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    New light & medium duty news

    I guess they do not include the CO2 being released by the farmers tractors !
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    New light & medium duty news

    ALWAYS THE CASE ! Second Law of Thermodynamics Fission, using different design reactors (fail safe, no radio active waste) is much more feasible.
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    New light & medium duty news

    Nope. Second Law of Thermodynamics.
  4. That was based on managements decision to install the transmission in a vehicle/engine combination that it was not designed for (meant to go in Fiesta).
  5. Concur ! Lots of effort was put in by Ford and it is certainly questionable if they really got "paid back".
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    New light & medium duty news

    First Law of Thermodynamics
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    New light & medium duty news

    E450 DRW has 14,500 lbs GVWR
  8. Back in the "hay day" of Ford's Class 8 business, I was always told it was all the thousands of combinations of engines, transmissions and axles that brought in the customers, especially the owner/operators. Don't forget, the reason Ford is in Class 6 and 7 today is because the can use engines and transmissions that were already in production for other vehicle. This gave those products a larger profit margin. I still see very few of F650/F750 around Motown !
  9. After Windstar/Freestar were finally killed off The word "minivan" was never even whispered in the halls at Ford ! Even today, the passenger version of the Transit and Transit Connect are NOT called minivans.
  10. It has happened before ! Clearly, the design/manufacturing procedure was changed. They COULD change suppliers. You have no idea how many revisions were done to the old TFI while it was in production !
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    New light & medium duty news

    I drive past the "back side" of a major UPS Depot (short cut to a shopping center). I have NEVER seen a "brown" box truck. It does amaze me how many different brands of tractors they use. We have an Amazon distribution center within 10 miles. Lots of Amazon deliver vans were out last Christmas and lots of rentals. I expect more this season.
  12. Got any proof that this is the case with the camera issue ?
  13. I can only HOPE that a new CIO will put some fresh blood into the Information Technology area ! While IT has done a few good things (they jumped on fiber technology to unite the Dearborn campus very early and expanded that to all of SE MI), their overall performance has been a disaster. They give preferential treatment to upper management (they have their own support staff based in the US, not off shore like everyone else) and are much more likely to tell you what you can NOT do than to help you come up with a solution to a problem. DIY solutions or "shadow IT" still resolves most everyday problems.
  14. Not much as it was a supplier issue. Very seldom do the suppliers "cost share" in recalls. (This was the big issue with Ford and Firestone on the Explorer tire fiasco.) The mailing of recall notices, stocking and distributing parts, costs millions beyond the cost of the part.
  15. Uncorked as in some emission control equipment bypassed ? Are you running DEF ? No company that wants to stay in business is going to bypass emission equipment.
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    New light & medium duty news

    I don't see that as being any different than any other manufacturing company !
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    New light & medium duty news

    The F600 should sell well IF it is priced well !
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    Re-Aquired Vehicle Program

    WI State Attorney General
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    NA Transit "abandoned" ?

    Other than the redesigned driveshaft (which took years !) I have not seen any "significant" improvements in this vehicle (skipping over the soon to be released electric version). Heck, they even stopped offering a diesel engine option ! A couple of major areas of improvement come to mind : A high end interior (Titanium) for the passenger van. A complete re-thinking of the rear axle. Get rid of that ridiculous set up where you have to pull the rear axle to change the brake rotors Widen the DRW version so that the second set of wheels is OUTSIDE the body (like on all SuperDuty pickups) I am sure there are other areas that need improvement.
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    NA Transit "abandoned" ?

    Other things missing from Transit that are on F150 Electric Power Assist Steering Electric Parking Brake These were NOT installed because of customer demand, but because they provide better fuel economy or cost less. And what is with Transits "eating" rear brakes ? Are they just undersized, or did they have to use a "soft" material in order to get adequate braking ? Most vehicles go through 2 or 3 sets of front pads before having to replace the rears !
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    NA Transit "abandoned" ?

    I would not call that a "full floating" axle. I always that that a full floater would retain the hub and wheel even it the axle shaft broke.
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    NA Transit "abandoned" ?

    Transit at Nurburgring
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    NA Transit "abandoned" ?

    There was (is ?) a company that made a DRW kit for E150-E350 that put the wheels outboard. It even came with fender flares. They replaced the lever that kicked the sliding door out.
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    e-LSD

    Can you get the e-locker with 4WD ? Personally, I think the e-locker is a great idea, as long as people don't spin the rear wheel so fat that it kicks out !
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    NA Transit "abandoned" ?

    I don't know who your supplier is but the "typical" internet price for Motorcraft BRS192 is $20-$30, plus labor. That will add an additional $75+ to your bill. Great feedback on the DRW SUperDuty. I had no idea they were that expensive/difficult. I still own a '98 E150. It gets "pushed around" on the highway pretty bad when there is a cross wind. A tall Transit scares me just looking at it ! So is this subframe another corrosion issue like the Windstar rear axle or some Taurus sub frames ? I have to wonder, how many years will go by before there are any significant changes to the Transit. More importantly, will engineering of this vehicle be moved to the US as FoE continues to shrink.
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