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Old 09-19-2017, 05:01 PM   #11
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Default Re: Any opinions on 2017 Sprinter vs 2017 Ford Transit Diesel

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Transit drives and handles far better than my 08 Sprinter. Transit drives more like a good car instead of a truck. 

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I find that my Transit rides harsher. I have never driven an NCV3 Sprinter. My Transit drives like a huge box truck, instead of car-like as my T1N did;

To OP - 60 miles a day in city traffic ? Buy gas Promaster or Transit !
Dave's van was a NCV3, mine was a T1N.
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:04 PM   #12
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I currently own 4 sprinters, but I am curious about the Ford Transit Diesel. Has anyone analyzed the differences? What was your conclusion?
This would be driven about 60 miles a day in city traffic.


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If your choice is only a diesel and you are comparing the Sprinter to the Transit, go with the Sprinter. The Transit diesel is still somewhat rare and parts availability is limited compared to even the Sprinter.
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If your choice is only a diesel and you are comparing the Sprinter to the Transit, go with the Sprinter. The Transit diesel is still somewhat rare and parts availability is limited compared to even the Sprinter.


Wow. Didnt know that.
Yes for my use, it has to be a Diesel van.


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Old 09-19-2017, 10:51 PM   #14
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If your choice is only a diesel and you are comparing the Sprinter to the Transit, go with the Sprinter. The Transit diesel is still somewhat rare and parts availability is limited compared to even the Sprinter.
How do you know that?
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How do you know that?
Friend of mine owns 2 Ford dealerships. I asked the question when I read this thread.
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Dave's van was a NCV3, mine was a T1N.
Yes , we know .
NCV3 rides much nicer and quieter than T1N . The penalty for that was mpg . I like your honest review of your Transit .
So if Transit rides worse than T1N - how come Transit rides way better than NCV3 Sprinter ? No way !
Some people just always say - mine is better . You are not one of them .
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:54 AM   #17
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Yes , we know .
NCV3 rides much nicer and quieter than T1N . The penalty for that was mpg . I like your honest review of your Transit .
So if Transit rides worse than T1N - how come Transit rides way better than NCV3 Sprinter ? No way !
Some people just always say - mine is better . You are not one of them .
Matters of perspective.
And maybe my 300k T1N suspension was softened up or something, and the brand spanking new Transit feels harsh and bumpy by comparison. I think even a brand new Kia probably feels snappier than a 300k Mercedes 500SL. We're also comparing apples and oranges with built campervans vs empty cargo vans vs wagons. My Transit is definitely smoother with a bunch of weight in the back. The turning radius sucks compared to the T1N, though, as does visibility. The power steering at low speed is better in the Transit, or at least easier to turn the wheel. I helped a friend with cabinets for a couple T1Ns this summer, and drove both those and my Transit on the same day, so I had an actual side-by-side comparison to refer to. T1N is louder, but it has diesel. The Transit is a little more squirrely in high winds than my T1N, too.

The Transit is still the best van for the money as far as I'm concerned. I don't know what the "best" van is regardless of expense, there are only 3 different eurostyle full size vans in the USA right now, and I didn't test drive the Mercedes.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:22 PM   #18
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I am in Italy and have not had internet connection.

This dicussion is interesting. Compared to the NCV3 I did not notice any difference in manuverbility. According to the brochures the turning circle for the 144 wheelbase is almost the same as the 148 wheelbase Transit.

I have not noticed any major difference in the ride. There is a major in handling if you drive it fast. With the Ecoboost gas V6 there is huge difference in acceleration. The Transit is a hot rod.

My 08 diesel Sprinter conversion with 2100 lb conversion got 18.5 mpg. The Transit with 1970 lb conversion is getting 15.5 mpg. Interesting that that the mpg has not changed from being empty. Does not make sense so we will see as I add miles.
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Friend of mine owns 2 Ford dealerships. I asked the question when I read this thread.
That would not make it all that exotic, it is still basically like any other Ford Power Stroke. Diesels are always changing every year, nothing new.

It would be like saying no one knows how to work on the Sprinter 1-4 because it has not been around as long as the i-5 and v6.

Actually the MB I-4 and the Ford I-5 have been out just as long give or take.

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Old 09-21-2017, 06:52 AM   #20
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Diesel to diesel dually to dually- I can't get as long a wheelbase in the Ford and would have to live with lots of overhang on the back- not good for handling.

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