It is noisy and underpowered, but it delivers excellent utility, unexpected connectivity, and surprising fuel economy. Parking sensors and a rearview camera are options--along with a business-oriented tracking package that keeps tabs on the location and time spent there by drivers. The 2012 Ford Transit Connect van is powered by a 2. I took it to the Ford Service Department at Southeast Ford. The Transit Connect is even available as a plug-in electric vehicle to fleet buyers, which is unique in this class.
Maximum cargo space is about 135 cubic feet, close to that of larger minivans. They took my van into service and have had it since. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. Ford says it made a few styling tweaks to suit the U. No need to purchase ice and deal with soggy food, the Dometic electric cooler requires no input from you other than adding your food! Remaining balance is due in 3 days via Bank Wire, Cash in person or Bank Certified Funds.
We drove it slowly to a Ford dealer immediately. It's a spacious carrier for all sorts of gear and goods, with 135 cubic feet of space behind the front seats. I was finally able to get a hold of someone that gave me a Case and I was authorized a six day rental. Hard gray plastics and dated gauges speak to a previous generation of Fords long since retired in this country. It's a smaller version but for sure, the Transit Connect has a lot more in common with the big commercial vans still offered by Ford, than it does with any of their luxurious crossovers.
Plus, it can only seat a maximum of five people. For 2012, the Transit Connect is equipped with Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. Read More Patrick Reviewed on Apr 29th It was a great experience being able to rent this van for it being the first time for myself in a camper van. The transmission went out on this at 68000.
However, this problem is so prevalent that there is a National Back order on these transmissions. On November 26, 2013, the van broke down on the side of the rode. By the third day, it was shifting harder than before and also going into neutral a lot more as well. I own a local auto glass repair and replacement company and was hoping to use the new vehicle to help with fuel cost savings and to help with the glass business. He listened to what car I was looking for and prices and recommended accordingly, prices are as stated on the website. It starting occasionally shifting extremely hard going into certain gears. It only takes a couple minutes to pack up the bed so you can get busy hitting the trails at first light and it's got pretty much.
The service manager told me a back-order can be filled from anywhere from a few days to the longest he's seen is 2 months! Although a 4-cylinder engine seems rather small for a vehicle that weighs over 3,000 pounds and is meant to haul large cargo, it's surprisingly spritely and supplies enough torque to get the Transit Connect everywhere it needs to go. I told them I would be bringing it in very soon. Other manufacturers are now making gestures toward bringing their own European microvan to market but, to date, the 2012 Ford Transit Connect has the market all to itself. Please call for a shipping quote. It chalks up a few civilian sales a year, but the Ford Transit Connect van is primarily aimed at small businesses that put its very tall cargo area and somewhat rudimentary cabin to good use.
In passenger versions, the second row can be configured with two seats grouped to one side or three seats across. The wiper arms may not be adequately riveted resulting in incomplete or inconsistent clearing of the windshield and possible detachment of the wiper arm. The Europeans get a lovely little diesel engine in their version but, for now, Ford says there are no plans to bring the diesel engine stateside. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. I honestly don't feel these vehicles are safe to be on the road.
The Transit Connect's small size also makes it much easier to maneuver through confined city streets and narrow alleys, a plus for parcel and delivery services. The tall roofline speaks to the Transit Connect's mission in life, but its sharply-raked windshield and hood tell a tale of attempted aerodynamics and a car-like driving experience. It's a commercial vehicle that has to be on the road in order to pay for itself! My wife and I took the van out for a week to check out the national parks and do some hiking and having this van made things so easy. . But, despite all the critics and macho truck guys who swore they'd never be caught dead in one, the Transit Connect van has won over numerous converts and changed the costs of transportation for thousands of businesses.
No need to purchase ice and deal with soggy food, the Dometic electric cooler requires no input from you other than adding your food! Read more Ian Reviewed on Apr 3rd Couldn't be happier with the trip! My technicians have complained that the acceleration on the 4cyl Transits are very sluggish and are dangerous when trying to merge into highway traffic. This camper is compact, easy to drive, and über cozy. Driving Lil' Salty is as easy as driving a small sedan and it fits in all the same places. They said that a bulletin had come down from Ford and they had to take the transmission out and do some work on it and they were waiting on parts to arrive. The slide-out kitchen makes cooking outdoors simple and enjoyable without extra packing and unpacking! The Transit Connect isn't a V-8-powered big boy like those Econolines. Total height, at nearly 80 inches, tops the minivan by almost a foot. This vehicle category is becoming very competitive and if Ford doesn't remedy this fast I won't be able to afford to keep their vehicles in my fleet.
For 2012, the Transit Connect gets low-rolling resistance tires and a few new exterior paint colors. I have owned the van less than one year, Ford has worked on my van three separate times and they have had it in their possession for over 30 cumulative days, meeting all requirements for the states lemon law. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself. I explained to them that I needed a vehicle similar to the Ford Transit Connect so I could haul windshields and many other tools in the van. Come to find out, the throttle position sensor went bad at 29,473 miles. With a second row of seats, the Transit Connect can hold up to five people. It's a utility vehicle in the most utilitarian sense, and its styling is limited to honing down some of the harder corners and dressing up the functional cabin in the barest amount of material possible.