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How Do You Like Your Transit Connect?

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Hi Guys,

I am looking to get a 2023 Transit Connect Cargo van... and convert it into a little camper.  I was wondering how people like their Transit Connects.

Have you had any problems?  What has been your impressions on its reliability?  Also do you feel that the standard engine has enough power for mountainous areas like driving in the Appalachians?

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

 

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Had my 2022 XL Wagon for 4 months/4k miles and very happy with it. Was able to get the now deleted E85 option so I've been getting 24 MPG on less than $3/gallon fuel. Could use more torque for towing but the power is there, engine just has to rev up to deliver it. Only problem so far is a busted seat back release cable, Ford sent the wrong part and still waiting for the right one, been waiting 3 months but I figure out a workaround.

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4 hours ago, GearheadGrrrl said:

Had my 2022 XL Wagon for 4 months/4k miles and very happy with it. Was able to get the now deleted E85 option so I've been getting 24 MPG on less than $3/gallon fuel. Could use more torque for towing but the power is there, engine just has to rev up to deliver it. Only problem so far is a busted seat back release cable, Ford sent the wrong part and still waiting for the right one, been waiting 3 months but I figure out a workaround.



BTW, is yours equipped with a lift gate or do you have swing out doors?  Also I have heard Transit Connects have a transmission issue... is that with the previous generation?

Edited by spywriter007

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I ordered with swing out doors, nice to have when you don't have a lot of room behind the van. The earlier 6 speed had some problems, too early to tell about the newer 8 speed. Despite Ford claiming the transmission fluid is good for life, occasional fluid changes are good for both.

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Oh one other question.  Did you get the standard 2.0 liter engine or the 2.5 liter?  I think the 2.5 liter's transmission has given people problems.

I think I am going to order mine with a lift gate as it creates a little awning during rainy weather.

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2.0 liter, 2.5 liter was pretty much for fleet orders and has been dropped for 2023.

 

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Correct on the trans issue, you may encounter shuttering while driving. We're hoping to take of this issue on our own by having the shop performance a BG service. We're totally removing the dealership from our equation. One may have to change the front seats either raise them or change the angle of the seats which is what we're doing. Other issues include struts that didn't last beyond 2 years as we've had to replace ours after only 2 years.

 

One other thing that's bugged us until I was able to disable this feature was the pre-collusion warning system.. Although this can't be disabled is can be adjusted. as for the automatic braking during while the system is active, even though I've entered into the system settings and disabled the auto braking.. it still activates when least expected.

 

@GearheadGrrrl for a quick upgrade in the torque and horse power, add a drop in K&N air filter. Plus opt for the NGK plugs as these are designed to ignite faster and cleaner.

Edited by LostInTransit

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I ordered a stripped XL wagon which doesn't come with the automatic emergency braking. As for the K&N and aftermarket plugs, unless there's a proven improvement there's no point in switching, especially since oiled air filters like the K&N may screw up sensors downstream.

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Not sure where you're getting your information as this makes the second time you've suggested something that doesn't make sense. We've used K&N filters since their creation and have never had any issue with any sort of down stream sensor screw up. It is best that we part ways as I'm getting bad vibes from your conversations.

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I've used K&N filters on 2 different cars and the oil ruined the MAF sensor on both of them. Never again for me. 

Edited by fuzzymoomoo
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