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Handyman Special - even when new

by from Long Island, NY on March 23, 2013

Look - I bought this thing to get myself out of the E-350 that was eating me out of house and home. Yes... huge cargo capacity was a plus, but at the big E's 9 miles a gallon, I was willing to pare do...
Look - I bought this thing to get myself out of the E-350 that was eating me out of house and home. Yes... huge cargo capacity was a plus, but at the big E's 9 miles a gallon, I was willing to pare down my on-truck inventory to fit into a new Transit Connect. Mine is actually a 2010; I was one of the first on Long Island to own one. I was impressed by the layout and overall perceived functionality of the truck. Things went well for the first year, but then electrical gremlins started appearing. First, the right front directional bulb blew. No biggie; I replaced it - but noticed that he base for the bulb had what looked like heat damage. Then, the interior light in the forward cabin literally came apart - while the truck was parked for the weekend. Next, it was the taillights, which randomly lost power, thanks to a shoddy socket design. Ditto the rear directionals. The fix in all cases wasn't too difficult, but removing the rear lens assembly was no fun, thanks to the design of the thumbscrews that hold the taillight lens assemblies in place. Here's a hint, Ford: anyone with arms shorter than an NBA player won't be able to hold the lens in place on the OUTSIDE of the truck, while pushing/tightening the thumbscrew locating hardware INSIDE the truck, whilst reaching around those big ol' doors at the rear. After a few hilarious attempts to do the deed without having the lenses pop off the truck and dangle on their wires, I had to get creative and tape the lenses into place while I secured the hardware from within. Not fun, even by the third time. Or fourth. And, oh, yeah - that right front directional bulb? I'm on my third one. And yep - the bases ARE burning. The socket is actually melting. The left side hasn't flambe'd as of yet, but I've had to pull it out and bend the tabs that supply the voltage to the bulb at least twice. It's getting to the point that using my directionals is a game of chance. All of that, while annoying, hasn't created any potentially dangerous situations. But today, I actually had an incident that got me a little afraid of being stranded, maybe being injured. For no reason I could tell, my check engine light came on at highway speed. Then, the little wrench symbol also lit up. As I was pondering the redundancy of that second signal, BLAM! the truck started bucking, the engine started racing, and the transmission started ranging through its gears. The engine would stall then catch again. When I got to the side of the road, I checked all the fluids, then started looking deeper. What I found was a broken wire - a 14-ga. black lead that came off a ballast of some kind attached to the fuel injectors and the coils atop the spark plug boots. The wire was a system ground; a fairly major bit of circuitry. Instead of a stout cable, or a strong connection of any kind, Ford had used a common piece of black wire that was secured to the chassis with a crimped-on ring - and no weatherproofing or strain relief of any kind. The flexing of the engine, and the cheapness of the design had allowed the wire to break. Yes, I fixed it (did I mention that my business is auto electrical repair?), and yes, I had to reset the ECM by disconnecting the battery and letting the codes clear. I'm back on the road again. I'm easy to spot - I'm the guy with no right turn signal. Nice truck - weak, troublesome electrical system. I can't imagine what someone who doesn't know how to repair electrical systems would have dealt with any of these problems. Very disappointed overall.
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A bad Delivery/Cargo vehicle

by from California on March 21, 2013

Disappointing vehicle. I own a florist and bought this specifically for my business use. The car really has no power and does not accelerate well, while the engine makes quite a bit of noise. The reli...
Disappointing vehicle. I own a florist and bought this specifically for my business use. The car really has no power and does not accelerate well, while the engine makes quite a bit of noise. The reliability of this car is absolutely horrible as I have only around 15,000 miles on it and have already had problems with the transmission and engine! The interior feels and looks quite cheap, which wasn't a main concern of mine as this would be used as a delivery vehicle, but there is not much more space in this car than a full size van would have. The gas mileage is also subpar when the car is loaded and I am out driving the car for the entire day. Overall I am very disappointed with this car and would say it is definitely not worth the money.
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Good for my job

by from Cincinnati on June 13, 2014

I have had this 2013 Transit for seven months.It just turned over 32,000 miles and no problems so far.It gets 27 to 28 mpg everyday.I run it about 185 miles per day seven days a week
I have had this 2013 Transit for seven months.It just turned over 32,000 miles and no problems so far.It gets 27 to 28 mpg everyday.I run it about 185 miles per day seven days a week
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Most versitile car I've owned

by from Los Angeles on August 30, 2015

bought 1 year old with only 7,000 miles. so far it was very reliable. haven't even changed tires or brakes yet, although it may be time for new tires with 47,000 miles on the odometer. can fit my full...
bought 1 year old with only 7,000 miles. so far it was very reliable. haven't even changed tires or brakes yet, although it may be time for new tires with 47,000 miles on the odometer. can fit my full size bike standing in the cargo area! (with one rear seat folded - tumbled forward). Can fit many boxes, easy to park and maneuver in alleys and tight spots, great for my business and for taking my kids to school. highly recommend! Like any car, it helps to maintain it regularly (oil changes, tire rotations, etc) as well as not have multiple drivers that could break down any van quicker. This is a cute looking, great economical van.
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It's been a great little truck

by from PA on May 2, 2013

We bought the Transit Connect new in January 2011. It's used as our primary appliance service vehicle and has performed flawlessly. Could it have more power? Absolutely. As for dependability, it's bee...
We bought the Transit Connect new in January 2011. It's used as our primary appliance service vehicle and has performed flawlessly. Could it have more power? Absolutely. As for dependability, it's been fantastic. We now have over 67000 miles on it in just two years. In that time, we have replaced brakes once and have recently changed tires. We change the oil every 3000 miles and the only time this truck has seen the garage is when it's in for the annual inspection. The big thing is, folks, it's a compact truck on a Focus-based chassis. It's not an Econoline. It rides like a small car. Don't expect big van v8 performance and storage. That's not what this is. We love it and would buy another one in a heartbeat.
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Car for your business

by from Seattle on December 27, 2012

I like the design of the car with plenty of viewable area to do an Ad Wraps to show your potential clients, good business car. Don't count on comfort, we bought the wagon option (has bench in the back...
I like the design of the car with plenty of viewable area to do an Ad Wraps to show your potential clients, good business car. Don't count on comfort, we bought the wagon option (has bench in the back) thinking we can use it as family car; not for long trip, space is tight. This van has a very stiff suspensions, or may not have one lol. I don't know how reliable it is since this is a brand new car we just bought. We shall see. I gave it a 3 star just because it is a Ford (I know). The interior is very simple, no heat control or outlet in the back, you have to turn on high fan to blow warm/cold air from the front in order for the back to feel the temperature. The people in front are either burn up or freeze by the time the back passengers feel comfort. Well, for the money I guess you can't ask for too much luxury. But we like the car overall...if you own a business. Last, lot of space for storing junks, that is why i gave it a 4 star for interior design for business purposes; it is not for luxury features. For performance, don't count on passing anybody on the freeway it is worse than my 1998 Toyota Corolla.
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Most unreliable vehicle I've owned

by from Canada on January 31, 2014

With fuel prices being high we purchased this vehicle for our business to save money on fuel. Coming from a Chev Uplander we thought it would have to be more reliable. We were wrong on that count. In ...
With fuel prices being high we purchased this vehicle for our business to save money on fuel. Coming from a Chev Uplander we thought it would have to be more reliable. We were wrong on that count. In under 2 years it has spent an incredible amount of time at the dealer for service. New rad, power steering pump, A/C condenser, front stabilizer, door hinges, sun visor, coil, engine management computer and then a faulty connector at the computer. Mileage is less than other service vehicles including a Dodge Caravan. It is also less comfortable and more money to purchase. I am very happy I purchased a Toyota for my personal vehicle. Will be looking to dump this van before the warranty is up as we won't be able to afford to run it afterwards. Would not recommend this vehicle to anyone.
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So far so great

by from Chicago,IL. on January 17, 2013

There is not really a comparison for the application of this vehicle. I'm a freight mover and you can't beat the size,payload & mpg!! Very happy so far!!
There is not really a comparison for the application of this vehicle. I'm a freight mover and you can't beat the size,payload & mpg!! Very happy so far!!
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shoebox on wheels

by from Davenport IA on April 27, 2013

this is the most uncomfortable vehicle I have ever driven!!! The seat is a rock, no give or suspension to it, not enough slide to the rear, and I'm 6 foot tall. No where near enough leg room. Tires ar...
this is the most uncomfortable vehicle I have ever driven!!! The seat is a rock, no give or suspension to it, not enough slide to the rear, and I'm 6 foot tall. No where near enough leg room. Tires are the worst! Have had more flats in two years than I have had in the 25 years of driving, all the various vehicles i have owned included! Cannot carry a simple 6 foot step ladder.HORRIBLE in cross winds!!! Although the driver side slider with rack inside is quite nice, but you can get that on a full size too! As a service Technician I cannot carry everything I need anymore,which customers don't want to hear! So basicly if you are a corporate stooge its a great cheap vehicle and you get what you pay for, not much. but if you have to work out of it , it's horrible
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8 months old, 30,000 miles, 3 transmissions

by from Chicago Il on April 9, 2014

Ford Transit 2013 Commercial Van 1st- transmission @ 8,000mi 3 weeks in shop 2nd- Return for not searing properly, 3 days in shop 3rd -Transmission @14000mi 2 weeks in the shop 4th -Transmission @ 22,...
Ford Transit 2013 Commercial Van 1st- transmission @ 8,000mi 3 weeks in shop 2nd- Return for not searing properly, 3 days in shop 3rd -Transmission @14000mi 2 weeks in the shop 4th -Transmission @ 22,000mi 2 weeks in the shop 5th-Defective throttle Body @ 23,000 4 days in the shop Ford has responded but offers no solution and truck will be out of warranty @ 36,000 Do not buy This vehicle.
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