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My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:36 PM »
Well, I did it! finalized the deal today! Cut a wicked good deal, Turned out nissan sold my van from underneath of me so it made me take a second look at the new tranist. This is heads and tails better then the NV200, and slightly bigger too!

First order of business is to tint the front windows and build my shelving and racking. Im going to hopefully get started on it this weekend. The rear windows will get blacked out and im going to cover them with plywood so i can hang stuff off of it.

Empty and winter blend fuel the computer said 38.6 MPG with 100miles on the clock...Very curious to see what i will get loaded, summer blend fuel and once she breaks in.

This is such a comfortable van, and super super fun to drive (go figure) Very well built. the only thing im not fond of is the sync system, but i wont use that anyway.

XLT Package-Rear view Camera/Sync package-4 key fobs-180 degree opening doors-6 way adjustable driver seat- front a rear sensing system. I didn't really want that either but it will be nice in the city.

Im Pretty Excited!!



























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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 05:51 PM »
Looks nice! Cant wait to see how you shelf it out
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014, 06:00 PM »
Congrats buddy!  Looks really nice!  It'll be great to fit in tight spots!  I also can't wait to see how you pack it up!
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014, 06:08 PM »
Nice, congrats! Really love the look of them. [thumbs up]

It will be quite a change from the NV, I'm interested to see how you rack it out!
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2014, 06:28 PM »
You guys are  killing me!  I've contacted my local dealership about one of these...and the guy doesn't have hardly any in stock!!!

Love the look, great size (is this a lwb version?.  I'm assuming you got the ecoboost engine.

If it gets 38 mpg, that would pay for itself quickly ( I get 15 right now.)


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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2014, 06:47 PM »
Congrats!  I can't wait to see how all the van owners who have a shorter cargo area handle the sliding doors on both sides.  Will racking cover one side?  Will a center rack be built to fit that opening that will allow access from each side?

 [popcorn] [popcorn]

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2014, 06:54 PM »
Congrats!  Looking forward to seeing your custom fitup.  I'm really digging my Connect too, although I spent the day in my old F150, no where near as fun to drive.  One thing I don't so much is the gauges are placed too low and too deep for me to see, the top third is cut off from view.  
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2014, 07:24 PM »
Congrats!  I can't wait to see how all the van owners who have a shorter cargo area handle the sliding doors on both sides.  Will racking cover one side?  Will a center rack be built to fit that opening that will allow access from each side?

 [popcorn] [popcorn]

Peter

Have same question regarding the dual sliding doors.  The dealer I spoke to said that it's possible to get the connect with only one sliding door...but then he didn't seem too much on point either.

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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 08:59 PM »
I have a 2010 Connect and love it.  While my wife calls it the clown car, it has been great for me for nearly three years.  One f the most useful features for me has been the vertical room in the back.  It doesn't look like the new model has as much floor to ceiling room as the older version.  What is the measurement back there?
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2014, 09:27 PM »
I have a 2010 Connect and love it.  While my wife calls it the clown car, it has been great for me for nearly three years.  One f the most useful features for me has been the vertical room in the back.  It doesn't look like the new model has as much floor to ceiling room as the older version.  What is the measurement back there?

It's about 48" inside and 45" at the rear doors.
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2014, 11:52 PM »
I can't wait to see how all the van owners who have a shorter cargo area handle the sliding doors on both sides. 

I'm old enough to (barely) remember when Chevy came out with the Corvan which was the first van that had doors on both sides. Sayw a couple of Doofuses (Doofi?) put an upright piano in crosswise, then drive over a curb only to have the corvan turn into a TRUE 'V' - folded the frame (or unibody, whatever it had in those days) right in half. Never did see it get hauled away nor what happened to the piano.

 [eek]

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2014, 04:23 AM »
Congrats!  Looking forward to seeing your custom fitup.  I'm really digging my Connect too, although I spent the day in my old F150, no where near as fun to drive.  One thing I don't so much is the gauges are placed too low and too deep for me to see, the top third is cut off from view.  

Raise the steering wheel slightly unless it's too uncomfortable to drive.
What's the load length in these. Fords website just gives the stupid overall load length when the seat are folded of whatever

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2014, 07:59 AM »
Congrats!  Looking forward to seeing your custom fitup.  I'm really digging my Connect too, although I spent the day in my old F150, no where near as fun to drive.  One thing I don't so much is the gauges are placed too low and too deep for me to see, the top third is cut off from view.  

Raise the steering wheel slightly unless it's too uncomfortable to drive.
What's the load length in these. Fords website just gives the stupid overall load length when the seat are folded of whatever

It's not just the wheel that's in the way, the gauges are way too low and too deep inset.  It's really a stupid design to not allow for taller people (and I'm not all that tall, 6'2"/188cm). 

The load length with the front seats all the way back is roughly 84"/213cm.  That's the US version, the UK version might be a little different.   
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2014, 08:01 AM »
Congrats!  I can't wait to see how all the van owners who have a shorter cargo area handle the sliding doors on both sides.  Will racking cover one side?  Will a center rack be built to fit that opening that will allow access from each side?

 [popcorn] [popcorn]

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The idea is to cover one door (or both) with the racking so you can access the contents either from inside or from the curb/street with the door open.  
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2014, 08:14 AM »
Cool Idea!

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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2014, 01:05 PM »
Thanks All!!!! FOG Doesnt have multiquote?

Plan is to mount shelving in front of both doors with access from the street side or inside. I rarely used my side doors on my NV so im not loosing anything. all of my systainers will be on the right side, the left side will be for my vacuum and seldomly used systainers like my rotary hammer etc. Im also going to try and get a row of consumables like mud-rings, power bridges etc on the top row. Im not sure yet how im going to do the two sided shelves and make them ridged without a back.

Ive ordered some LED's and tracks to get better lighting back there. I am also going for QUIET in this one. Im going to get some dynamat type material and some sound insulation.

I am going to be taking pictures every step of the way and will be sure to post my progress here  [smile]
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2014, 01:09 PM »
To make the racking rigid....attach top and bottom and if you are building racking toward the rear that you can glue/ tie into the side walls just make sure you attach the front ones to them. Should hold all of it nice and rigid.
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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2014, 05:26 PM »
Alright guys, I have a tiny bit of progress to show. two cabinets are done, shelving is not installed yet, that will be one of the last things I do. also got a bit of dynamat installed as well. the amount of times my plan has changed is crazy, thats been half the battle lol.

I decided to carpet the boxes to try and minimize the noise of the systainers hitting the cabinets while i go down the road. The white base will be covered in carpet as well. To the left of the big cabinet (behind the single systainer cabinet) will be where ill hang my fish tapes, triangle,  base borzit and a few other random things that wont be stored in systainers. I dont know if you can tell but there is a lip on the top of the cabinet facing out, that will be for a LED light rail so i can see all the systainers and shelfs at night!

2 more cabinets to build and carpet and of course the bulk head, then need to attach to the roof and ill be 75% done!









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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2014, 06:31 PM »
Nice, is that some kind of outdoor carpet?  I was hoping to see the lighting done, you better get cracking before the snow hits. [tongue]
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2014, 03:39 AM »
You doing anything to stop the Systainers from falling out ?
You say you are going to plywood over the rear windows.  Don't you get the option of no rear windows ?  Also surprised to see no steel bulkhead.  That would be the first thing i install.
Nice looking van though.
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« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2014, 11:29 AM »
Nice, is that some kind of outdoor carpet?  I was hoping to see the lighting done, you better get cracking before the snow hits. [tongue]

Ha! Too Late  [mad] already have flurries. With this weeks work it doesnt look like im finishing this weekend  [unsure]

The carpet is the stuff they wrap subwoofers and car accessories in. Its automotive "felt" so it can get wet and withstand the temperature swings. Lighting wont be finished until all the cabinets are in.

You doing anything to stop the Systainers from falling out ?
You say you are going to plywood over the rear windows.  Don't you get the option of no rear windows ?  Also surprised to see no steel bulkhead.  That would be the first thing i install.
Nice looking van though.

The shelving will have lips on them to prevent them from falling out. There is an option for no rear windows but not a single dealer ordered them with that option and i didnt want to wait 4-6 months to order one (i couldnt) the way it is working out im not going to need the plywood on the windows. im just going to order the window screens and black them out.

the steel bulkhead took to much area out of the cargo area. Im building one out of 3/4" plywood with a slidding door so i can still haul 8-10ft lumber between the seats and so i can haul a 65" TV.  all of my cargo is usually low and small so if the worst happened and in an accident it would crack towards the bottom.
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2014, 01:47 PM »
I'm going to have to get another company vehicle soon, and this new Transit Connect looks great.  Are you going to put a rack on the roof?

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« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2014, 05:26 PM »
Got a decent amount done today. Still need to carpet them and build my bulkhead. Since we are getting a bunch of snow ill probably carpet tomorrow and finish the bulkhead next weekend. These next two cabinets were super challenging, alot of careful planning,measuring and scribing.

Managed to fit my sys-Midi in long ways! and 3 boxes of ICE cable which is awesome.



Deep part for the sys-Midi


Box of cable on top


How big it is


Vacuum Cabinet


The systainer above the vacuum will be a First-Aid Systainer as soon as it comes in! Wanted easy access for emergencies





How much space i have with the door closed


First Aid Location


Scribing along the wheel well




Little tray for my mini sys's and sys-lite


Box for random things like hammers, calk,epoxy etc.



How much cargo space I will have!




a ton of work but its coming together really good!

I'm going to have to get another company vehicle soon, and this new Transit Connect looks great.  Are you going to put a rack on the roof?

I plan on getting a ladder rack like this as soon as it comes out, they said 4-6 months  [huh] I want this style so i can haul sheet goods when necessary.

http://www.americanvan.com/ladder-racks/transit-ladder-racks/ford-transit-connect-aluminum-cargo-carrier.html
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« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2014, 05:49 PM »
Thanks....I saw something in the American Van catalog about "call for information", but hadn't made the call yet to check.

Nice customized fit you have for your gear.

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« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2014, 07:28 PM »
Looks really good!  Way to use the available space!
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« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2014, 02:05 AM »
Congrats!  Looking forward to seeing your custom fitup.  I'm really digging my Connect too, although I spent the day in my old F150, no where near as fun to drive.  One thing I don't so much is the gauges are placed too low and too deep for me to see, the top third is cut off from view.  

Raise the steering wheel slightly unless it's too uncomfortable to drive.
What's the load length in these. Fords website just gives the stupid overall load length when the seat are folded of whatever

It's not just the wheel that's in the way, the gauges are way too low and too deep inset.  It's really a stupid design to not allow for taller people (and I'm not all that tall, 6'2"/188cm).  

The load length with the front seats all the way back is roughly 84"/213cm.  That's the US version, the UK version might be a little different.  

I believe the reason is to give you more vision of the outside world by having the dash lower and its  done for everybody tall or short even though shorter people do benefit the most from it.  More and more cars/van are being designed to make the front window screen as big as possible. Lowering the dash board is one way of doing this.

Can't remember what brand it was but they have reduced the steering wheel size which they say is to give people more road vision again.  

Being to deep inset god knows why some companies do that.   I can't see any benefit to that.

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« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2014, 02:13 AM »
Nice van!  

Love seeing more European design vans becoming more popular across the pond.

One thing why did you get the back doors with glass?

Is it a security thing?    I know some people have glass so people can see the van is empty so thieves won't bother  breaking in!

Myself (on my old van which had glass in the backdoor) and other people often tend to break the glass because you fill your van up slam the door and then POP! Goes the glass!   Open your door to find you didn't push your timber far enough in.
 [embarassed]

Plus if you do leave your tools in its easy to break in.
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« Reply #27 on: March 03, 2014, 03:45 AM »
He answered that further up if you care to read  [poke] [tongue]
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« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2014, 06:52 AM »
Is the floor console thingy between the seats removable?  Maybe this has been mentioned somewhere already-if so, I missed it.

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« Reply #29 on: March 03, 2014, 11:18 AM »
Thanks....I saw something in the American Van catalog about "call for information", but hadn't made the call yet to check.

Nice customized fit you have for your gear.

Thanks! really want that lader rack. Im hoping it comes out sooner then later, I have 6 months before my $350 upfit coupon expires from ford.
Looks really good!  Way to use the available space!

Thanks man!

Nice van!   

Love seeing more European design vans becoming more popular across the pond.

One thing why did you get the back doors with glass?

Is it a security thing?    I know some people have glass so people can see the van is empty so thieves won't bother  breaking in!

Myself (on my old van which had glass in the backdoor) and other people often tend to break the glass because you fill your van up slam the door and then POP! Goes the glass!   Open your door to find you didn't push your timber far enough in.
 [embarassed]

Plus if you do leave your tools in its easy to break in.

None of the dealers ordered them with out rear windows (which is a mystery) i couldnt wait to order one and receive it in 4-6months. Im just going to black out the windows and put that steel mesh over them incase they did shatter they are not getting in.

Is the floor console thingy between the seats removable?  Maybe this has been mentioned somewhere already-if so, I missed it.

Nope, Unfortunately its not removable.
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2014, 08:24 PM »
Are you still getting 38 mpg?  And do you have the ecoboost engine?

Can the ladder rack you're going to get handle sheet goods? 

Sorry to pester you, but the ford dealerships down here are useless, and have nothing (and I mean nothing) in stock.

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2014, 10:00 PM »
Are you still getting 38 mpg?  And do you have the ecoboost engine?

Can the ladder rack you're going to get handle sheet goods? 

Sorry to pester you, but the ford dealerships down here are useless, and have nothing (and I mean nothing) in stock.

Jon

I have the regular 2.5L, 4 cylinder engine and I'm not getting very good mileage at all, 16.5 mpg with mixed city/highway. [mad]  I hope it gets better after the engine is broken in. 

I'd guess 3pedal's 38 mpg was a typo.  The standard engine is rated at 21/29mpg and the Ecoboost is 22/30mpg.
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« Reply #32 on: March 03, 2014, 11:22 PM »
Nice build out.
Just curious what your van will weight out when your done.
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« Reply #33 on: March 04, 2014, 12:22 PM »
Nice work.  I was skeptical at first when I saw the van but you did a darn efficient job of getting your tools in there and then leaving a solid amount of miscellaneous cargo space.  Bravo, seriously.
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« Reply #34 on: March 04, 2014, 12:46 PM »
Are you still getting 38 mpg?  And do you have the ecoboost engine?

Can the ladder rack you're going to get handle sheet goods? 

Sorry to pester you, but the ford dealerships down here are useless, and have nothing (and I mean nothing) in stock.

Jon

I have the regular 2.5L, 4 cylinder engine and I'm not getting very good mileage at all, 16.5 mpg with mixed city/highway. [mad]  I hope it gets better after the engine is broken in. 

I'd guess 3pedal's 38 mpg was a typo.  The standard engine is rated at 21/29mpg and the Ecoboost is 22/30mpg.

Brice, that's a bummer since that's the main reason I would even consider getting a Connect.
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #35 on: March 04, 2014, 03:43 PM »
My Renault Traffic LWB (much bigger van) is doing on average 30mpg for town running.  High 40's for out of town.  Why is your millage so poor ?  It is a diesel yea ?
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Offline Deansocial

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2014, 03:56 PM »
I guess they are petrol engines.

Offline Deansocial

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #37 on: March 04, 2014, 03:58 PM »
And us mpg is different to uk mpg so 16.5 us is more like 20. Still  poor in a van that size. Diesels rule

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #38 on: March 04, 2014, 06:50 PM »
Alan, these are gas engines.    And right now is the worst time of the year bc the EPA mandates that gas get re formulated for for the winter months.  It supposedly reduces pollution but it also causes the mpg's to take a big hit. 

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2014, 10:38 PM »
Are you still getting 38 mpg?  And do you have the ecoboost engine?

Can the ladder rack you're going to get handle sheet goods? 

Sorry to pester you, but the ford dealerships down here are useless, and have nothing (and I mean nothing) in stock.

Jon

Yup, Sure can; up to 350lbs. Called them again today, possibly may have a first run of racks in two months.

My millage has dropped to around 29-32mpg wit half my tools in there and alot of stop and go. I also drive like a grandpa and never go over 65mph on the freeway and always drive very conservatively. no Ecoboost engine, no point to spend 699 for 1mpg increase  [embarassed]

Are you still getting 38 mpg?  And do you have the ecoboost engine?

Can the ladder rack you're going to get handle sheet goods? 

Sorry to pester you, but the ford dealerships down here are useless, and have nothing (and I mean nothing) in stock.

Jon

I have the regular 2.5L, 4 cylinder engine and I'm not getting very good mileage at all, 16.5 mpg with mixed city/highway. [mad]  I hope it gets better after the engine is broken in. 

I'd guess 3pedal's 38 mpg was a typo.  The standard engine is rated at 21/29mpg and the Ecoboost is 22/30mpg.

Whoa!!  [eek] thats horrible man. how are you driving it? hard? dont get me wrong fords programming of the transmission is absolutely stupid and i think the gearing is totally off. it shouldnt be at 2300 RPM going 65mph..someone missed the ball their in the engineering department.  [blink] winter blend fuel is not helping at all either. I have 800 miles on the clock. I have also found that putting it in manumatic mode helps tremendously with the MPG, especially in city driving. For the most part its obedient but there are times it makes me wonder why ford even bother putting a manual mode in there if it doesnt give you 100% control  [mad] I soo wish we could of got this in a manual diesel here stateside.

Nice work.  I was skeptical at first when I saw the van but you did a darn efficient job of getting your tools in there and then leaving a solid amount of miscellaneous cargo space.  Bravo, seriously.

Thanks Sean! im pretty happy the way it is turning out, tons of space. There is absolutely no way i could of done this without systainers though. Need to order a few more from you actually to fill the empty shelf's  [big grin]

I guess they are petrol engines.

Yup, Fuel :( the government has dictated diesels are to dirty for america and charge (tax) a huge premium on diesel options in the states...funny thing is you guys across the pond have stricter environmental regulations then US and diesels are the same or sometimes cheaper then gasoline engines in europe.  [blink]

Alan, these are gas engines.    And right now is the worst time of the year bc the EPA mandates that gas get re formulated for for the winter months.  It supposedly reduces pollution but it also causes the mpg's to take a big hit. 

Ugh, this literally makes zero sense. i average a 15% drop in all my vehicles since they starting forcing winterblend fuel. my jeep has the highest hit of 20%. The thing is and i guess the EPA is so blind by all the propaganda is the fuel that is "supposed" to save the environment by using less green house emissions. yet we are using 15-20% MORE fuel....no way that type of hit is the same or better for the environment with this blend then just using the same ole fuel we use in the summer  [mad] And then we also get the HUGE hit we all have taken by the ethonol blend fuel were forced to use.  [mad] Makes NO sense, im convinced the EPA is in bed with all the oil companies.  [blink]
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2014, 09:16 AM »


Yup, Fuel :( the government has dictated diesels are to dirty for america and charge (tax) a huge premium on diesel options in the states...funny thing is you guys across the pond have stricter environmental regulations then US and diesels are the same or sometimes cheaper then gasoline engines in europe.  [blink]



For my work I have been driving a 1.9 litre Diesel Volkswagen Caddy Van for the past 7 years, on average i would get 700km per tank (55 Litres) which is 7.7 litres per 100Km or 30.31 MPG.

I couldn't imagine not driving a diesel vehicle ever again, i love the performance and economy of modern diesels.  

I few years back i lost my Volkswagen Jetta to Hail Damage ( freak Storm here win Perth ) it was Diesel as well, when i had to replace it i ended up buying a Ford Mondeo ( Like a US Fusion ) with a Petrol engine, I hated it and after a year i took the hit, traded it in and  bought a Volkswagen Passat with the 2 Litre Diesel.... never been happier.  Diesel for life.

Also I'm in the process of Changing the Shelving in my Van for my Systainers.... i'll throw up some images when done, so as to share some other Euro Van styling for you all.
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2014, 11:32 AM »


Yup, Fuel :( the government has dictated diesels are to dirty for america and charge (tax) a huge premium on diesel options in the states...funny thing is you guys across the pond have stricter environmental regulations then US and diesels are the same or sometimes cheaper then gasoline engines in europe.  [blink]


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I couldn't imagine not driving a diesel vehicle ever again, i love the performance and economy of modern diesels. Diesel for life.

I too am a diesel lover. We have 2 diesel 4x4 trucks, 2 diesel tractors, and a diesel generator. Even my daughter drives a diesel pickup!
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #42 on: March 07, 2014, 05:39 PM »

I have the regular 2.5L, 4 cylinder engine and I'm not getting very good mileage at all, 16.5 mpg with mixed city/highway. [mad]  I hope it gets better after the engine is broken in. 

I'd guess 3pedal's 38 mpg was a typo.  The standard engine is rated at 21/29mpg and the Ecoboost is 22/30mpg.

Whoa!!  [eek] thats horrible man. how are you driving it? hard? dont get me wrong fords programming of the transmission is absolutely stupid and i think the gearing is totally off. it shouldnt be at 2300 RPM going 65mph..someone missed the ball their in the engineering department.  [blink] winter blend fuel is not helping at all either. I have 800 miles on the clock. I have also found that putting it in manumatic mode helps tremendously with the MPG, especially in city driving. For the most part its obedient but there are times it makes me wonder why ford even bother putting a manual mode in there if it doesnt give you 100% control  [mad] I soo wish we could of got this in a manual diesel here stateside.

The mileage has improved slightly, a combined 17.3 mpg.  I don't drive hard but I don't drive like an old man either.  The winter blend isn't helping although I don't know how big of a factor that plays.  One thing that is a big factor is the terrain here in Pittsburgh, it's all hills here.  Also, my highway driving is in and around the city, constant merging, traffic and lots of hills.  If I was able to set the cruise control to 65 and drive, I'd expect a marked improvement.  I'm not ready to make my final judgement on the mileage just yet.

I agree the gearing could be better and I also don't really like (and don't use) the sport/manumatic.  I find the manumatic to make the driving experience less appealing and unless I somehow figured out I was doing something drastically wrong while using it I can't see it improving my mileage much.  Interesting that you and I are having very different experiences on the mileage.  You mush have the best Connect that rolled off the assembly line to be getting better mileage than the EPA estimate, you wanna trade vans. [tongue]         
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #43 on: March 08, 2014, 06:49 AM »
Even though I can't believe you guys across the Pond are using petrol vans over diesel!   I can say one benefit petrol has over diesel is when you do a lot of short distances! 

Twice now my engine management has come on since I owned my van because of anti pollution blockage! 

90% of my work is local about 20mins max travel time and usually any more and I try to avoid the job unless I need to work.

My missus car is diesel  and her anti pollution light came on when she was doing couple months of short distance traveling for her work.  Luckily she's back to traveling long enough distances to keep the anti pollution clean.


Little annoying because your engine looses power and I gotta find a day when I don't need my van to take it into the garage.

Jmb

 

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #44 on: March 08, 2014, 08:04 AM »
Gas is way cheaper then diesel in the states and its more readily available.

plus the maintenance for a diesel engine in the states is through the roof

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #45 on: March 17, 2014, 12:23 AM »
Got some progress done this weekend...The bulkhead is completed and installed, there is a piece that removes so i can fit long lumber or 65" TV's in there! lighting was also finished. Still need to carpet the shelf's on the right side and install some hooks and things of that nature around the van for things like my level etc.

The interior cabinet where you see the cable box is meant for more systainers, i havent decided what sizes to get or what to put inside of them. The empty space above the MIDI systainer is for another ICE cable box.

So far i am ecstatic with how it turned out. My carpeting skills are not the best at all but at the end of the day it is only there to help dampen the noise and keep things from rattling and so far it is doing a REALLY good job at it, It is super quiet in there!!! im going to clean it up and get some good pictures. But here are some i took early this evening! so far i have spent a total of $588 on everything you see. Lights, Rails, Wood,Carpet Glue, Carpet etc. I have a TON of hours into this though. You cannot tell in the pictures but there is hours of scribing, planning etc.



I have an extra space for a SYS-3!!!


Here you can see the door panel that lifts out when i need the length


Picture of the lighting and top brackets that are securing the cabinets to the top of the van



Lights


This is at night, it is SUPER BRIGHT in there!!





I did a rail of light at the top of the exterior cabinet so i could see them better at night or in parking garages

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #46 on: March 17, 2014, 08:57 AM »
I really like your use of carpeting and that lighting is just spectacular.  Well done!!! 

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #47 on: March 12, 2015, 04:15 PM »
Love the interior lights you have used.  Which lights are they and where did you get them from? Also exactly where did you wire them in?

Thanks.

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #48 on: October 29, 2015, 01:48 PM »
UPDATE!!!!!

Hey Guys! Long time no post, been seriously busy!

Our business model has changed where we are hauling more and more large equipment and the transit (unfortunately) is starting to become small...We are now pre-building all of our equipment racks and they are much to tall to fit in the transit connect :(

Its up for sale now, MSRP on it was $26,600 asking $18,800 (KBB is $19,800) for it with the racking I built! Purchased February 2014 and has 24,300 miles mostly Highway! tires in great shape and all maintenance done by Ford! Still under factory warranty!

2014 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT with factory painted body panels, 4 Keyless Entry keys, Sync System W/Backup Camera-cruise control-foglights. It Spotless inside and out! Back cargo area has some scuffs and marks but nothing serious major!

I truly wish I could make two vehicles work and keep this because it has been truely an amazing van but I dont need two vehicles! Figured I would post it here first to see if there was interest considering its a "festool van" otherwise I'm going to have to remove all my hard work :(

Thanks!! PM for more info! Im willing to drive it a reasonable distance to anyone that is interested!
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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #49 on: October 30, 2015, 01:36 PM »

Nice, is that some kind of outdoor carpet?  I was hoping to see the lighting done, you better get cracking before the snow hits. [tongue]

Ha! Too Late  [mad] already have flurries. With this weeks work it doesnt look like im finishing this weekend  [unsure]

The carpet is the stuff they wrap subwoofers and car accessories in. Its automotive "felt" so it can get wet and withstand the temperature swings. Lighting wont be finished until all the cabinets are in.

You doing anything to stop the Systainers from falling out ?
You say you are going to plywood over the rear windows.  Don't you get the option of no rear windows ?  Also surprised to see no steel bulkhead.  That would be the first thing i install.
Nice looking van though.

The shelving will have lips on them to prevent them from falling out. There is an option for no rear windows but not a single dealer ordered them with that option and i didnt want to wait 4-6 months to order one (i couldnt) the way it is working out im not going to need the plywood on the windows. im just going to order the window screens and black them out.

the steel bulkhead took to much area out of the cargo area. Im building one out of 3/4" plywood with a slidding door so i can still haul 8-10ft lumber between the seats and so i can haul a 65" TV.  all of my cargo is usually low and small so if the worst happened and in an accident it would crack towards the bottom.

I know you can't lay 4x8 plywood sheets flat on the floor due to the length being to short.

But your comment about carrying long lumber between the sheets gave me an idea.

Is it possible to carry 4x8 plywood on edge by letting it stick between the seats?

I believe the transit connect long wb is only 10 or 11 inches shy of an 8 ft sheet behind the seats.

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Re: My New 2014 Transit Connect!
« Reply #50 on: November 01, 2015, 03:43 AM »
UPDATE!!!!!

Hey Guys! Long time no post, been seriously busy!

Our business model has changed where we are hauling more and more large equipment and the transit (unfortunately) is starting to become small...We are now pre-building all of our equipment racks and they are much to tall to fit in the transit connect :(

Its up for sale now, MSRP on it was $26,600 asking $18,800 (KBB is $19,800) for it with the racking I built! Purchased February 2014 and has 24,300 miles mostly Highway! tires in great shape and all maintenance done by Ford! Still under factory warranty!

2014 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT with factory painted body panels, 4 Keyless Entry keys, Sync System W/Backup Camera-cruise control-foglights. It Spotless inside and out! Back cargo area has some scuffs and marks but nothing serious major!

I truly wish I could make two vehicles work and keep this because it has been truely an amazing van but I dont need two vehicles! Figured I would post it here first to see if there was interest considering its a "festool van" otherwise I'm going to have to remove all my hard work :(

Thanks!! PM for more info! Im willing to drive it a reasonable distance to anyone that is interested!

Why would you have to remove it all?

When I was selling my van no one was bothered about my van racking. I said I would remove it but was told it wouldn't add more value.  So they said unless you want the racking for your self you can leave it in.  I just left it in.
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