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.