vs the plain truck. This is because of the extra weight of seats, wall liners, carpet, etc. So the weight you carry IN the van deducts from the weight you can tow with the van.


Plus I like how they say, "Impressive Towing Capacity," and then show the vehicle towing one of the lightest trailers you can find. LOL


BTW: Aren't the Transit Vans one of the models that are made overseas, shipped to the US with seats behind the front seat, and then have the seats removed and sold as trucks in order to avoid the tax on foreign made trucks?
It is called "The Chicken Tax."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_tax
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I was in the original, went home at night feeling beat up!!
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Notice the weight ratings go down when you have a passenger version vs the plain truck. This is because of the extra weight of seats, wall liners, carpet, etc. So the weight you carry IN the van deducts from the weight you can tow with the van.

Which is true of every vehicle, but often overlooked. The owner's manual for mine even includes a detailed chart showing how the tow and hitch capacities are reduced based on the number of 150 pound people in the vehicle. It even specifies 15 pounds of personal effects per person. Pretty sure my wife's purse covers both of us...
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I was in the original, went home at night feeling beat up!!
Fords ride rough.
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I was looking into the transit connect as both a tug and wheelchair accessible vehicle for my brother a short time ago. With the 2015 model I got the towing I needed, but they dropped the roof height by 7-1/2". Would no longer work for my paralyzed brother.

Ended up getting an 07 chevy express 1500 with wheelchair lift, 39,000 miles and 4.3 vortech. Surprisingly, gas use isn't too bad at all but I don't get anywhere too fast. Not a lot of punch, but hey, I'm in no race when my brother is in the vehicle, nor when I'm towing Shrimp Scampi.


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