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Old 06-30-2015, 10:54 PM   #6
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Default Re: Orton DIY Transit

Originally Posted by Aqua Puttana View Post
Maybe Sikwan will give you guys a Competition Write-ups Section?

I would appreciate it if you would start off with exactly what you ordered. Even better might be a couple lines about why you ordered what you did. That might provide a good beginning.

I've been looking around a bit. It seems the Transits can be ordered with full glass as a cargo model and a few other variations. I'm certain that the order system isn't as complex as MB likes to make ordering a Sprinter, but there must be some basic options which pretty much every new owner might want. Now that I think about it I'll create a Transit build sheet thread.

Here it is.

Ford Transit Options, Build Sheet Choices and Details

Sorry I did not see this post so a bit late answering it.

3.5 Ecoboost gas engine (wanted gas engine)
144" WB not extended
high roof
3.31:1 limited slip rear end (always bought my pickups with LS)
Slider and rear glass
9000 GVWR 250
Reverse park aid (backed into 3 things in Sprinter with $1200 tree damage once)
rear view camera (same as above)
trailer hitch
HD twin batteries
HD alternator
Short arm power heated mirrors (wanted the additional turn signals in housings)
AM/FM/CD radio
Cruise Control
Black wheels
Four upfitter switches ( Easy interface to vehicle 12 volt system)
Trailer brake controller
Remote Start (Wanted to be able to start van from sleeping bag to heat van in morning)
LED cargo lights
two additional keys
rear 12 volt power point
Privacy glass
Map lights
Sterling Grey Exterior ($150) and charcoal cloth seats (no charge)

Wanted gas engine to get rid of the diesel emission band-aids. Tried to make medium height work but could not without giving up my insulated floor. Did not buy either the interior upgrade or exterior upgrade packages. Did not buy any security packages or the overhead air bags

Very pleased with vehicle. IMO much better vehicle than 08 Sprinter. I now have 6400 miles on it without any problems and I got rid of my Sprinter fear that it would quit many miles from a service location. First oil/filter change at 5000 miles cost $21 where I supplied the 6 quarts bought from Costco for $29. Far cry from the $350 Sprinter service. Ford recommends 10,000 mile oil change but I will do 5,000 mile.

If MPG is your sole purchasing requirement then the Sprinter is still the best choice. I have averaged 16.5 mpg since new. It finally dawned on me that fuel economy is not that important for my application. I do like the major acceleration improvement that is there when you need it. Not used often.

The most important differences are the better controls, a gearbox that works, a vehicle that handles and it is quieter.
Sold 2008 diesel NCV3 144" WB high roof DIY conversion
2015 gas Ecoboost Transit 148" WB high roof conversion

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