Small van/work vehicle-Ford Transit???

Tom Dunlap

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Every time I go to Europe I drool over the small panel van vehicles that are available. Every service company uses them. In the US we have Chevy/GMC Astro/Safari and a few others with proper high volume work truck size cargo spaces.

Now, Ford is importing the TransitConnect:

http://www.ford.com/trucks/transitconnect/

This is looking like my next vehicle...when my '98 Safari wears out. It only has 171k on it...another 30-50k left :)

Are there any companies that already have a TransitConnect? How about the Euro TreeBuzzers? What's the long term feedback on the TC?

I like the idea of having a vehicle that I can haul goods in and one that I can stand [almost] upright in. Maybe pull a small trailer too.
 

cuttenwolf

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Location
mon co, nj
a guy up the street from me has one of them, or at least something that looks real close. cant remember the company name but lokks cool and roomy. hope someone with knowledge of these vehicles chimes in they look cool.
 

Tom Dunlap

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Wolf...if you could...would you ask about how reliable the vehicle is? It's been made for around 4 years already. Just new in the US.

The ultimate options for this type of vehicle would be AWD and diesel.

The Sprinter seems like a good option but it's bigger than I need now.
 

Treeswinger

Member
Ive seen a few in the atlanta area. Ford usually gets things right on newer models alot faster than other companies.
 

jim454

Well-Known Member
I gave them a good look over at the Green Expo, I dig em. The one thing I remember was that the payload was pretty light and I don't think a hitch could be put on it for towing.

Still a cool little van though.
 
Ford?...Several thoughts come to mind.

Found
On
Roadside
Dead

Frequent
On
Road
Disaster

Four
Old
Rusty
Doors

All joking aside though, they look a good transport option. I believe Mercedes also makes some similar vehicles.

As for an AWD Diesel option, in my opinion, it will be awhile before we see anything like that available in North America from the big 3 (GM, Chrysler and Ford).
I don't know what the import laws are in the US but a Mitsubishi Delica may work for you.

Matt
 

brushbandit

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Location
Phila. Pa.
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Looks like my old aerostar that my dad game me to drive to college. It was his first music store vehicle...

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A Ford transit looks like an old Aerostar???? I suggest you make an appointment with your eye specialist ASAP.
 

Tr33Climb3r

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Location
Wisconsin
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Looks like my old aerostar that my dad game me to drive to college. It was his first music store vehicle...

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A Ford transit looks like an old Aerostar???? I suggest you make an appointment with your eye specialist ASAP.

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The boxy look is what I think he was looking at. We used to have the aerostar as our family roadster...it was very reliable. Also towed a pop up camper with it.
 

treestyler

Member
Location
Netherlands
The transit connect is well known around here, it's a small vehicle, and you won't be able to stand straight in it unless you are a dwarf.

Don't think to much about hauling a trailer with it. It's made for small deliviery business and technical assistance not for hauling trailers.

If you look for a small compay car you be better off with a Volkwagen Caddy or his bigger brother a Volkswagen Transporter ( I own 2 off the a 4x4 and a pop-top camper version)

For my company I drive a Landrover Defender 90 for its hauling capacity of 3500 kilo's and for it's great looks;-)

I don't know if any treeworker here drives a ford connect.
 

Bermie

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Location
Bermuda
That also looks like the Peugeot Partner, I agree, I don't think they are meant for pulling anything.

In Bermuda the ultimate self employed entrepreneurs van is the Nissan Vanette/Toyota Bongo, comes gas or diesel, 2 or 4wd, regular roof or extra height. I have a Nissan diesel 2wd, little light in the tail but carries all my gear in the back, made a shelf to put saws underneath, ropes and stuff on top, pole saws, rakes go in a rack up inside the roof, and there is still enough space for three passengers in the middle plus the two in the front.
They come second hand from Japan fleet replacements, mine was probably 4 when I got it with 62,000kms, I've had it 5 yrs and its now got 165,000kms and is good as gold.
 

Tom Dunlap

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This type of vehicle isn't common in the US. Ford is the first to bring one to the US market. Well, that isn't quite right. The Sprinter came here a few years ago but that is a size/weight class above these.

A few years ago I was in Stockholm with a bunch of arbos. All of them had really cool vehicles. STurdy, good power, and just big enough for gear and a bunk.
 

Tom Dunlap

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I bought an Astro...gave it to Jim with 200k on it...he drove it and then sent it to the wrecking yard. My current ride is a 98 Safari w/170k. A great vehicle but I can't stand up, even hunkered over. But, it hauls a trailer! Under the sheetmetal box its the same as a half ton pickup...with AWD!
 

Tom Dunlap

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Wow...the Dodge can carry a coffin! Now, THAT is a selling point! :)

The head space of the Transit is pretty attractive to me, especially since I'm not coffin-bound....yet!
 

Tom Dunlap

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I've read a bit on the Transit. The same vehicle is in Europe with a tow package and factory OKd rating. Ford's marketing folks are dragging their heels on this from what I've read on the Euro blogs. What Ford US says is that towing is not 'recommended'. Using it in any sort of warranty slant sure leaves them a nice 'out'.

Still looking...not even close to buying.
 

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