Absolute GARBAGE from rust to multiple sensor failure and mechanical failure just buy something else
Ignition switch failure
Mass airflow sensor failure
Fuel solenoid failure
Fuel filter early failure
Water cooling joint breakage just by gently wagging it to disconnect the hose
I could go forever
No parts available not even at Ford dealership
Go straight past it
Purchased in October 2011.
Adaptive cruise control is dangerous
Just purchased a 2020.5 Ford Jumbo overall a decent van except for the adaptive cruise control have had near misses so far with the cruise control braking suddenly due to a car changing lanes in front off me with 3 to 5 car lengths distance. This on at least 2 occasions has caused the car behind me to either have to lock breaks up or swerve to avoid rear ending me all off this was on the freeway at 110km hour. I visited 3 dealerships until I found someone who could change the settings to normal cruise control. Don't waste your money paying for adaptive cruise control.
II have owned the van for 3 months and was at the point off either replacing the cruise control with a after market version or selling the van
Purchased in February 2021 for $57,000.00.
Jack of all trades, master of some
Use as my car and weekend escape vehicle
Wider than you think, lower than it looks, quicker than it should be with more equipment than you would expect in a van
Purchased in January 2020 at Ford Dealers for $50,990.00.
Seat issues detract from a great ride.
I recently purchased a 2020 Ford Transit Custom sport LWB Crew Van. The reviews were very positive and its a great looking van. Plenty of Tech, great power and cruising capability let down by a very poorly designed Drivers seat. So bad , and at a cost of around 7k after 500 Kms and with a very sore back, I traded the van back to Ford. A hugely disappointing experience. Although the seat has multiple adjustments I found it impossible to find a sweet spot. I think maybe associated with , heating, airbags, a lumbar support, compromising the config...uration of the seat. I was offered a very short test drive and frankly was sucked in by the look of the vehicle. Assumed it must be ok even though I immediately experienced discomfort with the seat. So I suggest at least a half hour test drive before committing to one.
Purchased in September 2020 for $54,000.00.
I use this car for my business and besides the ad blue being a pain just found out my rotors need to be replaced at 42,000 kms $2,500 later not worth it. Asked Ford how long the new ones will last and said about the same amount of time.
Purchased in May 2020 for $35,000.00.
Don't do it to yourself
This is my 4th Transit, 1 VH, 2 VMs and now the VO, three bought new. I average about 2200km per week, the earlier vans have been pretty reliable apart from some egr valve problems with th VMs, wound up blanking them off and ignoring the warning light. The 2017 VO (dual rear jumbo) is a different story. Turbo at 133500km covered by warranty. Diff at 225000km, just out of warranty and Ford would not come to the pparty even though a few months after I bought it the 5 yr unlimited km warranty was introduced. In a stunning display of technical inc...ompetence the problem was mis-diagnosed by my local Ford dealer as a wheel bearing (I'm a mechanic and told them they were wrong but they wouldn't listen!) which was repaired at a cost of $1386 and the vehicle was annointed as good to go and returned to me in unserviceable and unsafe condition - I literally drove 100m and took it back, it wasn't what you'd call a subtle noise and the cause was blindingly obvious. Diff was rebuilt by Sunstate Gearbox & Diff for a further $3700. Now at 270000km another turbo failure, same as last time by the sound of it which was a sheared impeller spindle. This thing is sending me broke, after 16 years & 4 Transits I'll never own a Ford again.
Purchased in June 2017 for $55,000.00.
Non computerised pump
You can successfully fit a non computerised diesel pump to these vehicles using a cable and no security lock out. The system works well and uses most of the original parts apart from the actual pump.- and the experts said it could never be done.
Purchased in October 2015 for $12,000.00.
A great reliable and economical transportation.
My transit was coverted ito a camper and one a year I tour Europe for aproximately 30,000 Km.
It has 286,000 Km and had no major breackdown. The engine 2.2L Diesel 140HP is fuel efficiently 6.2 L/ 100Km. Doesn't consume any oil between changes ( 15,000 Km ). I use only 100% Synthetic oil 5W 30.
I had to replace the left hub bearring. I will replace the 4 injectors and the EGR valve to improve the emission and to stop the slight black smock on shifting gears.
It is a very reliable vehicle and drives comfortable. The turning radius is not tight due to the front wheel drive and a the long wheelbase. The passenger door fails to lock sometimes.
Purchased in June 2008 at Privet sale.
Great Tradie Van
This is a great Van, there is room for all your tools you can pretty much customise the back with however you need to work. Gets good fuel mileage too and is super comfortable to drive.
Purchased in March 2016 at Private Sale.
Older Ford Transits better than new ones
I have a Ford Transit Winnebago 2001 and its been fantastic. I'm the 3rd owner and the vehicle has performed very well. Travelling around Australia, if I do need anything incl servicing, all mechanics know Ford. And parts are easy to get.
All the bad reviews are referring to newer models.
Mine is 2001 - yes its 18 years old, but things were built differently back then, better quality = built to last.
I wanted to put this here to balance out the bad reviews. Keep in mind, people are more likely to spend time writing a bad review than a good one. It gives them a vent. I would buy an older Ford Transit chassis again, just the older models. They go forever.
Great van, terrible technology
10,000 km 12 moinths
Van and functional stuff is great
Centre console is straight out of the *early* 2000s
I'm 185cm, and can't reach the radio etc from the driving position
SatNav is useless (prompts -after- the turn in city situtions) - now using phone and TomTom
Voice control is laughable (but it doen't understand laughs or swearing)
Radio is dangerous to use while driving (illogical controls)
Reverse camera cuts out if a call comes in!
Don't park on a slope - rear-up with <20% tank. Won't start! ...
absolutely pain in the Ass
I bought my transit 2nd hand in year 2012, semi-auto transmission, turbo diesel, with 150K km on clock. I serviced this car every 10K Km as required.
2013 fuel pump failed, $3500 for a new fuel pump, altogether $5000 to fix, 2 weeks can not do business.
2014 sterling power fluid leaking, $200 fix. Water pump leaking, $600 replace.
2015 car roof leaking, rain water comes in, because of paint off and rust, $500 to fix.
2017 alternator failed, $600 replace.
2018 3rd of July, loud and sharp noise from gear box while driving on a high way....
82000 km and needs new motor
Five years old, country 82000 kms, with no warning shudder shudder shudder engine gone, Ford quotes $10000.00 to fix, that's a bit of bad luck. What's the point in having something great to drive if it doesn't work.and work it is supposed to do, now it's off the road for as long as it takes, and I do my deliveries in a wheelbarrow?
Wouldn’t buy another ford.
2.2 litre tdi powering a 2700kg van? That should send alarm signals off already.
-$100 to fill up and lasts over 700km
-Sensors on everything
-hard to work on ...
Not Happy Ford
I have enjoyed the two years of owning this vehicle. But at 70,000km, the clutch has gone including gear box. Ford Customer Fleet Care has not been helpful at all. I've been without my vehicle for 5 weeks and still waiting on parts. And with this being my work vehicle which I work out of every day, it becomes Very disturbing. I know we live in North Queensland but we do have Daily Air Freight Services. I would not recommend a Ford due to lack of service from Customer Care plus the fact of it's age and such major problems at such low Km.
Questions & Answers
Hello. Does anyone know much about the locking system on a 2006 v j transit camper van?
Nup. But after reading all the endless expensive repair bills on ford transit vans theres no way lm buying one now
Well after sorting out the couple of little problems known with these models. I'm now very happy to report, the ol Transhit is running sweet, and I'm pretty happy at the moment....
What is the difference between a fa and a vm chassis?
to be honest I do not know ! my experience is with the new Transit custom long wheel base, great looking, goes well, the drivers seat did not suit me to the point with 500kms on the clock I traded it back to Ford, not a cheap experience !!
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