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Old 01-06-2020, 08:40 PM   #51
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Im less curious about toyota, (a company who won't put a 3/4 ton or more out in the US) and more interested why GM won't get in on the unibody tall van. I love their pickups and they have excellent motors available for the offering. Oh well.
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Old 01-14-2020, 03:42 PM   #52
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Saw this under-view of the Transit AWD
https://youtu.be/2wwDETq_QSM


Transfer case is mounted considerably higher than Sprinter
The drivetrain isn't groaning in that video (aka Sprinter)
Front suspension is proper coil-on-strut vs fiberglass leaf of Sprinter
The front drivetrain is spinning even with little/no engine torque being applied. I'm not sure how the Sprinter would behave in this situation.
Rear shock mounts still low
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Old 01-14-2020, 07:04 PM   #53
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Saw this under-view of the Transit AWD
https://youtu.be/2wwDETq_QSM


Transfer case is mounted considerably higher than Sprinter
The drivetrain isn't groaning in that video (aka Sprinter)
Front suspension is proper coil-on-strut vs fiberglass leaf of Sprinter
The front drivetrain is spinning even with little/no engine torque being applied. I'm not sure how the Sprinter would behave in this situation.
Rear shock mounts still low
Saw the same video as it was posted on the Ford Transit USA forum - impressive. I've been reading that forum as I'm considering a Transit. But I was not impressed by all the brake issues being reported by owners.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:55 PM   #54
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Saw the same video as it was posted on the Ford Transit USA forum - impressive. I've been reading that forum as I'm considering a Transit. But I was not impressed by all the brake issues being reported by owners.
Believe the brake issues were early production run 2015's with the calipers installed incorrectly.

Apparently the rear brakes on all do wear out early depending on driver. I still have original brakes on my 2015 after 31,000 miles.
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Saw the same video as it was posted on the Ford Transit USA forum - impressive. I've been reading that forum as I'm considering a Transit. But I was not impressed by all the brake issues being reported by owners.

The first thing I noticed about my Transit is how much better it stops over my 2010 Sprinter, even my passengers noticed. I have the 2017 MY.
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Believe the brake issues were early production run 2015's with the calipers installed incorrectly.

Apparently the rear brakes on all do wear out early depending on driver. I still have original brakes on my 2015 after 31,000 miles.

I go through rear tires every 10K, and it was the same with the Sprinter. Loads mean more braking and wear and tear.
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I go through rear tires every 10K, and it was the same with the Sprinter. Loads mean more braking and wear and tear.
I had 30,000 miles on the original Hankook tires when I replaced then with larger 245-70-16 Cooper tires. The Hankooks had enough tread left for probably another 20,000 miles. I did have 5 black wheels and rotate all 5 tires every 7500 miles. Added TPMS sending unit to the spare tire wheel.

The larger Cooper tires made a major improvement in ride and handling. They are noisier than the Hankooks.
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I guess a lot depends on how you drive your van. My 2012 3500 Sprinter is an RV conversion that I run near max weight all the time. Original Continental tires only went 30,000 miles as front was out of alignments, thanks to Airstream. Also had a rear dual go flat on the road - then added TPMS. Replaced OEM tires with Michelins that went 90,000 miles and 5+ years. Still had tread life but sidewalks were checked and tires were aged out. Now running new Michelin Agilis tires. Still on original brakes after 120,000 miles. The brakes will need to be serviced at next A service.
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:07 AM   #59
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I was one of the lucky 2015 Transit owners with the brake issues. Good to hear they addressed it.
I honestly think the only thing that keeps me in a truck with a spacekap, is the warm back seat. I keep batteries and sensitive tools back there to allow them to stay warm. I thought about doing a crew van but dont want to lose all that space. Though I do like the the fact that Im about 20 mins to pull that spacekap off and cruise around the country in a pickup with a camper on it or being towed by it. I guess I need to climb around a crew transit when they arrive.
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Cool rig @gottahavabenz I'm stoked that those Spacekaps are finally available in the states, I think that they used to be Canadian only. I know a gal who really wanted one for her Colorado and drove to BC to get one. She got majorly hassled by the border patrol coming back into the states with it.
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