First Sighting - 2014 Ford Transit Van in Denver

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by TooFast, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. TooFast

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    This afternoon I saw two UPS vans across the intersection that looked different. Thought they were some new version of their goofy looking smaller step vans but then recognized them as the new Transits...drove by slowly and sure enough they were the new Transits with the USA mouthy grille! Better looking than I expected, but they were in that olive brown whatever UPS color, had the Euro windshield/side windows that Mercedes Bend You Over copied from the Ford Euro Transit to begin with. Perhaps Ford is getting some out there for testing before starting regular production?
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  2. katbeanz

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    They're gonna build them nearby at Claycomo, haven't found the official release date yet. :becca
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  3. pilot

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    My BIL works there, I'll ask him.
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  4. katbeanz

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    Farmer buddy's stepson works there, big shutdown in june/july assuming for model change.
    New BBQ place up here getting rave reviews. :deal
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  5. troidus

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    :drif Where? What's it called? I need an excuse to go over there.
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  6. PirateJohn

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    We get a lot of vehicles on test here in the Texas Hill Country and I saw one running around about 9 months ago. Don't know if it's the same generation or not but the larger Transits have been sold in Mexico for years - it's a popular municipal ambulance chassis.


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  7. FatChance

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    I saw one here in Durango last week. It's grill was blacked out and it had sort of a herringbone black/white camo on the body.
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  8. TooFast

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    Wish Ford would put some in rental service - I'd take one from Denver to SoCal up the west coast to Wa and back home after riding Idaho and provide much feedback. Back around 1990 I test drove a VW for 3600 miles for free, sans gas, and did a lengthy report for them. I even included the off road capabilities in one comment section based on exploring the white rim trail. They never asked me again....


    So Ford is stamping body parts, installing drive trains, assembling vehicles, etc....
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  9. ttpete

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    I saw one last week. In camo, of course.
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  10. pilot

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    When?
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  11. broncobowsher

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    They were doing summer testing with them almost 2 years ago here in AZ.
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  12. katbeanz

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  13. Whee

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    SOB! Its delayed until 2015!
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  14. Whee

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    I don't think I can wait over a year for the Transit. I have been looking at my options for a one ton van for use in my contracting business that can fit in Honolulu's tight parking spaces with low headroom (I have used a GMC that is 6'8" for years & even that doesn't work in a lot of places);

    Fiat Ducato/Ram Promaster available soon (taller & questionable front wheel drive performance but good MPG), Nissan NV available now (Nice features but long hood, taller, MPG), Mercedes Sprinter (Nice vans but expensive, maintenance issues, tall), GM Express/Savanna/3500, a friend works for a Honolulu Ford dealer & can get me X-plan pricing on a E-350.

    MPG; I just ran some reports & I spent $1400 on fuel last year & $1300, $1200 in prior years. Much less than I though even with my fully loaded old guzzler. Most of my work is in Honolulu & I live in town.

    Used vs new? I have never bought a new vehicle & would be taking out a loan or leasing it. Thoughts? I am going to post this in the other thread as well.
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  15. DUNDERHEAD

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    Everything about the Dodge Promaster sounds positive. I just read that they will be using the Mitsubishi Fuso 4 cylinder diesel in the van. Everyone I know of who uses or owns the Fuso swears by their reliability and performance. I've been following the van rollout rumours for some time now as I am in need of a new van soon. Ford is delayed till 2014 ( I have Fords now and they have really gone down hill )- Sprinters have problems, mostly rust and service related ( $$$$ ). This thing could be the one.
    Swivel front seats. Brembo brakes. GPS navigation display. Air seats. Auto manual. Front wheel drive could be interesting.
    Can't wait to test one !
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  16. DUNDERHEAD

    DUNDERHEAD Been here awhile

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    And they are $ 10,000 less than Sprinters !
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  17. broncobowsher

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    Nissan NV taller? I know the short roof version fits in my garage just fine. Too bad it was just borrowed for a weekend. Best van I have been in for several years. Longer nose = leg room:thumb:clap
    I hate being packed into the front of a van. But out here it is easy to spend a lot of time on long stretches of highway, where comfort matters. If all you did was run around town and spend a few minutes in a vehicles at a time comfort wouldn't really matter that much.

    And the gas mileage for that weekend was no worse then any other full size van. I don't know who is expecting a giant box on wheels powered by gasoline to suddenly defy the lays of physics and get massivly better mileage? You spent more on fuel over the course of a year, but how much did you drive and what did you pay for said fuel? Drive more, you will spend more. Pay more for a gallon and use the same number of gallons will mean you paid more in a year.

    After looking at the new Dodge, and the new Transit, and even the new Chevy Nissan little thing, the full size Nissan van is suddenly starting to be one of the best looking ones out there.
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  18. Adios Pantalones

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  19. Whee

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    Could someone please explain payload capacity regarding calling trucks & vans 1/2, 3/4 & one ton? I just checked some specs on the 2013 E150 & Chevy Savanna 1500 & the payload capacities are 3312 & 2016 pounds respectively. Both over a ton yet considered 1/2 ton vehicles?
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  20. ttpete

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    Not any more. 1500 lbs. = 3/4 ton nominal. Everything's been "uprated".

    If you want reliability and adequate brakes and suspension, go E-250 or 350.
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