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Old 02-25-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Anyone Using A Ford Transit Connect?


Just want to get some opinions on the Ford Connect. I will need a new service van in the next year or two. I am using Ford e-150's but I can move down a size for at least one of my vehicles. Pros vs Cons

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Old 02-26-2011, 01:31 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone Using A Ford Transit Connect?


I haven't used one my self but I'll bump this post. I use to install security systems and as soon as I saw the transit connect I thought it was the perfect vehicle for security work. I can even justify one now for the electrical company I work with. It would be great for running around pricing jobs or doing a quick service call. Getting mid 20's for millage, Oil and Tire changes etc all cheaper. Now if they only made a manual transmission.

P.S. How about some pics of your set up if you use one.

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Old 03-14-2011, 11:42 AM   #3
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They are brutes! I was looking at them ever since they came to the states but just couldn't justify buying new. Bought one about 7 months ago and it is a great asset. I do allot of highway driving to sign and make reports for foreclosed homes for some investors and it is the best rig for such work.

I will say that if you are used to driving a rig that has significant power you will feel like you are being held back. For the size of the engine, however, you can sure get a fair get-up-and-go. The shelving systems the dealers have avaliable are incredible... I have just a tier of shelfs on the passenger side. You can slide a full 4x8' panel down the center and secure them good. Load capaicity, especially for the size of the vehicle, is great. Just be sure you balance your weight distribution or you will get some hopping.

Handling is good and overall I think it is a great rig if you arent going to be towing a huge sum of weight. You bassically have to look at it as a ford focus in box form. I will work on some pictures for you.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:07 PM   #4
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Would love to see some photos. I am very interested in the Transit for some work out of my normal area that seems to be getting more and more frequent.
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MC Handyman, got and pics yet?

I am interested too. :-)
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Resurrecting an old thread but what with the price of gas, I figure someone other than just me might be interested...?

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Resurrecting an old thread but what with the price of gas, I figure someone other than just me might be interested...?
We have a current Ford Transit thread going now
http://www.contractortalk.com/f41/tr...onnect-132304/
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I see the local phone company, Bell, using them for their contractors. Last time my phone and net went down and the tech came I was talking to him about it. He said it really fuel efficient, but lags on the highway. He did mention that the ones who do the basic services get the transit connect and the ones who do more advanced stuff get the RAM van and then the next up get the Savana and E series.

Personally, I find the vehicle cute but too small and not practical for me. Personally, I need something that is fuel efficient and something that can fit a 4x8 with ease. That's something that the TC does not offer. However, I believe if your really trade specific then it can work wonders.
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We are now operating one as a service van it was a bit problamatic reducing inventory of a full size van to fit th limited realestate. We opted for an aluminum "litle giant" knock off and a four foot fiberglass ladder. We have a set of Dewalt battery tools in a bag .We are going to run this ummer and see what its like .I think we will add one more next year if it works out and then replace the reemainder of the vans as they reach the point of exceeding the set operating costs. I will be interested to see the effect of the better gas milage on our fuel reports.
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Do these fit 4x8 plywood sheets?
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Do these fit 4x8 plywood sheets?
I don't think so. From the back of the seats to the back door is a tight 72".

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