2015 TRANSIT VEHICLE
The Transit was purchased new on 20 JAN 2015.
The Transit is a significantly better vehicle than the Sprinter.
There are major improvements and a lot of minor features compared to the Sprinter:
Handling: The van drives much better than the Sprinter. Transit corners better. Did not expect much difference. I had added a larger 1 1/8" rear roll bar to the Sprinter which improved the Sprinter handling. Transit does not have any rear bar so it is very surprising that the handling is so much better.
Dash Instrumentation/Controls: Transit has a water temperature gauge. The digital panel is easy to use. The HVAC controls are simple to use. The electric cab heater can be turned on/off. The stalk controls work very well, and I like the 3 blink lane change.
Cargo Area: Wall surfaces are flat instead of complex curves in the Sprinter. Ford thought about what was required to customize the interior. There are a total of 14 tapped 8mm holes in the cargo walls. There are many plain holes that are the correct size for 1/4-20NC pre-bulbed inserts. The van is more rigid due to the 4" deep structural boxes at bottom of walls. Significantly more structural bracing than the Sprinter. Sliding door is much easier to use.
Electrical: 12 volt terminals at base of driver's seat. Four user defined dash switches are optional.
Drive Train: The engine, transmission and rear end are all derivatives of the F150 pickup. There is a mechanical limited slip rear available. The transmssion is a huge improvement compared to the Sprinter 5 speed. It shifts automaticaly at the right time. It has a hillholder function. With the hitch option you get tow/haul mode button that will automatically downshift on a decline when engaged. Sprinter required the purchase of a Scan Gage so you could know when to downshift the transmission. Sprinter transmission would load engine to 100% without downshifting so you had to do it manually.
Roof Height: The high roof allows both an additional 1 1/2" thick floor and ability to have fold down bed platfom panels. Can have rear side overhead cabinets and still sit up in bed without hitting head on cabinets. Definitly have to be more careful to avoid hitting overhead obstructions. Sprinter high roof is the best compromise. Ford high roof is too high and medium roof is too low.
Service Availability: Every other town.
Minor Features: Door arm rests, bumps on steering wheel, lip on end of stalks, hidden pockets in doors, rear step, no cap fuel opening and a lug wrench that does not bend.
Negatives: Restricted space going to/from cargo area, lack of rear door handle, no cargo light switch, D-ring tie down hole locations, 12 volt plugs time out in 30 minutes, security horn honking for no reason (I disconnected the horn), hard door arm rests, flimsy overhead shelf, lower fuel mpg, design error on air cleaner housing, lack of wood floor, paint chips on rear edge of sliding door, no wheel well housings, jack needs deeper slot in cap.
Overall a much nicer vehicle to drive. Negatives are not important relative to how much better van drives. Nice to have acceleration when you need it. Gas engine allows idling. Much easier to modify cargo area for a conversion. No doubt about it being a much better vehicle for my application.