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Old 06-12-2014, 04:12 PM   #21
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I've seen a lot of Sprinters with rust on the rocker panels. Not sure I'd want to deal with that.
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I've seen a lot of Sprinters with rust on the rocker panels. Not sure I'd want to deal with that.
Those were the older style sprinters, the T1N. The newer ones the NC3V have a rust through warranty, 5 years 100k miles.
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I have an 08 Sprinter and the side door looks as if it never had a clearcoat applied snd is the only panel with rust. I bought it used w 31k on the clock but no telling if it was replaced by the PO
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we have 2 sprinter 2500 1 - low and gas motor 280k. 1 - tall and dsl 140k. I buy very clean 1/owner used car fax clean blah blah….

I can't really complain about either. Breaks about every year and we don't drive that much. I think I would buy another but tall maybe 3500 dually.

I really like the transits but would have to rethink the way I would work.
Tool only I goes. I have more fasteners and hardware in my sprinter then the entire transit could hold.
The transit comes in sprinter size, the transit connect is the little one.
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The transit comes in sprinter size, the transit connect is the little one.
The sprinter is still slightly bigger not by much though, big draw back to largest transit is rear wheel overhang. Sprinter WB is 2' longer than transit. Steep driveways are out.
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If you intend to tow, the 2' wheel base makes a huge difference.

Other than that, its all how you organize everything, and how much materials, if any you carry.
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Other than that, its all how you organize everything, and how much materials, if any you carry.
Loading would not be the issue at all where I work.
I would constantly have to worry about my approach angle. My sprinter only has an issue on 1 driveway of my customers, if I had the transit there would be a problem with many more driveways.
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The Ford Transits are out now, I passed 2 dealers today that each had one out front. It looks like an exact copy of the sprinter. I will try to stop by over the weekend to check the price.
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if I had the transit there would be a problem with many more driveways.
Curious..why?
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Rear approach more than likely
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The Transit was $42k with the 3.7 gas engine, eco boost would be more, diesel is expected to be $4500 more. Sales person said they had another one that they have driven that has been getting 13 mpg for the last 2 weeks, which he thought was great. My sprinter gets 20 mpg loaded.
He also said they expect high demand and therefore not much negotiating room.

To me it looked a lot like the sprinter inside and outside but worse mileage and diesel version is more costly than the sprinter
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Rear approach more than likely
The rear overhang is huge. About 30" longer than mine.
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Ouch...on the wallet!
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I got myself a promaster a month ago. I love it. Have 2500 miles on it and am getting just over 18 mpg.
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I got myself a promaster a month ago. I love it. Have 2500 miles on it and am getting just over 18 mpg.
Thats good that you like it, 18 is pretty good too. I talked to one owner who only got 14-15 and was not happy at all.

I think that would be the worst feeling , saying "what did I do?" after spending that much on a truck you don't like
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$42k with basic engine seems high to me. From what I saw online you could get a nice one with ecoboost for mid $30's. But I haven't been to any dealers yet.
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$42k with basic engine seems high to me. From what I saw online you could get a nice one with ecoboost for mid $30's. But I haven't been to any dealers yet.
That is what I thought also, but I did not check carefully what the options were. Then I saw another dealer yesterday and that one had an ecoboost for $42,800, but had a GVW over 10k lbs which makes your insurance jump alot.
That one only had the eco boost option nothing else.
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After driving my Transit Connect for almost a year, I gotta say that this is where they got it right.

I looked at the 2015 Transit and I really wasn't that impressed. I'd rather get a Chevy Express especially if the milage is going to be the same. I didn't like the new Transit Connect as much as I like the one that I currently have. One thing that I like about mine is that it has the height that the other one dosen't.. which compensates for the short wheelbase.

If the dealership wants to sell me something else when my lease is up, I may consider trading it in if the diesel model is out by then.
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After driving my Transit Connect for almost a year, I gotta say that this is where they got it right.

I looked at the 2015 Transit and I really wasn't that impressed. I'd rather get a Chevy Express especially if the milage is going to be the same. I didn't like the new Transit Connect as much as I like the one that I currently have. One thing that I like about mine is that it has the height that the other one dosen't.. which compensates for the short wheelbase.

If the dealership wants to sell me something else when my lease is up, I may consider trading it in if the diesel model is out by then.
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