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Old 03-31-2014, 07:57 PM
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2015 Transit

Don't know how many of you have been looking into these new (for NA) vans but they are replacing the E-Series this year.
From what I've been reading they will be out by June.
I will be ordering a T-350 dually with the 3.5 Ecoboost, the preliminary numbers put it spec'd at 320hp/400tq.

http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transit/features/

I'm going for the high roof and extended body.
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Hey, that'll work downgrading from an F750. I bet you could get a tow hitch on that if you needed to pull an auxiliary trailer.

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Be interested to see how the ecoboost holds up in that application.
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Hey, that'll work downgrading from an F750. I bet you could get a tow hitch on that if you needed to pull an auxiliary trailer.

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Will be getting the tow package for sure.

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Be interested to see how the ecoboost holds up in that application.
I think it should work given that they are rated for in the F150 application.
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Here's some info from Ford Fleet...

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas..._techspecs.pdf
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Wow, 10:1 compression ratio but still calling for 87 octane. Nice. And it's rear wheel drive, way more truck-ish.

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Wow, 10:1 compression ratio but still calling for 87 octane. Nice.

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It is my understanding that the direct injection makes that possible...
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From what I've seen in fleet applications, the turbo diesel is going to be the engine of choice. Ford really isn't replacing the E Series, at least not at the moment. The E Series has been on the market, in fundamentally it's current form, for about 30+ years. Its a rolling throwback, but it works for the customer base who cares little about style and technology, and calculates ownership on the sole basis of cost per mile.

The new Transit will be significantly more expensive to buy, although it should offer offsets through more economical operation. In the Northwest, Mercedes has made substantial inroads into this market segment with the Sprinter, which is nothing more than a German plumbers van. When FedEx signed up for a large fleet purchase, other commercial buyers took notice.

Last fall I drove a 14 pass Sprinter toSouthern Oregon. Over 18 mpg, comfy seats, and roadholding that's in a completely different world compared to the E Series (or GMs crappy Express, which I'm also intimately familiar with). This should be interesting to watch.

Also interesting is the intro of the new Transit Connect, which morphs into a true mini-van, along with offerings from GM and Nissan. For many small businesses, the cost of fuel is a major expense, and it's worth rethinking how much vehicle you really need to get the job done.
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I'm guessing the lower output that the truck is due to them marketing it for 87. I know the OL's Lincoln will run on 87 but you can tell a difference in the performance and the mileage drops off a little.
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I'm guessing the lower output that the truck is due to them marketing it for 87. I know the OL's Lincoln will run on 87 but you can tell a difference in the performance and the mileage drops off a little.
Yup-a lot of us major fleets run our own tanks and buy fuel in bulk from Indy suppliers. Fuel quality is not as consistent as what the retail market expects.
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