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Old 12-14-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
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Ford Transit Van V-10

Ford close to showing off 'game changer' Transit van | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Sorry I ever sold my F-250 V-10.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:06 AM   #2
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3.2L turbodiesel sounds like a "right sized" diesel, as long as they put it in front of a transmission that can manage the torque it should be a good stump-puller. Hopefully there'll be a lower-profile model as well... the one shown will be good for C- and B-van conversions but looks tall and weird.
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A van spec'd properly is greatly attractive. DIY aero work to TV and TT (to close the gap between them, and on the TT "tail"; both increasingly seen on 18-wheelers) might make the highest mpg combination yet. Utility and low op costs.

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Old 12-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #4
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Yep, my 2008 V-10 with the 5-speed Torqueshift and 4.10 rearend is the best towing rig I have owned and by far, the best truck ever. No muss-no fuss, just gas and go with $19.95 oil changes and $10 fuel filters, it's been flawless for 116,xxx miles.

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Old 12-17-2012, 09:04 PM   #5
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3.2L turbodiesel sounds like a "right sized" diesel, as long as they put it in front of a transmission that can manage the torque it should be a good stump-puller. Hopefully there'll be a lower-profile model as well... the one shown will be good for C- and B-van conversions but looks tall and weird.
So I guess you didn't go through the pictures or read the part about 3 different roof heights.

Also if this is going to be such a "GAME CHANGER" why did Ford wait decades to make the Transit available in the US?
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So I guess you didn't go through the pictures or read the part about 3 different roof heights.

Also if this is going to be such a "GAME CHANGER" why did Ford wait decades to make the Transit available in the US?
Because they were happy with the old game for as long as they could milk the old production line and still make sales?
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Ever wonder why GM and Ford make nearly every model in the non-US market with choices of diesel engines? Mercedes has always built the ML class SUV in Alabama. For over fifteen years there have been at least two four cylinder diesel engines, two six cylinder engines and now a V8 diesel engine option for non-US markets. Also there are two four cylinder gas engines, two six cylinder gas engines, two V8 gas engines. Our choice in 2007 was the largest six cylinder diesel which I get 27.5 Hwy and 22 city, a gas V6 and V8 and a super thirsty AMG V8 which gets 10-12 mpg. The diesel gets a least 30% better mpg and has more torque than the V8 gas.

European emissions are just as tight as ours. So that excuse is lame. Perhaps big oil is interested in US drivers spending less per gallon on half the mileage of the rest of the world, while the rest of the world pays high prices and better milage. The magic term might be revenue per customer.

The CEOs of both major oil and auto makers get paid millions while their workers certainly are paid a lot less.
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Euro emissions requirments are different than ours. Specifically, NOX. They refine more diesel, and we refine more gasoline. The pair make for a different market. I'm otherwise wholly in agreement, Switz.
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As a Sprinter driver, I'm interested in seeing what Ford and Chrysler will be offering in this category. The thread title is misleading, because the Transit will never be available with a V-10. As the article states, there are two V-6's and one 3.2 diesel, which, I believe, is a 5 cyl like my older Sprinter. The real questions are- what transmissions will be offered and what will towing rating be? The Sprinter is rated for 5000# (the dual rear wheel version is 7500#), and has a 5 spd auto. For a modern diesel vehicle, at least 6 speeds should be expected. Chrysler is introducing 8 speed trans (like in the new HFE pickups). A 5000# rating is pretty limiting, and I hope that Ford or Chrysler offer a capacity that will enable it to be paired with a 25' A/S. With more speeds in the trans, the engine can be smaller and still offer reasonable performance.
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These just don't look that big to me. Can you still lay a 4x8 sheet of plywood down flat in the cargo area? Because, believe it or not, that actually comes up a lot around here. I love the HUGE capacity of our E150. But it is getting old, and it would be nice to replace it someday with something that got a lot better mileage!
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