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Old 07-22-2014, 02:52 PM   #41
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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
13 mpg! WTF that's not worth the 42k I figured it would cost me to get one. Where's the high demand gonna come from if the gas mileage sucks that badly.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:20 PM   #42
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Got any pictures of your setup?
Nope. Nothing that's worth writing home about.. actually it's quite embarrassing. I have stacks and piles of stuff in my van that makes it impossible to get to the shelving.

Now that I am thinking about it, I gotta empty the entire van and start over. My setup consists of a substrate of surplus equipment, coats, shirts, boxes of extra crap that you don't use when you install something new... Then on top of the pile I generally have 3 areas that I access behind each door of the cargo area.

The left opening is for the bag of hand tools, small items I buy from the store, and anything "important" that I don't want to lose. The rear opening is for the long stick goods and large quantities of small items that I can toss on a shelf or into one of my parts boxes. Then the right side opening consists of 12 boxes of wire neatly stacked from the floor to the roof. Essentially it looks like a vending machine of multiple wire choices. White coax, black coax, cat 5 in an assortment of colors, shielded wire of various conductor groups, access control cable, premium speaker wire, and a flat box of 14/2 Romex.

So even when it's junky, it's still functional.
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13 mpg! WTF that's not worth the 42k I figured it would cost me to get one. Where's the high demand gonna come from if the gas mileage sucks that badly.
I think the parts guys are beating the snot out of it or giving him the wrong information. I can't see how it could be that bad and still expect to get top $ for it. But the prices I am seeing are considerably higher than what I initially expected.

The big thing for me was the over 10k gvw which puts it into the medium duty truck insurance bracket which is much higher for me.
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13 mpg! WTF that's not worth the 42k I figured it would cost me to get one. Where's the high demand gonna come from if the gas mileage sucks that badly.
I stopped by to check one out, I def like my faded sprinter more after seeing the msrp hahahaha!!! There crazy it's a empty cargo van how did we get to $34k base model cost??? No diesel,no shelving,etc, with a basic connivence package $37,600 that's a big nut every month!!!
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I just saw some brand new promasters yesterday, the sticker prices were between $37-$39,800. I thought these were supposed to be cheap or cheaper?
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I retract my comment on buying a transit. Like 5star said. 34k base price???? F that. I'm actually looking at switching up from my current van which is just a 1 ton gmc cargo van to either a sprinter or a "kuv" body van. Anyone running the kuv (or any other manufacturer of body) van? Mpg any different from a cargo? I like the idea of accessing tools from outside without crawling around inside. I just am stand offish about the initial price of a sprinter and the upkeep/maintaince on them.
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U haul Box van 10'-14'. They have plenty of space, and a ramp, should you need it. Very versatile.
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U haul Box van 10'-14'. They have plenty of space, and a ramp, should you need it. Very versatile.
Know where I can order the 14' U-Haul setup brand new? All the big manufacturers can't figure it out but U-haul can. Low walk-in height, ramp, galvanized step down bumper with hitch (bumper not 16" off pavement), attic above cab, extra cab, etc. I would love to be able to buy this setup off a lot or order it brand new.

I stood in the longest, tallest new transit yesterday and decided it is too small. I would bet 19mpg in the smallest Transit empty equals about 11-12 mpg in the big one loaded.
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Know where I can order the 14' U-Haul setup brand new? All the big manufacturers can't figure it out but U-haul can. Low walk-in height, ramp, galvanized step down bumper with hitch (bumper not 16" off pavement), attic above cab, extra cab, etc. I would love to be able to buy this setup off a lot or order it brand new.

I stood in the longest, tallest new transit yesterday and decided it is too small. I would bet 19mpg in the smallest Transit empty equals about 11-12 mpg in the big one loaded.
I don't think you can buy one new, it's a proprietary design like UPS trucks are.

Don't be so sure about the MPG drop, I get 20 mpg with my sprinter loaded. I have the tall 170 wb.
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Any updates here?

Still waiting for real world MPG and opinions from those who bought.

I am having a hard time deciding, and the current cost of fuel is fogging my vision on this.

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STAY AWAY FROM THE NISSAN

It is horrible I drive one at work and I seriously think everyday how I could write this thing off and get away not injured or without my insurance going up.
My boss bought one in November of 13, it was the last on the lot he only paid about 33 CAD and it's loaded, gps back up camera Sirius power ac. Power seats
He only bought it because of the deal and we needed a vehicle instantly.
We track our fuel and it runs about 22L/100km there is times that we pull a trailer with cabinets but not every day.
Not only that but because of the centre console I built a "wall" behind the driver to cut down on some noise and make it heat and cool faster I can't get much more then 8.5' on the floor which is a big problem a lot.
And to be honest they look so stupid!! If they were about 2 ft longer they would look portioned properly and it would be a much better vehicle.

We are now looking at getting another one because an employee wrote off an old one and we are considering the ford reviews are good. The other is the sprinter a sub we use has a the second longest and second tallest and he runs 13L/100km
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Nissan was on the list, scratch that one off....Thanks!!

does that Nissan have the 6 or the 8? that's like 11 MPG which is not even close to acceptable.
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I believe it is the 8 we need the power to be able to pull the bigger trailer and the dump trailer or flat bed with beams if we need to
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The other thing is the tank is seams small. I mean I've never put more then 90 L into it, prior I had a gmc savanna and that was good our company mainly has those and they run about 18-19L/100km on average This was the first non sales vehicle other then the savanna
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I looked at the full size transit with the tow package and it capable of towing a 7k trailer. But spec'd out how I wanted it made it about $58k. The places I'm working lately are getting tighter and tighter for my trailer and truck and having a transit may solve this issue.
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I would put a sprinter anywhere near road salt.
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My plumbers have two of the new pro masters and they are sweet! In my opinion they are the best option considering cost and mpg.
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I looked at the full size transit with the tow package and it capable of towing a 7k trailer. But spec'd out how I wanted it made it about $58k. The places I'm working lately are getting tighter and tighter for my trailer and truck and having a transit may solve this issue.
I'm eye balling the transits also.

Get one and pimp it out so we can see how it would work.
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We just bought two new promasters. So far, so good. We put in an awesome bulkhead and standard ladder rack. Front wheel drive handles well in the snow. We were looking at ford transits but these are a little nicer, bigger and cheaper If You Had To Buy A New Work Van Which Make Would You Choose And Why-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1422404296.139544.jpgIf You Had To Buy A New Work Van Which Make Would You Choose And Why-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1422404322.542364.jpgIf You Had To Buy A New Work Van Which Make Would You Choose And Why-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1422404342.368568.jpgIf You Had To Buy A New Work Van Which Make Would You Choose And Why-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1422404357.373922.jpg
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I'm eye balling the transits also.



Get one and pimp it out so we can see how it would work.

I'm well tempted but I want rack systems from Europe that would cost a mint to get shipped her. Once I scale down my trades to just a couple of trades the transit is on the books for sure. Got too many tools to use a transit currently.

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